This February, the Katharine Brush Library is putting a spin on Black History Month with a special Black HerStory Month display, celebrating the achievements of African American women. Some of the featured women include Coretta Scott King, Ethel Payne, Pauli Murray, Lena Horne, and Mavis Staples. For additional information about these women or to find books on the historic achievements of other African American women, stop by the library and talk with one of our staff members!
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A wonderful read! I had no idea that Laura and her daughter had such a complex, fraught relationship. I also had a very patchy grasp of the history of the period – this adroitly combines interesting social history with fascinating biographical studies of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane. Extensively researched and beautifully written, this a great read even if you aren’t a Little House fan.
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
While it might seem odd to say that I laughed out loud at times while reading a book primarily about suicide, I did indeed. It is, in equal parts, ironic, deeply sad, and completely hilarious. Incredibly moving, and with one of the best flawed yet believable narrators I’ve come across, this is a fantastic novel about life, love, and loss.