BY BETH GREEN
Ready to leave the winter blues behind? It’s time to discover new books that are not found in your usual corner of the library. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!
MY (UNDERGROUND) AMERICAN DREAM
My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive (Center Street, division of Hachette Book Group, c. 2016.)
By Julissa Arce
I consider myself sensitive and politically correct. And I thought I was pretty informed about immigrants. Clearly, I wasn’t. I had used the term “illegal alien” from time to time—meaning no harm—just not thinking. I will never use that term again. In fact, I am ashamed I ever used it. Arce’s book answers the questions: What does an undocumented worker look like? What kind of family must she come from? How could she get into this country? What is the true price she must pay to remain in the United States? Arce’s inspirational autobiography transcends so many barriers and tells a story most of us know nothing about. Her journey from undocumented worker to college student to VP at Goldman Sachs is an amazing one—yet she explains there are many like her.
A must-read that provides insight and better understanding about undocumented workers who only want what our ancestors came here for—a better life.
The Girl Who Wrote In Silk
by Kelli Estes
Inara discovers an elaborately stitched piece of fabric among her deceased aunt’s belongings. As she begins uncovering the stories in the fabric, Inara comes to know Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl who lived a century before and whose secrets have a profound impact on Inara’s entire family.
Today Will Be Different
by Maria Semple
Everyone has days when nothing seems to go according to plan. In Today Will Be Different, Eleanor Flood has her whole day prepared, but her family has different ideas. The result is a hilarious and touching story about one whirlwind day in the life of a family.
The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown
This is the incredible and widely unknown story of nine rowers from the University of Washington who became national heroes at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Brown takes readers on an inspirational journey as the rowers struggle against the odds and learn to work as a team. The story culminates in a nail-biting climax as they race against Germany and Italy while the whole world watches.
by Richard Hill
Michigan author Richard Hill was never told that he was adopted. On his father’s deathbed, it is revealed to him that the origins of his birth are much different than what he thought them to be. Hill embarks on a 30-year journey to find his biological family, encountering sealed records, dead ends and shocking secrets. This remarkable true story is an inspiring page-turner of one man’s determined hunt for the truth.
Beth Green has been a part of the Kent District Library team for 15 years. One of her favorite duties as a librarian is helping patrons discover new books through Reader’s Advisory.