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Lawrence Reads: Week of July 15, 2013

Every Sunday, we ask our Facebook fans what they are reading. We’ll be sharing ten featured books mentioned in the comments on the post that are available from our collection. If you’re interested in checking one out, clicking on the title will direct you to the catalog listing for the book.

 

Medea: A Delphic Woman Novel by Kerry Greenwood

medeaWhen she falls in love with Jason, the leader of the Argonauts, and helps him steal the Golden Fleece, Medea, Princess of Colchis and priestess of Hecate, Thee Named, Lady of Phantoms, sails with him to claim his throne, but things turn tragically wrong and she must attempt to reclaim her humanity through abandonment, murder and grief.

 

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

golem and the jinniChava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.

 

 

 

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

driftMaddow shows how deeply militarized our culture has become–how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission.

 

 

 

The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family by Dan Savage 

the commitmentThe author of the internationally syndicated column “Savage Love” brings much-needed humor, and a reality check, to the bitter gay-marriage debate with this polemical memoir. As Savage (Skipping Towards Gomorrah) and his boyfriend, Terry, neared their 10th anniversary, Savage’s mother put on the pressure for them to get married. But, Savage notes, there were several other points to consider before deciding to tie the knot: among them, the fact that marriage doesn’t provide legal protection in Washington State; Terry prefers tattoos as a sign of commitment; and their six-year-old son declared that only men and women can get married.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

great and terrible beautyAfter the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

 

 

 

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

rules of civilitySet in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

 

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

a little princessSara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin’s London School, is left in poverty when her father dies, but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.

 

 

 

Rebecca by Daphne Dame du Maurier

rebeccaLast night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house’s current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim’s first wife the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

nickel and dimedOur sharpest and most original social critic goes “undercover” as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job — any job — can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour?

 

The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley

the man in my basementHailed as a masterpiece-the finest work yet by an American novelist of the first rank-The Man in My Basement tells the story of Charles Blakey, a young black man who can’t find a job, drinks too much, and, worst of all, stands to lose the beautiful home that has belonged to his family for generations. But Charles’s fortunes take an odd turn when a stranger offers nearly $50,000 to rent out Charles’s basement-and soon, as the boarder transforms the basement into a prison cell, Charles finds himself drawn into circumstances almost unimaginably bizarre and profoundly unsettling.

Lawrencians are reading an eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction, and there’s even a children’s and young adult title in the mix! Feel free to share what you’re reading in the comments if you missed Sunday’s post. 

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