As usual, I’m sharing the WPL’s Rave Reviews picks with our blog readers. We’re trying something new with Rave reviews this year. I’ll be partnering with a different colleague every month and I think the selections will be even more varied than usual.
For November I had the pleasure of Miss Mae’s company for our monthly Rave Reviews meeting. I think that this month’s selections stand out as particularly interesting since you’re finally hearing from someone other than me!
Mae brought in some wonderful non-fiction titles that sounded fascinating and it was an exciting chance to share a different sort of book with our regular readers. I think I may pick up some of them myself!
Mae’s Picks (All Non-fiction):
A morbid romp through some darkly humorous science.
Related Title: What If…
The science of building better bodies for those disease and disaster have destroyed.
Related Title: The Imagineers of War
Advancements in genetic science means we can identify and treat genetic disorders earlier. Should we?
Related Title: How to Clone a Mammoth: the Science of De-Extinction
If you liked Hidden Figures try this one.
Deep dives. Literally.
If this one doesn’t get you hungry for science nothing will.
Kate’s Picks for November
A mistake made in desperate circumstances has consequences beyond her wildest dreams.
An important civil rights case is given additional historical context. The subject matter is disturbing but necessary.
Related Title: The Radium Girls
A mother plans to reveal a deep family secret…tomorrow.
Related Title: Mothering Sunday (a previous Rave Reviews pick that, if I’m being honest, I liked even more)
A beautiful, moving, even necessary book about a remarkable woman leading a simple dail life and one of the richest inner lives I’ve read about to date.
A fictional story featuring well-rounded characters on all side and offering a nuanced take on the teaching of human sexuality in high schools.
Related Title: Why is the Penis Shaped Like That?
So, there we are, we’re sharing some wonderful books this month and I hope this inspires you to get — or keep! — reading. All of the books selected are available at WPL and some are available across a variety of formats. There’s something here for everyone, whether you prefer downloading e-books and e-audiobooks or, like me, love the smell and feel of an old-fashioned paper book. Enjoy!
Rave reviews meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 2:30pm at the Central Library at 850 Ouellette Avenue. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but our next meeting will be on Wednesday, DECEMBER 6th at 2:30pm. Join us for tea, light treats, and some great reads. I look forward to seeing you!
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