Archive for August, 2013

Found this video with Rufus E. Clement, Robert Foster’s father in law, regarding his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the non-segregation of public schools. Made the book seem much more real.

Also went to see Lee Daniels’ The Butler this weekend. It really brought to life a portion of the history found in the The Warmth of Other Suns.

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The Chicago Public Library has something similar to our “Big Read” called “One Book, One Chicago,” but instead of one month spent with a great book, they are spending a year exploring a theme through books, films, performances, lectures, storytelling and art. The 2013-12 selection is the same as ours for this month, The Warmth of Other Suns. Check out the Chicago Public Library’s site for programs that you might be interested in.


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10 Book to Read after “The Warmth of Other Suns”

When patrons are moved by a book they have read, they often look for books that are similar.  The Warmth of Other Suns is definitely one of those books that touch your heart.  If you want to and need to learn more, you might be interested in the following:

The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Black Boy by Richard Wright

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America by Nicholas Lemann

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.” Quote by Pema Chödrön

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College of Communications professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, author of the acclaimed book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” talks about how writing the book provided a connection to her family’s past.

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100-year-old-manOn Monday, August 5th, the Booked for the Day Book Group met to discuss the book The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Here are a few of the comments made during the meeting:

  • The majority of the group did not enjoy the book. No one had one of those laugh out loud moments so there were few parts that stood out to anyone. One member thought that maybe it did not translate well from Swedish to English.
  • No one thought that they would recommend the book to anyone and we were unable to determine if it was an adventure story, a crime story, a love story, or just a fantasy.
  • We thought that the title was cute and the cover was adorable so it did catch our attention at first but once we started to read, we thought the story was ridiculous.
  • We all had parts where we were confused because of the switching from the present to the past.
  • Revisiting historical figures was a nice history review for some of us but the story lines were so unbelievable. We understood why the author decided he wanted Karl to be 100 because he wanted to cover the most significant historical events of the last century.
  • The story is touted as a Forrest Gump tale but Forrest Gump had showed feelings, at one point in the movie he was in love. With Karl you did not get any of those human emotions that Forrest Gump had. Karl showed no interest in love and sex.
  • We were also confused with the fact that they indicated that he was sterilized; giving us the impression that he was castrated yet at the end he and Amanda were together.
  • It seemed that Karl was a trustworthy guy but we thought maybe he was just amusing his friends by making up stories and none of the stories from his past were true.
  • We ended the meeting with high hopes for our next book. These are just of few things mentioned during the discussion. Please feel free to add any of your thoughts in the comment section.

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Ready, Set, Go!

RSG logo - trimmedI wanted to remind everyone that our Ready, Set, Go! event is this Saturday, August 17, 10a.m. – 4 p.m.

We have a great day planned! There will be giveaways, a prize drawing, and you’ll have a chance to meet local educational administrators and teacher along with the library staff demonstrating online tools. So stop by!

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