Reviews and Blog Posts: culture

Plaza Voices: A World of Difference

This map shows the size of Taiwan in relation to Denver, CO, USA

Reading the news, it can be difficult to understand the context of current events. A plane crash in Taiwan, the conflict in Gaza, kidnappings in Nigeria... what would it look like if those things happened here? How do our lives differ from those of people in far-away countries? And what would it be like to leave everything we know behind, and move halfway around the world? If you've ever asked such questions, these resources are for you.

Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

The Night Circus

Every five years, the Young Adult Library Services Association creates a list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners in collaboration with academic librarians.

Whether you are a high school student thinking of heading off to college soon, an adult considering returning to school, or at any stage in your life and wanting some direction in your continuing education, the 2014 list is a diverse group of books, nonfiction and fiction, in various categories, that will expand your thoughts about the world around you. The books are at different reading levels and in different formats, and there's something here that should both interest and challenge nearly anyone interested in feeding their mind.

Before they pass away

by Jimmy (Photographer) Nelson

DPL Rating:
4

This book just floored me. It really changed my day.

It’s a powerful collection of portraits documenting dozens of cultures around the world whose people are, for one reason or another, at risk of fading away.

Fall into Fun Programming at Cherry Creek!

"Leaf" Us Your Favorite Book

A lot has happened this fall at the Ross-Cherry Creek branch! You may have seen our in-house tree standing tall as can be, right in the center of the first floor, or our ever-changing cultural displays in the front and the Beehive area.

The Cherry Creek tree brought a lot of attention as the site for "leaf" us your favorite book. Kids, teens, families and adults all were able to leave us the title of their favorite books.

Tenth of December

by George Saunders

DPL Rating:
4

George Saunders is a brilliant writer and widely unknown until this year.  Tenth of December broke him out into the writing limelight with its wide critical acclaim and appeal.  What I love about Saunders is that his stories start in everyday settings - suburban homes, dysfunctional workplaces, community fundraisers -...

In other rooms, other wonders : connected stories

by Daniyal Mueenuddin

DPL Rating:
3

An interesting look into Pakistan's complex societal structure through intertwined character stories.  Very well written, but left me wishing I had a bit more context for the stories.

Honest to Goodness

What I like about Anthony Bourdain is that he delivers the honest to goodness truth.

His writing on his experience in the kitchen is accessible. It's as if Mr. Bourdain is sitting across the table from you with a cup of coffee (or beer) and giving you the lowdown on the area's restaurants. His travels are honest and inspiring. He delivers his take on food and life with a punch, cutting to the real heart of the matter.

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