Sheryn Morris


  • Book cover for Mankiller : a chief and her people

    Mankiller : a chief and her people

    by Mankiller, Wilma, 1945-2010.

    November 3, 2021

    Call Number: 970.2 M278

    Wilma Pearl Mankiller was principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, and the first woman to hold that position. In the Cherokee language, the surname “Mankiller,”  Asgaya-dihi, references a traditional Cherokee rank, such as captain or major. Chief Mankiller was the least violent individual on this planet, but she was a commander, comparable to a Four-Star General, for whom the word "no" did not exist, especially when confronted with a problem. She was relentless in seeking solutions and enlisted others to help. Part of working within a group was an implicit aspect of the Cherokee tribe.... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for An elderly lady must not be crossed

    An elderly lady must not be crossed

    by Tursten, Helene, 1954-

    October 20, 2021

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    She's back. Maud returns, much to this reviewer's surprise and delight. Her first, and supposedly last, appearance was in An elderly lady is up to no good, where she was taking justice into her own hands, and under scrutiny by clever Detective Inspector Irene Huss. In this group of short stories Maud fills in some blank spots about her early life, which explains how she started on this path of crime, aka justice. She was witness to unfair occurrences that took place, reacted, and learned to... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for A farewell to Gabo and Mercedes : a son's memoir of Gabriel García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha

    A farewell to Gabo and Mercedes : a son's memoir of Gabriel García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha

    by García, Rodrigo, 1959-

    October 6, 2021

    Call Number: 863 G216Gar

    Gabriel Marquez Garcia was one of the giants among modern writers and his books place him in the pantheon of writers throughout the ages. In 1982 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Not only is he significant in the world of Spanish language writers, he is beloved and respected internationally, and his books have been widely translated. In many of his books he is known for his seamless incorporation of magical realism, which was part of his grandmother's origins in Colombia, and became a literary technique for truthfulness, especially in One Hundred Years of Solitude. ... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Burning the books : a history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge

    Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge

    by Ovenden, Richard

    September 29, 2021

    Call Number: 323.445 O96

    Professor Richard Ovenden is a scholar, and at Oxford University he is the British Librarian in charge of the Bodleian Libraries. His appreciation of libraries and archives and those who create, maintain and protect them is evident in this book. When certain individuals or groups of people vociferously disagree with what someone else has written and do not want anyone else to be able to read those ideas, that is when purposeful destruction of books and libraries takes place. For dictatorial individuals censorship is insufficient, only attempts at complete obliteration will do. The book opens... Read Full Review

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    Hurricane season

    by Melchor, Fernanda, 1982-

    September 23, 2021

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    In a fictitious town in Mexico, the body of a woman known as the Witch is found in a filthy irrigation ditch. She was the daughter of another Witch, and both women were thought to possess extraordinary powers, for good and evil, which the town's people feared. Everyone wants to know who killed the Witch and why? Who would dare to kill someone who had powers that could reach beyond the grave? The inhabitants had always presumed the two women had amassed gold and treasures that were hidden in their wretched estate, and that was the motive for the killing. This is a town physically cut off from... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for L.A. Mexicano : recipes, people & places

    L.A. Mexicano : recipes, people & places

    by Esparza, Bill,

    September 14, 2021

    Call Number: 641.5972 E773

    Cookbooks that combine recipes, history and personal anecdotes are a treasure.  When the author is passionate about their subject we readers benefit. Bill Esparza is that person, who is passionate about food, history and writes about his ancestry, his family and their relationships with food, culture, the Spanish language, Mexican heritage, immigration and U.S. citizenship. That personal history is a jumping off point for Esparza's history of Mexican food in Los Angeles. Breaking bread and sharing food is at the heart of this book, and the featured cooks and chefs have very big hearts.... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for You will not have my hate

    You will not have my hate

    by Leiris, Antoine,

    September 7, 2021

    Call Number: 322.42094436 L531

    On Friday, November 13, 2015, a series of terrorist attacks, some suicide bombers, took place in Paris, France: at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris; at crowded cafes and restaurants in Paris; and another attack was leveled at the BataclanTheatre in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Because of terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and a Jewish supermarket that took place in January, 2015, France was already on high alert. The attacks in November, 2015 were the deadliest since World War II.On what became a hate-ridden night, Antoine Leiris lost his wife, Hélène... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for When Harry met Minnie : a true story of love and friendship

    When Harry met Minnie : a true story of love and friendship

    by Teichner, Martha

    August 16, 2021

    Call Number: 636.7 T262

    Martha Teichner is a tough-minded, thoughtful journalist who has seen a great deal of the world while reporting on some of its hotspots (Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudia Arabia). Covering the Gulf War in 1990-1991 she was among a small, select group of women journalists who were embedded with U.S. field troops.This book, her first, riffs on the title and content of the movie, When Harry Met Sally. The movie was an unlikely love story between two people, and it was fiction.  Harry and Minnie are two bull terriers, who also are an unlikely match, and theirs is a real-life... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

    The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

    by Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946

    June 28, 2021

    Call Number: 813 S819S 2020

    Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein were originals, as individual people and as a couple. They did not strive to be different or unique, they just were. As a couple they even debunk what might be perceived as their traditional roles in a relationship with Gertrude Stein, the writer, poet and creator with Alice B. Toklas as a factotum who supported the great artist and took care of the household and cooking. It is not quite the whole story. They were stereotyped, and for the uninformed not to be taken seriously. At one time, Gertrude Stein was gratuitously known for one line from a long poem, “... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for On Juneteenth

    On Juneteenth

    by Gordon-Reed, Annette

    June 21, 2021

    Call Number: 326.09764 G6655

    In size and length, this relatively small book encompasses a major historical event, Juneteenth. Annette Gordon-Reed (historian, lawyer, law professor, multi-award-winning writer and native-born Texan) has written a collection of essays based on personal remembrances and history. No reader should be misled to think that this book will provide a quick overview of what is now a federal holiday. If anything, this distillation of history should send many of us to do further research and reading.January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which according to the... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Sometimes you have to lie : the life and times of Louise Fitzhugh, renegade author of Harriet the spy

    Sometimes you have to lie : the life and times of Louise Fitzhugh, renegade author of Harriet the spy

    by Brody, Leslie, 1952-

    June 8, 2021

    Call Number: 813 F555Br

    When the children's novel Harriet the Spy was published it received positive and negative criticism, and there was some alarm, even by librarians, about the main character, a cantakorous child, who is a spy. Harriet is an eleven-year-old who keeps a notebook, really a diary, with her observations about classmates, neighbors and family. When another child steals the notebook, classmates read Harriet's notes and start bullying her. In today's world the fictional Harriet would be considered an outlier, a... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Every Day is a Gift: A Memoir

    Every Day is a Gift: A Memoir

    by Duckworth, Tammy

    May 19, 2021

    Call Number: 92 D836

    It is one woman’s story of growth and achievement, comprised of innumerable personal and professional extremes, of opposing and contradictory experiences that took her to places, jobs and professions that she never ever could have imagined. Her life is like a complex Venn diagram or a mandala, with multiple overlapping layers. On the book jacket, beneath her name, she lists soldier, senator, mother. The life of a soldier propelled her on the road to becoming a senator and a mother.She is biracial, multiethnic and multilingual. In 1989, from the University of Hawaii she graduated with a B.A.... Read Full Review