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Past Idaho Common Reads
Call Number: CT3262.I2 W47 2018
Publication Date: 2018-02-20
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) by
Call Number: BROWSING TAVRIS
Publication Date: 2015-10-20
When we make mistakes, cling to outdated attitudes, or mistreat other people, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so, unconsciously, we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong. Backed by years of research, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-justification—how it works, the damage it can cause, and how we can overcome it.
The Soul of an Octopus by
Call Number: QL430.3 O2M66 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus--a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature--and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.
All the Light We Cannot See by
Call Number: PS3604.O34 A77 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Fiction, 2015; Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, 2015 Winner
Stealing Buddha's Dinner by
Call Number: CT275.N523A3 2007
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
A coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family's Buddhist lifestyle.
Call Number: SB349.E78 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-07
Investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by
Call Number: RC265.6.L24S55 2010
Publication Date: 2010-02-02
The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff of which we are made.
The Big Burn by
Publication Date: 2009-10-19
The Big Burn chronicles the largest forest fire in America, and how it made Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy as the president who saved our wild places.
The Short Bus by
Publication Date: 2008-05-27
Labeled "dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled with attention and behavior problems," Jonathan Mooney was a short bus rider--a derogatory term used for kids in special education and a distinction that told the world he wasn't "normal." Along with other kids with special challenges, he grew up hearing himself denigrated daily. Ultimately, Mooney surprised skeptics by graduating with honors from Brown University. But he could never escape his past, so he hit the road. To free himself and to learn how others had moved beyond labels, he bought his own short bus and set out cross-country, looking for kids who had dreamed up magical, beautiful ways to overcome the obstacles that separated them from the so-called normal world
Deep Economy by
Call Number: On Course Reserve (Fall 2015)
Publication Date: 2007-03-06
In this manifesto, journalist McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, "more" is no longer synonymous with "better"--Indeed, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value. McKibben's animating idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment.
1 Dead in Attic by
Call Number: On Course Reserve (Fall 2015)
Publication Date: 2007-08-21
"1 Dead in Attic-After Katrina" is a collection of stories by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurrican Katrina.