What's the Story? - Nov. 3 to Jan. 19

Submitted by rholley on January 16, 2021 - 4:36pm

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Selection for January 19

The power of Adrienne Rich

The power of Adrienne Rich by Hilary Holladay

The first comprehensive biography of Adrienne Rich, feminist and queer icon and internationally revered National Book Award-winning poet.

(Print book)

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A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun
by Angela Jackson

A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her 100th birthday.

(Print book)

Red Comet

Red Comet: the short life and blazing art of Sylvia Plath
by Heather Clark

Focuses on Sylvia Plath's remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist.

(DVD)

Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive
by Natasha Trethewey

Trethewey's narration makes the audiobook version exceptionally powerful. With penetrating insight and a searing voice, the author explores the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience.

(Book on CD, eAudiobook)

These Fevered Days

These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson
by Martha Ackmann

Ackmann posits that decisive episodes in Dickinson's life contributed to her evolution as a strikingly singular voice in American poetry.

(Print book, eBook)

With a Star in My Hand

With a Star in My Hand: Ruben Dario, Poetry Hero
by Margarita Engle

A novel in verse about the life and work of Rubén Darío, a Nicaraguan poet who started life as an abandoned child and grew to become the father of a new literary movement.

(Print book, Spanish book, eBook)

A Poet's Revolution

A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov
by Donna Hollenberg

Asserting that the most important “facts” about a poet are her major poems, Hollenberg skillfully interweaves details concerning Levertov's life and works.

(Print book, eBook)

Exquisite

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) is known for her poems about “real life.” She wrote about love, loneliness, family, and poverty – showing readers how just about anything could become a beautiful poem. This picture book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression.

(Children's book, eBook)

Imagina

Imagina
por Juan Felipe Herrera

Cuando Juan Felipe Herrera era niño, recogió flores, ayudó a su mamá a alimentar a los pollitos, durmió bajo el cielo centelleante y aprendió a decirles adiós a sus amiguitos cada vez que su familia seguía el camino campesino. Al crecer, Juan Felipe Herrera se convirtió en poeta. Su hermoso poema, "Imagina" y las sugerentes ilustraciones de Lauren Castillo le hablarán a cada lector y soñador que está buscando su lugar en la vida. ¿Quién podrías llegar a ser? Imagina...

(Spanish children's book, eBook,VOX Book read-along)


Selection for January 12

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A laugh-out-loud account of an outrageously rugged hike.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD)

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Dogtripping

Dogtripping
by David Rosenfelt

A hilarious chronicle of moving 25 rescue dogs across the country in an RV and then starting a dog rescue foundation.

(Print book, book on CD, eAudiobook)

Horizon

Horizon
by Barry Lopez

Distinguished natural history writer and explorer Lopez builds a winning memoir around books, voyages, and biological and anthropological observations.

(Print book)

Wild

Wild
by Cheryl Strayed

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother's death and her own subsequent divorce, the author takes readers with her on the trail, and the transformation she experiences on its course is significant.

(Print book, DVD, Spanish book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
by Qing Li

The world's foremost expert in forest medicine shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels, strengthen your immune system, boost your mood, and even help you lose weight and live longer.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

La Cocina del Bosque

La Cocina del Bosque
por Erin Gleeson

Gleeson, desde su casa en Sebastopol, produce el blog "The Forest Feast" donde comparte recetas, fotos y más de su vida en una cabaña en el bosque. Sumérgete en el bosque con este libro delicioso.

(Print book, eBook)

The Secrets we Bury

The Secrets we Bury
by Stacie Ramey

Rather than be placed in a special school for psychologically-challenged students, Dylan, six months from turning 18, sets out on the Appalachian Trail, where he makes surprising connections with other hikers.

(Print book, eBook)

Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer
by Barbara Kingsolver

Looking for fiction about the Appalachian Trail? Enjoy this vividly detailed Appalachian setting, in which wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish city wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Hike

The Hike
by Drew Magary

Try this if you like Bryson's hilarious and engaging writing about nature, and also enjoy science fiction.

