Bryson Provides Guide To Humans' 'Wobble Of Flesh'

What’s New At The Library


October 28, 2019

These new books are now available at the Transylvania County Library:


Borgo, Karina Sainz. “It Would be Night in Caracas.” When Adelaida was a child, she and her mother lived in a decent apartment in Venezuala and were accepted by the people of Caracas. But times have changed drastically. Now Adelaida is alone and has to stand in line each day for her ration of bread and tape her windows every night so that tear gas doesn’t leak into her dilapidated home. (FIC BOR)

Cha, Steph. “Your House Will Pay.” Since Grace lives in the valley, she is oblivious to the racial tension in Los Angeles. Shawn just wants to be left alone in Palmdale ever since his family has been undone by violence. But now Los Angeles is experiencing a resurgence of the violence last felt in the early 1990s, and the shooting of a young, black teenager brings Grace and Shawn to the forefront. (FIC CHA)

Sallis, James. “Sarah Jane.” The fact that Sarah Jane Pullman is named de facto sheriff of her tiny town when the real sheriff goes missing is beyond amusing. She has spent her life making mistakes: teenage runaway, failed marriage, and dead-end jobs at low-rent “greasy spoons.” Now here she sits, uncovering the hidden secrets of the man who was once the protector of this place she calls home. (M FIC SAL)

Stoberock, Johanna. “Pigs.” All of the world’s garbage is sent to a single island where the four children who live there sort it and feed it to a ravenous colony of pigs. But one day, something they have never seen before washes ashore, a rusted old barrel with a young boy inside. The problem is, the children of the island don’t know if the boy is more of the world’s trash or “one of them.” (FIC STO)


Bryson, Bill. “The Body: A Guide for Occupants.” Filled with remarkable facts about “this wobble of flesh” we each inhabit and “take for granted,” Bill Bryson explores every aspect of the human body. From how our bodies are able to heal themselves to how they can also fail miserably, Bryson provides a deeper understanding of what it means to be a human and to live in a body that is nothing short of a miraculous, biological perfection. (612 BRY)

“Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers.” Comfort is a basic need of the human condition, and it is often food that satisfies this need. In “Eat Joy,” writers tell stories of what foods got them through their most traumatic times. After author Lev Grossman went through a divorce, he survived on General Tso’s tofu. It was the sweet, sticky consistency that made him feel taken care of and consoled. (810.8 EAT)

Jones, Saeed. “How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir.” Anyone who is different in some way than their family or the community in which they live often finds it difficult to feel happiness. Saeed Jones, an award-winning poet, is one of those people. Jones spent most of his life as an outlier. Black, gay, and living in the South, he felt his very existence betrayed everyone that he loved and communed with as he fought to be himself. (B Jones)

Theroux, Paul. “On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey.” Renowned travel writer Paul Theroux has the ability to derive the human side out of any story he tells. Here, Theroux travels the entire U.S.-Mexican border to talk to the people living south of the border. In the desert region of Sonora, he finds a community brimming with culture and spiritedness. Theroux talks to the town’s people and learns what makes them happy. (917.2 THE)


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