This book, I picked up because March, book 3 just won a stack of national book awards. I am a lover of graphic novels, and this one seemed to be a fantastic sort of read. Sure enough, the book was incredible. One single session of Drop Everything and Read had this book finished, and I loved it. The series deals with the civil rights movement, with the mobilization of the different groups of people. The sit-ins and non-violent protests began in a grassroots style, and this is all about that. It is powerful, and timely, and gorgeous, and I highly recommend it.
K just finished Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah, the current host of The Daily Show. I listened to the audiobook version of this, which is read by the author. It was just beautiful, a mixture of anecdotes and stories of his childhood peppered with discussions about race and ethnicity, the cycle of abuse, and the importance of family. Add to that the author reading in his very pleasant voice, and that makes this a highly recommended read/audiobook!
We’ve just got this in as well. Drop by on Thursday or Friday to check it out!
A beautiful book about a resilient girl who makes her own decisions about what is right when her small town turns against a local vagabond who has been accused of hurting a child by dark-spirited foster child who enters the community. The post WW2 historical setting enhances aspects of the story but it is the universal tale that is the larger focus. It was just named a Newbery Honor book.
A terrific revisionist historical fiction that explores the connections between Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) of Romania and Mehmet the Conqueror of the Ottoman empire. I had never read much about the Ottoman conquests in Europe from the side of the Turks rather than the Crusaders and found this to be a really fascinating historical angle. Even better though was the female Dracula (the historical figure, not the vampire) and the complicated love story.
Jacqueline Woodson’s first adult novel in many years has garnered lots of well-deserved praise on 2016 book lists. It is the story of a unique young woman growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s with her father, brother and small group of close friends. Each chapter of the story stands alone as a vignette filled with tension, expectation and poetic language. Much of the narrative was draped in a mist of sadness but don’t let that put you off this is a short and rich read.
K just finished Relish, the next chapter of her food book reading list. This one came new into the library, and it was given to me almost immediately as a graphic novel about food. I picked it up one morning and had trouble with the first few chapters. It seemed like it was lacking some heart that I expected from my own relationship with food. It turned around with the last few chapters, though, and I finished the book happy to have read and enjoyed it. Every chapter has a recipe that corresponds with the story, from sushi to pickles to sangria, and the illustrations are gorgeous. It’s sweet, and I’m happy I read to the end.
I have seen Bluffton on recommended lists of graphic novels since it came out 3 years ago. Last week I finally picked it up and I am so glad I did, what a quiet beauty. Set in a sleepy lakeside town over the course of several summers, Bluffton is the story of a smalltown boy named Henry and his friendship with a travelling vaudeville group. All of the characters in the troupe of performers are interesting but especially the talented boy Henry’s own age who the book reveals at the end to be a legend of his time. Fascinating!