Katie is thrilled to be working at The Book Rack! A student at Northern Essex Community College, she spends her time in theater, dance, and literature classes. You can find her acting in school and community productions, collecting books at a faster rate than she can read them, and consuming copious amounts of herbal tea (she is particularly fond of peppermint). Ask her about children's and middle reader books - she would love to help you find the perfect book for your reader!
Have you ever considered post-apocalyptic theater? If you have not, you are missing out. This beautifully written book follows a traveling symphony after a virus destroys society as we know it. A completely engrossing page turner, this is the one of the best novels I have ever read.
Tackling subjects such as violence, family, womanhood, and insecurity, Kaur's beautifully wise and honest poetry is both inspirational and heartbreaking.
This piece of historical fiction covers the end of World War II in Italy, bringing a cast of lovable and not-so-lovable characters together to cope with the changing world. Yes, it's a love story, but it's also a political mystery, a character study, and an engaging read.
This book follows Memorial Medical
Center's struggle to continue operations
during and after hurricane Katrina. Fink's
investigation began after staff members
were accused of giving some patients lethal
drugs, and she spent 6 years digging
through legal documents to reveal what
happened to this medical care system
during a crisis. Asks some interesting
questions about ethics in medical care and
humanity during emergencies.
Originally published in 2002, this VERY relevant book chronicles a journey into the world of full time jobs that pay below poverty level wages. Ehrenreich, who has a Ph.D. in cellular immunology, traveled around the US, found cheap accommodations, and took whatever job she was offered in order to show that no job is really "unskilled" and that the challenges these workers face are numerous and daunting.
You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love this book. The story of spitfire Elizabeth Bennet and her challenging relationship with Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is romantic, witty, and very entertaining. (Need more? The 1995 BBC miniseries is 6 hours of perfection!)
Three sisters, raised separately in the cities of the Poisoners, the Naturalists, and the Elementals, must compete against each other to become queen. The concept is very well thought out, and Blake's world draws you in from the beginning!
Did you ever wish for the characters you were reading about to join you in the real world? This magical book is the first of a trilogy examining the consequences of bringing people (and creatures) from their world to ours. Meggie, the protagonist, is a very relatable 12-year-old book lover.
I have always been a fan of historical
fiction, and this piece is incredibly well
done. Following a young woman from
Virginia during the Civil War, Annie begins
the story a staunch Confederate, but a
relationship with a Union officer in need of
medical attention allows her to see the war
in a different light.
This classic story of the "twelve little girls in two straight lines" was, and continues to be, my favorite children's story. Madeline is a spunky role model for girls (and boys!) of any age. Her other adventures are just as delightful.