Month: July 2018

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Kelda’s Pick: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Kelda Staff Pick PhotoThere’s no denying the timeliness of Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion. It resonates with our current political climate, taking an empathetically incisive look at inter-generational feminism. With Wolitzer’s talent for prose, she captures emotion with just a single image. If a novel could be derived from the #MeToo movement, this is it.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

O. Read a book with a character near retirement age
Z. Read a book about a world-changer

Summer Reading: Destination M – Read a Biography or Memoir

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination M: Read a Biography or Memoir is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

“A few months after my twenty-first birthday, a stranger called to give me the news.”

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

 

 

 

 

 

“There is nothing in life more perfect than a slide rule.”

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

 

 

 

 

 

“My entire family was camped out on blankets and goose-down bedding in the apple orchard behind Aunt Uchka’s little house.”

Clara’s War by Clara Kramer

 

 

 

 

“Why did we stop at the 4-Dice Restaurant in Fordyce, Arkansas, for lunch on Independence Day weekend?”

Life by Keith Richards

 

 

 

 

“Apart from life, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla.”

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

Andrea’s Pick: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Andrea Staff Pick photoThe Civil War… with zombies? Dread Nation by Justina Ireland combines fantasy storytelling and the dark history of racial oppression in the U.S. in this genre-blending YA novel that’s a little bit historical fiction, a little bit steampunk, and only sort of about zombies.

When the dead walked at Gettysburg, all thoughts of rebuilding the nation fell away. A new law declared that young people of color must attend combat school to learn how to defeat the dead. Fresh from combat school, Jane finds herself in the clutches of powerful enemies who see her as less than human. In the war against the dead, she never expected that the living might turn out to be her biggest danger.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

Q. Read a book of fantasy or magical realism.
Y. Read a book from the Young Adult collections.