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The first Monday in October. The Supreme Court is back on the bookcase with great choices for SCOTUS watchers, but there will always be dissenting opinions:
- The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knihznik A new take on the life of this Supreme arrives later this month.
- Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman Justice Elena Kagan spoke at OSU last week. She credits these two women with paving the way for her.
- Showdown:Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America by Wil Haygood The Columbus-born author examines the nomination of the first African American Justice
- The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities by Stephen Breyer.The effect globalization on the court
- Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA by Roberta Kaplan is a Library Reads pick for October
- Dissent and the Supreme Court: It's Role in the Court's History and the Nation's Constitutional Dialogue by Melvin I. Urofsky. This detailed exploration by a renowned scholar will be released in November
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The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
If you're looking for something to brighten your dreary winter day, pick up Pancol's first English-translated novel. The plot revolves around two sisters - Iris, a glamorous, rich attorney's wife and her plain Jane, bookish sister Jo. The story begins when Jo's husband empties their joint savings account and leaves her for his manicurist, who he runs off to farm crocodiles with in Kenya. Jo is left to pick up the pieces of her life and raise her two daughters, Zoe and Hortense, on the meager salary she makes as a 12th century scholar. Iris and Jo hatch the perfect scheme - Jo will write a medieval historical novel that Iris will take the credit for, thus giving Jo the money she needs and Iris the fame she craves. As in life, things don't go quite as planned and hilarity ensues. It's chick lit done up en Francais; humorous, quite charming and perfect to curl up on the couch with and escape to bright, sunny Paris, if only for a few hundred pages.
Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller
Ever wonder what it would be like to grow up with hoarders as parents? Kimberly Rae Miller dishes it all in this powerful coming-of-age tale about just that. We’ve all got that spot in our house that’s the place we put things that we’re saving for later because we know we’re actually going to use them. Right? Yes? Then months later we stumble across those same prized objects and pitch or donate them because, well, who has the time to do all the things?
Imagine, if you will, that messy place being your entire house and add in never throwing away anything on top of that and you’ll sort of get the idea what it’s like to walk a day in Kim’s shoes. She wasn’t able to ever have friends over and often had to conceal her parents messes and behaviors for fear of children’s services coming and separating her from them. Even worse, one house she and her parents occupied was so messy that it caught fire and they lost absolutely everything they owned. You’d think this would mean a fresh, clean start in a new, uncluttered home but that’s not case as things quickly start to pile up again. But don’t just take my word for it, read this engrossing title for yourself to learn all about what it’s like to be the child of hoarders. For tackling such serious stuff, it’s quite an enjoyable read but be warned as there are a few graphic moments (think bugs, messes, and even a suicide attempt) that aren’t for the faint of heart.
If you like this title, you should also check out the nonfiction book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and the YA novel Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu.
Doctor Sleep : a novel by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep is not a re-telling of Jack Torrence and the creepy Overlook Motel. The book works as a stand-alone novel, a bit of a sequel, but truly a new story with recurring characters from The Shining.
Starting with a summary of Danny and his mother's life over the past thirty five years, Doctor Sleep moves into the present where we find Danny coming to terms with his past; recovering from an abusive alcoholic father and fighting his own battle with sobriety. Doctor Sleep is a humane story with a twist, characters can read minds, see the future, and communicate telepathically. However humane, King's ability to scare the heck out of you is still powerfully strong!