There’s a light dusting of snow on the ground, and in less than two weeks, we’ll all be on Winter Break. What a perfect time to check out some books to enjoy. Here are our recommendations:
Some great new fiction includes The Innocents, by Francesca Segal, and Longbourn, Jo Baker’s below-stairs version of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Two newer history-themed graphic novels we’ve added are Genius, about Albert Einstein and, um, Ted, a physicist, by Seagle and Kristiansen. March: Book One is about the March on Washington, and is by Congressman John Lewis, Aydin and Powell. Doris Kearns Goodwin has a new one out. If you liked Team of Rivals, you might love The Bully Pulpit, which deals with presidents Taft and Roosevelt. Sabato’s new book The Kennedy Half Century will appeal to Kennedy fans. On the lighter side, how about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, or Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell?
World War II Fiction
City of Women by David Gillham and Atonement by Ian McEwan are two wrenching tales about the effects of war. Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 is a classic, and you might enjoy Suite Francaise, which was pieced together by the notes left by Jewish Ukrainian writer Irene Nemirovsky after she was swept up in the Nazi occupation of France in the 2nd World War. On the home front, in Wales at least, Peter Ho Davies’ novel, The Welsh Girl, is one I’d personally recommend for a rural glimpse of German POW’s in a small community.
Prep School Lit
Tobias Wolff’s Old School is a fine new classic, and you may enjoy Reconstructing Amelia, about the questions raised by the death of a teen at a private school. Prep, by Sittenfeld is a guilty pleasure.
This is Your Brain on Books
Try the Compass of Pleasure, by David Linden, which arguably has the most eye-catching subtitle I’ve seen for a book. To improve your memory, Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer. Medina’s Brain Rules may help you organize your life at school and home. What do you notice, and what do you overlook? Read The Invisible Gorilla by Chabris and Simons, and be surprised. Check out this video by Simons to get the general idea:
Come see us before the end of the day on Thursday, December 19th to check out an armload of good reading.
-Sue and Dennis