It’s time for February’s Recommended Reads! Here’s what we’re reading and recommending this month:
Lisa is currently reading, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. She says, ”it was named one of Library Journals best books of 2017, and I can see why. The little known story of at least 24 murders that occurred on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma in the 1920s is heartbreaking. Through the lens of one family, Gann weaves information about the frankly horrendous treatment of indigenous people in the U.S. with intriguing insight about early 20th century law enforcement techniques. That he manages to do so with empathy and the utmost respect for those most closely effected by the tragedy is what, to me, makes this book so readable.”
Donovan read Star Wars: Ahsoka, written by E.K. Johnston. Star Wars: Ahsoka is a story that takes place after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. At this time, Ahsoka Tano, a Togruta female who was once a padawan learner to Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker, is a fugitive hiding from the Galactic Empire. She settles on the rural moon of the planet Raada working as a mechanic named Asha. However, the empire invades the Raada moon. The oppressive presence of the stormtroopers and other imperial personnel prompts the residents to consider revolting. Sympathetic to their cause while trying to keep a low profile, Ahsoka encourages and eventually participates in their rebellion.
Donovan says, “I enjoyed reading Ahsoka because Ahsoka Tano has become one of my favorite Star Wars characters. I hoped the events of her life between the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels would be told. I liked and appreciated the vignettes of side stories that were mentioned intermittently throughout the primary narrative.
In addition, I liked that there were movie/television nods and established character cameos. The only thing I didn’t like was that the book didn’t explore Ahsoka’s time after she became an agent for the Alliance to Restore the Republic. I felt that there was not enough content about her that connects the two series together. Other than that, I would recommend this book for check-out from the W.I. Dykes Library.”
Anne is currently reading Dove by Robin Lee Graham. In 1965, sixteen year old Graham set off from California in a 24-foot sailboat to sail around the world. It took him nearly five years to circumnavigate the globe solo, and at the time, he was the youngest person to complete this feat. Parts of his boat break multiple times and pieces get lost in the sea, he has times when he nearly runs out of food or water, and he sails through terrible storms that nearly sink his little boat. He meets fascinating people and cultures along the way, even falling in love and getting married. He wants to quit his journey several times, but he perseveres and through the process, grows into his full self.
Dove isn’t available at the UHD Library, but you can request it through Interlibrary Loan!
Pat just finished reading Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds. “He is, hands down, my favorite science fiction author, and definitely one of the best writing today. His Revelation Space series is so good that I have read the entire thing twice! His most recent book is a quick, exciting read about a young woman who leaves her home with her sister to join a crew that investigates deserted planets to find treasures. A life-changing encounter with a pirate ship is the motivation for profound transformation and amazing adventure. The things that I like about Reynolds are the dark tone of his books, the fascinating plots, and, above all, outstanding character development. And, the library has every novel he has written, so if you like him, too, you’re in for a lot of great reading!”