Rave Reviewed – January 2017

This month we had another lovely Rave Reviews session with lively conversation and some great books. I was running the program alone this month, so my list is a bit shorter, but I think it has something for everyone.

Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding

A movie tie-in and true guilty pleasure read. Fielding may not be at her best but she has a few laugh-out-loud funny moments that make this a quick and enjoyable read.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages but was inspired to read it after news of Fisher’s passing. This book was both insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, Fisher will certainly be missed.

In addition to the WPL’s paper copies this book is available as on Hoopla as a downloadable e-audiobook read by the author, I enjoyed Fisher’s reading and felt that it informed my understanding of her book. One of the great thing about Hoopla is that titles are always instantly available even if they’re particularly topical or in-demand.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

An excellent book full of life lessons from a man with unique experiences to share; I’m so glad I picked it up just as I was starting with my New Year’s resolution (more on that in a later blog).

If you want to be inspired and motivated, this book is for you. Ff you want to learn about the strange minutiae how simple things are done in space, like providing a urine sample or trimming one’s fingernails, this book is definitely for you!

White Trash: The 400-year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

This is another title that’s always available on Hoopla as an e-audiobook. I love Hoopla! After reading about Isenberg in the New York Times, I knew I had to read this book and I’m glad I did. This book really helped to contextualize much of what I’ve been hearing about social class in the United States and helped me to be a more informed and empathetic observer of US politics.

Spectacle: the Astonishing life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk

One of those true stories you wish was fiction. Ota Benga’s sad life ended just 100 years ago and it’s appalling to think that a human being was kidnapped and held in a zoo against his will so recently.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

When I picked up this book, I had heard it was hard to put down but I had no idea that I should expect lesbian Dickens meets Gone Girl. This is a gripping novel with lots of twists and turns and I truly could not put it down until I was finished. I’m looking forward to reading more of Waters’ books.

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

I’ve been a fan of West’s writing for years, she’s published some wonderful articles on body acceptance. Her work is divisive, often political, and not for everyone but it’s a great read.

Our next Rave Reviews session will be on February 1st at 2:30pm at the Central Library in the Fred Isreal Auditorium (lower level). Please join us for tea and discussion and feel free to bring in some of your favourite recent reads.

Registration is not required and all are welcome. If you have any questions please call 519-255-6770 x. 4434 and ask for Kate. See you soon! 🙂

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