Multcolib Picks: Sneak peek from our selectors, January 2014
Annotation:Booklist says of Rachel Snyder's What We've Lost is Nothing, "Veteran journalist Snyder crafts a muscular and fearless debut novel that boldly tackles the heady themes of prejudice, self-preservation, poverty, and privilege."
Annotation:Billed as a fictional prequel to Girl, Interrupted. Susanna, the precocious narrator, who longs for what she considers home while living in the realm of academics and artists who made up her father's life.
Annotation:This book asks the question, "if you won the lottery would you trade your life for the life of your dreams?" When Jocelyn, a woman who lives in a small town in France, wins the lottery, she decides to tell no one, and instead evaluates what she wants from life now that she can have everything.
Annotation:In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três' matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.
Annotation:The only daughter of Meyer Lansky opens up about her life as a wild child of the 1950's, her heartbreak and tragedy -- including the insanity of her mother, and the crippling handicap of her baby brother - and her father's unexpected tenderness.
Annotation:Rebecca Goldstein debunks the theory that philosophy is obsolete. In fact, the author shows how philosophy underpins much of our thinking, and imagines what Plato would say to the host of a television show who insists that there can be no morality without religion.
Annotation:The remarkable story of an ordinary man whose world was transformed when a traumatic brain injury left him with an extraordinary mathematical gift.