Our Favourite Resources in the Collection: Part 2

Our (Cindy’s!) Favourite Resources in the Collection: Part 2

 To continue my post from last fall, I am adding more book recommendations that we have here in the collection. I do read very widely including fiction and nonfiction in various topics and genres, so once again, I hope that there is something here that might be of interest to everyone. These are all books that I have read.

Gowdy, Barbara. The White Bone: A Novel. Picador, 1998.

This is a work of fiction that is told from an elephant’s point of view, as it follows African elephant, Mud, and her family as they navigate perils that befall elephants, including drought and poaching, while they try to find someplace safe.

Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel. 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed. Harper Perennial, 2005.

The Price family moved from Georgia to the Congo in the late 1950s as missionaries. They had four daughters, three in their early teens. Rachel is the oldest and really only concerned with fashion. Leah and Adah are twins, only a year younger than Rachel. Both are very smart girls, but Adah doesn’t talk due to a defect from before birth; Adah is also slower and has a limp. Ruth May is the youngest.

The telling of the story of their time in the Congo (and dealing with their overbearing father) alternates between all four of the girls’ points of view, plus occasionally their mother’s POV is added in.

Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster. 1st Anchor Books trade pbk. ed. Anchor, 1999.

In 1996, Jon Krakauer climbed Mount Everest as an assignment for the magazine he worked for, but also as a personal goal, as he had done a lot of mountain climbing when he was younger. He signed on with Rob Hall’s group (Rob was the head guide of their group). Little did they know that in 1996, Everest would claim a number of lives, guides and clients both.

Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. 1st Vintage Books ed. Vintage, 2004.

This book is a mix of history and true crime. Part of the book focuses on serial killer, H. H. Holmes, who was active in Chicago at the time of the World’s Fair in 1893. Other parts of the book focus on the architecture as the city builds and prepares for the coming World’s Fair.


Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca. Harper, 2006.

The young unnamed lead in this novel marries Maxim de Winter after meeting him in Monte Carlo while working as a companion to an older lady. When he brings her back to his home in England, Manderley, she seems to be constantly compared to Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca. This was later turned into a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.


Mitchell, Margaret. Gone with the Wind. Macmillan, 1936.

Scarlett O’Hara is 16-years old and living comfortably with her family on a large plantation in Georgia. But, the Civil War is just around the corner, and Scarlett’s world is turned completely around, as she struggles just to survive. She has the help of the incredibly selfless Melanie (Melly) Wilkes, who loves Scarlett like a sister, even though Scarlett hates her for loving and marrying the man she herself is in love with, Ashley. Scarlett also leans on the older, handsome man, Rhett Butler, though he has a bad reputation amongst the fine southern folk who live in Scarlett’s “world”.


Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed. Scribner, 2006.

This is Jeanette’s autobiography. She looks back on life with her oddball, quirky family. A family where Dad was often drunk, they rarely had enough money (and often no food to eat), as Dad usually spent it on booze, Mom just went with the flow, plus there were three other siblings. They moved a lot, usually in a car that could barely make it, and they sometimes lived in the car, but everything was made out to be an adventure. The kids were often left to their own devices. Jeanette was her dad’s favourite, and you could tell they loved each other, despite some of the things her father did.

Blog Post Written By: Cindy Wiebe, Cataloging &  Collections Specialist

Cindy has been working at St. Mary’s since 2001, mostly in the back room as the STMU Cataloguer Extraordinaire. She has three cats and volunteers for the MEOW Foundation. She is on LibraryThing, GoodReads, and she is a voracious reader!

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