Starting July 4, the Library is challenging you to EXPAND your reading horizons with the GO WILD! Summer Reading Challenge. Each week we will offer three ways for you to read something you might never have read before. To find the right book for you, browse our shelves or catalogue, check out our displays, and stay tuned to this blog.
For every week you try something new, enter our prize draws at any WPL branch!
Ready? Good! Go!
Here are your challenges for Week 1 – World Week (And, to get you started, some staff picks we think you might like…)
Challenge 1: A book set in South America
BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett
When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa–Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.
THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabel Allende
The Trueba family embodies strong feelings from the beginning of the 20th century through the assassination of Allende in 1973.
WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys
In a prequel to Jane Eyre, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway lives in Dominica and Jamaica in the 1830s before she travels to England, becomes Mrs. Rochester, and goes mad.
PASTWATCH: THE REDEMPTION OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by Orson Scott Card
In a near future that is not quite ours, a major scientific breakthrough permits historians to view, but not participate in, past events.
THE LOST CITY OF Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
Interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished during a 1925 expedition into the Amazon, with the author’s own quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding Fawcett’s final journey and the secrets of what lies deep in the Amazon jungle.
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES: A Journey Around South America by Ernesto (Che) Guevara
A chronicle of the author’s seven-month motorcycle journey throughout South America reveals the beginning of his transformation into a dedicated revolutionary.
WALKING THE AMAZON: 860 Days, One Step at a Time by Ed Stafford
Describes the author’s quest to walk the entire length of the Amazon River, offering details on the effects of deforestation and his encounters with both vicious animals and tribal members with machetes.
Staff picks for Challenge 2: A book set in the Middle East
PERSEPOLIS: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval-al and vast contradictions between public and private life.
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS by Amos Oz
The award-winning author recounts his boyhood in war-torn Jerusalem of the 1940s and 1950s, his mother’s tragic suicide, his decision to join a kibbutz and change his name, and his participation in Israel’s political upheavals.
I AM MALALA: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Describes the life of the young Pakistani who survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING by Alaa Aswani
The lives of a fading aristocrat, voluptuous siren, devout doorman, secretly-gay editor, roof-squatting tailor, and corrupt politician intertwine in an apartment building in downtown Cairo.
ALIF THE UNSEEN by G. Willow Wilson
A young Arab-Indian computer hacker unearths a secret book of the jinn, a book that may open a gateway to unimaginable power.
DE NIRO’S GAME by Rawi Hage
Follows the lives and choices of two best friends, Bassam and George, caught in Lebanon’s civil war. Both men are desperate to escape Beirut but choose different paths to accomplish their goals.
Staff picks for Challenge 3: A book set in Africa
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah
A novel of postwar life in Sierra Leone, in which two friends struggle to rebuild their ruined village despite violence, scarcity and a corrupt foreign mining company.
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Re-creates the 1960s struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, following the intertwined lives of the characters through a military coup, the Biafran secession, and the resulting civil war.
THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver
The lives of a fierce evangelical missionary and his wife and four daughters begin to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Congo.
THIRTY GIRLS by Susan Minot
Forced to commit unspeakable atrocities after being abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army, Ugandan teen Esther struggles to survive and escape.
ROAD TRIP RWANDA: A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa by Will Ferguson
Ferguson travels deep into Rwanda with friend Jean-Claude Munyezamu, who had escaped just before the genocide, where they discover a country reborn.
LONG WALK TO FREEDOM by Nelson Mandela
The leader of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent in prison, and his return to lead his people.