Wondering what the folks in Lincoln are reading? Here are a few of this month’s most popular titles at the Lincoln Public Library District.
“The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird” by Jack E. Davis
Jack E. Davis tells the story of the Bald Eagle and its relationship to America from the past to now. While we celebrate the bald eagle as a symbol of honor, majesty, prowess, and America in general, in the past, we have savaged this bird as a malicious predator of livestock and a pest. Having been hunted nearly to extinction for its reputation as a “nuisance,” or for its beauty. This book eloquently explores Americans’ paradoxical relationship with our national symbol. Sometimes it’s a symbol of the greatest things about America, and sometimes it is a vilified pest.
“In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial” by Mona Chollet
Mona Chollet digs deep into the history of witch trials in In Defense of Witches. She identifies the three main types of women who were accused of witchcraft: the elderly woman, the butt of many jokes, scorn, and accusations of ancient “mystical abilities”; the childless woman, a woman who either dared to defy social norms or was “cursed” with infertility or child-death; and the independent woman, widows, or women who chose to live on their own in general. While the literal witch trials that ended in torture and death were hundreds of years ago, Chollet argues that there are still “cultural” witch trials being carried out on women who do not fit the “ideal female” age, body, or personality type.
“The Deathwatch Beetle” by Kjell Erickson
Ann Lindell is a retired Swedish cop living on the island of Graso off the Swedish coast. When she receives a tip that Cecilia Karlsson, the woman at the center of an unsolved missing person case, has been seen alive, Ann is obsessively drawn back to this long-dormant case that she was never able to solve. Ann starts the reinvestigation by visiting Cecilia’s parents and interviewing Cecilia’s former admirer, and senses they are all hiding something from her. As Ann tries to fill in the gaps of this unsolvable puzzle, a hermit on the island plots their revenge…
“The Bone Cay” by Eliza Nellum
Magda Trudell is the current caretaker of the Whimbrel Estate, the Florida home of the highly-esteemed poet Isobel Reyes. Magda has restored the estate to its former glory, making it completely historically accurate to how it would have been in 1918 when Isobel committed suicide in the house. A treacherous October hurricane is headed straight for the estate, but Magda refuses to leave her lifelong project behind. When the hurricane hits it immediately causes flooding and fires all over the house and wipes out Magda’s supplies. When parts of the house collapse, Magda finds a secret room of the house containing a woman’s remains. A father and his teenage daughter show up at the estate for shelter from the ongoing storm’s siege. Magda is deeply suspicious of the pair’s intentions in coming to the house, but cannot morally turn them away if they truly need the shelter, so she lets them stay. As the storm rages, Magda is overcome with paranoia about her new guests and the need to find out the truth about Isobel and her death.
“Apple (Skin to the Core)” by Eric Gansworth
In many Native American communities, the term “Apple” is a slur for people who are “red on the outside, white on the inside.” It’s used as a way of dismissing Native American people who are a part of or involved in white culture as “not really Native American.” Eric Gansworth destroys this exclusionary slur and reclaims it in his memoir (written in a style that is a hybrid of biography and poetry) where he writes about the story of his family, horrifying government boarding schools that stole away and tortured native children, and to his personal struggles of being an artist and straddling two cultures.
“Jane, the Fox, and Me” by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
Hélène is a young girl being ruthlessly bullied by her former friends in school. She escapes them by reading her favorite book, Jane Eyre, and finds comfort and connection with the eponymous protagonist. On a camping trip, Hélène meets a fox and feels connected to it, but one of her bullies shoos it away. Soon a new girl named Géraldine moves into town and Hélène befriends her. While this story shows the extreme human cruelty that children are capable of, it also shows that a connection to anything, a fictional character, an animal, or just a friend can numb the cruelty and sadness of life and make it worth living.
Blurbs are taken from the back of video cases
West Side Story
The greatest love story ever told… in the most acclaimed musical of all time! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number, and magical movie moment of West Side Story in this 50th Anniversary Edition! Winner of ten ACADEMY AWARDS, including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Featuring an unforgettable score, exuberant choreography, and powerful performances by Natalie Wood, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris, West Side Story will forever resonate as a true cinematic masterpiece.
Genius, Season 1: Einstein
From executive producers and Academy Award Winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. National Geographic’s first-ever scripted series, GENIUS, offers as extraordinary look into the life of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein. Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush stars as the rebellious daydreamer who went on to become the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century. Beyond his groundbreaking theories of relativity, you’ll witness Einstein’s struggles to be a good husband, father, and man of principle during a time of global unrest. With Johnny Flynn as young Albert and Emily Watson as his second wife, Elsa, GENIUS takes you on an unprecedented, 10-episode journey of discovery guided by Einstein’s wit, wisdom, and insatiable thirst for knowledge.
This and past articles can be found on our website www.lincolnpubliclibrary.org ● Other reading recommendations can be found under “I Don’t Know What to Read” ● Still stumped? Call the annex circulation desk for more suggestions (217)732-8878
This article originally appeared on Lincoln Courier: Wondering what the folks in Lincoln are reading?