Rodger, Library Director, chose Francona by Terry Francona
As no book has ever quite done before, Francona escorts readers into the rarefied world of a twenty-first-century clubhouse, revealing the mercurial dynamic of the national pastime from the inside out. From his unique vantage point, Francona chronicles an epic era, from 2004, his first year as the Sox skipper, when they won their first championship in 86 years, through another win in 2007, to the controversial September collapse just four years later. Along the way, readers are treated to never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins.
Maureen of the Reference department chose The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long
This semi-autobiographical tale is setin 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.
JP in Circulation chose The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley
In 1634 Urbain Grandier, a priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake. He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history. Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and 4 years after his death, nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms. Huxley’s vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.