Swarm Theory is phenomenal for many reasons, the first and foremost being that it is a genre-bending "novel-in-stories." The perspective shifts multiple times, and there's no protagonist, unless you count the fictional setting of New Canaan, Michigan. This darkly beautiful collection explores the meaning of humanity using the lives of broken, complex characters. It's one of the most haunting books I've ever read!Recommended by Shannon B.
This concise rockhounding guide, from local author Lars Johnson, breaks down all of the information by site so you'll know exactly what tools to bring, what type of vehicle to drive, and what accommodations are nearby. This is by far one of the best books out there for anyone interested in exploring Oregon's geology. Recommended by Shannon B.
What a fantastic, mind-blowing book! The fact that this is nonfiction makes it even more incredible. I loved the prose, which reads like fiction. I kept turning page after page because I wanted to know what happened. I was also surprised to learn so much about the history of Asian cinema. This is the perfect blend of action, drama, and factual information. One of my favorite books of 2015!Recommended by Shannon B.
I began researching Manasa Devi about two years ago and quickly became fascinated by her mythology. She is in many ways a deity that humans can relate to, especially in regards to her relationship with her father, Shiva, and stepmother, Chandi. Unfortunately, it was difficult to find information about this one-eyed snake goddess. All that changed with the publication of Kaiser Haq's The Triumph of the Snake Goddess. This is an exhaustive... (read more)Recommended by Shannon B.
This is such a sweet, wonderful book about overcoming our fears in order to show up for those in need. I love that Berube is never heavy-handed or preachy in Hannah and Sugar. Instead, her gentle voice simply lets the story unfold for readers. I bought one for my niece, who isn't born yet! I know one day she will need to learn how to be brave. Recommended by Shannon B.
I had two books in mind for my top pick of 2015, but Uprooted ultimately won because of its excellent portrayal of friendship between women and the earthy, old-world magical system utilized by protagonist Agnieszka. Novik's writing is always a delight; I wanted to savor the world she created for as long as possible.Recommended by Shannon B.