(Print book, eBook)

The Trail

The Trail
by Meika Hashimoto

Toby and his friend Lucas made a list of things to do the summer before they entered middle school, but now Lucas is gone, and Toby sets out to fulfill the promise he made to his friend, to finish the list by hiking the Appalachian Trail from Velvet Rocks to Mt. Katahdin.

(Children's book)


Selection for January 5

American Catch

American Catch by Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg takes the same skills that won him acclaim in Four Fish to uncover the tragic unraveling of the nation's seafood supply, telling the surprising story of why.

(Print book)

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The Book of Eels

The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
by Patrik Svensson

Svensson, a Swedish journalist, melds the personal and scientific in this captivating look at the European eel. His book is a highly readable place to begin learning.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Marauders

The Marauders
by Tom Cooper

After the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf Coast, the oddballs and lowlifes who live in the sleepy, working-class bayou town of Jeannette will do anything to reverse their fortunes.

(Print book)

Biggest Little Farm

Biggest Little Farm

Filmmaker and novice farmer John Chester chronicles the eight-year quest he and Molly Chester went on when they traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland in the foothills of Ventura County and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.

(DVD)

The Third Plate

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
by Dan Barber

Moving beyond the organic farming and farm-to-table movements, Barber argues for the importance of the whole farm; an integrated, biodynamic system that sustains the richness and diversity of land and sea.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

Goodnight, Texas

Goodnight, Texas
by William J. Cobb

In Goodnight, Texas, people struggle to survive job loss, severe over-fishing, and a looming hurricane. A lyrical, romantic, comic, and redemptive story.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Tales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City
by Shaun Tan

A collection of illustrated short stories, each one about the relationship of humans and the animals, both wild and domestic, that share the urban environment of the inner city.

(Print book)

The Great Shark Rescue

The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks
by Sandra Markle

Presents the story of whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet. Can volunteers and scientists help save the world's biggest fish before it's too late?

(Children's book, eBook, eAudiobook)


Selection for December 29

Beloved

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the powerfully moving story of remarkable occurrences in the life and spirit of an ex-slave.

(Print book, large print book, Spanish book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

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God Help the Child

God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison

Morrison herself narrates the audiobook version of her searing, powerful novel of family trauma, childhood, and redemption.

(eAudiobook, book on CD, Playaway)

Grace

Grace
by Natashia Deon

The dual stories of a mother, a runaway plantation slave and the child she never knew are woven through the historic events of the mid-19th Century.

(Print book, eBook, eAudio)

Long Way Down

Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds

As 15-year-old Will sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

(Print book, large print book, graphic novel, Spanish book, Playaway, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

She Came to Slay

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman
by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

A fresh take on this American icon blending traditional biography, illustrations, photos, and engaging sidebars that illuminate the life of Tubman as never before.

(Print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

La esclava de Juana Inés

La esclava de Juana Inés
por Ignacio Casa

La esclava de sor Juana Inés de la Cruz fue también, a su modo, una discípula, la primera escucha de versos, sonetos y redondillas. Una mujer mulata cuyas aventuras y peripecias nos exaltan y nos llevan a descubrir los contrastes de la Nueva España del siglo XVII.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward

Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.

(Print book, large print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Narrative of Sojourner Truth
by Gilbert Olive

The autobiography of the pioneer for racial and sexual equality discusses her years as a slave in upstate New York and describes the spiritual revelations that turned her into an abolitionist.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground

Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground
by T. R. Simon

A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending.

(Children's book, eBook)


Selection for December 22

Hamnet

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.

(Print Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

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Black Tudors: the untold story

Black Tudors: the untold story
by Miranda Kaufmann

From long forgotten records, Kaufmann has unearthed the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise

Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise
by Oscar Hijuelos

Another historical fiction title that examines real literary figures, this title chronicles the sojourn of journalist-explorer Henry Stanley; his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant; and Mark Twain, Stanley's longtime friend, as they head for Cuba in search of Stanley's father.

(Print book, Book on CD)

Shakespeare's Wife

Shakespeare's Wife
by Germaine Greer

Challenges popular beliefs about the estranged nature of Shakespeare's marriage to Ann Hathaway, placing their relationship in a social and historical context that poses alternative theories about her rural upbringing and role in the bard's professional life.

