Every year, summer seems to race past just a little faster than the year before. Already, in the middle of July, meeting are being scheduled for October and it seems everyone is starting to feel like there’s just not quite enough time to finish everything that was planned for the summer before the start of fall semester. If you’re feeling like you need to start getting for fall but you’re not quite ready to let go of the idea of summer, I’ve got a way that you can relax, enjoy a good book, and still tell be getting ready for a fall event: check out the first Unwin(e)d selection for 2014-2015!
I’ve already shared many of the books that weren’t chosen for this year’s Friends of the Libraries book discussion hosted at Winan’s. Now, it’s time to announce the books that we will be reading. (I have to admit, I already know and I’m still a little excited about seeing them written out here!)
Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
September 4, 2014 – 5:30 at Winan’s Beavercreek
September 16, 2014 – Noon in Room 342 Dunbar Library
We’re going to start the year with Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet…” From these opening words, Ng begins to unravel the ways in which the members of the Lee family are obscured from each other even as they try to solve the mystery of what caused their teenaged daughter’s death. Family dynamics, cultural expectations, and the weight of lost dreams come to the surface as Lydia’s family try to understand how they got to this point.
The Weirdness, Jeremy Bushnell
November 6, 2014 – 5:30 at Winan’s Beavercreek
November 18, 2014 – Noon in Room 342 Dunbar Library
When he wakes up hung over and late for work (again), slacker Billy Ridgeway finds a well-dressed stranger in his apartment. The stranger hands him a cup of the best coffee he’s ever tasted, introduces himself as the actual Devil, and suggests a deal: a best-selling novel in exchange for finding and saving the Lucky Cat figurine that’s the only thing preventing the end of the world. This literary urban fantasy tale offers a comic perspective on good, evil, and the value of a really good cup of coffee
Long Division,Kiese Laymon
January 8, 2015 – 5:30 at Winan’s Beavercreek
January 20, 2015 – Noon in Room 342 Dunbar Library
An African-American teenaged boy in Mississippi is given a book in which the main character appears to be a 1985 version of himself who can travel through time to the present day to steal a laptop and cell phone and back to 1964 to help protect another time traveler from the Klan. This complex narrative is a interwoven tale of racism, history, and the mysterious forces of identity.
Be Safe I Love You, Cara Hoffman
March 5, 2015 –5:30 at Winan’s Beavercreek
March 17, 2015 - Noon in Room 342 Dunbar Library
A classically trained singer returns home from a tour of duty in Iraq to find that her family’s and friends’ lives have continued without her. In fact, things have improved for her family since she’s been gone. It’s clear, though, that all is not well with Lauren in her return to civilian life. The New York Times Book Review opined that Hoffman “writes with a restraint that makes poetry of pain” in this novel about the internal struggles that continue long after the war is over for the soldier.
I hope to see you at one of the Unwin(e)d book discussions this year. If you have any questions about the group or the books, let me know. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!