Resident Feature

5 Great Reads for Staying In

Greetings from the new manager of the Ygnacio Valley Library! If you’re seeking a stay-at-home escape, here’s a top 5 list for you (also available as eBooks: 

  1. Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore – In 1982, 19 year-old Oona goes to bed on New Year’s Eve, only to awaken in the body of her 51-year old self. With each new year, Oona will inhabit a different period of her life. A novel about hanging on, letting go, love, and uncertainty during times of change. (Fiction) 
  2. Little Gods by Meng Jin – On the eve of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, physicist Su Lan gives birth to a baby girl. Over the years, Su Lan struggles to balance motherhood and her true passion – her work. The two settle in America, until a turn of events calls her daughter to make the pilgrimage home and discover her mother’s complex and layered life. (Fiction) 
  3. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee – 1890, Atlanta. Facing extreme prejudice, a young Chinese-American girl, Jo, starts writing an anonymous advice column in the local paper, where her controversial pieces unsettle the community. A fascinating story of racism, sexism, and identity in the Reconstruction era south. (YA fiction) 
  4. One Day: the Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten – Weingarten asked three strangers to pull a month, day, and year out of a hat. The determined date: Dec. 28th, 1986. He then proceeded to research and chronicle a multitude of events that took place, weaving a compelling tale of an ‘ordinary day’ that is anything but. (Non-fiction) 
  5. Life by Cynthia Rylant – A profound and gorgeously illustrated picture book about facing life’s many ups and downs. Perfect to share with your kiddos (or anyone else) in tough times. (Children’s book) 

By Ali Birnbach, Community Library Manager