“Anyway, because we are readers, we don’t have to wait for some communications executive to decide what we should think about next – and how we should think about it.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“The Story of Ain’t”
(Nonfiction) America changed forever in 1961. It’s easy for us to identify that as the year President John F. Kennedy took the oath of office, but who would have thought that publication of a dictionary would cause such a ruckus. That’s the year the newly updated Webster’s Third New International Dictionary was blasted by critics for its permissive attitude toward the use of ain’t.
“The Round House”
(Fiction) The vicious attack on Geraldine Coutts left her traumatized and reluctant to speak about the horrors of what happened to her either to her husband or to the police. This wrenching story, told through the eyes of Geraldine’s 13-year-old son Joe, illuminates the harsh realities of contemporary life in a North Dakota community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together. While Geraldine’s husband, tribal judge Bazil, tries to extract justice from a situation that defies his efforts, their son Joe and his friends set out to find answers on their own. This book has been named the 2012 National Book Award for excellence in fiction.
“Chasing the Sun”
(Christian Fiction) Hannah Dandridge’s father has disappeared in war-torn Mississippi, and Hannah is now responsible for her younger siblings and for the Texas ranch her father had received as reward for his work in the Confederacy.
Hannah, determined to hold on to the ranch with the help of her family and the hired man, is devastated when the wounded Union soldier William Barnett comes to the ranch house and claims the ranch is rightfully his.
Nothing worthwhile is ever easy as Hannah and William discover when nearby Comanche warriors and Confederate soldiers, and a persistent suitor threaten their dreams.
(History) Newly elected President and Mrs. Obama wanted their lives in the White House to be as normal and as sane as possible. That was before they moved in!
Kantor, an editor at the New York Times, brings us inside the making of a presidency and first ladyhood as the couple grappled with the political and psychological aspects of the mission they had taken on. She writes that the President discovered that his new role was stranger and much more daunting than he had anticipated and that Mrs. Obama struggled at times with her natural inclination for strong opinions in this new environment.
Together, the Obamas tell what they have gained and what they were surprised to lose, and who they still are in private.
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