Reading Guide for “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

We would like to thank St. Bonaventure University for providing us with a copy of their reading guide for “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot created for the All Bonaventure Reads 2010 program. (©ABR Committee, St. Bonaventure University, 2010)  for distribution to our patrons.  Ms. Skloot will be appearing at St. Bonaventure on September 29, 2010 at 7pm in the Reilly Center Arena.  

Reading Guide for “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

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Dr. DiDonato Recommended Reading List

If you attended the program on fossils by Dr. DiDonato, he recommended some books in his presentation.  Here is the list of books and also where you can find them in our library or through other libraries.

Annals of a Former World by John McPhee (557.3 M)

This is one of my favorites.  McPhee is an entertaining writer who can weave a great story about the geology and the history of the land.  I like to open Google Maps and a good geology dictionary.  If I come across a topic that interests me (just about every other paragraph) I do a google search and get even more on a subject.  But I am indebted to McPhee for bringing so many new subjects to my attention (like “the gangplank” in Wyoming.)

Wonderful Life, The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould (available as a hold from James Prendergast)

This is an interesting account of the discovery and reinterpretation of the Burgess Shale- but its not the end of the story.  Gould was a paleontologist who knew how to tell a good story.  This is for any interested beginner who wants to know more about the behind the scenes action in paleontology.

Fossils of the Burgess Shale by Derek E. G. Briggs, et. al. (available as a hold from James Prendergast)

Briggs gives a good short introduction into the background on how the fossils where discovered and the best photos on major representatives.  This is probably better suited for serious readers but even beginners will appreciate the vivid pictures and the historical overview.

The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt by William Nothdurft with Josh Smith (567.909 N)

This is the story of a young paleontology expedition that followed in the footsteps of German paleontologist Strommer who collected dinosaurs that were lost during WWII.

Trilobites by Riccardo Levi-Setti (565.393 L)

This is a comprehensive look at lots of trilobites with great detail.  It is written for someone with a real interest in learning more.

The Jehol Biota edited by Mee-mann Chaing, et. al. (available as an Interlibrary Loan)

This book is tough to find.  It is a serious work covering the feathered dinosaurs, beaked birds and the flowering plants.  It is filled with photos of the best in class specimens from the Liaoning Province.

T. Rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter Alvarez (Y 576.84 A)

The Alvarez father and son team advanced the hypothesis about the extinction of the dinosaurs and this is a lively account of how it could have happened.  Written for the popular audience.

Dinosaur Digs by Blake Edgar (available as an Interlibrary Loan)

This is published by the Discovery Channel Travel Adventures and details lots of dinosaur digs throughout the US and how to get on a dig.  It is full of interesting ideas for a family or individual vacation to see the best dinosaur fossil locales.

Digging Dinosaurs by John R. Horner (available as a hold from James Prendergast)

This is an interesting account of Horner’s life as a fossil hunter.  He is passionate about dino’s and willing to share everything.  He has found some great discoveries and this makes it a terrific book.

African Dinosaurs Unearthed- The Tendaguru Expeditions by Gerhard Maier (available as an Interlibrary Loan)

This is a detailed account of the fossil hunting into what was once called German East Africa and it is for the intermediate to serious student.  It is very well documented and brings into view little known activity in East Africa before WWII.

Planet Ocean- Dancing to the Fossil Record by Brad Matsen & Ray Troll (available as an Interlibrary Loan)

This is a fun account of the vast ‘ocean’ of fossils from marine environments.  It is illustrated with great graphics and would be good for the young reader.

Rocks & Fossils- a visual guide by Robert R. Coenraads (552 C)

For readers who like lots of pictures to guide their identification this is a good reference especially for rocks, minerals and marine plant life.  The photos are especially good quality.

Dawning of the Dinosaurs-the story of Canada’s oldest dinosaurs by Harry Thurston*

A short account of dinosaurs found in Canada.  Especially fun if you’re going to travel up to see the world class museums – Tyrell and Ontario.

Hunting Dinosaurs by Louie Psihoyos with John Knoebber (available as a hold from James Prendergast)

The photographs alone are worth looking at and Psihoyos has the knowledge and background to tell a great story about lots of dino’s.

