World Book Night: April 23, 2014
In anticipation of the U.S. World Book Night on April 23, 2014, our team has created a list featuring the books chosen for the upcoming event. World Book Night’s message is to “spread the love of reading, person to person” and we wholeheartedly agree that these titles will achieve that purpose. Whether revisiting a classic like Bridge to Terabithia or finally opening up a more recent buzz-worthy title such as Where’d You Go, Bernadette, this list will immerse you in the lives of intriguing characters and the emotion in thought-provoking plots. View samples below or the entire list.
Rebecca Lee creates vivid landscapes and uses in-depth detail so that each of her short stories reads like a mini novel. The subject matter ranges from a student’s plagiarism that leads to an examination of a professor’s mysterious past, a dinner party resulting in the dissolution of multiple marriages, and a woman who is forced to find a spouse for the only soul mate she’s ever encountered. With such gripping tales, Lee is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. Learn more and order here.
As the fastest runner in fifth grade, Jess is a bit put off when a new girl named Leslie outruns him. Regardless, Jess ends up befriending Leslie and together they explore two different worlds. Jess guides city-girl Leslie through their small town while Leslie shows Jess a magical world named Terabithia. In Terabithia, Jess and Leslie rule the land away from bullies and insults. However, when an awful accident occurs, Jess is left to rule Terabithia alone and both worlds drastically change. Learn more and order here.
Maria Semple describes a loving family with quite a few quirks in Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Fifteen-year-old Bee anxiously awaits a trip to Antarctica with her mother, Bernadette, who is an extremely intelligent, agoraphobic woman on the brink of a meltdown. In preparation for the trip, Bernadette experiences multiple disasters which she flees from, leading to her disappearance. Bee is left to investigate her mother’s past in order to find out where she may be; and discovers she loves Bernadette more than ever – despite her imperfections. Learn more and order here.
The tipping point refers to the moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses the threshold of a small audience to spreading like wildfire. Malcolm Gladwell compares this phenomenon to the flu, in which one infected person can create a wave of illness. Just as one sick person can infect multiple people, one small, but targeted push can create a worldwide fashion trend, boost the popularity of a product, or reduce the crime rate. His analysis is changing the way people sell products and disseminate information. Learn more and order here.