Fellow GAB book-lovers! This is a reminder to vote for a book for the inaugural book for our re-launched GAB book club. To vote for a book, please include your selection in the comments or on Goodreads by 5:00 PM CST October 30, 2011. At that time, a selection will be made. Your options for books are below the cut (click on the book cover to be taken to the Amazon.com page for that book). If you have recommendations that aren’t on this list but you would like to see included, email Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to get them in the next vote! Happy reading!
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht. The time: the present. The place: a Balkan country ravaged by years of conflict. Natalia, a young doctor, is on a mission of mercy to an orphanage when she receives word of her beloved grandfather’s death far from their home under circumstances shrouded in confusion. Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man, would go on such a far-fetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger’s wife. (from Goodreads.com)
Half the Sky: Turing Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope… Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen. (from Goodreads.com)
Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan by James Disco, Susan Clark, and Niki Singleton. We were young boys when war broke out in our country. We had been living peacefully with our families in different villages. Then the armies from the north attacked, and we ran for our lives. We escaped with hundreds of other young boys, running from the dangers we had just seen into dangers we had never witnessed before. We kept each other alive as we fled to freedom. This book is the record of our escape. (from Goodreads.com) This is a fascinating graphic novel, and the images paired with the text create stunning images that won’t soon leave you.