Multcolib Holgate: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 20, 2014. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Egan tells the story of a half dozen courageous families and their communities as they struggle through the darkest years of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.
Annotation:Meet the author and join the discussion on Oct. 18, 2014. Fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper in the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon. Allred’s stunning debut deftly navigates the stubborn geography of the human heart.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 15, 2014. At age 39, Ariel Gore has everything she's always wanted: a successful writing career, a long-term partnership, a beautiful if tiny home, a daughter in college and a son in preschool. But life's happy endings don't always last. If it's not one thing, after all, it's your mother. Her name is Eve. And she's here to announce that she's dying.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 20, 2014. When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 17, 2015. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Sloan's "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 21, 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 21, 2015. Out of the depths of the Depression comes a story from the Great Northwest. This is the amazing account of how nine working-class boys showed the world, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, what true grit really meant.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 18, 2015. By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in. Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.
Annotation:Join the discussion on May 16, 2015. Drawing on access to the band's members and their families and associates, Gessen recreates the feminist punk activists' fierce act of political confrontation in Moscow, which made national headlines as they were punished for their act of defiance.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 20, 2015. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about — until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.