The Yellow House
by Sarah M. Broom
The Yellow House tells the story of one family’s life in the 13th Ward of New Orleans and their slowly deteriorating home through the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s gradual decline, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The New York Public Library says this memoir with its strong sense of place is well worth reading .
Beirut Hellfire Society
by Rawi Hage
Christine liked the writing style and language of this book, which at times was a roller coaster of free association. The characters were compelling and in spite of the subject matter there was a lot of humour too. It challenged her to live with the emotional and social impact of war and long term conflict, and to reflect on how life would be under those circumstances.
Recipe for a Perfect Wife
by Karma Brown
In Recipe For A Perfect Wife, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between their lives, it causes her to question her own relationship with her husband–and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society. Sue really liked the characters and found this to be a fascinating, fast and funny read, complete with recipes and tips!
King: a Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis
King: a Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis, is available on Kanopy, the library’s film streaming service. This Academy Award-nominated documentary covers Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movements from 1955-1968 with rare footage of speeches, protests and behind-the-scenes takes. Rachel says that even for King enthusiasts, there are surprises and amazing moments captured here.
by Steven Price
In the late 1950s, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa, facing down the end of his life, struggles to complete the novel that will be his lasting legacy and become the top-selling novel in Italian history. The Leopard, based on his family history, chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento in the 1800s. Rae Ann found the beautiful use of language vividly recreated an Italy transitioning from postwar austerity to the beginnings of La Dolce Vita.
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