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Book Talks Since Pandemic 2020

15 June 2020
Quick and Super-Sloppy Book Talks on the First Seven Fiction Novels Ms. Moayeri Read During Pandemic 2020
"All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
"One Of Us Is Next" by Karen M. McManus
"Royals" by Emma Forrest
"Imaginary Friend" by Stephen Chbosky
"Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell
"I, Claudia" by Mary McCoy
"Normal People" by Sally Rooney
16 June 2020
More Quick and Sloppy Book Talks on the First Five Non-Fiction Books Ms. Moayeri Read During Pandemic 2020
"October Mourning" by Lesléa Newman
"Photographic" by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña
"Then It Fell Apart" by Moby
"Set The Boy Free" by Johnny Marr
"Autobiography" by Morrissey
19 June 2020
We carry a lot of diverse books in our library. I thought I would highlight a few that are culturally relevant at this point in history. Some are my favorites that I've read in recent years by current popular young adult authors and some I read growing up that had a big impact on me and helped with my developing a broader understanding of the world.

Part 1:
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
"On The Come Up" by Angie Thomas
"Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds
"All American Boys" by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
"Dear Martin" by Nic Stone
"Children of Blood and Bone" by Tomi Adeyemi
Part 2: 
"Monster" by Walter Dean Myers
"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson
"Black Boy" by Richard Wright
"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
"Caucasia" by Danzy Senna
25 June 2020
Eve Babitz "Slow Days, Fast Company"
A memoir published in the late '70s about life in Los Angeles as a writer living in Hollywood and being very social in the early '70s.
Great descriptions, wonderful imagery, makes Los Angeles feel like a living, breathing, tangible entity, much as it is today.
 
2 July 2020
Dorothy Baker "Cassandra at the Wedding"
A novel published in 1962, purportedly based on the author's daughter and herself. Cassandra and Judith are deeply connected twins and when Judith first leaves Cassandra alone in Berkley where they go to university for New York to study music, then returns to their family ranch to get married, Cassandra has an increasingly difficult time being separated from her sister. She returns to the ranch for the wedding and attempts suicide, but is saved by her sister's doctor husband. Lesbian themes are lightly touched on but not explored very much. 
 
14 July 2020
Kathy Valentine "All I Ever Wanted"
Awesome memoir from Kathy Valentine, the bass player for the legendary and groundbreaking Los Angeles group The Go-Go's. Honest, heartbreaking and uplifting in turns, highly recommend this one. Published this year, in March, it's a super fast read because it's so good.
17 July 2020
Belinda Carlisle "Lips Unsealed"
Another memoir from another Go-Go, this one from lead singer and accomplished solo artist Belinda Carlisle, which focuses heavily on her 30 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Humorous and painful at the same time, this books was published in 2010 and is a quick read.
25 July 2020
J.D. Vance "Hillbilly Elegy"
Yet another memoir, this one published in 2016 about the author's experience growing up as a "hillbilly" in Jackson, Kentucky and Middletown, Ohio, the impact of his family and socioeconomic circumstances on his outlook and the factors and situations that guided him first into Yale Law School and now as a celebrated author, public speaker and investor. 
28 July 2020
Emily Giffin "The Lies That Bind"
A chick-lit from the very popular New York Times best-selling author. This story takes place in New York in 2001, right before and after 9/11. The descriptions of that incident and its aftermath are intense and amazing. The actual story, however, like other books of Giffin's I've read revolves around infidelity and making excuses for that behavior, turning the cheaters into the good characters and those cheated on into the bad ones. As always, morally questionable. 
30 July 2020
Duff McKagan "It's So Easy and Other Lies"
Autobiography from bass player for Guns n' Roses, lauded by many as one of the great rock 'n' roll excess memoirs of all, well-written, gritty, and honest, excellent read.
1 August 2020
JoJo Moyes "Me Before You"
Chick-lit/sick-lit, first of a trilogy that was made into a movie. This book has all the hallmarks of both the genres it belongs to, which means it's as fun as a chick-lit but as depressing as a sick-lit. 
7 August 2020
Jia Tolentino "Trick Mirror"
Non-fiction collection of essays on current topics that are both well-researched and have a general as well as personal perspective.
9 August 2020
Jandy Nelson "The Sky Is Everywhere"
From the author of "I'll Give You the Sun," a coming of age story that couples falling in love with the first time with losing a sibling unexpectedly while living with your hippie grandmother and wacky uncle, beautifully written with gorgeous descriptions.
12 August 2020
Susanna Moore "Miss Aluminum"
Memoir that stems from an unusual childhood in Hawaii, complete with a wicked stepmother to Pennsylvania to New York City and finally, Los Angeles where working as a model and a script reader, the author encounters many famous celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s, told in a candid and deadpan way that is absolutely wonderful.