(Print book)

12 Days of Tudor Christmas

12 Days of Tudor Christmas

If you're just in the mood to immerse yourself in the Tudor world, and also want to get into the Christmas spirit, this BBC/PBS special might just be the thing. Lucy Worsley recreates how Christmas was celebrated during the age of Henry VIII.

(DVD)

The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women

The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History
by Elizabeth Norton

A well-researched description of the lives of women in 16th-century Britain.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

A Cloud of Outrageous Blue

A Cloud of Outrageous Blue
by Vesper Stamper

After her parents' deaths, Edyth is sent to live in a priory, where she begins to make a new life--a life that will be threatened by the approach of the Great Plague.

(Print book)

Alice I Have Been

Alice I Have Been
by Melanie Benjamin

Now in her twilight years, Alice Liddell looks back on a remarkable life. From a pampered childhood in Oxford to difficult years as a widowed mother, Alice examines how she became who she is – and how she became immortalized as Alice in Wonderland.

(Print book)

The Mersault Investigation

The Mersault Investigation
by Kamel Daoud

A love story and a political manifesto. He was the brother of "the Arab" killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’ classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous.

(Print book, eBook)

Midsummer’s Mayhem

Midsummer’s Mayhem
by Rajani LaRocca

A contemporary retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows an 11-year-old Indian-American girl's effort to prepare a winning entry for a local baking contest, a competition that is challenged when her father mysteriously loses his sense of taste.

(Childrens' book, Book on CD, eAudiobook)


Selection for December 15

The Cold Millions

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. The Cold Millions is a stunning portrait of class division and familial bonds. In this masterful historical take on the enduring saga of America's economic divide, Jess Walter delivers nothing less than another "literary miracle"

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The Orchardist

The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin

Although The Cold Millions is more dramatic and The Orchardist is more haunting, young siblings follow different paths in both of these literary novels set in the Pacific Northwest during the turn of the century.

(Print book, Book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Music of the Mill

Music of the Mill
by Luis Rodriguez

In a story of three generations of an American family who built their lives around a decaying, late-twentieth-century steel industry, 30-year-old Azucena Salcido struggles with the cancer death of her father, the racial polarization of their community, and the corrupt power struggles among her neighbors, their employers, and their unions.

(Print book)

Make Trouble

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead
by Cecile Richards

In her autobiographical book on leadership, Richards, the quintessential cheerleader for activists of all ages, champions those who publicly take a stand for what they believe.

(Print book, Book on CD)

An Impossible Distance to Fall

An Impossible Distance to Fall
by Miriam McNamara

1930. Birdie William's life has crashed along with the stock market. Her father's bank has failed, and he's disappeared along with his Jenny biplane. When she sees a leaflet for a barnstorming circus with a picture of Dad's plane on it, she goes to Coney Island in search of answers.

(Print book, eBook)

Sabrina & Corina

Sabrina & Corina
by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine's magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Deep River

Deep River
by Karl Marlantes

In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia's imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings – Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino ¬– are forced to flee to the United States. The brothers face the excitement and danger of pioneering the frontier wilderness while Aino devotes herself to organizing the industry's first unions.

(Print book, Book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

How Much of These Hills is Gold

How Much of These Hills is Gold
by Pam Zhang

Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence.

(Print book, Large print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Las Aventuras de la China Iron

Las Aventuras de la China Iron
por Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

Este es un juego desenfrenado que lleva al lector desde la turbulenta cultura fronteriza de las pampas hasta los territorios indígenas. Traza las aventuras de la señora China Iron, la esposa abandonada de Martín Fierro, en sus viajes por la pampa en un carromato cubierto con su nueva amiga, que pronto se convertirá en su amante, una escocesa llamada Liz.

(Print book, eBook)

Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen

Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen
by Anne Nesbet

It's 1914, and 12-year old Darleen Darling has the most exciting job in the world – she gets to dangle from cliffs and stop moving trains and soar through the sky in runaway balloons! Yes, that's right: Darleen is a hero and a star – in the make-believe world of the movies ... but Darleen's fictional adventures collide with reality when a fake kidnapping intended as a publicity stunt becomes all too real.

(Print book, eBook)


Selection for December 8

Wine Girl

Wine Girl by Victoria James
the obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of America's youngest sommelier

An affecting memoir from the country's youngest sommelier, tracing her path through the glamorous but famously toxic restaurant world.