Discovering Dinosaurs in the American Museum of Natural History by Mark A. Norell, et. al. (567.91 N)

If you want to get the backstory on the Grand Dame of American Paleontology this is a great resource.  Lots of interesting stories.

*unfortunately this book seems to be only available from Canada for loan.

New Biographies (January – June 2010)

BIO AARON  The last hero: a life of Henry Aaron Bryant, Howard

BIO AGASSI  Open: an autobiography Agassi, Andre

BIO AHMED  In the land of invisible women: a female doctor’s journey in the Saudi Kingdom Ahmed, Qanta

BIO ALBRIGHT  Read my pins: stories from a diplomat’s jewel box Albright, Madeline Korbel

BIO ALI  I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced Ali, Nujood.

BIO ANDERSON  The way I see it: a look back at my life on Little House Anderson, Melissa Sue

BIO ARCHER-GILLIGAN  The devil’s rooming house: the true story of America’s deadliest female serial killer Phelps, M. William

BIO AVONMORE  Wild romance: a Victorian story of a marriage, a trial, and a self-made woman Schama, Chloe

BIO BEDNAR  Nine Ms and a mother like no other:  our journey from messed to blessed: a memoir Bednar, Martial

BIO BEMIS  The poker bride: the first Chinese in the wild West Corbett, Christopher

BIO BENDER  Chris Bender: a baseball biography Wiggins, Robert Peyton

BIO BERTINELLI  Finding it: and satisfying my hunger without opening the fridge Bertinelli, Valerie

BIO BETTS  A question of freedom: a memoir of survival, learning, and coming of age in prison Betts, R. Dwayne

BIO BOLEYN  Anne Boleyn Bernard, G.W.

BIO BOWIE  Bowie: a biography Spitz, Marc

BIO BRZEZINSKI  All things at once Brzezinski, Mika

BIO BURNETT  This time together: laughter and reflection Burnett, Carol

BIO BYSTROLYOTOV  Stalin’s Romeo spy: the remarkable rise and fall of the KGB’s most daring operative: the true life of Dmitri Bystrolyotov Draitser, Emil

BIO CAPONE  Get Capone: the secret plot that captured America’s most wanted gangster. Eig, Jonathan

BIO CARLIN  Seven dirty words: the life and crimes of George Carlin Sullivan, James

BIO CLAY  Henry Clay: the essential American Heidler, David Stephen

BIO CLEOPATRA  Cleopatra: a biography Roller, Duane W.

BIO CONNERY  Being a Scot Connery, Sean

BIO DEMUTH  Thin places: a memoir DeMuth, Mary

BIO DICKINSON  Lives like loaded guns: Emily Dickinson and her family’s feuds Gordon, Lyndall

BIO EDGAR Cheesemonger: a life on the wedge Edgar, Gordon

BIO EVANS  Rage against the meshugenah:  why it takes balls to go nuts: a memoir Evans, Dan

BIO FEBOS  Whip smart : a memoir Febos, Melissa.

BIO GABRIEL  Eating pomegranates : a memoir of mothers, daughters, and the BRCA gene Gabriel, Sarah

BIO GETTINGER  Ruby’s diary: reflections on all I’ve lost and gained Gettinger, Ruby

BIO GOLDING  William Golding: the man who wrote Lord of the flies: a life Carey, John

BIO HARRIS A woman’s war: the professional and personal journey of the Navy’s first African American female intelligence officer Harris, Gail

BIO IRELAND  The boy who would be Shakespeare: a tale of forgery and folly Stewart, Doug

BIO JABER The flying carpet of small miracles: a woman’s fight to save two orphans Jaber, Hala

BIO JOHNSON  It is well with my soul: the extraordinary life of a 106-year-old woman Johnson, Ella Mae Cheeks

BIO KERMAN  Orange is the new black: my year in a woman’s prison Kerman, Piper

BIO KIRKBY  I am Hutterite: the fascinating true story of a young woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage Kirkby, Mary-Ann

