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A Few Good Books: November 2015

by Emily M | Nov 16, 2015

Looking for a good book recommendation? Look no further!  Here’s a few good books I’ve enjoyed recently:

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg

Around 2009 U.S. and Sweden-based journalist Jenny Nordberg headed to undergroundgirlsofkabulAfghanistan to see what progress had been made in terms of welfare and rights of Afghani women and girls since 2001.  What she stumbled upon intrigued her: an accepted, yet rarely discussed practice known as bacha posh, in which (usually) prepubescent girls are raised and presented to the world as if they were boys.  This has nothing to do with sexual identity or being transgender, but concerns the social, political, and economic advantages that come to the individual child, as well as the entire family, when one is a boy.  Nordberg not only delves into the varied reasons why families choose this path for their daughters, but also explores the effect of being born a second class citizen (female), being elevated to a position of privilege (male), and then being forced back into a place of oppression (female) on these girls as they transition into adulthood.  Fascinating, eye-opening, and ultimately heart-breaking, I highly recommend this book.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Pulitzer Prize- winning Tyler delivers a lovely and engaging novel about the spoolofbluethreadWhitshank family.  Written in non-chronological order, Tyler slowly reveals the secrets of four generations of this Baltimore family.  I loved and hated the ending of this book for the same reason:  I hated it because it didn’t give me the resolution that I wanted and loved it because, just like in real life, there was no easy resolution.  A Spool of Blue Thread deals beautifully with the difficult and messy dynamics of family.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin   

A.J. Fikry is a depressed widower who owns a failing bookstore and has had his storiedlifeofajfikryprized possession, a rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe poems, stolen, but his life turns around when a baby is abandoned on his doorstep.  For some readers, this book may come off as one giant cliché, but I found it managed to stay endearingly sweet, if somewhat unrealistic.  An easy, enjoyable read, my favorite part of this book was the last page and a half.  The ending should have been quite sad, but instead, the author chooses to remind the reader that out of every ending is the possibility for a fresh, new beginning. 

What about you?  What good books have you read recently that our readers might enjoy?

EmilyLong before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.


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