Reader's Advisory

November Staff Picks

 

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The way forward : renewing the American idea

By Paul Ryan

Call # 320.973 RYA

From the publisher: Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election, including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics, Paul Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward. Ryan also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the progressive movement as a whole -- its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin. Culminating in a plan for the future, Ryan argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals.

Susan Olson Higgins / Corning Friend of the Library: Paul Ryan speaks candidly and politically articulately about issues, problems, and plausible solutions to concerns America today including U.S. budget, the recession,immigration issues, Obamacare, employment and 46 million Americans living below the poverty level, military expenditures, how to restore a faltering Social Security system, balance the budget, create jobs, restructuring government in our lives to restore basic freedoms.  He offers solutions based upon insight gained while he has served in the House of Representatives on major fiscal committees. He also shares a brief autobiographical sketch including his family, friends, home town, and more. He speaks candidly and openly through the book, often defending the Republican's stand on issues. He offers a view of current issues with historical accuracy. 

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Into the wild

By Jon Krakauer

Call # 917.9804 KRA

From the publisher: A true story expanded from Krakauer's article about a young man who starved to death in Denali National Park in Alaska. In a compelling book that evokes the writings of Thoreau, Muir, and Jack London, Krakauer recounts the haunting and tragic mystery of 22-year-old Chris McCandless who disappeared in April 1992 into the Alaskan wilderness in search of a raw, transcendent experience. His emaciated corpse was discovered four months later.

Eddie / Teen Volunteer: This book has a very interesting structure which makes me enjoy it even more. It tells the story from the ending and this makes the reader question what are Alex's reasons for completing this "odyssey" as he calls it. It also makes me wonder what type of person Alex actually was. This is a very thought provoking book and a great read for anyone.  

 

 

 

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The amazing adventure of Kavalier and Clay

By Michael Chabon

Call # FIC CHA

From the publisher: With this brilliant novel, the bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys gives us an exhilarating triumph of language and invention, a stunning novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of boy geniuses reveal much about what happened to America in the middle of the twentieth century. Like Phillip Roth's American Pastoral or Don DeLillo's Underworld, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a superb novel with epic sweep, spanning continents and eras, a masterwork by one of America's finest writers. It is New York City in 1939. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date: smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. He is looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a collaborator to create the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Out of their fantasies, fears, and dreams, Joe and Sammy weave the legend of that unforgettable champion the Escapist. And inspired by the beautiful and elusive Rosa Saks, a woman who will be linked to both men by powerful ties of desire, love, and shame, they create the otherworldly mistress of the night, Luna Moth. As the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe and the world, the Golden Age of comic books has begun. The brilliant writing that has led critics to compare Michael Chabon to John Cheever and Vladimir Nabokov is everywhere apparent in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Chabon writes "like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader," wrote Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times about Wonder Boys-and here he has created, in Joe Kavalier, a hero for the century. Annotation. With this brilliant novel, the bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys gives us an exhilarating triumph of language and invention, a stunning novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of boy geniuses reveal much about what happened to America in the middle of the twentieth century. Like Phillip Roth's American Pastoral or Don DeLillo's Underworld, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a superb novel with epic sweep, spanning continents and eras, a masterwork by one of America's finest writers.

Todd / Librarian: I read this book years ago and fell in love with it. Words just cannot describe how completely epic it is. Just read it!

 

 
 

 

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