What Staff Are Reading
Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Read the list below to find out!
Glenys’ pick is ‘Unsheltered’ by Barbara Kingsolver (Adult Fiction Rental, KIN)
Follows two families living in the same house at two separate time periods in Vineland, New Jersey. One family lived in the house in the 1800s and one is there in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Here Kingsolver observes how we measure success, and how we face changing social norms and interactions.
Kerrie’s pick is ‘Skyward’ by Brandon Sanderson (Adult Ficiton Rental, SAN)
Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.
An electric ride that has me desperate to read the next one!
Jean’s pick is ‘The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau by Julie Ferry (Adult Non Fiction/History, 941.081 FER)
The marriage of American heiress, Jennie Jerome, to Lord Spencer-Churchill in 1874, was merely the first ripple in the money for a title marriage pond. At its height it saw the arranged marriage of the Duke of Marlborough to Consuelo Vanderbilt that saved Blenheim Palace. This book is a fascinating insight into the business of two American-born society hostesses who fostered a lucrative trade in introductions.
Well worth reading to gasp at the shocking size of the dowries on offer and the’ frequently, unhappy results of these forced unions.
Fiona’s pick is ‘Long Way Down’ by Jason Reynolds (Young Adult Fiction, REY)
Will has known about The Rules for a long time. No one he knows invented them, they've just always existed: No Crying, No Snitching, and Get Revenge. When his big brother Shawn is killed, Will knows what he has to do -- he has to follow The Rules, right? The 60-second trip down the elevator from his apartment to the killer is among the longest of his life. When his past offers a different perspective on The Rules, Will has to make a tough decision: Will he go through with it?
A powerful story written in verse that connects you to Will and hooks you in immediately; well-worthy of its numerous awards.