To ring in the New Year, we have new books on our shelves. This week's selection includes Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's The Watch
. Here is a review:
By Joydeep Roy Bhattacharya
The Barnes and Noble website calls The
Watch a "heartbreaking and haunting novel" and I could find no better
adjectives to convey the quiet, and then not so quiet, intensity of the story.
It takes place at a lonely and isolated base in Kandahar. After a battle, a
woman with no feet shows up, pushing herself along in a cart by her hands and
stops outside the base demanding the body of her brother so she can bury him.
She ultimately becomes a pivotal force as the soldiers and those in charge
become annoyed, then confused, then angered by her presence and her
persistence. First they think she is a spy; or maybe she is what she says she
is; or maybe she is hiding a bomb. The inmates of this base, for they are
imprisoned in their fort, end up stymied by what to do and not just because her
brother's body is being held to be shipped out and displayed on
television. The voices of the different
soldiers as they confront this anomaly, as their nerves and consciences get
more provoked, offer a disturbing slice of the need to become less humane in
order to survive as a soldier.
For the younger set, we have Chris Colfer's The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.
This fantasy, aimed at the tween age group, written by one
of the actors on the television show Glee, was really enjoyable. Twins Alex and
Conner Bailey are struggling with big changes in their lives; their father died
unexpectedly and while their mother struggles to make ends meet, they are
coping with their grief. Additionally, Conner is a good student and Alex is
not- and the contrast, in the beginning of the story is a perfect set up for
how they both grow in new ways further on in the plot. In a kick off familiar to most, the children
"fall into" fairy land through the pages of a story book of fairy
tales. It was a book handed down from their grandmother to their father, who
used to read it to Alex and Conner.
The children travel through the world of fairy tales and
meet all the classic characters. But their lives in Fairyland are very
different than the stories we all know; and Alex and Conner are faced with the
seemingly impossible task of getting back home. They have to go on a quest to
various parts of Fairy
Land to acquire the
tokens they need to escape.
Their adventures help them work as a team, despite having
different strengths-and the conclusion of the story will be surprising for the
Also for younger readers, we have an excellent series Outdoor Adventures which contains seven books about various outdoor sports such as canoeing, hiking, hunting and fishing. Well written and containing chapters on necessary skills, safety, environmental concerns and joy of the sport, these fill a much needed gap on our sports bookshelf.
For young adults, we have a selection of interesting and informative non-fiction: Budgeting Smarts , Electric Cars, Manga, and a biography of Lady Gaga. On the fiction shelves, find The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough.
Search for you ancestors at the library. They'll be waiting for you on Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00 pm during our Genealogy Club.
The Friends of the Worthington Library will again team up with the Worthington Historical Society for a winter Writers Read. This one will be held on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 at the Blackburn Inn. Don't miss it: these are fantastic!
This month's Book Club is reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. We will be discussing it on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00pm.
Remember that the library will be closed on January 1, 2013. We'll see you on Thursday! Have safe and happy new year!