Books on RHC’s Nightstand

Posted on September 17, 2010. Filed under: Fiction, Nonfiction |

Here is the list of books discussed at the “What’s On Your Nightstand” program at Oakton Community College Library in Skokie. The books are broken down by Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Children’s and Teen’s Books.


Acquired Tastes by Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle regales the reader with the way the rich and famous live and buy extravagantly.

By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat by Tracye Lynn McQuirter, MPH

This dietary book discusses ways for black women to change their diet in order to live happier and healthier lives.

Eat Right 4 your Type: the Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer, and Achieving Your Ideal Weight by Dr. Peter D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney

This dietary book discusses tailoring your diet, exercise, and supplements based on your blood type in order to improve your health and reach an ideal weight.

Emotiononomics: Leveraging Emotions for Business Success by Dan Hill

This business book discusses how considering emotions is important both in reference to the marketplace and in creating a successful workplace.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal by Eric Schlosser

This non-fiction book looks at the dark side of the fast food industry. It studies both the issues of obesity caused by a fast food diet and the effect fast food franchises have had on American culture and society.

Googled: The End of the World as We Know It by Ken Auletta

This book discusses the founding and development of Google and how it has impacted our world.

Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman

A moving memoir about a woman’s experience immigrating to America with her Holocaust surviving parents from Poland.

Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change by William R. Miller & Stephen Rollnick

This psychology book offers advise on how to prepare patients seeking help in behavior modification and drug addiction.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

This book studies the ecology of our food and how each of the food groups have become part of our diet.


A Dog’s life by  Peter Mayle with Drawings by Edward Koren

A novel written as an autobiography of the authors’ dog.

Faithful Place by Tana French

This is 3rd book in a series is about a Dublin police detective who finds out 22 years later that the girlfriend he thought left town without him may have not left at all when her suitcase is found hidden in an abandoned house.

The Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

This novel tells the story of 4 young Saudi Arabian women who live in the traditional Islamic town of Ridyadh but travel globally. Each woman tries to find a balance for herself between both cultures while also seeking happiness and love.

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

This book was selected for the Coming Together in Skokie in 2011. It is a novel about a young girl who finds comfort in Filipino folktales as her island is invaded by the Japanese in 1941 and her family is torn apart by war.

Children’s and Teen’s Books

Cry of the Giraffe by Judie Oron

This young adult novel is based on the true story about a family of Ethiopian Jews who flee religious persecution but get separated in a Sudan refuge camp. The 15-year-old protagonist must go back to Ethiopia alone and try to survive until she can find a way to reunite with her family in Israel.

Life, After by Sarah Littman

This young adult novel follows teenage Dani as she tries to make a life for herself in a foreign high school after her family moves from Argentina to America.

Paris in the spring with Picasso by Joan Yolleck

This picture book does a wonderful job of introducing children to many of the artists found in 20th century Paris.

Sharing our homeland: Palestinian and Jewish Children at Summer Peace Camp by Trish Marx

This photo-essay book describes the experiences of  children used to the violence of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as they come together in peace at a camp in Israel.

-posted by Rose Novil and Gretchen Schneider


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