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A great adventure story that's even better because it's true, the Lewis and Clark expedition is a fascinating slice of U.S. history, and this book does a brilliant job bringing the experiences and personalities that defined the journey to life. From the publisher: "Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition."
This frothy, funny book-nerd-book is the perfect thing to pull out near the end of the semester, when you have analyzed, unpacked, and considered so much literature that your head feels ready to explode. (Um, it's not just me, right?) Of course Daisy Buchanan would text while driving. Of course Jane Eyre would be annoyed by Mr. Rochester's insistent messaging. Of course Cathy and Heathcliff would send each other the most insane, obsessive texts in the history of texting: "i love you so much/ let's break each other's hearts."
OK, I'm breaking my only-if-we've-read-it rule for Nnedi Okorafor. When I saw this book (from the author of the amazing Akata Witch), I clicked the Buy Now button so fast my finger hurts. This is a YA/adult science-fiction novel about a girl torn between two worlds: the sophisticated, educated world of the galaxy's finest university and the simpler world of the Himba where she grew up. Yeah, this is what I'll be doing tonight.
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love. It will not lead you astray.” Oh, Rumi. I keep a copy of this book on my night table because there are so many times when a taste of it is just what I need. Rumi, a 13th century Sufi Mystic, still feels surprisingly relevant today, thanks in part to Barks' freewheeling translation. Read this with your kids, and you'll find so much to talk about it. Read it on your own, and you'll find so much to think about.
Looking for an alternative spine for world history? Cultural anthropologist Jack Weatherford considers the history of the world through the history of money, and the results are fascinating. From Library Journal: "Money, according to Weatherford, has experienced three revolutions: the first, with the invention of metallic coins (gold, silver) 3000 years ago; the second, the development of paper money (now the most prevalent form of money) in Renaissance Italy; and today, on the cusp of the 21st century, the rise of electronic money (the all-purpose electronic cash card), which, he believes, will radically change the international economy."
Just in time for National Poetry Month, here's a deal on Sylvia Plath's most controversial collection. Originally edited by her husband (the poet Ted Hughes) after her death, this edition restores Plath's original vision (or as close as it's possible to get without Plath's physical input) in a powder-keg collection that's wrenching and revealing, with surprising joys and less surprising sorrows.
Tuchman is one of my favorite historians—she has a real knack for illuminating not just historical events but the context and personalities that surround them. This book focuses on the two and half decades leading up to World War I, and it's fascinating. From the publisher: "During the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a century of rapid, unprecedented change, a privileged few enjoyed Olympian luxury as the underclass was “heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate.” In The Proud Tower, Barbara W. Tuchman brings the era to vivid life: the decline of the Edwardian aristocracy; the Anarchists of Europe and America; Germany and its self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; Diaghilev’s Russian ballet and Stravinsky’s music; the Dreyfus Affair; the Peace Conferences in The Hague; and the enthusiasm and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized by the assassination of Jean Jaurès on the night the Great War began and an epoch came to a close.
This short story collection made Suzanne's list of best books read in February: "Kelly Link had been on my to-read list for several years, and now that I’ve finally read her work I want to track down all the authors and critics and fellow readers who recommended her and say, 'Yes, I know you TOLD me to read her, but why didn’t you MAKE me?' Her weird-fantastical stories hit the sweet spot for me and the story “Secret Identity” (from this collection) is going on the list for my next short story class with tweens and teens."