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Looking for a good book to read over the winter holidays? The Alexander College Library has a lot of books to choose from, and we’ve put a short list together to give you some ideas of what is available to borrow.
The Electric Church by Jeff Somers
Avery Cates is a very bad man. Some might call him a criminal. He might even be a killer – for the right price. But now, Avery Cates is scared. He’s up against the Monks: cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and a small arsenal of advanced weaponry. Their mission is to convert anyone and everyone to the Electric Church. But there is just one snag. Conversion means death.
Women for Afghan Women edited by Sunita Mehta
Until now, only scattered fragments of text told the story of the women of Afghanistan. Those that did exist promoted a stereotype of helpless women, forced by the Taliban into silence and submission. In the wake of the tragic events that freed them from oppression, Sunita Mehta and the members of the Women for Afghan Women Organization set out to paint a picture of the vibrant and heroic lives of Afghan women and their search for a just future. The voices collected here, both of Afghan women and their supporters worldwide, paint a portrait that will forever change the way we think about women in Afghanistan and, indeed, in the entire Muslim world.
The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi
India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old girl from the lower-caste Yellamma cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high-spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend. Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta – and why she came to live with Tara’s family in the first place.
The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson
As teenagers, Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only suspects in a high-profile murder. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed “The Ice Cream Girls” by the press and were dealt with by the courts – Poppy headed to prison after being convicted of murder but Serena was set free. Now, years later, Poppy is desperate to set the record straight and confront the one person who knows what happened that night. Her only problem is she has no one to turn to and no clue where to begin her hunt for Serena.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within the world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.