Fall Nightstand Event 2017

Posted on November 3, 2017. Filed under: Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , |

During the fall “What’s on Your Nightstand” event at the Des Plaines campus, the following books were discussed.

Remember, if Oakton doesn’t own the book or our copy is checked out, you can request a copy to be sent from one of our consortium libraries for FREE! Most books take less than a week to arrive.


9780525509714_p0_v2_s550x406Behold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue

“Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ facades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781595148162_p0_v2_s550x406Let Me Wake
by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

“What if you could dream your way into a different life?

Sloane is a straight-A student from a small coastal town. Maggie is a glamorously independent up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different—except for one thing

At night, they dream they’re each other. They live each other’s lives, they know each other’s secrets.

They each fall in love. But their two lives have never converged—until now. Which life is just a dream? Which is real?

Eventually, they will have to figure out the answer, or risk spiraling into insanity. But for one girl, that means giving up everything—her life, her love, herself—just when she finally has something worth holding on to(Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780735224292_p0_v3_s550x406Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).


9781592408771_p0_v3_s550x406World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventure
by Josh Hanagarne

“Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old when he first began exhibiting symptoms. When he was twenty and had reached his towering height of 6’7”, his tics escalated to nightmarish levels. Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh tried countless remedies, with dismal results. At last, an eccentric, autistic strongman taught Josh how to “throttle” his tics into submission using increasingly elaborate feats of strength. What started as a hobby became an entire way of life–and an effective way of managing his disorder.

Today, Josh is a librarian at Salt Lake City’s public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting–and the proud father of five-year-old Max. Funny and offbeat, The World’s Strongest Librarian traces this unlikely hero as he attempts to overcome his disability, find love, and create a life worth living” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780937611357_p0_v4_s550x406Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way To Overcome Them
by Louise Hay

“This handy ‘little blue book’ offers positive new thought patterns to replace negative emotions. It includes an alphabetical chart of physical ailments, the probable causes, and healing affirmations to help you eliminate old patterns.” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780060572150_p0_v4_s550x406Truth and Beauty: A Friendship
by Ann Patchett

“Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In Grealy’s critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, she wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, years of chemotherapy and radiation, and endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn’t Lucy’s life or Ann’s life, but the parts of their lives they shared. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined . . . and what happens when one is left behind.

This is a tender, brutal book about loving the person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

412bt6hgdcql-_sx322_bo1204203200_Go for It!: Success Tips
by Lee Ann Piano

“Life is about dreaming, doing and enjoying the process. Sometimes it might seem as if your dreams are impossible, or there are too many obstacles standing in your way, or you’ve missed your window of opportunity. But the Go For It!: Success Tips can catapult your dreams into reality!” (Descriptive content provided by Amazon).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider


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