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Naomi Alderman

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

Book Squad Podcast 018: WE’VE GOT THE POWAH

Twice a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

 

Bookish News:

Awesome article on LitHub about inclusion in publishing. Dhonielle Clayton, COO of We Need Diverse Books (and former librarian!), said “I hate the term sensitivity reader. I prefer the term targeted beta reader because it’s more accurate. . . . I’m not being sensitive. I’m just an editor and it’s another level of editing.”  Click the link to read on!

 

Two Book Minimum:

 

She Said / She Said: THE POWER by Naomi Alderman

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

“In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.”

Obama loved this book and so did we. The holds list is a little ridic, so here’s a blog post that suggests things to read while you’re waiting! (Or, buy it at The Raven Bookstore!!)

 

What we’re up to // Library news:

Read Across Lawrence begins soon! Lizzie Velasquez talk at Lied Center on SUN 3/11 at 3:30pm. More info here – DON’T MISS THIS!

 

 


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What to Read While You Wait for Obama’s Favorite Book

While Obama was president, he started a tradition of sharing his favorite books and music from each year and, graciously, he’s kept with this tradition for 2017. At the top of his list this year? A new “dystopian” novel with some radical, feminist themes called The Power by Naomi Alderman. The book was hovering around my to-read list for awhile, and the endorsement from this fella bumped it up several spots.

The reason I used the word dystopian in quotes above is because, when asked if the novel fit that category, Alderman’s response was, “Only if you’re a man.” Its premise asks the question: What happens if, globally, men were suddenly the ones constantly worrying about being overpowered, overlooked, and violently dominated? Read More..