Staff Picks: January 2013

Climate matters : ethics in a warming world

Climate matters : ethics in a warming world Book Cover

Broome is the Professor of Moral History at Oxford University and a member of Working Group III, the UN's leading international group for assessing climate change and effects of global warming. He cuts through the political stalement to offer a balanced new model for action. He reasons clearly through what morality requires (and doesn't require) of us, both as private citizens and governments. Exploring concepts of goodness and justice, he demonstrates how we can apply both to climate change. Not an easy read but very timely and thought provoking.

Flight Behavior

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A young Appalachian woman who has settled for a life of disappointment, witnesses an event on her farm that has a profound impact on herself and her family's future. Written with first-hand knowledge of the science involved and the emotions that drive its belief and denial, Kingsolver has written a timely book that deals with one of the most important subjects of our lifetime.

Wonder

Wonder Book Cover

“For August “Auggie” Pullman, being treated as an ordinary kid would be his greatest wish, but his facial deformity makes ordinary seem like an extraordinary feat. A beautiful humanistic portrayal of courage in the face of adversity and how friendship and acts of kindness really are powerful and wondrous. I couldn’t stop reading this book!

The Book of Unholy Mischief [sound recording-CD]

The Book of Unholy Mischief [sound recording-CD] Book Cover

Luciano, a street urchin living in Renaissance Italy, is taken in by the doge’s chef, Maestro Ferrero, and trained to be an apprentice. While serving under the chef, Luciano learns that the doge and other powerful men in Italy are searching for a book rumored to contain alchemy formulas and potions for love and immortality. He begins to wonder if there is more to the chef’s recipes than just culinary delight. The engaging tale is like a blend between Like Water for Chocolate and the DaVinci Code.