Picks of the Week as published in The Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald
JANUARY 4, 2018 – AUTHORS DECEASED IN 2017
“Margaret Truman’s Experiment in Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel” by Donald Bain
Washington psychiatrist Mark Sedgwick is struck down in a hit-an-run accident outside his office. One of his patients is the prime suspect, until information comes to light about Dr. Sedgwick’s involvement in a secret mind-control project conducted by the CIA. Attorney MaKenzie Smith works to defend and protect the prime suspect when the CIA attempts to recruit them to infiltrate the project-gone-rogue group.
“Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work And In Your Life” by Spencer Johnson, MD
“Who Moved My Cheese?” is a modern-day parable of how to deal with the ever-present agent of change in our lives. This short story packs some powerful lessons on how to embrace our constantly changing world and navigate it successfully.
“One-Eyed Cat” by Paula Fox
Ned Wallis received a marvelous present on his eleventh birthday from his Uncle Ned. It was a Daisy air rifle—every young man’s dream. Ned’s father, Reverend Wallis, banishes the gun to the attic. Ned, however, longs to try it out just one time. “Just one time” may be one too many.
“A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond
When Mr. and Mrs. Brown go to Paddington station to meet their daughter on the incoming train, they also meet someone – or some“thing” – else. In a corner near the Lost Property Office sits a small dark bear who has traveled to Great Britain all the way from Peru. When the Browns invite him into their home and their family, he accepts. They soon discover that wherever this small brown bear goes, great adventure follows.
JANUARY 11, 2018 – MARTIN LUTHER KING
“Four Spirits” by Sena Jeter Naslund
Dedicated to the four young girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Sena Naslund writes about her hometown of Birmingham in the turbulent 60’s. Follow the lives of courageous men and women bravely battling for racial equality in the South.
“Strength to Love” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
“At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love.” This work is a compilation of sermons originally preached by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Alabama and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Georgia. Read about Dr. King’s philosophy on nonviolence in his own words.
“The March Against Fear” by Ann Bausum
In his desire to further the cause of civil rights, activist James Howard Meredith decided to take a “Walk Against Fear” from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Meredith wanted African Americans to be free from the fear instilled by the senseless violence inflicted upon them. He wanted them to enjoy the racial equality for which they had fought, encourage them to register to vote, and participate in the political process. When Mr. Meredith was brutally shot on the second day of his self-appointed walk, other freedom fighters, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., took up the cause and continued in his place. Mr. Meredith returned to the march two days before its culmination in Jackson, Mississippi. Read about how one man’s walk against fear became the march of a thousand against injustice.
“A Sweet Smell of Roses” by Angela Johnson
Minnie and her sister sneak out of the house early one morning. They have a plan. They are going to join Dr. King on his march across town for equality and freedom and listen to him speak about peace, love, and change.
JANUARY 18, 2018 – WINNIE THE POOH DAY
“Bear Island” by Alistair MacLean
A movie crew from Olympus Productions is sailing for the deserted Bear Island in the Arctic. They plan to do some on-location shoots for a movie that, mysteriously, has no name. Even more mysterious is the fact that members of the movie crew are being murdered one by one. What secret does Bear Island conceal that is worth killing for?
“The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw” by Patrick F. McManus
Do the winter blues have you by the throat? How about reading a book all about the comedic foibles of camping out? Join Patrick McManus as he shares down-home stories about life in the great outdoors…and learn who “Goombaw” is!
“Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel” by Robert B. Parker
Robert B. Parker’s well known character Spenser debuts in this young adult novel as a fourteen-year-old boy on the threshold of adulthood. His father and uncles have raised him to be true to who he is and what he believes. When Spenser sees his friend Jeannie being kidnapped by her abusive, alcoholic father, he knows he has a choice to make. He also knows that the right thing to do won’t be the easy thing.
“Finding Winnie” by Lindsay Mattick
Did you know that there was a real bear named Winnie? Did you know that the real Winnie was a girl bear? Did you know Winnie was named after the town of Winnipeg? Check out this delightful book based on the true story of the bear that inspired A. A. Milne’s classic tales of Winnie-the-Pooh.
JANUARY 25, 2018 – OPPOSITES DAY
“The Opposite of Fate” by Amy Tan
Departing from her regular style, Amy Tan shares bits and pieces of her life in a series of vignettes that reflect her thoughts about life and fate. Read about Amy’s perspective on family expectations, curses of the past, and how our lives are shaped by both.
“The Road to Character” by David Brooks
New York Times columnist David Brooks writes an intriguing book on the dichotomy of two parts of our character that he calls “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues”. Come explore these diverse characteristics that we all share: those we highlight on our job resumes and those that others highlight in our eulogies. Is there a way to balance the two?
“Going Over” by Beth Kephart
It’s the 1980’s. The city of Berlin is divided both politically as well as physically. Two grandmothers, one on either side of the Berlin wall, share a decades-long friendship. Periodic visits over the years have resulted in a romance blooming between their grandchildren Ada and Stefan. But how will they ever scale the wall between them?
“Archibald’s Opposites” by Phil Vischer
Mr. Archibald is teaching all about opposites. He decides it’s time to play the Opposites Game! With Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber as the players, Mr. Archibald embarks on an adventure in opposites that is one really funny Veggie tale!