Thursday, February 16, 2017

Library Books Mid-February 2017

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis
Treats by Lara Williams
Black Wave by Michelle Tea
Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer
Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman by Cathy Wilkerson
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard
Assata, an autobiography by Assata Shakur
The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

To Dwell in Peace by Daniel Berrigan

One of my Goodreads groups is reading revolutionary reads in February, so I brought home the Davis, Wilkerson, Shakur, and Berrigan to try. My in-person book club discussed A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding on Monday, and I read the Southard to prepare for the discussion. Iyer is the March pick, but the public library has only one copy, so I thought I'd read it and return it quickly.

Williams, Tea, and Schweblin are award nominees with a lot of hype. Schwalbe is one I started in audio and decided I wanted to read it where I could mark pages and more easily make notes (audiobooks are hard this way.) The Krakauer is one I want to read for some of my campus work, and the McCracken was recommended to me by a Goodreads friend.

1 comment:

  1. Jenny - I read Missoula : Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer last year. He has an incredible way of expressing real people who have experienced incredibly unique experiences based on the most realistic truth and facts he can discover . You really begin to see through the eyes of each characters point of view and you see the blurred lines of thinking even if someone is right or wrong . You suddenly realize people are never perfect in some circumstances and even when you know someone , do you ever truly know all of that human and especially in his or her deepest mind and thinking. Then , there is also the thought of being able to objectively be a victim and deliver the balance of justice . As a person in my thinking , I do not think , I could . I have read too many books and seen too many human beings from different perspectives. But, maybe that is what it takes to know if a person is truly evil. I had to judge between my life , my family and the sickness of my exhusband's alcoholism and addiction and abusive behavior and trying to do more than I did before God to help him. I decided he would not change until he wanted to and nothing I could do would save him. God would forgive me .
    This was an incredible story for the moral consequences to be contemplated over and over in my mind .
    Another JK book I loved !


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