Hello, it's Wednesday and time for another post about what Wilmette Public Library staff has been reading. You can search for these titles and put them on hold through our online catalog or you can look for an ebook or e-audiobook on the Digital Library of Illinois.
Title: End of October
Author: Lawrence Wright
Reader: Jill M., Adult Services Manager
"At an internment camp in Indonesia, within one week, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When the microbiologist and epidemiologist Henry Parsons travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe. Matilda Nachinsky, deputy director of U. S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic. Henry's wife Jill and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta and the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions and decimating the population." - description provided by publisher
Title: Sacred Ground: The Chicago Streets of Timuel Black
Author: Timuel Black
Reader: Sheri R., Youth Services Librarian
This memoir is a vivid and inspiring look at Chicago's place in the great Migration and the Civil Rights movement. It opens in 1919, with the Chicago race riot that summer when Black's family moved from Alabama to Chicago, through his time stationed in Europe in WWII, and recounts his meetings with many legendary figures as an educator, author, and activist. Timuel Black is an acclaimed historian, activist, and storyteller. NewCity Lit says that Sacred Ground is "a must-read for any citizen of Chicago who wants to understand the racial and political dynamics of our city."
Title: Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Reader: Ted R., Adult Services Librarian
In this book, popular host of the podcast Revisionist History and author Gladwell explores how people interact with strangers and why these exchanges often go wrong, offering strategic tips for more accurate and productive interactions. Ted says: "Gladwell's books are always interesting!" In Gladwell's 2019 interview with Goodreads contributor Kerry Shaw, Gladwell said that the takeaway he hopes people get from this books is "[t]o be more forgiving of those who are deceived. To understand that being hoodwinked is a function not of what you've done wrong but what you've done right—it's never a crime to trust in someone else."
Title: The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
Author: Marie Benedict
Reader: Alice J., Youth Services Librarian
This book deals with the life of author Agatha Christie and the mysterious 10 days she disappeared. No one knew where she was and her husband was considered a prime suspect. I've enjoyed her other books: The Other Mrs. Einstein, The Smartest Woman in the Room, Carnegie's Maid and Lady Clementine. Benedict does extensive research on her characters and I've learned a lot from her books.
Author: Ryan La Sala
Reader: Krista H., Teen Librarian
I picked up this book because I follow the author's hilariously goofy and yet sincere Twitter feed and I thought, "If he's this funny and strange on Twitter, what must a book by him be like?" Ryan La Sala's debut novel is described by the publisher as a cross between the movie Inception and the book/TV show The Magicians, and while simplified, that's an excellent description to get people interested. It's an urban fantasy that takes place in the real world and is perfect for any queer teenagers (or adults) who know the feeling of needing to escape from the real world for a time into dreams of a better life; only, in this book, it turns out those dreams can be dangerous too. While recovering from an attack that leaves him without his memory, gay teenager Kane Montgomery stumbles into a world where dreams known as reveries take on a life of their own, and it is up to Kane and a few unlikely allies to stop them before they spillover into the waking world.