Archive for March, 2012

Extremely loud and incredibly close, by Jonathan Safran Foer

March 7, 2012


When I first saw this book, I thought it was a teen book because of its cover and some of the illustrations inside, so I shelved it in its adult fiction category and grew curious. I looked it up online and picked it off the shelve the next day. This book mixes the magical and imaginary world of a nine year old boy and the stark reality of losing a parent on 9/11. And how children, more than adults, want the “why” and “what if” to be answered and will move mountains to try going back in time and changing the course of events. This novel is poignant and the photos inside the book makes it that much more real and touching.

Available as an ebook on Libby/Overdrive and Hoopla

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - ebook

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight & Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, by Alexandra Fuller

March 6, 2012

[Lesley]  You’ve never met anyone like the Fuller family.  Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood in Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, and tells the story of her mother’s life in Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.  Every person is vividly described through their words and actions – they are unforgettable and unique.  Behind the people is the wild, chaotic, and often dangerous landscape of Africa where the author’s parents lived most of their adult lives.  They all take the dangers in stride – bashing snakes’ heads, sleeping with guns – going about their everyday lives as if everyone lives this way.  Somehow, even with multiple tragedies (3 dead children, a diagnosis of manic-depressive disorder, animals lost to the wildness) the books are funny and hopeful — very much like the author and her family.  These are both must-reads.

Available as an Ebook on Libby/Overdrive

Title details for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller - Available