Multcolib Rockwood: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 19, 2014. From the author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist comes a fascinating look at the new science of decision-making. Lehrer explores two questions: "How does the human mind make decisions?" and, "How can those decisions be made better?"
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 17, 2014. The story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette's syndrome found salvation in books and weight-lifting.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 21, 2014. This novel tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster child living outside Munich during WWII. Liesel scratches out a meager existence by stealing when she discovers something she can't resist: books.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 19, 2014. Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants, Powell's classic memoir of her time in service is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 16, 2015. After being punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift, Father Time returns to Earth along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 20, 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 20, 2015. 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 April 17, 2015. From the author of "The History Boys" and "The Clothes They Stood Up In" comes a deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading.
Annotation:Join the discussion on May 15, 2015. A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, this is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Murakami's international reputation. A lonely 20-something young man begins a surreal quest in which he confronts not only a herd of mythological sheep but also the demons deep within himself.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 19, 2015. As a frozen fog lifts, River Patrol Deputy Jason Colefield motors ashore on idyllic Sauvie Island to recover a body. As the story unfolds, with more twists and turns than the majestic Columbia River, island life is disrupted, family secrets exposed and it becomes clear the past isn't done with him.
Annotation:Join the discussion on July 17, 2015. Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. "Native Son" tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's novel is just as powerful today as when it was written — in its reflection of poverty and hopelessness, and what it means to be black in America.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Aug. 21, 2015. Alexandra James, devoted reporter for the "New England Examiner," is attractive, exceptionally smart, an experienced high-end shoe shopper, and used to getting what she wants. When she is assigned to cover the death of a Harvard student doing his year abroad, the whirlwind investigation takes her to Cambridge, London, and then to Washington, D.C. But when the circumstances surrounding the student's death point to something more nefarious than a suicide, Alex the hunter soon becomes Alex the hunted.