It has been fun contributing to the library blog, but I’m leaving my role as non-fiction librarian – so this will be my last blog (at least for now). I’ve been seconded to library administration for the next year which will bring a whole new set of non-blogworthy challenges and interests. I hope some of my bloggy suggestions and observations over the past few years have been useful. As a goodbye, here are a few current event titles I’m looking forward to reading when they come out:
Different Kind of Daughter, by Maria Toorpakai (May 2016)
What to do if you’re a girl interested in sports, but live in a tribal area of Pakistan? Dress as a boy, of course. Toorpakai’s choice to live as a male, as well as her athleticism, put her into the crosshairs of the Taliban. This is the story of her remarkable journey as she rose to become the number one female Squash player in her country before fleeing to Canada – where she remains a voice for oppressed women everywhere.
Brown: What Being Brown Means in the World Today (To Everyone), by Kamal Al-Solaylee (May 2016)
From the 2015 Canada Reads finalist (for Intolerable) comes this new look at the global implications of being brown-skinned. Full of stories and street-level reporting, Solaylee travelled four continents and ten countries to research the lives of persons like himself – neither black nor white, but something in between.
The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland, by Dan Barry (May 2016)
From 1974 to 2009 a group of intellectually disabled men lived in an old Iowa schoolhouse. They were paid $65 per month plus food and lodging in return for their work in a meat-packing plant. They endured neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse before finally being freed. A reminder to us all to be vigilant; that we are responsible for the social justice issues of our age.
Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State, by Barton Gellman (July 2016)
Gellman was one of the three journalists Snowden chose to receive his collection of NSA documents. Building on his twenty plus years as an investigative journalist for the Washington Post, Gellman was able to access sources in government and the tech industry to help make sense of Snowden’s massive leak. Soon Gellman himself became a target. A true-life spy story, dealing with the surveillance revolution that impacts us all.
The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida’s Story, by Farida Abbas (June 2016)
When ISIS Jihadists overran her village killing all men and boys, Farida Abbas was taken captive. Beaten and sexually assaulted, Abbas was taken to a market where ISIS sold female prisoners. But by then Abbas had realized that fighting back made it harder for her captors to continue their abuse. This is her heroic struggle to escape the unthinkable.
Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time, by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter (May 2016)
On a lighter note, Steve knew his partner Derek wouldn’t be keen on adopting a micro piglet, but he decided to go ahead anyway. This tiny pig turned out to not be so micro after all – ultimately growing into a 600 pound pet. When space became an issue, Steve and Derek bought a farm where they created a refuge for other animals in need. A charming tale about accidental animal-rights advocates.
Place a hold for a title or two today!