This week we have two event reminders and a list of books to celebrate Unity to Diversity Month. Enjoy!
Upcoming Cushing Salons
Open to the public. Light refreshments served.
Tomorrow, Thursday 10/27, 12:30 PM: Brownbag Concert: Autumn Stylings, by HNU music student Lars Rosager. Wander in, wander out… this is a casual event. Bring your lunch, grab a nibbly and a beverage, and enjoy.
Thursday, 11/3, 7 p.m., we have a very special book talk by historian Chad Williams about Torchbearers of Democracy, his award-winning history of African-Americans in World War I.
Unity through Diversity through Reading
In celebration of Unity through Diversity Month, we offer the following list of just a few of our popular-reading titles with themes of diversity (linked where possible to the HNU WorldCat record, or for eBooks, to the book’s link in our mobile-friendly Overdrive eBook collection).
We have been asked where the Overdrive eBooks come from. (Overdrive is our new eBook service for books that can be read on e-readers such as Sony, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Touch, etc.) We select these eBooks title by title. To suggest a book in any format, see the Recommend a Purchase form on our website. You can also use our new catalog, HNU WorldCat, to request books from libraries worldwide–yes, including pleasure reading.
For more information about the Stonewall Awards referenced below, see this site.
Library Top Picks in “Unity through Diversity” Titles
We proudly lead this collection with Blind, in which HNU Sophia Center student Belo Cipriani “narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.” We have this delightfully honest, funny book in print and also as an online audiobook.
Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City (paper only) is a beautiful, deliciously sui generis collection of essays and imaginary maps of San Francisco and the Bay Area encompassing race, sexuality, gender, class, economic justice, peace, speaking truth to power, and much more.
The Warmth of Other Suns is a big, beautifully-written book about the migration of African-Americans to the North in the 20th century. (Overdrive)
Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt reintroduces us to Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas through the eyes of Binh, their Vietnamese cook. (Paper and Overdrive.)
Ivan Coyote has been described by Quill Magazine as having “an impeccable sense of story.” We have two of her quick, brave books: Missed Her (Paper, Overdrive), and her 2008 Stonewall Honor Book, Bow Drive (Overdrive).
Something to Declare (Paper only) is an collection of thoughtful, often amusing essays by Julia Alvarez (author of the classic How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents).
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is Alexander Fullers’ memoir of life growing up in Rhodesia ( Overdrive). If you like this book, read the sequel, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness (Overdrive).
Almost Perfect, Brian Katcher’s 2011 Stonewall Book Award winner, follows the story of Logan Witherspoon, a high-school senior who kisses a girl with a secret. Funny, heartbreaking, and challenging. (Paper and Overdrive.)
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man is an invigorating and witty essay collection by Henry Louis Gates (Overdrive).
In Probation, by Tom Medicino, Andy Nocera’s seemingly perfect life is shattered when he is arrested at an interstate rest area. A gently humorous book that will connect with any reader who has lived through a period of unsettling change–that is, all of us. A Stonewall honor book. (Paper, Overdrive)
You will either love or hate the graphic novel American-Born Chinese, but you won’t quickly forget it. (Paper.)
Mark Doty won the 2008 Stonewall Award for Dog Years, his memoir of bringing a new dog into his home as his partner was dying. Even if you usually don’t read books with animal themes, make an exception for this one–we won’t tell. (Paper)
Alison Bechdel has a quirky tour de force in her graphic memoir, Fun Home. Bechdel’s wry artwork and crisp narrative blunt an otherwise bleak tale of family dysfunction. 2007 Stonewall Award. (Paper.)
If you like short stories, run, do not walk to the 2011 Stonewall Book Awards winner, More of This World or Maybe Another, a story collection by New Orleans author Barb Johnson. Gritty and fresh. (Paper and Overdrive.)
In Inseparable, the tireless Emma Donoghue provides a scholarly yet readable treatise about the portrayal of desire between women in literature. 2011 Stonewall Award winner. (Paper, Overdrive)
Ellis Avery’s The Teahouse Fire is based in nineteenth-century Japan and steeped (pun intended) in the rituals of the tea ceremony. Not a quick read, but very rewarding. (Paper, Overdrive)
The More I Owe You, by Michael Sledge, reimagines the life of poet Elizabeth Bishop. 2011 Stonewall Honor Book. (Paper and Overdrive.)
We have many more books to recommend (including all the books in our Zeitoun guide), but we’ll stop now with Zoe Whittall’s Holding Still for As Long As Possible, about twenty-somethings trying to figure out life in a seedy Toronto neighborhood. (Paper and Overdrive.)