March Rave Reviewed

It was another lovely session of tea and Rave Reviews this month where I was joined by the very organized Mae who brought a lovely complement of interesting nonfiction titles for our readers to consider.  I, as usual, brought mostly an eclectic collection of fiction from both the adult and YA areas and presented it in a haphazard fashion (and felt a small bit of shame after following Mae’s great presentation!)

Here are Mae’s picks for the month:  (in the group, she said to start with the first one and then move on…but any of them will stand alone.)

901 WEL              Welsh, Jennifer.  The return of history. 2016. [Massey lectures series] There are many social, political, economic and medical forces active in the world that will ensure history will be created for years to come.

305.0973  ISE      Isenberg, Nancy. White trash: the 400 year untold history of class in America. 2016. Focus in on the southern states.  From colonial times to present day, the poor, the vagrant and disadvantaged have been dispossessed and stigmatized

320.55 HAM        Hamid, Shadi.  Islamic exceptionalism. 2016. Many citizens of Middle Eastern countries struggle to find a balance between values of their faith and opportunities presented by social democracies. (currently only in e-book format)

330.905 NOR      Norberg, Johan.  Progress: ten reasons to look forward to the future. 2016. In the broad aggregate things are getting better on measures of health, education, security, and  personal economics.  Really.

339.46 EDI          Edin, kathryn J. and H. Luke Shaefer. $2.00 a day: living on almost nothing in America. 2015.  Cases studies that will amaze and dishearten you — how individuals and families in poverty in America struggle despite welfare programs.

362.1 KHA           Khan, Ali.  The next pandemic. 2016.  A chatty description of diseases that might kill you, plus how public health agencies work to contain, cure and prevent epidemics.

947.086 LAQ       Laqueur, Walter.  Putinism: Russia and its future with the West. 2015.  Analysis by a veteran Russia- watcher: of the country’s past, and current personalities that shape national interests and international relations.  Other forces that could shape Russian politics in the future are also identified.

And here are my (very) random picks:

Alexie, Sherman              The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian (YA fiction)

*A somewhat autobiographical (aka “Absolutely true”) fictionalized account of life on and off of a reservation, told by and for a young adult audience; although some of the content has dark undertones, the narration (both verbal and illustrative) is a hoot and keeps the story light.*

Hawley, Noah               Before the Fall (Adult fiction)

*Story of how one traumatic event can change your life in ways you never would have dreamed, and how trauma can truly interconnect those who have never met before.*

McKay, Ami              The Witches of New York (Adult fiction)

*After the Salem witch trials, 3 women in New York interweave their “talents” to help each other and the community around them.*

Meyer, Stephenie               The Chemist (Adult fiction)

*A young woman working with an “alphabet operation” gains information from informants using “creative chemistry” rather than the more traditional interrogation tools, and protects herself using those same chemical compounds.*

Moehringer, J.R.                The Tender Bar (NF – 070.92…ebook or Book Club Kit only)

*A memoir which takes the idea of “it takes a village” to a whole new level.  Can a young man practically raised by a myriad of characters in a bar amount to anything?  Read this poignant and humorous book to find out!*

Saeed, Aisha                Written in the Stars (YA fiction)

*A young Pakistani-American girl is whisked away to the homeland after secretly attending prom with a young man of the same heritage and learns for the first time what it is truly like to be a woman from and in Pakistan.*

Urquhart, Jane         A Number of Things: Stories About Canada Told Through 50 Objects

*A Canadian history lesson told in 50 objects from THIS author, who also encourages us all to continue the quest and tell our collective history using those objects that mean the most to us.  A great read for this 150th year celebration!*

Please join us next month on Wednesday April 5th at 2:30pm in the Fred Israel Auditorium at Central library for our next session; don’t forget to bring YOUR favorite reads to share!

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