November Reading Recommendations
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Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Pope Joan is a historical drama about a ninth-century woman, who impersonated her dead brother, joined a monastery, and became the only female ever to be named Pope. This story exposes the plight of women (then and now), the balance of church and state, and the battles between good and evil. Joan is an unforgettable heroine, whose legend will not die. Now this riveting novel brings her existence again into question.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A historical fiction novel, it tells the story of two sisters in France during World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. It was inspired by the story of a Belgian woman, Andrée de Jongh, who helped downed Allied pilots to escape Nazi territory.
Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner
A stirring and vivid novel about a white boy raised among natives on the harsh Alaskan tundra, Ordinary Wolves depicts a life different from what most people have ever known. In its pages, Cutuk, a boy equally uncomfortable in the ways of whites and Inupiaq, tells of his youth and young adulthood; of his father, who brought his family to Alaska from Chicago before Cutuk's birth; of his adopted Inupiaq family; and of the vast Arctic expanse beneath the frozen sky.
Jo ViolaMiracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine by William Rosen
Miracle Cure is a must-read science narrative that covers the epic history of how antibiotics and the vast industry of Big Pharma were developed. Rosen’s research covers the science, technology, politics, and economics behind humanity’s relationship with nature.