Monthly Archives: December 2008

Our Favorites: 2008

Looking for something to read over the holiday break? Stop by the library and check out some of the books we loved this year…

Barry, Dave: The Shepherd, the Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog

Benioff, David: City of Thieves

Brooks, Geraldine: March

Canin, Ethan: America, America

Coben, Harlen: Hold Tight

Crossley, Sloane: I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays

Diaz, Junot: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Doctorow, Cory: Little Brother

Dowd, Siobhan: Bog Child

Fox, Mem: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Grogan, John: Marley and Me

Hirsi Ali, Ayaan: Infidel

Jessop, Carolyn: Escape

Jordan, Hillary: Mudbound

Kerley, Barbara: What to Do About Alice?

Kidd, Sue Monk: The Secret Life of Bees

Lehane, Dennis: The Given Day

Myron, Vicki: Dewey: The Library Cat Who Touched the World

Rash, Ron: Serena

Selznick, Brian: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Sittenfeld, Curtis: American Wife

Willems, Mo: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

Willingham, Bill: Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Wroblewski, David: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Nat Turner

Title: Nat Turner

Author: Kyle Baker

Publisher: Abrams, June 2008

Summary: This stunning graphic novel tells the story of the deadly slave rebellion led by the infamous Nat Turner in 1830s Virginia. Author/Illustrator Kyle Baker uses the text of Turner’s actual confession to illuminate the horrors endured during the slave crossing, and the violence of life for plantation slaves. Young Nat, an intelligent and resourceful boy, learns to read and write. In reading the Bible, Nat decides that he, like Moses, must lead his enslaved people out of bondage. The rest, as they say, is history.

To paraphrase Baker, the story of Nat Turner is intriuging because while it was always mentioned in history text books, there were never really a lot of details given about why the slave rebellion had taken place. Why is something important enough to mention, but not important enough to describe at length? With Nat Turner, Kyle Baker illuminates the man behind the rebellion without judging him a hero or a villain.

Who will like this book: People who are interested in the ‘secret stories’ of American history. Fans of heavily illustrated graphic novels. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

If you like this, try this: A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian