Adult Fiction: The Sellout by Paul Beatty – Book Club Book
2016 Man Booker Prize Winner
2015 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Fiction
Named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant.
Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens—on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles—the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.
Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident—the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins—he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.
Adult Non-Fiction: The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
* New York Times Bestseller
* USA Today Bestseller
* Audible Top Ten Non-Fiction Audiobooks
What if everything we think we know about how the world works—our ideas of love, education, spirituality, work, happiness, and love—are based on Brules (bullsh*t rules) that get passed from generation to generation and are long past their expiration date?
This book teaches you to think like some of the greatest non-conformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for YOUR life so you can define success on your own terms.
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, a New York Times bestseller, is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of an ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is shaped by conditioning and habit. And thus, most people live their lives based on limiting rules and outdated beliefs about pretty much everything—love, work, money, parenting, sex, health, and more—which they inherit and pass on from generation to generation.
But what if you could remove these outdated ideas and start anew? What would your life look like if you could forget the rules of the past, and redefine what happiness, purpose, and success mean for you?
Not Just a Book, but a Movement
Blending computational thinking, integral theory, modern spirituality, evolutionary biology, and humor, personal growth entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani provides a revolutionary 10-point framework for understanding and enhancing the human self. You will learn about bending reality. You will learn how to apply unique models like consciousness engineering to help you learn and grow at speeds like never before.You will learn to make a dent in the universe and discover your quest. This framework is based on Lakhiani’s personal experiences, the 5 million people he’s reached through Mindvalley, and 200 hours of interviews and questions posed to incredible minds, including Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Ken Wilber, Dean Kamen, Arianna Huffington, Michael Beckwith, and other legendary leaders.
In a unique fusion of cutting-edge ideas, personal stories, irreverence, and a brilliant teaching style, Lakhiani reveals the 10 powerful laws that form a step-by-step process that you can apply to life to shed years of struggle and elevate yourself to exceptional new heights.
The 10 Laws to an Extraordinary Life
This book challenges conventional ideas of relationships, goal-setting, mindfulness, happiness, and meaning. In a unique fusion of cutting-edge ideas, personal stories, and humorous irreverence, and not to mention, humor and napkin diagrams, this framework combines computational thinking with personal growth to provide a powerful framework for re-coding yourself—and replacing old, limiting models that hold you back with new, empowering beliefs and behaviors that set you on the path toward an extraordinary life. A life of more happiness and achievement than you might have dared to dream possible.
Once you discover the code, you will question your limits and realize that there are none. Step into a new understanding of the world around you and your place in it, and find yourself operating at a new, extraordinary level in every way...happiness, purpose, fulfilment, and love.
This Book Is a Living, Breathing Manifesto That Goes Beyond a Traditional Publication
For those who want more, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind connects to a full on immersive experience including ways for you to dive into particular chapters to unlock additional videos or training and connect with each other and the author to learn via peer-to-peer learning networks.
Local: Footprints by Wallace K. Ewing, PhD
Specific Indians whose presence shaped the history of West Central Michigan typically are marginally represented in books and articles about the past. Footprints attempts to offset that omission by telling the story of individual Native Americans who once walked the Grand River Valley, Lake Michigan’s wooded dunes, and the land between. Included are the chiefs, their tribal members, those who claimed both Native American and European descent, and a few of the Whites who played critical roles as they interacted with Indians in the early year of settlement. The second half of the book is devoted to an historical directory of Indians in West Central Michigan. The genealogical study includes concise biographical sketches of hundreds of individual Indians. It is difficult to determine where genealogy ends and history begins, and often the two overlap.
Footprints sketches Indian life when the French dominated the area and continues through the decades of British and American governance in the 18th and 19th centuries. Much of our early knowledge about Indians is based on myth, legend, and memory, but by the mid-nineteenth century, written accounts in newspapers, magazines, and books started to reveal the stories of their lives. Censuses, birth and marriage records, and death notices provided vital statistics that otherwise would be unrecorded.
Young Adult: My Brother’s Mountain by John Timmerman
The copper-miners’ strike of 1913-1914 was one of the most shattering cultural and economic upheavals ever in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It effectively ended copper mining as it was known. It devastated the lives of thousands and took over a hundred lives.
My Brother’s Mountain, a work of young adult historical fiction, recounts those events through the point of view of a young narrator, having to grow up too fast in a bewildering world.
Davey O'Brien and his friends are just trying to get through seventh grade at the Calumet & Hecla school for miners' children. But trouble won't leave them alone. Conflicts with the "townies", sons and daughters of mine bosses and store owners, are one thing. But then the miners go on strike. Food becomes scarce during awful winter storms, and life itself grows uncertain as the miners square off against the owners' vigilante thugs.
“A terrific read,” wrote Gary D. Schmidt, two-time winner of the Newberry Medal for young adult literature. He added: “Davey’s growing understanding of and commitment to this cause yields a powerful story of identity and courage, and will chime with young readers who themselves are called in our own time to stand up.”
John Timmerman is a Professor of English at Calvin College. He is the author of twenty-six books and many short stories.
Children: Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world. Ada Twist, Scientist, from powerhouse team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion.
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!
Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.
Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams.
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