Margaret Atwood

Sci-Shy by Rebecca Howard

One of the guiding principles librarians use when connecting readers to books they will enjoy is that someone should NEVER apologize for his/her reading tastes.  I think, however, that I might also add: “but be willing to stretch.”  It’s just like our parents would explain “You don’t have to like everything, but you do have to try it.”    So, I can say with empirical backing that I don’t care for turnips or Harry Potter.  But, I’m guilty like everyone else of assuming I won’t like something based on its genre or cover. 

Science Fiction by Rebecca Howard

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Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel Flight Behavior is about climate change.  It is also very much about beautifully flawed humans and the lengths to which we will go to connect to one another and to something larger than ourselves.  It’s both earthbound and ethereal.  It’s Barbara Kingsolver at her finest.