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Station Eleven: A Novel
By Emily St. John Mandel
Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.
Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed. (Summary provided by Amazon.com)
I loved this book because often post-apocalyptic stories are set farther in the future, but this is about the collapse of our current civilization. I think the most visceral moment for me in the book is when a woman is stranded in the airport, looking for her anti-depressant. It made me think about how I wouldn’t be able to access my asthma medicine if something like this happened in the real world. It made the whole idea of the collapse of civilization ever-present in my mind. One point that really effected me was the lack of antibiotics: there was no one to manufacture/ distribute them so they were no longer available. We don’t realize how dependent our current civilization is on the labor (and infrastructure) of people.
I also loved this book because it shows the way that the collapse of civilization affected different people from various walks of life, whether they were a child or an adult when the pandemic happened. So Kirsten is the main thread of the story, but it is punctuated by Arthur and people that touched both of their lives in various ways. I highly recommend this book.
–Submitted by Karen Klein, former Reference Librarian
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For those that love to read, there are so many books, so little time…
Except for when we are in school, we often let the classics slip on by. Often more challenging that today’s fiction and nonfiction, these books have been highly influential in our lives in ways we may not even recognize.
Recently I watched a version of Hamlet, and forgot that the quotes “to thine own self be true”, “brevity is the soul of wit“, and “sweets to the sweet” all came from there and are often still used in everyday conversation today.
Want to find out where you rank? Test your knowledge at the 99 Classic Books Challenge. Then, go to the library to check out one that intrigues or challenges you.
For myself, I am going to try to reread Hamlet and brush up on my Shakespearean English…
Let us know in the comments what you scored!
—Written by Maria C. Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, from an idea by Jennifer Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian
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H is for Hawk
By Helen Macdonald
H is for Hawk is one of those rare nonfiction books that reads just like fiction. Helen Macdonald is a college English professor who goes into deep depression after the sudden death of her father who was not just that but also her “partner in crime”. She works her way out of her grief by taking up the challenging task of mastering and training the notoriously unruly Goshawk.
Macdonald also works in her rereading “The Goshawk” by T.H. White, the famous author who also tried training a Goshawk in his young years but failed miserably . Macdonald brilliantly weaves White and her story throughout this book with one thing in common; they are both fighting their own demons while trying to use a Goshawk as their way out.
This is a must read for anyone fighting through the loss of someone special in their life.
–Submitted by Karrie Stewart, former Library Clerk