What We’re Reading, June 7, 2017

As always our librarians are busy reading in their off hours.  These are what we are reading.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore; A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the worlds most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story-and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminismWonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history.Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Womans creator. Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard, Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century. The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth-he invented the lie detector test-lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman.The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for womens rights-a chain of events that begins with the womens suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.

Project Smoke by Steven Raichlen; “Project Smoke is the How to Grill of smoking, both a complete step-by-step guide to mastering the gear and techniques and a collection of 100 explosively flavorful recipes for smoking every kind of food, from starters to desserts. Project Smoke describes Raichlen’s seven steps to smoked food nirvana, including: 1. Choose Your Smoker; 4. Source Your Fuel; 7. Know When Your Food Is Done. There’s an in-depth rundown on various smokers; the essential brines,rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces; and a complete exposition of woods: and ways to smoke-cold smoking, hot smoking, smoke-roasting and smoke-braising. Then the recipes, all big-flavored dishes. Bacon-Crap Poppers, Cherry-Glazed Baby Back Ribs. Slam-Dunk Brisket, Porkstrami, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Even desserts and cocktails-Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding or a Mezcalini, anyone? Illustrated throughout with gorgeous full-color photographs, it’s a book that inspires hunger at every glance, and satisfies with every recipe tried” — Provided by publisher.

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik; This high stakes drama is set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident. With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.

Unlikely Friendships:  Dogs by Jennifer S. Holland; “A heartwarming and inspirational book for the tens of millions of dog owners and dog lovers-and the newest addition to the phenomenal Unlikely Friendship series, a publishing program with three New York Times bestselling books and, with its bestselling calendars, nearly two million copies in print. Unlikely Friendships: Dogs brings together twenty-seven new stories of canine kindness and courage, plus a handful of classic tales involving dogs from Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves, and Unlikely Heroes. Meet Rex, a Belgian Malinois who learned to love and trust again through the improbable friendship of a goose. Popeye the Mastiff, who ran into a burning stable and saved seventeen terrified horses by nibbling at their hooves. And a pit bull named Dolly, whose antics with her best friend, Sheldon the tortoise, include games of tag. (Yes, picture a tortoise running after a dog!) Enhanced with beautiful full-color photographs, these true stories of camaraderie, affection, remarkable bravery are more than a lovely tribute; they are proof that dogs are every creature’s best friend”– Provided by publisher.

The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver; “Orphans Philippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max must find out who stole a valuable artifact in order to save to save their home, Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders”– Provided by publisher.

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