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Reader’s Place: Celebrating Black History Month

This month’s focus is on African American artists, writers, activists, and theologians.

How Long Til Black Future Month?How long ’til black future month? by N. K. Jemisin. 2018. FIC Jemisin

Three-time Hugo Award winner N. K. Jemisin’s first collection of short fiction challenges and enchants with breathtaking stories of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.



Well-Read Black GirlWell-read black girl: finding our stories, discovering ourselves : an anthology,  edited by Glory Edim. 2018. 810.989 Wel

The founder of the popular online book club curates a collection of original essays from today’s best Black female voices, including Jesmyn Ward, Lynn Nottage, Jacqueline Woodson, Gabourey Sidibe, Morgan Jerkins, Tayari Jones and Rebecca Walker.


How Not to Get ShotHow not to get shot: and other advice from white people, by D. L. Hughley and Doug Moe. 2018. 818.607 Hug

Legendary satirist D. L. Hughley here uses humor to draw attention to injustice, sardonically offering advice on a number of lessons–a much-needed antidote in these distressing times.



She Begat ThisShe begat this, by Joan Morgan. 2018. 782.421 Mor

Morgan (When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, 1999) builds her discussion of CHS Graduate Lauryn Hill’s seminal 1998 album, a reflection point for two intersecting generations of black women, on a framework of conversations with several other music and culture critics, including Raquel Cepeda and Joicelyn Dingle.

Other Side of FreedomOn the other side of freedom: the case for hope, by DeRay Mckesson. 2018. BIOG Mckesson

From the internationally recognized civil rights activist/organizer and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of a movement from the front lines.




Hallelujah, Anyhow!Hallelujah, anyhow!: a memoir, by Barbara C. Harris, with Kelly Brown Douglas. 2018. BIOG Harris

Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris was the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion. A participant in Dr. Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery and crucifer at the ordination of the “Philadelphia 11,” Bishop Harris has been eyewitness to national and church history. In the book, she reflects on her experiences with the “racism, sexism, and other ‘isms’ that pervade the life of the church.”


Compiled by Ina Rimpau

Posted by Robert Nealon | 4 Feb 2019 | Comments Off on Reader’s Place: Celebrating Black History Month

Readers place: Escape to gay Paree!

Do you dream of escaping to the City of Light to get away from our dark, short days here? [Warning: Paris in the winter is also cold, dark and wet.] If you can’t get away, here are some titles to dream – perchance to plan – by.

Last Christmas in ParisLast Christmas in Paris: a novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. 2017.  FIC Gaynor                  Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict–but how?– and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears–and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene? 

Paris by the book: a novel  by Liam Callanan. 2018. FIC Callahan
When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris. Upon their arrival, Leah discovers an unfinished manuscript by Robert, set in Paris. The Eady women follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. Leah’s biggest surprise comes when she hears herself accepting the offer on the spot. As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they can’t help but trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise.

Death in ParisDeath in Paris  by Emilia Bernhard. 2018. FIC Bernhard
When French financier Edgar Bowen drowns in a bowl of soup, his former girlfriend, American Rachel Levis, is alarmed by the unnatural death. Who dies eating a nice vichyssoise? But when she overhears a mourner at his funeral describing the circumstances of his death, something sounds even stranger: a bottle of rosé was on the dining table when he died. The only problem: Edgar loathed rosé. If he wasn’t drinking it, who was? After the police rule the death accidental, Rachel knows it’s up to her and her best friend Magda to investigate.

L'appartL’appart: the delights and disasters of making my Paris home  by David Lebovitz. 2017.  BIOG Lebovitz                    When bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with the famously inconsistent European work ethic and hours. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen.

Compiled by Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 10 Dec 2018 | Comments Off on Readers place: Escape to gay Paree!

Readers Place: It’s all about the girls

jell-o girls
Jell-O girls: a family history
  by  Allie Rowbottom. 2018.  929.209 ROW
A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune, JELL-O GIRLS is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love and loss. Rowbottom considers the roots of trauma not only in her own family, but in the American psyche as well, ultimately weaving a story that is deeply personal, as well as deeply connected to the collective female experience.    


Fly girlsFly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history by Keith O’Brien. 2018. 629.13 OBR
High adventure and high ideals merge when a corps of intrepid female aviators battle to take part in the hugely popular air shows of the 1920s and 1930s. Ultimately, one of our heroines would win a race that earned her the right to be called America’s best pilot.


Dead girls

Dead girls by Graeme Cameron. 2018. FIC CAMERON
Two months after a brutal attack by a serial killer, police detective Alisha Green fights her own failing memory and conflicting accounts from a witness and a surviving victim to hunt down the dangerous man who nearly killed her.



My girlsMy girlsa lifetime with Carrie and Debbie   by Todd Fisher. 2018.  BIOG FISHER                
Fisher’s mom was the multitalented Debbie Reynolds; his sister, actress and author Carrie Fisher (The Princess Diarist, 2016), achieved cult status as Princess Leia in Star Wars. As the avowed caretaker and champion for both his mother and sister from the time he was a child, Fisher was fiercely protective of their lives and legacies. Poignant and joyous, genuine and reverential, Fisher’s tribute to these larger-than-life creative ladies is a down-to-earth portrait of a loving mother and supportive sister.


Compiled by Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 17 Oct 2018 | Comments Off on Readers Place: It’s all about the girls

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