Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows   Pages: 274         Published: 2008

The book: In January 1946, Juliet Ashton, a writer, receives a letter from a man she has never met, Dawsey Adams. He owns a book that used to belong to her. They begin to correspond, and it turns out that Dawsey was a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Juliet continues to correspond with Dawsey, curious to learn more about the society, which was founded during the German occupation of the channels islands. Read more

Crick Crack, Monkey

Merle Hodge        Pages: 123          Published: 1970

The book: A young girl called Tee narrates the story of her childhood in Trinidad. After her Mother dies during childbirth, Tee is forced to live first with an aunt she calls Tantie and then with her Aunt Beatrice.  Tantie is warm, bawdy and welcoming, while Beatrice inhabits a Creole middle-class world that is pretentious and discriminatory toward lower-class people of color.
The story follows Tee as she grows up being pulled between two different worlds, trying to fit in at school, and to find her own identity. Read more

Behold The Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue     Pages: 382      Published: 2016

The book: This is the story of Jende and Neni, who came to America from Cameroon, with their six-year-old son, to build a better life for themselves.  In 2007, Jende and Neni manage to obtain jobs working for a banking executive and his wife.  Things are looking up.  Will they realize their dreams or will the collapse of the global economy bring destruction? Read more

The Alice Network

Kate Quinn         Pages: 503        Published: 2017

The book: London 1915, Eve Gardner is recruited as a spy and sent into occupied France.
1947, Charlie St. Claire and her mother have just arrived in Britain en route to a clinic in Switzerland to take care of a “little problem.”  However, Charlie, desperate to find her cousin Rose who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, abandons her mother and heads for London to find someone who might help her locate her cousin.
She finds Eve, now a drunken recluse tortured by the past.  Read more

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Doris Pilkington  Nugi Garimara  Pages: 135     Published: 1996

The book: This is the true story of Doris Pilkington’s mother Molly, who escaped, with her sisters, from an Australian government institute for Aboriginal children with white fathers. The girls, ages 8, 11, and 14, were forcibly removed from their families so that they might learn to behave more like white people and forget their aboriginal culture. They managed to escape, barefoot with no food or maps.  The girls followed a rabbit-proof fence for almost 1000 miles to get home, despite being tracked by police.
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