Salvage the bones

Jesmyn Ward
2012
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Woman is central to this book. The great creative force but the great destructress. Katrina, the dead mother, Esch, and China. Vital and raw. Love is everywhere, especially the love for the departed mother, such longing, such sorrow. But the children are so bonded together, Randall and Junior, so sweet. Esch and Skeet, deeply linked. And we glimpse the father’s love at the end, his deep hurt, the destruction of his life echoed through the sweep of Katrina. Powerful, powerful stuff.

Wall-E

Andrew Stanton
2008
FILM WALL

En 2775, sur la Terre désertée, il ne reste plus que WALL-E, un robot nettoyeur candide et curieux, qui façonne en blocs d’égale dimension les détritus d’une population qui a surconsommé et pollué jusqu’à forcer son propre exode. Un jour, l’industrieux engin reçoit la visite d’EVE, un robot féminin envoyé par les humains afin de vérifier l’état d’habitabilité de la planète. D’abord hostile à WALL-E, EVE se laisse peu à peu approcher et des liens d’affection se créent entre eux. Mais leur contact se rompt lorsqu’elle prend possession d’une plante, symbole de vie, puis que le vaisseau sur lequel elle est arrivée la rapatrie. WALL-E, refusant la séparation, s’accroche à celui-ci et s’envole.

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Heidi Heckelbeck

Wanda Coven
2012
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Meet Heidi Heckelbeck. Heidi seems like any other 8 year-old. She eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. She hates all vegetables. She picks on her younger brother, Henry. She begrudgingly does her homework.

But Heidi Heckelbeck has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise.

Heidi loves practicing her witching skills but she knows she has to be careful not to reveal her identity to anyone outside the family. Heidi encounters typical elementary school challenges (mean classmates, boring field trips, and icky cafeteria food), and with each challange, she must find a way to balance her desire to use her powers and her need to fit into her new school.

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The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy
1997
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Beautifully written book set in India about one fateful and tragic event in the lives of a set of twins and how it shaped their lives and who they became. The author captures the shattered innocence of the children through her unique voice. Mesmerizing.

The Ash Garden

Dennis Bock
2001
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A scientist stealing across the Pyrenees into Spain, then smuggled into America… A young woman quarantined on a ship wandering the Atlantic, her family left behind in Austria… A girl playing on a riverbank as a solitary airplane appears on the horizon… Lives already in motion, unsettled by war, and about to change beyond reckoning — their pasts blurred and their destinies at once bound for the desert of Los Alamos, the woman unexpectedly en route to a refugee camp, the girl at Ground Zero and that plane the Enola Gay.In August 1945, in a blinding flash, Hiroshima sees the dawning of the modern age.

With these three characters, Dennis Bock transforms a familiar story — the atom bomb as a means to end worldwide slaughter — into something witnessed, as if for the first time, in all its beautiful and terrible power.Destroyer of Worlds.With Anton and Sophie and Emiko, with the complete arc of their histories and hopes, convictions and requests, The Ash Garden is intricate yet far-reaching, from market streets in Japan to German universities, from New York tenements to, ultimately, a peaceful village in Ontario. Revealed here, as their fates triangulate, are the true costs and implications of a nightmare that has persisted for over half a century.In its reserves of passion and wisdom, in its grasp of pain and memory, in its balance of ambition and humanity, this first novel is an astonishing triumph.

Empire State Building

empire_state_buildingElizabeth Mann
2003
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In Empire State Building, author Elizabeth Mann tells the story of an American icon. From start to finishing touches, she tracks the wonders of architecture, engineering, and construction that went into its creation. Her fascinating profiles of the millionaires and laborers capture the essence of the individuals who dreamed of and built this architectural marvel.

Alan Witschonke’s paintings are bold and luminous, and his diagrams dazzlingly clear. Photographs by early 20th century master Lewis Hine take the reader up high into the heady, dangerous world of the steelworker out on the edge of girders way above the city streets. Empire State Building is a timely book about the enduring achievement of a great city.