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Books for Book Clubs – 1/21/2021
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi.
• One of those books that opens our eyes to how little we know about a topic.
• National Book Award winner; published in 2016 but a very timely topic today.
• Detailed overview through the lives and times of five individuals from early colonial times to the present: Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Dubois and Angela Davis.
Followers by Megan Angelo
• 2020 debut novel that interconnects topics of friendship and personal relationships with the issues of privacy, freedom and the current and future power of social media.
• The title “Followers” refers to social media users who “subscribe” to the posts of another person or organization.
• Fiction, with dark humor; edges into the genres of sci-fi and dystopian.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
• Fiction (2019) set on the Korean island of Jeju, focusing on the decades-long relationship of two women whose lives were shaped by historical events and their identities as haenyeo, female divers who earn their livelihoods by harvesting from the sea.
• Jeju is a real island where sea diving became a female-dominated industry, resulting in households where women work to support their families (in a physically taxing job) while men look after the children and other duties at home.
The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
• True story of Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, a leader in the fight against U.S. food manufacturers’ use of industrial chemicals that made the food they were selling harmful if not deadly.
• A historical example of how one person can make a difference as well as the ongoing controversies surrounding corporate responsibility and the role of government in public safety.
• The Poison Squad refers to a group of young male volunteers who served as food tasters to methodically test the harmfulness of various substances in foods.
• Published in 2019; PBS documentary based on the book released in 2020.
Try Non-fiction in 2021 – 1/6/2021
Mobituaries by Mo Rocca
This fascinating piece of non-fiction explores various aspects of history and popular culture through the lens of an obituary. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in trivia-type knowledge or learning more about U.S. history and pop culture from an enthusiastic fan. His eagerness and joy will rub off on the reader, encouraging them to read further, thus learning more. The audiobook is read by the author and made for an engaging read.
Voice Lessons by Rob Paulsen
Paulsen, a renowned voice actor, shares his career trajectory and a cancer diagnosis with fans. In this candid, heart-warming memoir, he briefly touches on his Michigan childhood but focuses on his voice work before turning to a throat cancer diagnosis when he turned 60. The irony of throat cancer in one who uses his voice for a career is not lost on Paulsen, as he recounts the debilitating effects of cancer treatment and confronts, with humor, his mortality and the possibility of losing these voices that have become part of him. This is a must-read for fans of Paulsen’s work and readers who enjoy medical memoirs.
Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid
Highway of Tears is the nickname for Highway 16, a stretch of road in British Columbia where Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered. McDiarmid humanizes these victims and shares their stories. Among them is Ramona, a sixteen year old who dreamed of being a psychologist; twenty-four year old Alberta, who had been planning to return home the next day and had plans for college; and Nicole, a reforester and creative collector who was on her way to meet her sister at a music festival. McDiarmid includes statistics throughout the book regarding foster care, incarceration rates and lack of support from the local police, while also analyzing media coverage between the white girls who went missing and those who were Indigenous. This crisis is happening across our country, making this title essential reading.
Maus I by Art Spiegleman
This World War II story follows the experiences of the author’s father’s imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp. It’s told in graphic novel format and is illustrated by the author. The black-and-white illustrations, combined with animal characters, are a compelling format for sharing the Holocaust experience.
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Late Greats – Those We Lost 11/18/2020
Quite a few luminaries left us in 2020; recent losses include Jeopardy host Alex Trebek and James Bond actor Sean Connery. Here’s a look at some books about other late greats from 2020.
NBA Great Kobe Bryant
Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby
The Legend of Kobe Bryant by Adam Motin
Not just the sports world, but the entire world was rocked by the tragic loss of the NBA icon in a helicopter crash last January. What’s worse is that his daughter was killed as well. He wasn’t just a title holder, he played on the U.S. Olympic Dream Team, he earned an Oscar for an animated short film, started a sports academy and even wrote children’s books. His Mamba mentality will be remembered and referenced for decades to come, inspiring those willing to give their all to their passions.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Who Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg? By Patricia Brennan Demuth
This book in the popular “Who Is” series is an excellent beginning resource about the late liberal justice who spent her career fighting for gender equality and civil rights. Only the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the petite, soft-spoken Ginsburg became famous for her dissenting opinions. We have several other books about her, but this one is a great beginning biography for young readers inspired to learn more about this powerful woman.
Congressman and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis
March (Books One-Three) by John Lewis
Award-winning graphic novel trilogy details the life of the Georgia congressman, including the 1963 March on Washington, meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., march in Selma across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the 1963 bombing of the Baptist church in Birmingham, AL, and other watershed moments in the civil rights movement. Details the struggles to get across the message of non-violent protest. Trilogy, which brings the story of the civil rights movement to a new audience, was awarded almost every literary honor, including the National Book Award.
Monster Mash – 10/21/2020
The Whisper Man, Alex North, Thriller
The Good House, Tananarive Due, Horror
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, Nonfiction Novel
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix, Horror
Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gothic Fiction
Not Quite Sci-Fi – 10/07/2020
Quick and Creepy Reads – 8/19/2020
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle Horror Novella
Locke and Key by Joe Hill Horror Graphic Novel
Harrow County by Cullen Bunn Horror Graphic Novel
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht Horror Novella
Wytches by Scott Snyder Horror Graphic Novel
High School Humor: Funny YA for Older Teens – 8/5/2020
The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan
American Panda by Gloria Chao
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe