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Less than one minute into the 2015 winner of Audiobook of the Year, we hear an actual recording of the April 20, 1964 courtroom declaration of Nelson Mandela, “I am prepared to die.” It is the indelible past come alive, and it is the cornerstone of Mandela: An Audio History. Rare archival recordings and first-person interviews are compiled with newsreel clips and song excerpts to immerse listeners not only in the facts but also in the experience of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid. In awarding the production top honors, the Audio Publishers Association judges described it as “one of the most powerful, well produced, and affecting programs we’ve ever heard.” Don’t miss the opportunity to hear extraordinary events in the very voices of those who lived them.
Through a variety of voices, Phil Klay’s Redeployment explores with unflinching detail what it means to serve in the Iraq War. There are intense combat stories as well as vivid accounts of readjusting to civilian life back home. This National Book Award winner is intense and yet several of the tales artfully convey distance and numbness.
Displayed around the Library are the reviews, theme songs, and readalikes Adult Summer Reading participants are sharing! See what your fellow community members are reading and suggesting below! Friday, July 31 is the last day of the 2015 Summer Reading program. If you haven’t checked in make sure you stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen services desk on the second floor and enter to win a prize!
Using her own philosophies and struggles, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt advises individuals of all backgrounds on how they can craft a productive fulfilling life in her self-improvement novel You Learn by Living. The result is compassionate and personable, as Roosevelt offers up her blunders along the way in her pursuits of embracing lifelong learning and facing fear head on. Although published more than fifty years ago, Roosevelt’s work still holds relevance today through its coverage of broad topics, such as being a public servant and facing responsibility, plus highly quotable motivational snippets like, “Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product” sprinkled throughout.
Mort(e) by Robert Repino will feed your need for a quirky indulgence this summer. The story chronicles the “war with no name” where human extinction is the goal. A race of intelligent ants has plotted for years to create an army of self-aware animals who will rise up and overthrow their human masters. Mort(e) a former house cat turned war hero tries to discover the origins of a deadly plague while relentlessly searching for his prewar friend Sheba.