The BCLA Readers’ Advisory Interest Group is pleased to suggest the following titles for when you need a good book to recommend.
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
Both laugh-out-loud funny and dreadfully upsetting, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman is a must-read. Author Lindy West embraces being fat, fierce, hilarious, and an outspoken feminist in this part memoir, part manifesto, part self-help book.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Hope Jahren is a brilliant and hilarious feminist geobiologist. Her exceptional memoir traces her life’s journey so far: exploring her father’s science lab as a child, studying within a male-dominated field, surviving mental health breakdowns, enjoying recognition of her research, and considering marriage and motherhood. At its core, Lab Girl is the tale of her three-decade-long intimate working relationship with her eccentric lab partner Bill, her love and admiration of plants, and her scientific vocation.
Walking to Camelot: a pilgrimage through the heart of rural England by John A. Cherrington
BC author John A. Cherrington recounts his adventures traversing the Macmillan Way—the only footpath in England that runs south through the heart of the Island. Cherrington and his travel companion walk nearly 300 miles while encountering historical artifacts, hedgerows, rain, English pubs, bulls – and more. A charming read, with a wry North American perspective commenting on the English.