A few suggested reads from library staff, Board and teen advisory members…

Marie Traversy, MMPL Board member, “I’ve just finished reading Black & White: an intimate perspective on ‘white advantage’ & the paths to change,’ by Stephen Dorsey. It’s his first book. He is a biracial community leader & activist. It should be a must-read! He lays out a compelling case in regards to systemic anti-black racism. The book is footnoted with historical truths from both Canada & US. He also shares his personal anti-black racism experiences encountered in his own home as he was growing up. I had to take mini-breaks in between chapters to reflect on what I just read. He described the ‘Quebec situation’ and la CAQ party with great clarity. It is a gem of a book.” Place a reserve: https://missmills.bibliocommons.com

Sheila Robertson, staff Pakenham library, “I highly recommend Pastoral Song by James Rebanks.  It is about a Farmer’s Journey. It’s beautifully written and is a very timely check-up on farming.” Note: James Rebanks’ first book, A Shepherd’s Life: Modern Landscapes from an Ancient Landscape is wonderful too. Place a reserve: https://missmills.bibliocommons.com

Sarah Reside, literacy tutor, recommends, Had It Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo by Robyn Doolittle. “A journalist investigates the landscape of sexual assault in Canada and asks how we can better treat those involved by learning about and changing the system.” A good companion title and in audiobook – Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and A Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow. Reserve: https://missmills.bibliocommons.com

also, If I Had Your Face, by Frances Cha: “What does it mean to be a woman in Seoul, where beauty standards are unrelenting? A beautiful and difficult look into the lives and friendships of young Korean women.” Reserve: https://missmills.bibliocommons.com

Tanush, a member of the library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) suggests Suzanne Collins’ The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes… “This book will take a lot of surprising turns and leave you baffled at times but it will be an amazing ride. Will definitely recommend.” To read Tanush’s full review, please visit MMPL Teen Advisory Group on Facebook. To see more TAG suggestions and to reserve, please visit this page: https://missmills.bibliocommons.com