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Fantastic Fall 2011

Staff recommendations of great books released in Fall, 2011

The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris

Michele Norris of NPR’s All Things Considered set out to write a book about “the hidden conversation on race” that was taking place around the country since the election of President Obama. Norris was interested in the continuing phenomenon she felt when interviewing people about what they weren’t saying when race came up; people were being careful and she wanted to know why. Then, when interviewing her own family about race and silence, a family secret was revealed and suddenly Norris’s journey to understanding the complexity of racial legacy became a more immediate and intensely personal story. The Grace of Silence illuminates the ways that silence and revelation are deeply imbedded into how we have racial dialogue. I cannot get the ending words of this memoir out of my head, and nor do I want to. This is a beautiful, telling, and wonderful read. 
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ISBN: 9780307475275
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2011

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

If there's anyone else who can write on a wider range of topics than Christopher Hitchens, and do so with such breathtaking erudition, I'm not aware of them. Arguably, Hitchens' latest collection of over one hundred essays taken mostly from Slate, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair is a perfect example. From the religious beliefs (or lack thereof) of America's founders, to the affront of intrusive table service in fine restaurants, Hitch covers it all.

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ISBN: 9781455502776
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Twelve - September 1st, 2011

A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies is the kind of book that could only be written by a passionate expert. Luckily, we have Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist and writer who has penned a stunning 'biography' of one of the world's worst afflictions. This volume spans the history of cancer and includes stories of Mukherjee's patients, and it is in these chapters that the author's devotion and compassion shines clearest. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this moving and important book should be widely read.

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ISBN: 9781439170915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - August 9th, 2011

The Rhythm of Family by Amanda Blake Soule, with Stephen Soule

As a crafter, a mother, and a faithful reader of the author’s blog (, I loved Amanda Blake Soule’s previous books, The Creative Family and Handmade Home, and eagerly looked forward to her latest. Soule has the loveliest way of capturing the joys and challenges of being a parent, of staying connected to (and being inspired by) the natural world, and of finding your place in the world. All of that is on full display in The Rhythm of Family. Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature.
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ISBN: 9781590307779
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Roost Books - August 9th, 2011

The Pain Chronicles by Melanie Thernstrom

Oliver Sacks, meet your match. Melanie Thernstrom’s Pain Chronicles is a wonderful meld of science, memoir, history, and mystery. Thernstrom interweaves her own struggle with chronic pain with amazing research tracing the concept of pain in history—from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to modern brain imaging. Think of it: pain, though universal, in many ways is invisible; when we stub a toe, there is nothing to reflect the pain we feel other than our behavior to it (in the toe-stubbing case, much hopping and hollering). But pain—that thing that travels and channels and blooms and dissipates—what exactly is it?  Thernstrom’s research is masterful at making the invisible visible; her detailed writing, and ever-readable stories, offer insight and meaning as a way to transcend suffering and make it known.

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The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312573072
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011

Create Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat

Written by the bestselling Haitian-American author (Breath, Eyes, Memory), Create Dangerously is a powerful presentation of the ability of writing and art to offer strength, healing, and redemption in the face of conflict and upheaval. Dave Eggers calls it “The most powerful book I've read in years. . . . A call to arms for all immigrants, all artists, all those who choose to bear witness, and all those who choose to listen. Though it describes great upheaval, tragedy, and injustice, it's full of humor, warmth, grace, and light.”

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ISBN: 9780307946430
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - September 20th, 2011

When Parents Text by Lauren Kaelin & Sophia Fraioli

NPR notes, “The average teen is sending thousands of texts per month, and hilarity and awkwardness ensue when parents try bridging that technology gap with their own texts.” Here then is a collection of insanely funny texts between parents and kids, compiled by the popular website “An addictive and side-splitting read . . .  the underlying relationship between parent and teen is simultaneously touching and hysterical. A total moment-in-time classic. Enthusiastically recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review 
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ISBN: 9780761166047
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 1st, 2011


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