Librarian's Pick

Here's what our librarians are reading lately.

Librarian’s Pick: Washington Black- Esi Edugyan

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“Washington Black, a Bajan 11-year-old slave on a sugar plantation whose life is forever changed when he is removed from hard labor and “loaned” by his owner to Christopher “Titch” Wilde. Titch is an eccentric naturalist, inventor and abolitionist who initially wants the young Washington to serve as ballast in his experiments with hot air balloons.

Washington turns out to be a gifted artist and naturalist himself. The two develop a fraught relationship that takes them from Barbados to the Arctic and the deserts of Morocco until Washington ultimately gains his freedom. Told from Washington’s point of view, the novel examines both what it means to be truly free and the complex power dynamics of its central relationship.”

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La elección del bibliotecario: En El Pais Que Amamos – Diane Guerrero

Image result for in the country we love spanish cover En el País Que Amamos: Mi Familia Dividida por Diane Guerrero

Nacida en los Estados Unidos, actriz Diane Guerrero se recuerda del día que descubrió que sus padres fueron deportados a Colombia cuando ella estaba en escuela.Esta memoria, lleno de emoción y dolor, reflecta los problemas de residentes indocumentados de este país. Diane, con apoyo de amigos, logro a encontrar el sueño americano y la voz para pelear para los derechos de inmigrantes.

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In The Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

Born in the United States, actress Diane Guerro is reminded of the day she discovered that her parents were deported to Colombia when she was in school.This memoir, full of emotion and pain, reflects the problems of undocumented residents of this country. Diane, with the support of friends, managed to find the American dream and the voice to fight for immigrant rights.

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Librarian’s Pick: The Personality Brokers – Merve Emre

Personality Brokers jacket“Relying on meticulous research, Emre reveals the vulnerable mindset of young housewife Briggs when she happened upon Carl Jung’s psychological theories in the 1920s. Inspired by Jung’s theories—but with no real psychological credentials and a background in fiction writing—Briggs and her daughter obsessively attempted to sort everyone in their lives into categories using a multiple-choice questionnaire they created.

It was truly an obsession, Emre shows, and one that didn’t stop with the Myers-Briggs family. On the contrary, the Myers-Briggs type theory was used to analyze everything from the dire economic situation of the 1930s to Hilter’s personality. It informed the first employment tests, and it may have influenced the beginning of the arms race in the 1950s. Indeed, type theory has never gone out of fashion and is still incredibly popular today, fueling a multi-billion-dollar industry. Emre engagingly follows all of these paths to illustrate the deep and broad impact one test has had on people the world over.”

 

 

Librarian’s Pick : The Good Neighbor – Maxwell King

Good Neighbor jacketThe Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development.”

 

 

 

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Librarian’s Pick: Small Animals – Kim Brooks

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“One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals, Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves?”

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Librarian’s Pick: The Shakespeare Requirement – Julie Schumacher

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Librarian’s Pick: Temper – Nicky Drayden

TemperTemper brings a thrilling blend of science fiction, horror, magic, and dark humor from the award-winning author of The Prey of Gods. Auben’s six vices are branded on his arm for all the world to see – marking him as the lesser twin. But he won’t let his vices define him, even as he’s envious of his twin, whose single vice brand is a ticket to a better life, one that likely won’t involve Auben. The twins’ strained relationship threatens to snap when Auben starts hearing voices that speak to his dangerous vices.”

 

 

 

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National Book Lovers Day

Did you know that today is national book lovers day. What’s your favorite book? Mine is below. Hashtag us on Instagram with your pick at #westburymemorialpubliclibrary.

Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers.

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