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Books to Be Thankful For

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The staff of Information Services are celebrating the books that have made an impact, big or small, on their lives this holiday season. Stop by the Information Desk this month to fill out a leaf with the titles you love.  

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The Bok of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

To truly understand the immigrant experience, you either need to be one yourself or be willing to put yourself in the place of one.

What begins as the story of a Mexican family, the Rivera's, moving to Delaware in order to provide their brain-damaged daughter Maribel with an education available only in America, soon intertwines with the story of Mayor: a high school outcast whose family lives next door. Slowly, surely, his and Maribel’s awkward friendship blossoms into romance, though Maribel’s parents object. The Book of Unknown Americans is a welcome contribution to a broadening literary conversation about Latino experience—a contribution that features immigrants from all across the Americas, and all walks of life. Kate, Information Services




A Christmas Carol CoverA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I'm thankful for this book on many levels. I'm thankful for the traditions that it opened up for me, from reading it with my father every year to hunting out and deciding on my favorite film version. I didn't understand it at the time, being a little kid, but it opened up the world of the classics to me. I loved the descriptive prose that Dickens used in bringing about the good and bad of Industrial Revolution England. Though I might not have understood all the words and themes, the imagery it brought about was very sharp in my mind. I sought similar authors after reading this. It introduced me to Stevenson's Black Arrow, Hardy's The Return of the Native, Howard Pyle's retelling of the King Arthur and Robin Hood legends, and the Bronte Sisters. For introducing me to all these books, I'm thankful. And, even though I think I'm in the minority, my favorite film version is the 1938 Reginald Owen version..... Gene B., Information Services





Pie CoverPie by Ken Haedrich

This is my go-to cookbook for baking pies. I had never baked a pie until I checked this book out from the library in autumn 2008. After realizing that making a pie wasn't so scary after all, I have baked recipes from this book for every Thanksgiving (and some Christmases) since then. The author includes invaluable tips and so many delectable-sounding recipes that it's hard to pick a manageable number to bake at one time (last Thanksgiving I made four pies). For example, when it comes to pecan pie, I've made his Butterscotch-Pecan Pie, Louisiana Browned Butter Pecan Pie, Mocha Pecan Pie, and Chocolate Brownie Pecan Pie. I always have trouble deciding whether to repeat a recipe or try something new. Danielle P., Information Services





The Hound of Baskervilles CoverThe Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I’m thankful for this book because it was the first adult mystery book that I read. I remember picking this book out at the school library when I was in 7th grade. I had always enjoyed mystery books, but this book made me love them even more. This encouraged me to read more difficult mysteries and helped me continue to improve my reading ability. Sean P., Information Services