BIO LAUREN  Some girls: my life in a Harem Lauren, Jillian

BIO LONDON  Wolf: the lives of Jack London Haley, James

BIO MAILER  A ticket to the circus: a memoir Mailer, Norris Church

BIO MAKIN  703: how I lost more than a quarter ton and gained a life Makin, Nancy

BIO MASTROGIACOMO  Days of fear: a firsthand account of captivity under the new Taliban Mastrogiacomo, Daniele

BIO MEEINK  Autobiography of a recovering skinhead: the Frank Meeink story Meeink, Frank

BIO NGUGI  Dreams in a time of war: a childhood memoir Ngugi wa Thiong

BIO PEETE  Not my boy!: a father, a son, and one family’s journey with autism Peete, Rodney

BIO PHILLIPS  High on arrival Phillips, Mackenzie

BIO REICHL  Not becoming my mother: and other things she taught me along the way Reichl, Ruth

BIO RIDEAU  In the place of justice: a story of punishment and deliverance Rideau, Wilbert

BIO ROSS  Betsy Ross and the making of America Miller, Marla R.

BIO ROVE  Courage and consequence: my life as a conservative in the fight Rove, Karl

BIO RUSSELL  King of the court: Bill Russell and the basketball revolution Goudsouzian, Aram

BIO SABERI  Between two worlds: my life and captivity in Iran Saberi, Roxana

BIO SANFORD  Staying true Sanford, Jenny

BIO SEUSS  Theodor SEUSS Geisel Pease, Donald E.

BIO SHANNON  Chelsey Shannon, Chelsey

BIO SHAPIRO  Devotion: a memoir Shapiro, Dani

BIO STANFORD  A positive life: living with HIV as a pastor, husband, and father Stanford, Shane

BIO TWAIN  Mark Twain: the adventures of Samuel L. Clemens Loving, Jerome

BIO VANO  Pistols! Treason! Murder!: the rise and fall of a master spy Walker, Jonathan

BIO VELEZ-MITCHELL  iWant: my journey from addiction and overconsumption to a simpler, honest life Velez-Mitchell, Jane

BIO WAHL  Hard times in the country: ramblings of a hayseed Wahl, Timothy L.

BIO WEINBRAUB  When I stop talking, you’ll know I am dead: useful stories from a persuasive man Weintraub, Jerry

BIO WILSON  The butterfly mosque Wilson, G. Willow

BIO WINFREY  Oprah: a biography Kelley, Kitty

BIO WYNETTE Tammy Wynette: tragic country queen McDonough, Jimmy

More “Watery” Reads…(Non Fiction this time!)

Here are some more “watery” reads to help you Make a Splash! this summer with Olean Public Library’s Summer Reading program.  Come in and check out the book display and the many water themed books available to you.

Finding Water: the Art of Perseverance by Julia Cameron (153.35 C)

Springs of Water in a Dry Land: Spiritual Survival for Catholic Women by Mary Jo Weaver (282.082 W)

Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History by Harry Lowen et al. (289.709 L)

Crossing the Water: A Photographic Path to the Afro-Cuban World by Claire Garoutte (299.67 G)

Water Cooler Diaries: Women Across America Share Their Day at Work edited by Joni B. Cole (305.42 W)

Water: Opposing Viewpoints by Carol Wekesser (339.91 W)

Watersheds: A Practical Handbook for Healthy Water by Clive Dobson (333.73 D)

Aqua Shock: The Water Crisis in America by Susan J. Marks (333.79 M)

Water: The Fate of  Our Most Precious Resource by Marq De Villiers (333.91 D)

Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters by Robert Glennon (333.91 G)

Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water by Maude Barlow (333.911 B)

Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It by Elizabeth Royce (338.476 R)

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster by Michael Eric Dyson (363.349 D)

Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow (363.61 B)

The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy (372.975 C)

The Frozen-water Trade: A True Story by Gavin Weightman (380.142 W)

Water Trails West by Western Writers of America (386.097 W)

Erie Water West: A History of the Erie Canal, 1792-1854 by Ronald E. Shaw (386.48 S)

Water from Heaven: The Story of Water From the Big Bang to the Rise of Civilization and Beyond by Robert S. Kandel (551.46 K)

Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith by John Page Williams (551.461 W)

