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Friday, May 15, 2015

MLC Reads: May 15, 2015

Each week, the Mississippi Library Commission staff share some of the books that we've been reading. Last week, we read:
The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro

three stars

Although we've really enjoyed some of Kazuo Ishiguro's previous novels, like The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, The Buried Giant fell a bit short. What started out as a fascinating premise--mist has fallen over the island and corroded people's memories--devolved into a tedious journey wherein little happened. There is, of course, some beautiful writing, like:
"If a thing is not in God's mind, then what chance of it remaining in those of mortal men?"
If you're a fan of allegorical fantasy, you might want to give this one a try. 

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
Madeleine L'Engle
adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

five stars

This is Hope Larson's graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved classic novel A Wrinkle in Time. Larson's illustrations perfectly complement the story we all know and love. Fans of the original novel are in for a special treat. Those new to the story will be blown away by the timeless tale and its fantastically done graphic novel treatment.

Deborah Wiles

five stars

We've been fans of Deborah Wiles ever since reading her Aurora County trilogy, three wonderful books for kids in middle school which focus on family and friends in small town Mississippi. She's done it again in Revolution, where we found the same type of strongly drawn characters and places, with the added bonus of the backdrop of Mississippi's Freedom Summer. Revolution was actually published at the fiftieth anniversary mark of this historic and groundbreaking event. The book contains a multitude of 1960s cultural references; quotes, music, headlines, and the like, all pull the reader back in time to Greenwood, Mississippi in 1964. It was sobering to read about the events that shaped our state only fifty short years ago, but the protagonists, Sunny and Raymond, were a joy to meet. This one is a definite must for your to-read pile!

Check back with us next Friday to find out what MLC staff thought about the books they're reading now:

  • Luckiest Girl Alive, written by Jessica Knoll
  • Mississippi Sissy, written by Kevin Sessums
  • The Arrival, written/illustrated by Shaun Tan
Happy reading!

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