Staff Picks: June 2016

The Last book in the universe

The Last book in the universe Book Cover

“You’re aware that the things called ‘books’ used to be stored in libraries. That was long before you were born, so how did you know?” This phrase spoken by the character Ryter in The Last Book in the Universe is a reminder of how science and technology will change how and where books and libraries are available. Technology will not only affect access of information, but affect social interactions as well. For example, in our day in age, we see the change in how people socialize through social media. Tech is affecting us on a daily basis, assisting us with daily tasks, and furthering the way we take in information. Through online learning we are speeding up the way we can learn new skills and new information, but is this also opening the door to potential health risks or the breakdown of society and libraries? These questions were brought to my attention after reading a post-book era world written by Philbrick Rodman.

Sold

Sold Book Cover

A 2007 National Book Award finalist, Sold tells the story of a thirteen year old girl named Lakshmi who lives with her family in the mountains of Nepal. Her life there is simple and beautiful, but when the monsoons destroy her family's crops, Lakshmi's step-father tells her that she must earn money to support the family. She is taken away by strangers, sent to India under the impression that she will become a maid in the city. Soon, however, she learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. This book is written in incredibly powerful vignettes, an unusual poetic style that portrays extremes of both horror and beauty. Taken from interviews of women who have been rescued from sex trafficking, Sold is a devastatingly real account of slavery as it exists today in our world.