Victoria’s October Recommendation

wild swansWild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

“I am currently reading this book for a class I am taking about the Rise of Modern China.  I think this book brings a refreshingly easy and enjoyable way to learn history through the main character as well as her mother and grandmothers experiences. It is writen as a story, where the author recounts her grandmother and mothers experiences and includes historical dates and events. This book is WAY easier to read than your typical history book that is jam packed with dates and events.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 951.05 CHA

Pat’s October Recommendation

theamericanwildernessThe American Wilderness: in the words of John Muir by John Muir

“Ken Burns’ documentary has turned me on to John Muir!  I’m reading and enjoying ‘The American Wilderness  in the words of John Muir.’  Did you know that the U.S. has 58 national parks?”

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Claudia’s October Recommendation

Lemon TreeThe Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan

“An act of faith is the starting point for this true story of the relationship between two families-one Israeli, one Palestinian, symbolizing  the hope for peace in the Middle East.  The CD is read beautifully by the author.”

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Hadley’s October Recommendation

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Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain

“In honor of Halloween and our Big Read featuring Edgar Allan Poe, I went with something scary this month. I really enjoy this series, which is set in Portland, and centers on a female serial killer, a male detective, and a female reporter. I won’t reveal much, but this series is fast paced and has featured some great twists and turns along the way. I’d recommend it for anyone who likes thrillers or psychological suspense…but not for the faint of heart as there are some graphically described crime scenes. Evil at Heart is the third book in the series, after Heartsick and Sweetheart.

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or find it in the library under FICTION CAIN.

Katie’s October Recommendation

official book club selectionOfficial Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin by Kathy Griffin

“This is not my usual choice for a book. I expected this book to be all laughs and no seriousness but that was surprisingly not the case. This book dealt with hardships, had some laughter but overall was an interesting read. Kathy Griffin also grew up in Oak Park so it is interesting to hear her discuss this area in her memoir….”

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You can find this book in the library at CALL # BIOGRAPHY GRIFFIN in with the new books.

Joanna’s October Recommendation

PoePoe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd

“In preparation for our Edgar Allan Poe Big Read program this month, my suggestion is Poe: A Life Cut Short, by Peter Ackroyd.  Part of Ackroyd’s Brief Lives series, the author opens with the mysterious circumstances surrounding Poe’s final days and his death in Baltimore, Maryland in 1849.  Ackroyd then traces Poe’s turbulent childhood, adolescence, and adulthood providing information about Poe from letters and other biographical sources.  Ackroyd suggests that Poe’s frequent experiences with loss, dying, and death have contributed greatly to the macabre themes and foreboding moods in his poetry and writing.  This is a good read for anyone who is seeking an introduction into life and work of this mysterious and misunderstood poet.”

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Blaise’s October Recommendation

ZeitounZeitoun by Dave Eggers

“I just started listening to this on audio a few days ago and am only on disc 2 but I am really enjoying it so far.  It’s a non-fiction story that follows the Zeitoun family, who run a successful painting and contracting business in New Orleans, during Hurricane Katrina.  I like Egger’s straightforward prose and the reader is excellent.  I feel like I am just listening to a friend tell a story.”

Sue also recommends this title: “Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is my recommendation.  Eggers tells the real-life story of Abdulrahmin Zeitoun, a middle aged Syrian-American businessman and father of four who stays behind to watch his properties in New Orleans when his wife and children flee the city in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Zeitoun rides out the storm, and after the levies break, paddles around a flooded New Orleans for a week in his canoe rescuing elderly from their ravaged homes and trying to get law enforcement officers to help the stranded citizens that he cannot evacuate.  It is both chilling and surreal when he is mistaken for a terrorist and locked away for weeks without any due process while his frantic wife and extended family try to track him down.”

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You can find the audiobook version of this story in the library at CALL # CD 976.33 EGG and the regular book at CALL # 976.335 EGG.