“What We’re Reading” is a blog series giving the Brookens Library staff the opportunity to highlight a variety of books, audio books, or e-books you might find enjoyable. This series will post every week on the “What’s New at Brookens” Blog. The third installment features one of our librarians Nancy Weichert. Nancy’s selection is a piece of contemporary American fiction and was selected as one of Amazon’s best books of the month in 2012. We hope you enjoy what Nancy has been reading.
1.) What are you reading?
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
2.) How did you make your selection?
I’m in a book club and this is our current selection.
3.) Describe the book in 20 words or less using your own words.
A book about climate change, educational disparity, poverty, religion, denial and butterflies set on a multigenerational family farm in Appalachia.
4.) What did you like? It is beautifully written and well researched. I enjoyed learning about Monarch Butterflies while “watching” a young family experience a metamorphosis all their own. The subject matter – climate change, infidelity, privilege, and poverty – was difficult, but I left the book feeling hopeful.
What didn’t you like? I wanted more – it ended a bit too abruptly for me.
5.) Who would you recommend this book to?
Anyone interested in family dynamics, ecology, politics, religion, economics, or butterflies.