Courtyard Chatter: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations

"What are you reading this spring?"

Reading: the App for Life! If you've read a good book lately, or are reading one now, tell us what it is and whether or not you would recommend it to others (and why).

Just a few sentences will do the trick.

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Dedman, Bill. Empty Mansions: the Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.
Being an historian, I thought I had heard of all of the famous American tycoons until I read this book. It is insanely true, and it is not mentioned in any history book. This story details the life of an American tycoon and his daughter, Huguette, who died not long ago after almost a century on this planet. The money the family amassed is jaw-dropping. How Ms. Clark opted to spend her life is even more amazing.

Jen Allen, visiting scholar in history

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I enjoyed I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. The titles sums up the book pretty well! It was a great story that I really enjoyed reading. Malala is open and honest about herself and her experiences in a way that speaks to her maturity and accomplishments, while also showing how young she actually is.

Jessica Beavers, librarian

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Revolution 1989 The Fall of the Soviet Empire by Victor Sebestyen
So far this has been an interesting account of the sequence and details of events culminating in the disintegration of the Soviet satellite states. Anyone with any interest in Cold War history would find some interesting things in there.

Quinn Munnerlyn III

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I picked up A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith over the winter holidays. It was published in 1943! If you are interested in the story of a family who lives in Brooklyn, New York at the turn of the century (1900’s) and the struggles they face…this is the book for you.

Brooklyn was the home for the many immigrants who entered the USA through the Port of New York. This book follows a family from their beginning (marriage of the parents), birth of the two children and finally up to WWI (@ 1918). It is history come alive with stories we all recognize; sibling rivalry, feminist beginnings, family love and family discord. I really enjoyed it and hope you will too!

Jane Rowe, Learning Framework program chair and faculty

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Dogs: Bullet and Carnage by Shirow Miwa
Finally got the 8th volume of the manga series over the break so I had a binge reading a couple nights ago. In true Japanese fashion, this series is dark, twisted and heart-breaking. This being said, or typed, the story is unique, full of exciting action and plot twists. Not to mention the superb quality of the artist’s renditions and brush skill. One cannot help falling in love with the characters, as well.

Mary Catherine Schoals, Marketing and Creative Services