Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Top 10 for 2013: Maria Tells the Truth about her Favorites

Our fabulous librarian, Maria, is back with her faves that include a healthy dose of nonfiction. Take a look and get ready to stretch your brain!

Mountains Beyond Mountains:  the Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder;  adapted for young people by Michael French
You will never read a book that demonstrates the passion of a man for his work such as this memoir of Dr. Farmer.  Paul Farmer developed an early passion for Haiti and its people and he has carried it throughout his life, from college on. Resolute on his mission to cure the world of infectious diseases this man is still at it.   Inspirational beyond words.
Relish:  My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (see our full review)
Episodic funny graphic memoir for teens and adults tells of Lucy Knisley, her childhood and youth, her love for food, and all things foodie.  Very funny at times, especially the incident of her travel to Mexico as a youngster.  LOL.
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
Story within a story of two graduating seniors:  Duncan and Tim.  Duncan discovers Tim’s story in his room.  Tim is an albino who meets Vanessa at the airport on the way to their posh private school after their flight gets cancelled.  Duncan likes fellow student Daisy, but can he make anything of it?  If you are looking for a different type of story, with a great setting, a little romance and suspense, read
The Tragedy Paper.  Suspenseful and heartwarming.
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson (see our full review)
Continues the story of Hattie Brooks as she leaves the Montana prairie in 1919 for San Francisco, encounters new experiences and hopes to become a newspaper reporter.  Hattie meets a cast of characters including a con woman, a handsome reporter, even a president.  Hattie’s bigger dilemma, should she give in to romance or follow her ambition?  Spunky Hattie doesn’t disappoint.

Pieces by Chris Lynch
A different take on organ donation.  When Eric’s brother dies his family decides to donate some of his organs, as Duane had wanted.  Now Eric is on a quest to meet some of these donors in order to still feel close to Duane.   Some of these meetings have dubious results.  No author knows young men as Chris Lynch does

Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi leader responsible for much of the Holocaust is hunted down by tenacious Jews who want him brought to justice.  After finally tracking him down in Argentina, he is held captive and taken undercover back to Israel where he stands trial.  Justice does prevail in this most captivating book.

Who knew a book about graphic design could be so engrossing?  After reading Go you will look at your surroundings in a different way.  Hey, have you always seen the arrow in the FedEx trucks??

After Japan bombed Pear Harbor over 100,000 Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps. This book, full of photographs examines the anti-Japanese feelings that prevailed at the time, feelings that almost surged again after 9-11 towards a different ethnic group. 

The story of the Triple Nickles, an African American paratroopers who found success in spite of all the obstacles in front of them.  Photographs, interviews, and letters make these guys real and we see their determination to become a cohesive unit become a reality.

Swanson has a knack for making history come alive.  If you don’t know much about JFK you will learn quite a bit not only about him but also about Oswald, the assassin.  This book has you from the very first page and you will probably want to learn even more after you’re done.  November 22, 1963 will have a new meaning the next time you hear that date.

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