What’s on RHC’s Nightstands

Posted on March 8, 2011. Filed under: Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Here is the list of books discussed at this year’s “What’s On Your Nightstand” program at Oakton Community College Library in Skokie.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
This novel follows the triumph and tribulations of a race car driver told from the perspective of his dog.

Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories
by Will Eisner
This graphic novel tells the stories of various immigrants as they struggle to create a life for themselves in a new nation.

Dances With Wolves
by Michael Blake
This book tells the story of a civil war era army soldier sent to man an isolated military post who befriends a wolf and develops both a friendship and respect for the local Sioux tribe.

Golden Country
by Jennifer Gilmore
This novel follows the lives of three immigrant families who move to Brooklyn in the early to mid 1900’s as they try to find the American dream.

In the Time of the Butterflies
by Julia Alvarez
This novel tells the story of the lives of the three young women in the Dominican Republic who eventually become known in real life as the martyrs Las Mariposas.

People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks
This novel traces the history of a book of Jewish prayers as it is being restored while also telling of the life of the restorer herself.

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept
by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
Filipino myths and legends give one family the courage they need to face the losses that WWII brings to them and to their country. The family, like the Philippines itself, emerges stronger for their trials in this unique story.

The Zookeeper’s Wife
by Diane Ackerman
The book tells the true story of a couple who owned a zoo in Poland during WWII and used it to hide and eventually smuggle out Jews during the Holocaust.

Zorro
by Isabel Allende
This novel tells the life story of Diego de la Vega, the man to become known as the masked man Zorro who helps the poor and fights tyranny.

-posted by Susan McClelland and Gretchen Schneider

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