What should we read?
You get to help decide. Starting January 1st, the Round Rock Public Library will launch its second annual Round Rock Reads program with a 31-day election that will determine the book our city will read in 2008. You can vote online on the City's website starting January 1st, or you can vote in-person at ballot locations around the city. The choices this year all have intriguing themes; you can see for yourself--here are the six books you will be voting on:
Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana by Stephanie Elizondo Griest (non-fiction)
Desperate to escape South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest dreamed of becoming a foreign correspondent. So she headed to Russia looking for some excitement—commencing what would become a four-year, twelve-nation Communist bloc tour that shattered her preconceived notions of the "Evil Empire."
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (fiction)The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. The novel illuminates this acclaimed author's signature themes: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, and the tangled ties between generations.
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon (fiction)
Lou Arrendale is part of a small group of high-functioning autistic adults, he has a steady job, a car, friends, and a passion for fencing. But then his quiet life comes under attack. It starts with an experimental treatment that will reverse the effects of autism in adults. But if he was suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself?
Texas in Her Own Words by Tweed Scott (non-fiction)
Texas in Her Own Words is the ultimate look at what Texans think about being Texan, by long-time Austin radio personality Tweed Scott. The book is the culmination of Scott's 4,000-mile search for the "T" chromosome and the origins of the Texas mystique.
The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company and their tour of Vietnam. With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography, the book is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America's most controversial war, and ultimately the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive.
The World Without us by Alan Weisman (non-fiction)
A penetrating, page-turning tour of a post-human Earth. In The World without Us, Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us. In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence.