Staff Picks at CLP-Squirrel Hill
Zadie Smith's newest book may not be the easiest to read, but if you stick with it, you might be pleased. Smith uses several writing styles (on one page, the words are in the shape of a tree; my favorite section is written as a series of related, very short stories) to explore the lives of four characters. The differing styles may be jarring to some readers, but Smith is deft, as always, at writing about the issues of class and society and excels at showing her characters as not necessarily likeable, but completely recognizable human beings.
Conor Grennan went to Nepal intending to volunteer a few months before continuing an around-the-world adventure. While volunteering at an orphanage outside of Kathmandu he learns that most of the sixteen boys and two girls living there aren't actually orphans but victims of child trafficking. The traffickers promised families living in a remote part of Nepal that for a large fee they would keep the children safe from Maoist rebels but instead sold or abandoned them far from home. The more Conor learns, the more he is moved by the children. He promises to return at the end of the year and what he sets into motion will amaze and inspire anyone.
Grab this book and you'll hear lots of compliments. "Simply Sublime Bags" is a great book for those of us looking for an easy afternoon or weekend craft. You'll find 30 DIY handbags like Tee Time - a no sew shoulder bag made from a t-shirt, Climbing the Wall - a bag made from wallpaper and Nights In Black Satin - an evening clutch made from satin ribbon.
During World War ll, the British carefully duped the German Intelligence into believing that the Allies would invade Italy via Greece instead of the obviously better route, Sicily. This true story introduces a cast of characters of double agents both for the Allies and the Nazis. Everyone has an agenda and is always trying to out-think the enemy. Some of the characters are brilliant but dangerously na´ve while many others are brilliant and dangerous. This is a page-turner for espionage fans.
Set during the Holocaust, this is a tale of two boys, one the Auschwitz commandant's son and the other a Jewish boy named Shmuel, who come face to face at the barbed wire fence. Shmuel's father is missing and Bruno offers to help hunt for him; however, he will need a pair of those striped pajamas. Meanwhile, Bruno's mother decides to return to Berlin, and Bruno makes a fateful decision.
Compiled by a former senior editor of Blender magazine, Everybody Loves Our Town is an oral history of the grunge music era taken from over 200 interviews with musicians, producers, managers, and journalists. Some of the most popular bands of the genre tell their own stories, including Mudhoney, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, The Melvins, and The U-Men. Brutally honest and surprisingly sentimental at the same time, Everybody Loves Our Town documents the triumphs and tragedies of one of popular music's most unique movements.