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Want our personal recommendations? Here are our Staff Picks! All staff picks are 15% off, but these are our favorites this month.
Dylan’s pick for June is Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl.
Just when I thought I had read the best Ruth Reichl memoir with Garlic & Sapphires, she pulls more splendor out of her bag with Save Me the Plums. This Gourmet journey was a mouth-watering menu of wit and and accomplishment, complete with an aperitif of hilarious childhood memories, a full entrée of decadent expertise, and an exquisite dessert of food passion that leaves you pleasantly full at the end.
Gabriella’s staff pick for June is The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Sarah Jacoby.
Whenever I read a book with a strong narrative voice like this, it’s so hard for me not to write my review in a similar manner. So. Here we are.
This is a book about Margaret Wise Brown, who you probably know as the author of Goodnight Moon–but you may not know much else about her. Written in a narrative format that pauses to ask the reader questions and probe their feelings, and accompanied by beautiful illustrations that are often metafictional as well (other picture books that children might know and love can be spied in the scenes where the rabbit is reading this very book).
More importantly, though, this book tells you about the life of an absolutely amazing woman who left a deep impact on children’s literature. It even features one of my favorite anecdotes about her (adults, pick up In the Great Green Room for more), and it never shies away from the delightful strangeness or reality of her life.
My favorite quote: “[S]ometimes you find a book that feels as strange as life does. These books feel true. These books are important. Margaret Wise Brown wrote books like this, and she wrote them for children, because she believed children deserve important books.” Honestly this rings so true to me because many of my favorite books from my childhood that have stuck with me even until now are books like these.
So, Margaret Wise Brown understood an important thing: children deserve books that are odd, true, and more. I think this book honors that.
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If you’re reading along with WCMY, here’s our book for discussion in June!
A moving true story of American struggle.
Royal, Nebraska, population eighty-one—where the church, high school, and post office each stand abandoned, monuments to a Great Plains town that never flourished. But for nearly twenty years, they had a zoo, seven acres that rose from local peculiarity to key tourist attraction to devastating tragedy. And it all began with one man’s outsize vision.
When Dick Haskin’s plans to assist primatologist Dian Fossey in Rwanda were cut short by her murder, Dick’s devotion to primates didn’t die with her. He returned to his hometown with Reuben, an adolescent chimp, in the bed of a pickup truck and transformed a trailer home into the Midwest Primate Center. As the tourist trade multiplied, so did the inhabitants of what would become Zoo Nebraska, the unlikeliest boon to Royal’s economy in generations and, eventually, the source of a power struggle that would lead to the tragic implosion of Dick Haskin’s dream.
A resonant true story of small-town politics and community perseverance and of decent people and questionable choices, Zoo Nebraska is a timely requiem for a rural America in the throes of extinction.