Readers Place: Truth is Stranger than Fiction
In this Readers Place we’ve paired current novels with nonfiction books on a related topic.
The patriots by Sana Krasikov. 2017. FIC KRA
When the Great Depression hits, Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn College for what appears to be a plum job in Moscow—and the promise of love and independence. But once in Russia, she quickly becomes entangled in a country she can’t escape. Many years later, Florence’s son, Julian, will make the opposite journey, immigrating back to the United States. His work in the oil industry takes him on frequent visits to Moscow, and when he learns that Florence’s KGB file has been opened, he arranges a business trip to uncover the truth about his mother, and to convince his son, Lenny, who is trying to make his fortune in the new Russia, to return home.
Collusion : secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win by Luke Harding. 2017. 327.73 HAR
Harding supplements his reliance on Steele’s dossier, summed up here as claiming that “for at least the past five years [before the election] Russian intelligence had been secretly cultivating Trump,” with a helpful synthesis of existing reporting from sources such as the New Yorker, Politico, BuzzFeed, and the Washington Post.
The end we start from by Megan Hunter. 2017. FIC HUN
As London is submerged below floodwaters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, she and her baby are forced to leave their home in search of safety. They head north through a newly dangerous country seeking refuge from place to place. The story traces fear and wonder as the baby grows, thriving and content against all the odds.
The water will come by Jeff Goodell. 2017. 551.458 GOO
The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.
Border child: a novel by Michel Stone. 2017. FIC STO
For Héctor and Lilia, pursuit of the American Dream became every parent’s worst fear: their infant daughter vanished in the midst of their border crossing from Mexico to the United States. Now, four years later, the family finally has a chance for reunion, but the damage wreaked by their traumatic separation may well be irreparable.
Tell me how it ends: an essay in forty questions by Valeria Luiselli. 2017. 23 LUI
Luiselli asks undocumented Latin-American children facing deportation forty questions, humanizing these young migrants and highlighting the contradiction of the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants with the reality of racism and fear–both here and back home.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau