Seattle Reads 2011: If You Like Chris Cleave's "Little Bee"

The Education of A British-protected Child
The Education of A British-protected Child Essays By Achebe, Chinua Book - 2009 823.914 Ac45E 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Insightful essays, illuminating historical and contemporary relationships that shaped Nigeria and its people, reveal the complexity of language and identity.

A Long Way Gone
A Long Way Gone Memoirs of A Boy Soldier By Beah, Ishmael Book - 2007 966.404 B359B 2007 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 10 copies

Annotation:War wrought its terrible transformation on a boy and the only world he knew. Girded by a tradition of village storytelling, Ishmael retraces the harrowing path of his past.

Little Bee
Little Bee By Cleave, Chris Book - 2009 FIC CLEAVE 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:Two narrators tell a heartbreaking, heartwarming story about how their lives are forever changed, and linked, when they meet one fateful day on a beach in Nigeria: Little Bee, a young Nigerian refugee in the UK, and Sarah, posh British magazine editor and mother of four-year-old Charlie, who refuses to take off his Batman costume.

The Power of Place
The Power of Place Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape By De Blij, Harm J. Book - 2009 304.2 D351P 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:An intriguing theory presented through maps measures the impact, from culture to geologic risk, of birthplace on the quality of an individual's life.

Day After Night
Day After Night A Novel By Diamant, Anita Book - 2009 FIC DIAMANT 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Four Jewish women meet in a British-run detention camp in Palestine following their escape from post-WWII Europe, and create a bond through the sharing of their ordeals and hopes for the future.

Atonement A Novel By McEwan, Ian Book - 2002 FIC MCEWAN Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 15 copies

Annotation:A single lie by a little girl in 1935 sets up a series of events that changes the lives of her upper middle class English family and their servants throughout the rest of the 20th century.

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears By Mengestu, Dinaw Book - 2007 FIC MENGEST 2007 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 18 copies

Annotation:Ethiopian emigre Sepha Stephanos, who owns a small store in a gentrifying area in Washington DC, narrates a story of the immigrant experience. This 2008 Seattle Reads selection explores themes of race and class relations, what it means to lose family and country, and what it takes to create a new home.

The Gravedigger's Daughter
The Gravedigger's Daughter A Novel By Oates, Joyce Carol Book - 2007 FIC OATES 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Rebecca Schwart, whose parents fled Nazi Germany, tries to suppress memories of a horrific act committed by her father. Themes of social injustice, sudden male violence and shattered identity make this a fitting complement to "Little Bee."

A Swamp Full of Dollars
A Swamp Full of Dollars Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria's Oil Frontier By Peel, Michael Book - 2010 338.27282 P344S 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:How do you describe such precarious lives except to trace the brutal cost of oil from camp to corporation?

My Hollywood
My Hollywood A Novel By Simpson, Mona Book - 2010 FIC SIMPSON 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This story of modern day class differences between pretentious Hollywood families and their immigrant domestic workers is told in alternating chapters by Claire and Lola, the nanny, who oversteps her boundaries by developing a close relationship with the little boy she cares for.

The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath By Steinbeck, John Book - 2006 FIC STEINBE 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 16 copies

Annotation:The Joads, Oklahoma tenant farmers whose farm has blown away, become refugees in their own country, struggling westward toward the promised land of California on a road freighted with human misery and the imperishable will to survive.

Sophie's Choice
Sophie's Choice By Styron, William Book - 1998 FIC STYRON 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:Searching for his own identity, a young writer becomes fascinated by Sophie, a woman whose enigmatic beauty has been forever stamped by a terrible bargain in her tragic past.

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Chris Cleave's "Little Bee" was the selected title for the 2011 Seattle Reads program.