Posted by Jen B.
The 2014 Spring/Summer edition of Staff Favorites is now available! Here, in their own words, Library staff members talk about why they love books with attitude.
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
Ever wonder where the colloquial term “monkey wrench” comes from? Abbey’s zany characters show us how to sabotage heavy machinery, and they are bent on saving the desert from development and degradation by “progress.” Abbey leads us on a merry ramble through the desert of the American Southwest in a grand read. –Bob, Central
God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant
Mexico’s rugged Sierra Madres are not your typical vacation destination, but British journalist Grant was determined to traverse the dramatic range. With a considerable amount of self-deprecating humor, too much tequila and not nearly enough water, he boldly travels (on horseback!) where few have ventured before. His exploits offer humor, history, a treasure hunt and genuine danger, in an adventure best enjoyed from an armchair. –Spenser, High Point
You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story by Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn
The authors, married 16 years, are both comedy writers and actors in Los Angeles. It’s tough making a living in their industry, and battling Hollywood (and sometimes each other)—as well as caring for their disabled son—makes this memoir moving and funny. Gurwitch and Kahn take turns recounting their individual memories about shared events. Unsurprisingly, often dramatically different and highly entertaining versions unfold. –Joyce, Ballard
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
I loved how instantaneously I lost lmyself in this book. Told in second-person narrative, the story unfolds the chapters of a young man’s life in the developing world. The social realities of corruption, poverty and inequality pervade each chapter, yet optimism persists. Such a good read! –Toby, Central
Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton
I picked this book because of the sensational cover, so imagine my dismay when it turned out to be a well-researched, scientific account of cryptids that explains the pseudoscience behind their “existence.” I had a hopeful Northwesterner’s belief in Sasquatch, but it is hard to argue with actual fact: no trace of Bigfoot has ever been found. This is true for other popular cryptids also. This book explains why people still believe. –Christiane, Queen Anne
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