Multcolib Woodstock: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 16, 2014. From the masterful "New York Times" bestselling and two-time Edgar Award-winning author of "The Last Child" and "Down River," comes this tour de force of murder and the dark ripples it sends through a man, his family and community.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 21, 2014. An award-winning story of two families, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who both had lived in the small stone house in Ramla, Israel, that had a lemon tree growing in the backyard. Tolan traces the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the personal histories of each family.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 18, 2014. 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.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 20, 2015. A brilliant tale of the turmoil that “got James A. Garfield elected, the lunacy that got him shot and the medical malfeasance that turned a minor wound into a mortal one.”
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. 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 April 21, 2015. In a tour de force of investigative journalism that reads like a spy novel, award-winning "Guardian" reporter Harding tells Snowden's astonishing story -- from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow.
Annotation:Join the discussion on May 19, 2015. Roach answers the questions that most people don't think to ask. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 16, 2015. Water is the most vital substance in our lives, but also more amazing and mysterious than we appreciate. As the author brings to life in this narrative, water runs our world in a host of awe inspiring ways, yet we take it completely for granted.
Annotation:Join the discussion on July 21, 2015. The tulip craze of 17th century Holland has a dark side! Cornelius van Baerle, a wealthy but naive tulip grower, finds himself entangled in the deadly politics of his time. Cornelius' one desire is to grow the perfect black tulip. But, after his godfather is murdered, he finds himself in prison, facing a death sentence. His jailer's lovely daughter holds the key to his survival, and his chance to produce the precious black blossom. Yet he has one more enemy to contend with!