Who Thought this was a good idea? and other questions you show have answers to when you work in the white house by Alyssa Mastromonacoy

Find in catalogThis was such a fun book; a wonderful story that shows a unique and important perspective of this inside workings of the day to day life running a nation. I love her real down to earth nature, how honest and frank she was handling the real ups and downs of trying to figure out the most crazy schedule and events in the world. It’s a great insider perspective from a job that one usually doesn’t think of until one meets somebody with the unknown yet important job or there suddenly there isn’t that person holding the ship together.

All the Single Ladies: unmarried women and the rise of an independent nation by Rebecca Traister

Find in catalogThis is such a great informational read. I learned more than I ever thought there was to know about the effects of a certain group in society had as they changed over the course of time. It’s great to have a deeper understanding of how women have changed as a people and how they have changed the nation and the world. It was great to know how such an oppressed group has made such great strides and hopeful for the future changes that are still required.

The Full Transcripts of the Putin Interviews by Oliver Stone

Find in catalogOliver Stone interviewed Vladmir Putin several times over a two year period beginning in 2015. They discussed a wide variety of topics including Chechnya, Serbia, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iran, the anti-ballistic missile treaty, nuclear weapons, NATO, Snowden, economics, election hacking, the worldwide cyber threat and much more. It’s very interesting to hear the perspective of the Russian president in his own words. You also are able to get some sense of who Putin is as a man. Good read.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possibly by AJ Jacobs

Find in catalogThis book is both funny and enlightening! For anyone with any spark of curiosity for the words that the most sold book in history this is the book for you regardless of your spiritual standing. I really appreciated his perspective on the Bible and religious matters; he’s a good writer, able to take an objective look at the subject as well as reflect on his personal perceptions.

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Find in catalogThe author is a journalist who has spent time in war zones and Native American reservations. He discusses how tribal communities, here and in Africa, handle conflict and war. He says that the sharing of responsibility, resources, and caring for each member of the tribe give the returning warrior a place in society where he is a valued member and is needed as if he had not been gone. He also discusses how tragedy brings people together for this same reason: the sense of community and shared experience. He feels that if returning warriors in this country were given a useful place in society, valued employment for example, and not made to feel different or separate from the rest of society, it would make the transition back to civilian life much easier and reduce the amount of mental distress our warriors experience. It is a well researched book with lots of statistics to back up what he is saying.

Code Talker by Chester Nez and Judith Schiess Avila

Find in textChester Nez was a Navajo high school student at the outbreak of WWII. He enlisted in the Marines and was soon interviewed to be a part of the top secret development of a military communication code in the Pacific. The government and the education system tried to wipe out the native tongue of the Navajo, then found that this unique language was ideal for the creation of a code that could not be broken by the Japanese. This is a fascinating story of the culture and history of the Navajo people and their service to this country, a country that had oftentimes treated them very unfairly. Bonus: the audio CD includes an interview with Chester and a sample of “code talking.”

Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s by Lauren Kessler

Find in catalogI really enjoyed this book. The author writes about her experience working as a minimum wage caregiver at a facility in Oregon for people who have Alzheimer’s. She started her job a few years after her mom died of Alzheimer’s. She did this in order to better understand the disease. She sheds light on what it’s like to be a caregiver, the family members of the residents, and the people there who have different stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Alzheimer’s.

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Find in catalogThis makes it the fourth time I’ve read (or listened) to this book! It has yet to fail to make me laugh uncontrollably! She is just so smart, funny, and talented. If you have yet to read this or watch the unbelievable genius that is 30 Rock then I recommend you quickly add it to the top of your lists. Highly recommended for road trips this summer.

The Argonauts by Meggie Nelson

Find in catalogThis gender non-confirming memoir explores the ups and downs, the complexities, and joys of romance and (queer) family- making. The book moves fluidly between discussing iconic theorists thoughts on sexuality, gender, marriage, and child rising and her own experiences on those subjects.

Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster

Find in catalogI picked this one from the library’s display and appreciated its deviation from my normal books. I hadn’t spent that much time considering what science has to say about the experience of being an animal or what living like an animal is like (to the point of living in a badger hole). I enjoyed the different nature and perspective this author gave me on the world.