Life’s Matrix: a Biography of Water by Philip Ball (553.7 B)

Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization by Steven Solomon (553.7 S)

Dam Nation: Dispatches From the Water Underground by Cleo Woelfe-Erskine et al (553.7 D)

The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys Through Knowledge by James Burke (609 B)

The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink by Robert D. Morris (614.43 M)

When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution by Devra Lee Davis (615.902 D)

Take a Paddle: Western New York: Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks by Rich & Sue Freeman (797.122 F)

Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River by Peter Heller (797.122 H)

Where Water Comes Together by Raymond Carver (811 C)

When the Water Smokes: A Peltier Creek Chronicle by Bob Simpson (917.56 S)

Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack by Tom Nagorski (940.542 N)

Water in My Veins: The Pauper Who Helped Save the President by Ted Robinson (940.545 R)

Oil and Water; The Torrey Canyon Disaster by Edward Cowan (942.37 C)

Hell or High Water; MacArthur’s Landing at Inchon by Walt Sheldon (951.904 S)

Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, The Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe that Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign by Stephan Talty (972.904 T)

Mr. Lincoln’s Brown Water Navy: The Mississippi Squadron by Gary D. Joiner (973.758 J)

What You See in Clear Water: Life on the Wind River Reservation by Geoffrey O’Gara (978.763 O)

The Devil that Danced on the Water: A Daughter’s Quest by Aminatta Forna (BIO Forna)

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride (BIO McBride-Jordan)

The King Over Water by Michael Pye (BIO Windsor)

**Search our Catalog for More Watery Reads**


Explore NY 2010

The New York State Library, in partnership with the New York Library Association’s Youth Services Section and School Library Media Section, has created a reading list that celebrate the history, culture, and diversity of New York State for 2010 “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.”  Below you will find a list of the books available at the Olean Public Library that will help you “Explore NY” this summer.

  • Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2008.

Sisters Isabel and Ruth are young girls who are promised freedom after the death of their slave master. Instead, they become property of a New York City couple. Isabel soon catches Revolution fever after meeting a young boy named Curzon who encourages her to spy on her owners. Together Isabel and Curzon strive for their personal freedom and the freedom of New York and their country.

Y FIC Anderson

  • Asbury, Herbert. The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld. New York: Vintage Books, 2008.

True to the title, the book is a history of crime that permeated the underbelly of New York City and its boroughs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of these gangs were so vicious they would post signs warning police to stay out of their neighborhoods — or else!

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  • Barrett, Andrea. The Air We Breathe. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.

In the fall of 1916, as U.S. involvement in WWI looms, the Adirondack town of Tamarack Lake houses a public sanitarium and private cure cottages for Tuberculosis patients. Gossip about roommate changes, nurse visits, cliques and romantic connections dominate relations among the sick—mostly poor European immigrants. The timely theme focuses on how the tragedy, betrayal and heartbreak of war extend far beyond the battlefield.

FIC Barrett

  • Bat-Ami, Miriam. Two Suns in the Sky. New York: Puffin Books, 2001.

In 1944, an Upstate New York teenager (setting is Oswego and the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter) named Christine meets and falls in love with Adam, a Yugoslavian Jew living in a refugee camp, despite their parents’ conviction that they do not belong together.

Y PB Bat-Ami

  • Bauer, Joan. Backwater. New York: Puffin, 2005.

When young Ivy begins to study her family’s history, her discoveries rattle the other members of her New York State clan.

Y FIC Bauer

  • Bauer, Joan. Peeled. New York: Putnam, 2008.

In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

Y FIC Bauer

AUDIO CD Y FIC Bauer

  • Bogaert, Harmen Meyndertsz van den. Journey into Mohawk Country. Illus. George O’Connor. New York: First Second, 2006.

A graphic novel illustrated by George O’Connor. It is an illustrated version of the travels of a Dutch trader in early America based on Van den Bogaert’s 1634 journal, A Journey into Mohawk and Oneida Country.

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  • Bruchac, Joseph. Bowman’s Store: A Journey to Myself. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2001.

