Rave Reviewed

This month for Rave Reviews I was joined by my fellow librarian and Off the Shelf host Adam Peltier. We had a great time sharing and discussing some wonderful books. He brought some different titles including a book of artwork and I hope he’ll be able to join me for another session again soon.

Please check out some of Adam’s wonderful selections!

Kudos by Rachel Cusk

Kodos follows an unnamed female author and her conversations with a number of intriguing strangers during an international literary tour. The stories she hears are filled with humour, sorrow, and far-reaching questions of what it means to be human.

Painting Norway: Nikolai Astrop by Frances Carey

A beautiful catalog of paintings from one of Norway’s most-loved and influential artists. Painting Norway also provides in-depth biographic information on Astrop and essays exploring the artists’ influence on Norwegian art and culture.

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

Exploring the topic through lyrical yet accessible prose, renowned physicist Carlo Rovelli explores questions about the nature of time. Prepare to have your notions of how time flows and how human beings perceive it shattered.

Room to Dream by David Lynch & Kristine McKenna

This unique mix of memoir and biography recounts the life of influential (and unconventional) film maker David Lynch. Known for his work on Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr., and the television series Twin Peaks, Lynch has led a life as bizarre and captivating as the art he created.

Summer by Karl Ove Knausgard

The fourth volume of his “seasons quartet” is one of the Norwegian writer’s most emotionally vulnerable and thought-provoking books yet. Knausgard muses on a number of topics (slugs, cynicism, campfires) while meditating on the meaning of memory, longing, and art.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

It is 2003 and Romy Hall has just begun her first of two consecutive life sentences at the Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. With beautiful, but unsentimental prose, Kushner brilliantly explores the absurdities of institutional living.

I loved Adam’s book choices and I think I’ll be reading some of them myself!

The following are my (Kate) choices for this month. I’ve hit upon on accidental theme involving complicated mother/child relationships. I can assure you that this connection was not intentional or I would have saved them for our May Rave Reviews session.

A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvette Edwards

Jynx lives alone in her mother’s house, with her mother’s things, unable to connect to her estranged husband and child. Alone with the guilt of her mother’s death 14 years earlier when she was just 16.

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Essie is the youngest child on the show Six For Hicks a reality show about the family of an evangelical preacher. On her 17th birthday, when Essie tells her mother she’s pregnant, her fate is decided by an emergency meeting with the show’s producers. But Essie has plans of her own. She and this baby are going to save each other.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The May Mothers, a privileged group of women who bonded over their close due dates, meet twice weekly with their infants and share the joys and struggles of new motherhood. Their charmed lives are interrupted when one of the babies is stolen from his crib while being babysat by one of the other parents. The book is brilliantly paced and twists and turns until its very unexpected conclusion.

Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian

In the early 1990s Agnes leaves for college motherhood is very much on her mind. Her mother has just left the family a few years after her brother’s tragic death. Her father tries to support her but what she needs and craves is connection with her mother. Much of the book is written in the form of letters from young Agnes to her mother. Will her mother ever hear what the daughter needs to say?

This Will be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Brilliant, witty, and often heartbreaking non-fiction. Jerkins provides a moving picture of young black womanhood and even includes a chapter called “Human, not black” reminding readers, however different, of her humanity. It’s a beautiful book and Jerkins doesn’t hold anything back. I look forward to reading more of her.

Please join us next month for Rave Reviews. Our November meeting will be in the Central Library on Wednesday, November 7th at 2:30pm in the Teen Zone area. All are welcome and there’s no need to register in advance. Please come and enjoy books and lively conversation. All are welcome.

If you have any questions about this program or any of the materials discussed please don’t hesitate to contact me at 519-255-6770 x. 4434 or send me an email at kreynolds@windsorpubliclibrary.com.


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Miss Kate is a Public Service Librarian and has been with the Windsor Public Library since 2010. She's passionate about music, children's programming, book clubs, literacy, reference services, blogging, and libraries in general!

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