All Different In The Same Way by the Stereotypical Librarian

Reading books besides being fun can also help us examine human nature.  In the books I’ve read this month the similarities of people in the stories, their actions, feelings, and thoughts regardless of the countries they are from or the time period in which they live are fascinating.  Human beings all seem to want to fit in and find where they belong.  It’s ironic that each person also believes they are special and different.  Could this human dichotomy of really being the same but believing you are different be the root of prejudice and injustice?  Read these books and see what you think.

“The Blue Hour” written by Elizabeth Evans is a story set in the suburbs of the 1950’s in Illinois.  The hour after sunset and before total darkness is the blue hour and a favorite time of day.  If you are nostalgic for the 1950’s you will enjoy this book.

“Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice” written by Gilbert King is set in Florida in the 1950’s.  It is interesting that one person’s justice is often obtained by doing injustice to someone else.  The things human beings do to each other in the name of justice, is just unbelievable.

“Only Killers and Thieves” is a novel by Paul Howarth.  The story takes place in 1885 Central Queensland Australia.  It is a coming of age story that blends into it the history of the Native Mounted Police.  Atrocity or justice you are the judge.

“Darktown” a mystery written by Thomas Mullen, this fast paced story blends in the history of the first eight African American police officers in Atlanta Georgia.  It is 1948 and criminals and the police have a very close cooperative relationship sometimes the police are the criminals.  It is difficult to solve a murder when you don’t know who you can trust.  Good mystery!

“Ghosted” written by Rosie Walsh is a well crafted novel so don’t turn to the last page to see how it ends before you read it. It will spoil all the suspense.  The story examines guilt, anger, loss, love and other emotional things.  Yes, it is a tearjerker.  It is also a fun interestingly told story that I really enjoyed reading.

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