Bruchac, now a well-known children’s author and storyteller, relates his childhood and high school years spent living with his grandparents near Saratoga, NY and his discovery of his Abenaki heritage, which he learns to honor.

BIO Bruchac

  • Budhos, Marina Tamar. Ask Me No Questions. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006.

Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.

Y FIC Budhos

  • Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006.

Antonio, initially a teen arrested for murder, and his sweetheart, Natasha, exchange a decade of correspondence. Both from tiny, dark apartments in Harlem, they are passionately in love, but destined to walk very different roads.

Y FIC Buckhanon

  • Carvell, Marlene. Who Will Tell My Brother? New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2004.

During his lonely crusade to remove offensive mascots from his high school, a Native American teenager learns more about his heritage, his ancestors, and his place in the world.

Y FIC Carvell

  • Chance, Megan. An Inconvenient Wife. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2005.

In this gripping account of historical fiction, the author exposes the horrors women faced during the late 19th century in New York when they dared to show passion of any kind or repudiate society’s norms.  Lucy Carelton suffers from a common female disorder, “hysteria”: its symptoms are headaches, excitable reactions and feelings of claustrophobia. Her cold-hearted husband, William, determined to find her a cure, brings her to several specialists, who recommend everything from an ovariotomy to several months of confinement in a private asylum.

FIC Chance

  • Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans. New York: Signet Classics, 2005.

This exciting adventure story is set during the Seven Year’s War fought between France and England in North America. Hawkeye and his American Indian companions become involved in the bloody war.

FIC PB Cooper

  • Cooper, James Fenimore. The Spy. New York: Penguin Classics, 1997.

Written in 1821, this historical novel is Cooper’s paean to the Revolutionary War.Protagonist Harry Birch finds himself wrongly accused of selling vital information to the British.

FIC Cooper

  • Danticat, Edwidge. Behind the Mountains. New York: Orchard Books, 2002.

Writing in the notebook which her teacher gave her, thirteen-year-old Celiane describes life with her mother and brother in Haiti as well as her experiences in Brooklyn after the family finally immigrates there to be reunited with her father.

Y FIC Danticat

  • Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 2003.

In 1906, 16-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiancé, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. This novel is based on a true story.

Y FIC Donnelly

  • Duble, Kathleen Benner. Quest. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008.

Relates the events of explorer Henry Hudson’s final voyage from four points of view: that of his seventeen-year-old son aboard the ship, a younger son left in London, a crewmember, and a young English woman acting as a spy in Holland.

Y FIC Duble

  • Edmonds, Walter. Drums Along the Mohawk. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1997.

This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. Combating hardships almost too great to endure, they helped give America a legend which still stirs the heart. In the midst of love and hate, life and death, danger and disaster, they stuck to the acres which were theirs, and fought a war without ever quite understanding it. An American classic since its original publication in 1936.

FIC Edmonds

  • Finney, Jack. Time and Again. New York: Scribner Paperback, 1995.

This novel is about an experiment that causes 20th century illustrator Si Morley to step out of a Dakota apartment building into the streets of 1882 New York.

FIC Finney

  • Godbersen, Anna. The Luxe. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.

Y FIC Godbersen

  • Grimes, Nikki.  Bronx Masquerade. New York: Dial Books, 2002.

While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

Y PB Grimes

  • Gruber, Ruth. Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.

Gruber, a journalist during WWII, accompanied 1000 refugees from Nazi-controlled Europe who came to Oswego, NY as guests of the United States government.

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  • Hopkinson, Deborah. Shutting out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York, 1880-1915. New York: Orchard Books, 2003.

Photographs and text document the experiences of 5 individuals from Belarus, Italy, Lithuania, and Romania, who came to live in the Lower East Side of NYC as children or young adults at the turn of the 20th century.

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  • Jackson, Livia Bitton. Hello, America: A Refugee’s Journey from Auschwitz to the New World. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

In the final book of the acclaimed trilogy that includes I Have Lived a Thousand Years and My Bridges of Hope, Elli and her mother leave war-ravaged Europe behind. Arriving in New York in 1951, they seek to preserve their Jewish heritage while embracing the freedom of the new city.

