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Getting ready for the big day

24 Jan

In anticipation of the awards to be announced at this year’s ALA meeting, I signed up for YALSA’sMorris/Non-fiction Reading Challenge. The goal was to read the 5 non-fiction nominees between December 10th and January 28th, when the announcements are made. I finished over the weekend, while hibernating with a cold.There was also an option to read the 5 Morris nominees for a debut novel,and though tempted, I didn’t think I’d have time to do both. I will finish that list, but not by January 28th.

My favorite was BOMB: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.

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Sheinkin made nuclear physics seem simple.  I understood the science behind the bomb and all the international jockeying for power that lead to the arms race of my youth.

Coming a close second was Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Oregon’s own Deborah Hopkinson

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Way better than the movie!  As the title suggests, Hopkinson uses the voices of survivors and those who perished to give a thorough picture of what happened before, during and after the disaster.  It is a very moving tribute.

In the middle is another book in the voice of participants: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson.

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I grew up in Canada & didn’t move to the US until 1994, so my knowledge of US history & the Civil Rights Movement is sketchier than I’d like it to be. I didn’t really know about this event and found it interesting and, for me, a new twist on the 60’s.

Next on my list is Moonbird: A Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose.

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Not only does this book tell the story of B95, it explains some impacts of global warming & human it’s impact on the environment.

 

My least favorite of the 5 nominees, Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different  by Karen Blumenthal.

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If Blumenthal’s goal was to show how people either loved or hated Steve Jobs, she succeeded with me.. Alas, in my opinion, she made him so unappealing I found it hard to keep reading. I made it through the end.  I can appreciate his thinking, but I’m really glad I didn’t have to work with him. Definitely worth a read, but be prepared.

 

 

 

 

 

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