Multcolib My Librarian Karen: The book flavor of the month: 2014
Annotation:This book has so much going for it: historical fiction, a compelling plot, an interesting view of class in the 1920's, a view of gender and sexuality issues during that period, great writing, and a mystery. Loved it!
Annotation:David Nicholls takes us on a hilarious and poignant marriage and European travelogue. He takes us into the beginnings, the middle, the entire roller coaster of a marriage. He makes it way more funny than our own married life might be. Take your own journey by reading "Us."
Annotation:Hilariously snarky! Totally not politically correct in the funniest of ways. Loved it. These are great essays to read out loud to your family and friends.
Annotation:Another suspenseful, pageturner of a mystery. I just wanted to stay immersed in the characters' lives even after I finished reading it. Though it's part of the Dublin Murder Squad series, you should totally read this even if you haven't read the others yet (but then definitely go back and read all of the other books in the series).
Annotation:David MacLean's horrifying tale of his allergic reaction to an anti-malarial drug while in India. Interspersed with his memories of losing his memory, he explores the history of malaria, anti-malarial drug dangers, and how identity is defined by our memory. Fascinating!
Annotation:An unflinchingly honest and hilarious graphic novel/ memoir by the incomparable Roz Chast! She writes and draws about her relationship with her parents (ah, the bane of being an only child!) and the difficult things that we may face as we age or as our loved ones age.
Annotation:A moving story of a Latina girl and her immigrant family amidst the turmoil of the Civil Rights Movement in the south. Beautiful black and white drawings complement her memoir.
Annotation:A heartbreaking tale of Esther, a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and Jane, an American journalist who has come to give a voice to children like Esther. The narration alternates between Esther and Jane and definitely Esther's story is the more important one.
Annotation:The story of Gary Shteyngart, a small, Russian, asthmatic boy nicknamed, Failurchka—Little Failure, by his loving (?!) mother. A witty, self-deprecating tale of immigrating to America.
Annotation:After her husband and four of her children are brutally murdered in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell, along with her surviving son, twelve-year-old Caleb, takes on the frozen wilderness to find the men responsible for shattering their family. A book to be read on a cold winter's night by a roaring fire.