A guide to books we're reading and talking about this year.
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2015
Spring brings showers, flowers, and a chance to look at things in a fresh light - including what we are reading! This page highlights suggestions from EvCC readers, old and new favorites, and literary adventures around every corner. Keep checking back as more is added (and send me yours, of course).
Jeanne Leader, EvCC Library Dean
Librarians are often asked to find books based on a description of the color or the cover. You gotta try these!
I've covered 10 states so far in a 2015 self-imposed literary trek across the country. Check out the "Challenge" page for more specifics and to see where I have already been. The titles that follow below are suggestions from EvCC employees about books (both fiction and non-fiction) set in a specific state. Thanks to everyone for their ideas!
Please send me your "must read" by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Canticle for Leibowitz
This book is set in Utah and was suggested by Jeff Pearce. From Amazon: "Following a cloister of monks in their Utah abbey over some six or seven hundred years, the funny but bleak Canticle tackles the sociological and religious implications of the cyclical rise and fall of civilization, questioning whether humanity can hope for more than repeating its own history."
The Basketball Diaries
Recommended by Alec Campbell, this is "the original classic story about growing up with drugs and sex and about learning to survive on the streets of New York. An urban classic of coming of age." Alec also suggested Empire Falls (ME), Sometimes a Great Notion (OR), Vineland (CA) and Another Roadside Attraction (WA).
O Rugged Land of Gold
Linda Nichols suggested this title which is "A combination of real experiences and imagination, this story is of a female Robinson Crusoe, stranded alone and injured for one winter on a rugged island in Southeast Alaska."
These Is My Words
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Stacy Siler said that this fictionalized account based on memoirs of life in frontier Arizona "has many unexpected twists and turns that make it really hard to put down, and you really experience the main characters growth through the authors writing (illiterate to eloquent)."
All the Bright Places
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Marianne Le submitted this young adult novel set in Indiana. "You'll hear lots about the state as the main characters have an assignment to visit the sights. Warning: suicide is a main theme."
Publication Date: 1985-05-12
Margie Wyatt said this was really good but admitted that as a native Californian she was partial to the setting. This story for human survival includes a gigantic comet, earthquakes too powerful to measure, tidal waves, cities turned into oceans and oceans turned into steam. Margie also suggests The Horse Whisperer for Montana.
Publication Date: 2004-10-04
Recommended by Fayla Schwartz: " It is the story of the former leper colony a Kalaupapa and one woman who lives her life there. Full of Hawai'ian culture and history, as well as the history of the treatment of Hansen's Disease (leprosy). Well written and fascinating!"