BIO Jackson

  • Marshall, Paul. Brown Girl, Brownstones. Mineola: Dover Publications, Inc., 2009.

This book centers on the daughter of Barbadian immigrants living in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Selina Boyce is caught in the middle of her parents’ differing views of her future. Her mom wants Selina to get an American education, while her dad dreams of returning to Barbados. Along with her parental woes, the heroine must deal with the poverty and racism that surrounds her.

Y FIC Marshall

  • Monfredo, Miriam Grace. North Star Conspiracy. New York: Berkley, 1995.

In 1854, while the rest of Seneca Falls, New York gears up for the opening of a new theater, librarian/sleuth/women’s rights activist Glynis Tryon investigates the death of a freed slave and discovers shocking secrets about several abolitionists.

MYS Monfredo

  • Raphael, Marie. Streets of Gold: A Novel. New York: Persea Books, 2001.

After fleeing Poland and conscription in the Russian czar’s army, Stefan and his sister Marisia begin a new life in America on the Lower East Side of New York City at the turn of the century.

Y FIC Raphael

  • Sachs, Marilyn. Lost in America. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2005.

Follows the story of Nicole, a teenage French Jew, from 1943-1948, as she loses her parents and sister to the concentration camps and then leaves her native France to make a new life in New York City.

Y FIC Sachs

  • Santiago, Esmeralda. When I was Puerto Rican. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.

The author recalls the hardships and joys of her life with humor and poignancy, from her childhood in Puerto Rico to her move to a very different life in Brooklyn, and, finally, to her admission to the High School of Performing Arts.

BIO Santiago

  • Sheldon, Dyan. Sophie Pitt-Turnbull Discovers America. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2005.

While spending the summer in Brooklyn with her mother’s former schoolmate, Sophie, a sheltered English teenager, makes new and unlikely friends and finds a new side to her formerly “dull and passive” personality.

Y FIC Sheldon

  • Swerling, Beverly. City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001

In 1661, a brother and sister stagger off a small wooden ship after eleven perilous weeks at sea to seek a new life in the Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam. Bound to each other by blood and necessity, these gifted healers become deadly enemies as betrayal and murder enter their lives.Their descendents –dedicated physicians and surgeons, pirates and whoremasters — will shape the future of medicine and the growing city.

FIC Swerling

  • Swiggett, Howard. War out of Niagara: Walter Butler and the Tory Rangers. Temecula: Reprint Services Company, 1993.

This study of the American Revolution in northern New York, presents a full account of the Loyalist issues of the area; the role of the Mohawk Indians; the battle actions from 1778-1780 involving many diverse issues and forces; and, the controversial role of Walter Butler’s Rangers in the battle at Cherry Valley.

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  • Taylor, Kim. Bowery Girl. New York: Viking, 2006.

Two orphaned teenage girls in New York’s tenements in 1883 realize that their dream of saving enough money to move to Brooklyn across the newly-built bridge may be achieved if they learn new trades at a nearby settlement house, rather than continuing their lives of prostitution and stealing.

Y FIC Taylor

  • Torrey, E. Fuller. Ride with the Loomis Gang. Illus. John Mahaffy. Utica, NY: North Country Books, 1997

An adaptation of the author’s Frontier Justice: Rise and Fall of the Loomis Gang. It chronicles the exploits of the legendary Loomis Gang, a group of more than 200 men who terrorized central New York during the mid-1800s.

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Check Out These “Watery” Reads

This summer’s theme is “Make a Splash at the Olean Public Library.”  Wondering what to read?  Here are some “watery” books to check out!

Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death by  M.C. Beaton (MYS Beaton)

At the Scent of Water by Linda Nichols (FIC Nichols)

Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker (FIC Parker)

Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates (FIC Oates)

Black Water by D.J. Machale (Y FIC Machale)

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (FIC Locke)

Black Water Transit by Carsten Stroud (FIC Stroud)

Blood & Water by Lori Fairweather (FIC Fairweather)

Blue Water by A. Manette Ansay (LG PR FIC Ansay)

The Body is Water by Julie Schumacher (FIC Schumacher)

A Body Surrounded by Water by Eric Wright (MYS Wright)

Boy In the Water by Steven Dobyns (FIC Dobyns)

Breathing Water by Thomas Gavin (FIC Gavin)

Come High Water by Carolyn Brown (FIC Brown)

Dark Water by Linda Hall (FIC Hall)

Dead in the Water by Ted Wood (MYS Wood)

Dead in the Water: A Novel by Stuart Woods (FIC Woods)

Dead Water by Ngaio Marsh (MYS Marsh)

Dead Water by Barbara Hambly (MYS Hambly)

Death by Water by Kerry Greenwood (LG PR FIC Greenwood)

Death in Rough Water by Francine Mathews (MYS Mathews)

Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow (FIC Whitlow)

The Deepest Water by Kate Wilhelm (FIC Wilhelm)

Devil Water by Anya Seton (FIC Seton)

Faces Under Water by Tanith Lee (FIC Lee)

Flood by Stephen Baxter (SCI FI Baxter)

Gardens of Water by Alan Drew (FIC Drew)

A Glass of Water by Jimmy Santiago Baca (FIC BACA)

Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King (FIC King)

Head Above Water by S.L. Rottman (Y FIC Rottman)

I Believe in Water edited by Marilyn Singer (Y FIC I)

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (FIC Esquivel)

The Memory of Water by Karen White (FIC White)

The Moon in the Water by Pamela Belle (FIC Belle)

Nervous Water by William Tapply (MYS Tapply)

Night Over Water by Ken Follet (FIC Follet)

Open Water by Maria Flook (FIC Flook)

The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman (FIC Goodman)

A Shark Out of Water by Emma Lathen (MYS Lathen)

Smoke on the Water by John Ruemmler (Y FIC Ruemmler)

Something in the Water by Charlotte MacLeod (MYS MacLeod)

Stones in the Water by Donna Jo Napoli (Y FIC Napoli)

Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline (FIC Kline)

Thicker Than Water by Dylan Jones (FIC Jones)

The Water and Blood by Nancy E. Turner (FIC Turner)

Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie (FIC Crombie)

Water Song by Suzanne Weyn (Y FIC Weyn)

Beach Reads 2010

Heading out to the beach to relax? (Even if it is just veranda beach!) Here are some recommendations for some entertaining summer reading. Enjoy!

When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris (814.54 S)
David Sedaris is considered one of the best, sharpest humorists writing today. This is his sixth collection of humorous and moving essays.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erika Bauermeister (FIC Bauermeister)
A lovely and moving story of relationships, loss, redemption, and hope set in a cooking class.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (BIO Gilbert)
This spiritual memoir brims with humor, grace, and scorching honesty.

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger (FIC Weisberger)
From the author of The Devil Wears Prada, a coming of age story about 3 best friends.

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee (FIC Lee)
In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, a gripping tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (FIC Tinti)
Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling.

How Tough Could It Be? by Austin Murphy (BIO Murphy)
Read about the trials and errors of a sports writer turned stay at home dad with two young children.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (FIC Esquivel)
Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (FIC Burns)
A timeless, funny, resplendent novel about romance and adolescence, and how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (SCI FI Card)
The Earth is under attack and the survival of the human species depends on a military genius who can defeat the alien “buggers.”

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller (FIC Miller)
The story of two women — one at the beginning of her marriage, one in her later years — who live next door to each other.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (FIC Strout)
Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, tragedies, and joys.

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner (910.4 W)
Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author’s case, moments of “un-unhappiness.”

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad ( Y FIC Conrad)
Details the careers of two young women, Jane and Scarlett, who are offered the opportunity of a lifetime when they move to Los Angeles.

Relentless by Dean Koontz (FIC Koontz)
Bestselling author Cullen Cubby Greenwich is mortified when Shearman Waxx, the nation’s premier literary critic, savages his work.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Y FIC Collins)
In this riveting dystopia story of a fascist  and futuristic United States, rebellious districts are punished by the government with the annual Reaping.

Also check out these authors:

Candace Bushnell
Emily Giffin
Jane Green
Charlaine Harris
Sophie Kinsella
Alexander McCall Smith
Naomi Novik
Anita Shreve
Anne Tyler