Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short reviews of what we've been reading lately.
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What It's Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating To Singing - What Birds Are Doing, And Why
Author: David Allen Sibley
Dana has shared this new nonfiction on her Facebook Live Virtual Office Hours for Families featuring dozens of beautiful local birds, and wanted to share it here as well, as one of her recent reads. Sibley, in addition to his other published guides, creates illustrated informational pieces. Each entry shows the bird in action, and while his text is focused on adults, it is nontechnical and accessible to all ages. It is a large, easy-to-use, guide that is wonderful to keep by your favorite bird-watching window. Dana continuously goes back to this book, as she spots new birds around her, now that she is tuned in to the different species in her backyard. More info can be found on sibleyguides.com
Birding: The Hudson Valley
Author: Kathryn J. Schneider
Schneider designed this book for birders of all levels of skill and interest, which also contains explicit directions to more than eighty locations in the Hudson Valley. Consider this book your guide to our beautiful local hiking trails and historic sites. Schneider is a Hudson Valley native, as well as an award-winning author, teacher, conservationist, and past president of the New York State Orinthological Association. Through her site descriptions, you can explore the farms, grasslands, wetlands, orchards, city parks, forests, rivers, lakes and salt marshes in every county in the region. Dana has been keeping this book in her car, and letting it guide where she spends her free time during the pleasant weather. It is a book to keep handy. More information can be found at oblongbooks.com.
The Incredible Docs Vs. Billy The Bad Virus
Author: Fatima Faisal
It is a pleasure to share this brand-new children's book from New York State residents, written to help children understand the COVID-19 crisis. In this developmentally appropriate work, the author shares gratitude for our everyday heroes in the medical field. The illustrations are simple and inviting to share healthy procedures. This is a book to share with children who are wondering why we have to stay home. More information can be found spectrumlocalnews.com
The Mothers: A Novel
Author: Brit Bennett
This coming of age story is centered on contemporary black America. The lives of three different characters are followed from high school into adulthood against the backdrop of a secret. Nadia Turner lost her mother to suicide, finds brief solace in the local pastor's son, but the secret that results from their romance, has an impact that goes far beyond their youth. The possiblities of the road not taken haunts Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey, Nadia's best friend, as their lives evolve and overlap. Dana loved reading this author's first novel, and has followed her gift of painting pictures of betrayals and losses into her second novel, The Vanishing Half. More information can be found on britbennett.com
The Giver of Stars
Author: Jojo Moyes
Dana read this fictional book after learning about pack mule librarians in Appalachia during the 2019 Big Read. The story takes place in small-town Kentucky during the time of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library initiative. Alice Van Cleve, an immigrant from England, joins Margery, a local independent woman, to become a Packhorse Librarian of Kentucky. They face all kinds of dangers in a beautiful, but brutal, leandscape, and bring storytelling elements to what are true accounts. It is a lovely novel about friendship, true love, and the power of books.