(Print Book, Large Print Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

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Yes, Chef

Yes, Chef
by Marcus Samuelsson

The Top Chef: Masters winner and proprietor of Harlem's Red Rooster traces his Ethiopian birth, upbringing by an adoptive family in Sweden, and rise to a famous New York chef, sharing personal insights into his challenges as a black man in a deeply prejudiced industry.

(Print book, Book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Eat a Peach

Eat a Peach
by David Chang

The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious traces his upbringing in a deeply religious Korean-American family, his search for identity, struggles with manic depression and unlikely rise as one of his generation’s most influential chefs.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body

Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body
by Roxane Gay

A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. The author exposes the personal demons haunting her life—namely weight and trauma—which she deems "the ugliest, weakest, barest parts of me."

(Print book, Book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Gourmands' Way

The Gourmands' Way
Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy
by Justin Spring

Six American writers introduced French cuisine to American restaurants and home kitchens and were responsible for the nation’s postwar love affair with French food and wine.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

Abe

Abe

Twelve-year-old Abe is an aspiring chef who wants his cooking to bring people together, but his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family has never had a meal that didn't end in a fight. Ditching his traditional summer camp, Abe begins working with Chico, an adventurous street chef who encourages him to think outside his old cuisines. However, when Abe's deceit is uncovered, he must grapple with his family and his passions and whether even the most lovingly cooked family dinner can heal old wounds.

(DVD)

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
A memoir of food and longing
by Anya Von Bremzen

Born in a surreal Moscow communal apartment where 18 families shared one kitchen, the author grew up singing odes to Lenin, black-marketeering Juicy Fruit gum at school, and longing for a taste of the mythical West.

(Print book)

Alimentamos una Isla

Alimentamos una Isla
by Jose Andres

Basándose en la perspectiva de Andrés, así como en reuniones, mensajes y conversaciones que tuvo durante su estadía en Puerto Rico, Alimentamos una isla describe de manera conmovedora cómo una red de cocinas comunitarias logró realizar un verdadero cambio, y cuenta una extraordinaria historia de esperanza ante los desastres, tanto los naturales y como aquellos causados por el ser humano.

(Print book)

Yasmin la chef

Yasmin la chef
by Saadia Faruqi

La familia de Yasmin está organizando una gran fiesta, pero a Yasmin le preocupa que la comida tradicional que cocina su familia sea demasiado picante. Su familia sugiere que Yasmin invente su propio plato.

(Children's book)

Brave Chef Brianna

Brave Chef Brianna
by Sam Sykes

Brianna Jakobsson has big cooking dreams, and when her ailing father, a world-renowned chef, poses a challenge to his only daughter and 15 sons, she seizes the opportunity. She's going to have the best restaurant around and earn the family empire.

(Children's book, eBook)


Selection for December 1

The Best American Short Stories 2020

The Best American Short Stories 2020

A striking and nuanced collection, bringing to life awkward college students, disgraced public figures, raunchy grandparents, and mystical godmothers. To read these stories is to experience the transporting joys of discovery and affirmation, and to realize that story writing in America continues to flourish.

(Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

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A people's future of the United States

A people's future of the United States
Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers
by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

25 speculative stories imagining the future of America, with the collection featuring tales of both dystopias and utopias.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Refugees

Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A collection of stories, written over a 20-year period, examines the Vietnamese experience in America as well as questions of home, family, and identity.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

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Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Opt for the audiobook version, narrated by the author/actor himself.

(Print book, large print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Flash!: Writing the Very Short Story

Flash!: Writing the Very Short Story by John Dufresne

Flash fiction is like the Twitter of the literary world. Dufresne offers an insightful guide to writing this increasingly popular form of fiction.

(Print book)

A Phoenix First Must Burn

A Phoenix First Must Burn
Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope
Edited by Patrice Caldwell

From folktales retold to futuristic societies, this collection of stories centers on Black women and gender nonconforming individuals dealing with love and betrayal, strength and resistance.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)


A House is a Body Stories by Shruti Anna Swamy

Dreams collide with reality, modernity collides with antiquity, myth with true identity; women grapple with desire, with ego, with motherhood and mortality.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Moths and other stories/Las Palomillas de la Noche

The Moths and other stories/Las Palomillas de la Noche by Helena Maria Viramontes

Beautifully translated Spanish-English bilingual version. Prejudice and the social and economic status of Chicanos form the backdrop for these haunting stories.

