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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Great reads for November.

Come in to the library, check out a new book and settle into a comfortable bean bag chair for a great read!

Maus:  A Survivor's Tale is a memoir by Art Spiegleman, presented as graphic novel.  The whole book took thirteen years to complete.  It recounts the struggle of Spiegelman's father to survive the Holocaust as a Polish Jew. In 1992, it won a Pulitzer Prize Special Award.

Uglies is a 2005 science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld.  Set in a future post-scarcity dystopian world in which everyone is turned "Pretty" by extreme cosmetic surgery upon reaching age 16.  It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society's enforced conformity, after her new found friends show her the downside of becoming "pretty".

Three Cups of Tea is a New York Times bestselling book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.  The book describes Mortenson's transistion from a mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Louis Riel:  A Comic Strip Biography by Chester Brown reinvents the comic-book medium to create the critically-acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing and best graphic novel for his compelling, meticulous, and dispassionate retelling of the charismatic, and perhaps insane, nineteenth-century Métis leader.

1 comment:

Al Smith said...

Three Cups of Tea is a great book and amazing story. Mortenson has achieved what expert diplomats and pundits thought could never happen- a westerner not only be accepted into an islamic society but actual change things positively. Only a man who relished the challenge of climbing peaks could have the patience, tactics and love to build schools...a must read for many reasons.
Al Smith
Kelowna Secondary School Library