What’s on Oakton’s Nightstands

Posted on February 4, 2011. Filed under: Event, Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here are books discussed at this year’s “What’s On Your Nightstand” orientation program held at the Des Plaines Library.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

Brazilian author Paul Coelho tells the story of a young boy who goes on a journey to see the world and search for a treasure about which he dreamed. The true reward of his journey, though, is his spiritual growth and self-actualization.

The Bird ArtistThe Bird Artist by Howard Norman

A Newfoundland man lives a simple life drawing birds. Love and life, though,  gets unexpectedly complicated and leads him to murder.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

A boy seeks comfort in books after the loss of his mother. But the books begin whispering to the boy, and he ends up getting drawn into a world populated by strange things and monsters that seem like twisted versions of fairy tales.

book cover for City of OrangesCity of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa by Adam LeBor

This is a history of Israel, Palestine, the city of Jaffa, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict told from the perspectives of various families in the region.

book cover for Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

A story about a 15-year-old boy with autistic-like characteristics who investigates the murder of his next door neighbor’s dog after being accused of said crime.

book cover for Cutting for StoneCutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

This story tells the tale of twin Ethiopian brothers born of an illicit affair between a nun and a surgeon and bound together by both a mystical connection and a love of medicine.

book cover for The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A discredited reported seeks to solve a 40-year-old kidnapping case with the help of a tattooed female super hacker.

book cover for The Girl with a Pearl EarringThe Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

A novel about the life of Vermeer as he creates the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring told from the perspective of the girl who models for the portrait.

cover for A Homemade LifeA Homemade Life: Stories & Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

Food has always been intertwined with life for the creator of the blog Orangette. In this cookbook/memoir, Molly shares some of her personal memories of family, life, and loss while sharing a recipe with each tale told.

cover for Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

The true story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells were taken without permission and used to create the HeLa cell strain still used today in medicine and science and worth billions.

cover for It's a BookIt’s a Book by Lane Smith

Children’s book that shows the merit of books in today’s digital age.

cover of Main StreetMain Street by Sinclair Lewis

Classic novel about life in small-town America in the early 1900s from the perspective of a newly married woman raised in a metropolitan city who moves to her husband’s childhood hometown.

cover for New PolicemanThe New Policeman by Kate Thompson

This young adult novel ties Irish music and mythology together in a story about a young boy who tries to buy time for his mother for her birthday.

cover for Things They CarriedThe Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

A novel about the lives of soldiers in Vietnam based on the experiences of the author who served there.

cover for UnbrokenUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

The true life story of Louie Zamperini, a WWII airforce pilot whose plane crashes in the sea. He survived shark infested waters only to be captured by the Japanese and become a POW.

cover for Vintage AffairA Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

Novel about a curator at Sotheby that creates a high-end vintage shop. The novel intertwines the story of the shop owner with the stories behind various vintage pieces with which the curator comes in contact. 

cover for Women, Food and GodWomen Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth

Self-help book about how food is tied to what one believes and how to overcome emotional eating.


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