(Print book)

Stories from suffragette city: stories of a fine and proper nuisance

Stories from Suffragette City
Stories of a Fine and Proper Nuisance
by M. J. Rose and Fiona Davis

An anthology set during the Fifth Avenue women’s suffrage march of October 1915 includes depictions of leading rights advocates, from Ava Vanderbilt to Ida B. Welles.

(Print book)

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

From family fiascos to first crushes, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

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Super Puzzletastic Mysteries

Super Puzzletastic Mysteries
Short Stories for Young Sleuths from Mystery Writers of America
Edited by Chris Grabenstein

A group of interactive short stories that invite the reader to solve the mystery themselves.

(Print book, eBook)


Selection for November 24

Brontë's Mistress

Brontë's Mistress by Finola Austin

Yorkshire, 1843: Lydia Robinson - mistress of Thorp Green Hall - has lost her precious young daughter and her mother within the same year. She returns to her bleak home, grief-stricken and unmoored. With her teenage daughters rebelling, her testy mother-in-law scrutinizing her every move, and her marriage grown cold, Lydia is restless and yearning for something more. All of that changes with the arrival of her son's tutor, Branwell Brontë, brother of her daughters' governess, Miss Anne Brontë and those other writerly sisters, Charlotte and Emily.

(Book)

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Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart

Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

An expert portrait of Charlotte’s life and writings, life at Haworth Parsonage and its eccentric inhabitants.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

A historical novel examining the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.

(Print book, Large Type Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Glass Town

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg

The entrancing story of the Brontë siblings' childhood imaginary world in graphic novel format.

(Print book, eBook)

Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars

Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade

A gripping account of the lives of five women who lived at various times in the same square in London’s Bloomsbury district between 1916 and 1940.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Empress Orchid

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

A fictional portrait of the last empress of China follows Orchid, a beautiful teenager from an aristocratic family, who is chosen to become a low-ranking concubine of the emperor and rises to a position of power in the Chinese court.

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The Daring Ladies of Lowell

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott

Moving to the mill city of Lowell in 1832 to escape farm life, young Alice is disillusioned by the local factory's harsh working conditions and struggles to advocate on their behalf while recklessly falling in love with the mill owner's son, a situation that is complicated by a murder and sensational trial.

(Print book, eBook)

Proust's Duchess

Proust's Duchess by Caroline Weber

A brilliant look at the glittering world of turn-of-the-century Paris through the first in-depth study of the three women Proust used to create his supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Retrato en Sepia

Retrato en Sepia por Isabel Allende

Una saga familiar situada a finales del siglo XIX en Chile, narrada por una joven mujer. La novela explora los temas del amor y su traición, privilegio, y secretos de familia.

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The Glass Town Game

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality.

(Print book)


Selection for November 17

Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Includes humorous stories from Allie Brosh's childhood, the adventures of her very bad animals, merciless dissection of her own character flaws, incisive essays on grief, loneliness, and powerlessness as well as reflections on the absurdity of modern life.

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Adulthood is a Myth

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Confronts head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life.

(Print book, eBook)

Killing and Dying

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

Collects six graphic stories that create a portrait of contemporary life, exploring the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive, and the weight of love and its absence.

(Print book)

Furiously Happy: a Funny Book About Horrible Things

Furiously Happy: a Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

The popular blogger presents a humorous and candid memoir about her lifelong battle with severe depression and anxiety, discussing how embracing both the flawed and the beautiful parts of life have enabled her to find joy in outrageous ways.

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Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants

Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants by Matthew Inman

A collection of comics, facts, and instructional guides from the online cartoonist and #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author known as The Oatmeal.

(Print book, eBook)

Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir

Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir by Jon H. Benjamin

The lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure.

(Print book)

You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples

You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by Patricia Marx

An illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, with illustrations from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

(Print book, eBook)

The Odd 1s Out

The Odd 1s Out by James Rallison

Telling his own stories of growing up as the “odd one out,” the YouTube star, presenting his fan-favorite comics as well as some never-before-seen material, shares the life lessons he has learned on the road to adulthood.

