Multcolib Hillsdale: Pageturners on Tuesdays 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 9, 2014. An exceptional memoir of a cosmopolitan Egyptian Jewish family's escape from the Nasser regime in 1963 to Paris and finally Brooklyn.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 14, 2014. Puleo weaves political and corporate factors into this true tragedy, tracing molasses from its Slave Triangle beginnings to the ever-growing need to process molasses from the West Indies to make the alcohol needed for munitions for World War I to the resulting 1920 lawsuit for this catastrophe.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 11, 2014, during Portland Jewish Book Month. Isaac Markowitz moves to Israel to repair his broken heart and becomes the assistant to a famous old rabbi who daily dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the troubled souls who wash up in his courtyard.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 9, 2014. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 13, 2015. A contemporary account of the author's exploration in the Pacific Northwest in the footsteps of James Gilchrist Swan, an early settler from Boston who lived much of his life on the Olympic Peninsula in the late 1800s.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 10, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.
Annotation:Join the discussion on March 10, 2015. A stolen Degas painting is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist who has agreed with a powerful gallery owner to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece may itself be a forgery.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 14, 2015. A masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds three people's lives together for more than 50 years.
Annotation:Join the discussion on May 12, 2015. Gillham’s City of Women is extraordinary for what it does not do. It does not detail the events or imagined conversations of Hitler’s Reich, and it has not a single scene of life in the death camps. Instead, it chronicles life for “ordinary” Berliners at a time that was anything but.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 9, 2015. This original diary of the wife of Confederate General James Chestnut, Jr., who was also an aide to President Jefferson Davis, contains the Southern view of the Civil War, documenting the lives of the Confederate upper class at its end.
Annotation:Join the discussion on July 14, 2015. Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron marries Dorothy, an outspoken, independent young woman. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy’s unexpected appearances from the dead help him to find some peace.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Aug. 11, 2015. Upon first arriving in France with her husband Paul in 1948, Child spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, her life changed forever.