Sheryn Morris


  • Book cover for 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir

    1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir

    by Ai, Weiwei

    May 24, 2022

    Call Number: 709.51 A288-9

    Ai Weiwei is one of China’s most famous, and infamous, internationally known artists. His artistic style ranges from representational to pushing boundaries all over the place. Not only in his visual work has he stretched and pushed, but in his thoughts, ideas and comments about his native country and its lack of expressive freedom; its authoritarian disregard for humanity and oppression of different types of people within its own borders, as well as supporting various types of repression throughout the world. This drive to express, and lack of concern for his own safety, landed Ai Weiwei in... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The cat who saved books : a novel

    The Cat Who Saved Books: A Novel

    by Natsukawa, Sōsuke, 1978-

    May 18, 2022

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    Writer Sosuke Natsukawa has taken what might appear to be rather mundane characters and created a unique novel that has many twists and turns. A high school student (Rintaro Natsuki), who is lacking purpose or direction in life, and whose grandfather peacefully dies in his sleep leaving his independently owned bookstore to his grandson.A cat (Tiger the Tabby) who suddenly appears out of nowhere and begins talking to this aimless young man, prodding him to help save books that, “ … have been imprisoned.”A classmate (Sayo Yuzuki), and possible girlfriend, who expresses her no nonsense... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Four Treasures of the Sky

    Four Treasures of the Sky

    by Zhang, Jenny

    May 11, 2022

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    This debut novel is a stunner, historical fiction at its best (captivating, illuminating and provoking) in its depiction and portrayal of the horrors of racism, discrimination, abuse and greed. The inspiration for the novel was happenstance, as recalled by Jenny Zhang, “In 2014, my father returned from a work trip through the northwestern region of the United States with an interesting anecdote: He was driving through Pierce, Idaho, when he saw a marker referencing a “Chinese Hanging.” The marker described the story of how five Chinese men were hanged by vigilantes for the alleged murder... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The best of Ogden Nash

    The best of Ogden Nash

    by Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971.

    April 26, 2022

    Call Number: 811 N252-30

    In a previous review about a poetry book, I wrote:"Poetry is the most intense and concentrated form of writing, using words, metre, rhyme and format to express thoughts, feelings and ideas that can be fact or fiction. It gets at the marrow of truth and truth-telling using words to create an image, not a picture, of an idea. Poetry slams on the brakes and makes you reconsider what was written. It may very well make you look up words in a dictionary because you do not understand the meaning of the most ordinary words as used in a poem."I would like to add that it is possible for poetry to... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Fresh water for flowers

    Fresh water for flowers

    by Perrin, Valérie, 1961-

    April 19, 2022

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    Writer Valérie Perrin portrays her main character, Violette Toussaint, as someone who has found her true calling in life. She is the caretaker of a cemetery in a small town in France, where she makes the arrangements for funerals and religious services for the deceased and their family.   Among the many ironies, in this tender novel, is the life of Violette Toussaint. Until finding this job, her previous experiences in life have been harsh, tenuous, and definitely heart-and-spirit breaking. She was abandoned at birth and sent to live with foster families who neglected her... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The chancellor : the remarkable odyssey of Angela Merkel

    The chancellor : the remarkable odyssey of Angela Merkel

    by Marton, Kati

    March 23, 2022

    Call Number: 92 M5633Ma

    There are three major "firsts" in Angela Merkel’s lifetime of public service. She was the first female Chancellor of Germany. She was the first leader of Germany with a doctorate in quantum chemistry who had done extensive research in the field of quantum theoretical chemistry.  She was the first Chancellor, raised in East Germany, to be elected to govern a post-World War II unified Germany. As Chancellor she transformed Germany’s economy and its status as a world leader. Never forgetting her own past that was lived under a despotic government where she could only dream about a... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

    Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

    by Wassef, Nadia

    March 15, 2022

    Call Number: 085.462 W321

    “Against all odds, we had proven to our doubters and detractors that a modern bookstore could survive in Egypt … Though Diwan was not a huge financial success, it was a moral victory, an experiment in marketing, and a mastery of the will.” These are the words of Nadia Wassef, who, along with her sister, Hind, came up with the idea for a modern bookstore in Cairo.  Sharing dinner with friends, several were taken with the idea, and three more people (Ziad, Ali and Nihal) became part of this business adventure. The store called Diwan began in 2002. What began as one store in Cairo, expanded... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for King of the blues : the rise and reign of B.B. King

    King of the blues : the rise and reign of B.B. King

    by De Visé, Daniel

    February 17, 2022

    Call Number: 789.14 K514De

    In this extensively researched biography, which involved interviews with family, band members, other musicians, friends, managers and others, Daniel De Visé has written a biography about one of the all-time great musicians, B.B. King. It is more than a biography of one man, his art and his calling, it is a presentation of times, places, and ways of living, many that still exist in this country, which were integral to forming King's life. In meticulous detail De Visé documents the early, disjointed life of King’s childhood and young adulthood, beginning with a genealogy of King’s family,... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Until I am free : Fannie Lou Hamer's enduring message to America

    Until I am free : Fannie Lou Hamer's enduring message to America

    by Blain, Keisha N., 1985-

    February 9, 2022

    Call Number: 323.4092 H214Bl

    During the summer of 1964, at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Fannie Lou Hamer brought her voice of discontent about political injustice within the Democratic Party. She was asking for mandatory integrated state delegations, and spoke passionately and eloquently about voter suppression, discrimination and violence leveled at those who were fighting for their civil rights. In co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Hamer was challenging local Democratic Party methods to block Black participation and representation in state and national... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Keep it moving : lessons for the rest of your life

    Keep it moving : lessons for the rest of your life

    by Tharp, Twyla

    January 10, 2022

    Call Number: 362.6 T367

    When I was in graduate school working on my MLIS, I skipped a class to attend Push Comes to Shove, a dance work choreographed by Twyla Tharp, specifically for Mikhail Baryshnikov, a classically trained ballet dancer, who at the time had recently defected to the West. This would be a break-out work for him. Tharp's techniques and movements were innovative, fresh and challenging. Some live performances are once-in-a-lifetime events, and this was one of those. As for the skipped class, graduate classes were small and attendance was taken, so before my non-appearance, I got the nod of... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for World travel : an irreverent guide

    World travel : an irreverent guide

    by Bourdain, Anthony

    December 7, 2021

    Call Number: e-Audiobook

    Anthony Bourdain was a world-class explorer, who eagerly traveled domestically and internationally, never intending to report or write about his experiences. He traveled and sampled foods of many places, satisfying his own curiosity, therefore this collection cannot be compared to a regular travel/eatery guide. Bourdain set his own standards, which were for himself and not for the rest of us. With everything that he commented on, from food to many aspects of human behavior and history, he could, at times, be irreverent. At the same time, Bourdain was ceaselessly curious and respectful about... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for How we go home : voices from indigenous North America

    How We Go Home: Voices From Indigenous North America

    November 23, 2021

    Call Number: 970.1 H8475

    Sara Sinclair compiled interviews and stories from twelve different Indigenous people whose ancestral tribes and families are from North America (The United States and Canada). These interviews came about because of Sinclair's work with a non-profit oral history project, Voice of Witness. Each person's point of view is unique, but there are common themes to be found in all of them: coerced residential and boarding schools; foster care; and the resulting trauma due to mistreatment, forced assimilation, loss of emotional family connection,... Read Full Review