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Thursday, 27 July 2017
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Book: Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir by Jennifer Sinor

Recommended by: Karen

Sinor writes eloquently about her life describing the events as ordinary yet sometimes traumatic. Her choice of words is clear, her writing concise. As I read, memories in my life emerged with the feelings associated with them. Even though our circumstances are very different, I found I could understand what she was saying by the feeling it evoked inside me. I wanted to savor each word, so I read slowly, sometimes rereading parts to savor as one would a fine meal.

Perception is also key as she remembers an event one way but her mother remembers it differently. She writes: "I have come to understand how the past is a key to the present--how a story, the way we shape a story, tells us little about then and everything about now. In this way, writing memoir makes us more compassionate-toward ourselves and others."

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Posted By Logan Library at 4:42 PM
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Book: American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church by Alex Beam

Recommended by: Joseph

An admirable history of the events that led Smith, campaigning for the American presidency and known privately as "Prophet, Priest, and King of the World," to be gunned down with his brother in an obscure Illinois village jail in the summer of 1844.

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Posted By Logan Library at 9:46 AM
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Friday, 16 June 2017
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Book: The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

Recommended by: Joseph

'English history... seems the work of a temperate community, seldom shaken by convulsions. But there are moments when history is unsubtle; when change arrives in a violent rush, decisive, bloody, traumatic; as a truck-load of trouble, wiping out everything that gives a culture its bearings - custom, language, law, loyalty. 1066 was one of those moments.'
- Simon Schama, A History of Britain At the Edge of the World: 3500 BC-AD 1603 (2000)

Imagine the world described above as seen through the eyes of an angry, prideful, domineering, foul-mouthed, violent, desperate, delusional, and (though he would never admit it) conquered Anglisc man. Then imagine him telling you the story of his world falling apart in a language you only half recognize but which seems eerily familiar. Innovative, earthy, and shocking, The Wake will surely challenge you like it did me.

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Posted By Logan Library at 4:57 PM
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