Village Lights Recommends
Nathan's pick. Fastidiously researched. Unflinching attention to gritty detail, brutally honest depiction of characters and circumstance, and eloquent use of language. A heart-rending, but supremely uplifting, read from a master of American historical fiction.
Sean's pick. This very well may be the best book I'll read this year. Thus far, there are few conrenders. Writtne in the author's approximation of Old English (see note on language and glossary in the back), this phenomenal book takes place in the aftermath of the Norman Invasion, 1066 C.E., and follows a handful of resistance fighters in the forests of England. Like your fiction to challenge you? I DARE YOU TO READ THIS BOOK. It'll be the best decision you should've made last year.
Nathan's pick. A riveting historical narrative of the remarkable event that inspired Herman Melville’s classic. A horrifying saga of survival… Donner Party meets Kon-Tiki. And a maritime detective story, to boot.
Anne's pick. A poetic excursion through the human body. A perfect gift for any doctor or nurse in your life!
Sean's pick. A sweeping drama set in NYC in the 60/70s. Centered around the 1965 blackout, Hallberg gives us the birth of punk rock, the heroin and AIDS epidemics, and all of the top-down corruption we could hope for. It's "The Bonfire of the Vanities" for a new generation.
Kim's pick. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Dream” speech is such an ingrained part of our national identity that we sometimes pretend the struggle is over and the dream came true. -- Coates’ account of growing up in gritty Baltimore, presented as a letter to his 15-year-old son, is visceral, raw, and in-your-face with very rational fear. It’s hard to hope for the sort of change we must have, but a clear, honest view of where we are is a good start.
Kim's pick. Simple exercises for those of us who never seem able to set aside time for meditation, or feel silly repeating a mantra. No yoga mats, chanting, gurus, or out-of-body transports. Bays offers mindfulness practices that can be incorporated into our daily routine, inviting us, for example, to “Use Your Non-dominant Hand,” “Look Up!,” or “Notice Smells” as we travel through our daily lives. Hints about how to remind ourselves of the challenge and what deeper meaning we might glean from our experience.
Kim's pick. Richtel tells the history behind CSI tools and techniques using real-world examples from around the globe. CSI researchers are fascinating scientists, if a bit quirky. The criminals they seek are terrifying and elusive. Thus Forensics is filled with fiction-worthy characters and history lessons you didn’t learn in school.