Multcolib Sellwood-Moreland: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 16, 2014. Set in the Amazon rain forest, this dramatic, transportive adventure story takes on issues of medical ethics, cultural respect, friendship, love and loyalty.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 21, 2014. In Jazz Age New York, science had no place in the coroner's office and corruption ruled the day. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Blum gives a delicious blend of history and drama, biochemistry and toxicology, sociology and public service, and the beginning of the science of forensics as we know it today.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 18, 2014. William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 16, 2014. A gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture. The authors recreate one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from an important and different perspective.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 20, 2015. A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ozeki. In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 17, 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 17, 2015. A humorous, fascinating, plain-spoken history of the elements and the scientists who discovered them. Whether you loved high school chemistry or had more of an adversarial relationship, a highly enjoyable read.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 21, 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 the discussion on May 19, 2015. It took Curtis over 30 years to capture the iconic photographs. It's the kind of work that would change anyone, and it changed him profoundly, from detached observer to fierce advocate for the Native American people. A fascinating, heartbreaking, stunning read.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 16, 2015. At the behest of his sister, Otto Ringling finds himself reluctantly accompanying her guru, an enigmatic Mongolian monk, on a trip through Middle America to their childhood home, introducing his passenger to some American "fun" along the way.
Annotation:Join the discussion on July 21, 2015. Written in 1956, Durrell tells the lovely tale of his family’s move from a damp and gray England to the sunny island of Corfu in the Aegean Sea. There follows a constant procession of charming and amusing characters, human and animal.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Aug. 18, 2015. A beautifully and uniquely written slice of the tree-planting life in all its soggy, gritty exuberance.