Rave Reviewed – November

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):

And Then You’re Dead: What Really Happens if you get Swallowed by a Whale, are Shot from a Cannon, or go Barreling over Niagara by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty

A morbid romp through some darkly humorous science.

Related Title: What If…

The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human by Adam Piore

The science of building better bodies for those disease and disaster have destroyed.

Related Title:  The Imagineers of War

Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies are Changing the Ways we have Kids by Bonnie Rochmann

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

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

If you liked Hidden Figures try this one.

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells us about Ourselves by James Nestor

Deep dives. Literally.

Cook’s Science: How to Unlock Flavor in 50 of our Favorite  by the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen

If this one doesn’t get you hungry for science nothing will.

Related Title: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Kate’s Picks for November

The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

A mistake made in desperate circumstances has consequences beyond her wildest dreams.

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson (Non-fiction)

An important civil rights case is given additional historical context. The subject matter is disturbing but necessary.

Related Title: The Radium Girls

Tomorrow by Graham Swift

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)

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

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.

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

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!

Registration is not required and newcomers are always welcomed. If you have any questions please feel free to call 519-255-6770 x. 4434.

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