Monday, March 6, 2017

Staff Picks

Symphony For the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony is one of the most powerful pieces of music that I’ve ever heard. This book is part biography of Dmitri Shostakovich, part history of Russia, and part story about the power of music in the darkest of times.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Recommended to me by a coworker, The Secret History is the first Donna Tart book that I have read. It is a story about an outsider attending a small New England university and the strange and interesting students that he meets there. I enjoyed The Secret History and am eager to read The Goldfinch, another Donna Tartt book.

Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. A generation-spanning story about the experiences of a Greek immigrant family that comes to America. The narrator is a member of the family that suffers from a rare genetic disorder.

Silence by Shusaku Endo

The story of two Portuguese missionaries sent to Japan during the 17th century Christian persecutions. A film version adapted by Martin Scorsese was released earlier this year. 

A character-driven story about the life of a famous actor and the lives of those who knew him before, during, and after a deadly strain of influenza brings about the end of modern civilization. Also recommended to me by a coworker.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. A story about the Vietnam war and the experiences of South Vietnamese expatriates living in Los Angeles after the war told from the point of view of a communist double agent.

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

China Mieville is an author that has been recommended to me by both friends and coworkers. I decided to give him a try and started with Perdido Street Station. I was not disappointed. Perdido Street Station realizes its setting, the Steampunk city of New Crobuzon, masterfully.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

This book is widely loved at the Sharon Forks library and with good reason. It is a fantastic piece of historical fiction about the experiences of a French girl and a German boy set during the second World War.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is another author that was recommended to me by a coworker. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is long, strange, dream-like story of one man’s quest to find his lost cat.

King Baby by Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton, of Hark, a vagrant! and The Princess and the Pony fame is back with her second book for children. It's the tale of a baby who is quite full of himself.

Nicholas Yeatman
Information Specialist