(Print book, eBook)

The Bride Was a Boy

The Bride Was a Boy by Chii

A diary comic with an upbeat, adorable flair that tells the charming tale of Chii, a woman assigned male at birth.

(Print book)

Be Prepared

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps, but Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury. There's only one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp. Nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!

(Print book, eBook)


Selection for November 10

The Last Story of Mina Lee

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Margot Lee’s mother, Mina, isn’t returning her calls. It’s a mystery to 26-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the tenuous invisible strings that held together her single mother’s life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.

(Book, Large Print Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

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Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

Little Gods

Little Gods by Meng Jin

Explores the complex web of grief, memory, time, physics, history and selfhood in the immigrant experience, and the complicated bond between daughters and mothers.

(Print book, audio CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Seasons of My Mother

The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden

An uplifting memoir that traces the story of Harden’s childhood and career using the imagery of flowers to represent the unique bond she shares with her mother, who now suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

(Book, Large Print Book)

Los Falcón

Los Falcón by Melissa Rivero

Una impresionante novela debut sobre la lucha de una joven madre peruana indocumentada que está dispuesta a darlo todo por su familia y su nueva vida en Nueva York.

(Book, eBook)

Homeland Elegies

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

A wrenching family drama about a Pakistani father and son making a home in the US in the aftermath of 9/11.

(Book, Audio CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Almost American Girl

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

A Korean teen struggles in a hostile blended home and a new school where she does not speak English before forging unexpected connections in a local comic drawing class.

(Book, eBook)

Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces.

(Book, Large Print Book, Audio CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Namesake

The Namesake

A young Indian immigrant in America balancing the ties to where he came from and where he's living now.

(DVD)

Vitalina Varela

Vitalina Varela

A Cape Verdean woman travels to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral.

(DVD)

I Can Make This Promise

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Twelve-year-old Edie finds letters and photographs in her attic that change everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother's adoption.

(Children's Book, Audio CD, eBook, eAudiobook, Playaway)


Selection for November 3

Fathoms

Fathoms by Rebecca Griggs

When Griggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beachfront in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales reflect the condition of our oceans. Here she blends natural history, philosophy, and science to learn about whales so rare they have never been named; whale songs that sweep across hemispheres in annual waves of popularity, and whales that have modified the chemical composition of our planet's atmosphere. She takes readers to Japan to board the ships that hunt whales, and delves into the deepest seas to discover how plastic pollution pervades our earth's undersea environment.

(Book, eBook)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

The Whale

The Whale
by Philip Hoare

A lively travelogue through the history, literature, and lore of the king of the sea.
(Print book, eAudio)

Into the Deep

Into the Deep
by Christy Peterson

Scientists are realizing that to address issues plaguing the ocean, we need to better understand this incredible feature of our planet.
(Print book, eBook)

Spying on Whales

Spying on Whales
by Nick Pyenson

A leading scientist dives into the secret lives of whales.
(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Voices in the Ocean

Voices in the Ocean
by Susan Casey

A two-year global adventure to explore the nature of dolphins.
(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Soul of an Octopus

The Soul of an Octopus
by Sy Montgomery

The author’s extraordinary experience bonding with three octopuses housed in the New England Aquarium.
(Print book, Audio CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Mama's Last Hug

Mama's Last Hug
by F.B.M. Waal

The eminent primatologist takes readers deep into the world of animals to show us that humans are not the unique creatures we think we are.
(Print book, large print book, eBook)

Our Wild Calling

Our Wild Calling
by Richard Louv

The renowned nature writer explores how we can find better ways to coexist with animals in the future.
(Print book, large print book, eBook)

Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale
by Joanasie Karpik

In this book, kids will learn how bowheads raise their babies, where they live and other interesting information, like how they can eat when they don't have any teeth!
(Children's book)

Whale of the Wild

Whale of the Wild
by Roseanne Parry

Vega and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable.
(Children's book)

The Whale Detective

The Whale Detective

A filmmaker investigates his encounter with a 30-ton humpback whale that breached and almost landed on him while he was kayaking.
(DVD)

 

 

 

 

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