Tuesday, July 14, 2009

June's Staff Picks

Carlie’s Pick
Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
PR 4567 .A1 2004
- Give yourself a summer treat and read Oliver Twist. You will fall in love with Oliver and the Artful Dodger.

Melissa’s Pick
50 Years from Today
by Mike Wallace
HM 901 .W39 2008
- Take care of yourself and our Earth, so we all can live longer healthier lives.

Cory’s Pick
By Mary Roach
- STIFF is hilarious and horrible at the same time. Be Brave and read it!

Carol’s Pick
Movie: Mozart and the whale
DVD PN 1995.9 .C55 M69378 2006

Summer Classics

Find out why Saleem Sinai’s birth mirrors the new independence of India in 1947 in Salman Rushie’s Midnight’s Children or how postcolonialism affected Nigeria in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Even though summer is busy, find time for yourself and curl up with a Classic. On display this month:

Midnight’s Children

“The literary map of India is about to be redrawn. . . . Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice.”
–The New York Times

Things Fall Apart

“Things Fall Apart may well be Africa's best loved novel. . . . For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who opened up the magic casements of African fiction.”
—Kwame Anthony Appiah

My Name Is Red

"It is neither passion nor homicide that makes Pamuk's latest, My Name is Red, the rich and essential book that it is. . . . It is Pamuk's rendering of the intense life of artists negotiating the devilishly sharp edge of Islam 1,000 years after its brith that elevates My Name is Red to the rank of modern classic. . . . To read Pamuk is to be steeped in a paradox that precedes our modern-day feuds beteween secularism and fundamentalism."
--Jonathan Levi, Los Angeles Times Book Review