RE­QUIRED READ­ING

New York Post - - BOOKS - by Macken­zie Daw­son

Book of Ju­das Linda Stasi (f ic­tion, Forge Books)

Alessan­dra Russo’s young son is in dan­ger, and the only way to save him is to track down the miss­ing pages of an ex­plo­sive re­li­gious text un­earthed in Egypt in the 1970s. She gets caught up in a world of con­spir­acy, mur­der and mys­tery — alll while rac­ing against the clock to save her child.

The Naughty Nineties: The Tri­umph of the Amer­i­can Li­bido David Friend (non­fic­tion, Twelve)

A sex­ual his­tory of the 1990s, ex­plor­ing the li­bidi­nous decade that gave us Mon­ica Lewin­sky, Anita Hill, Heidi Fleiss, Lorena Bob­bitt, the Brazil­ian wax, Vi­a­gra and more.

We Were Strangers Once Betsy Carter (f ic­tion, Grand Cen­tral)

A gor­geous novel about a tight-knit group of im­mi­grants in New York in the 1930s, shar­ing friend­ship, tri­umphs and dis­ap­point­ments as they try to forge new lives in a strange new land.

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Ja­pan’s Disas­ter Zone Richard Lloyd Parry (non­fic­tion, MCD)

On March 11, 2011, a pow­er­ful earthquake and sub­se­quent tsunami dev­as­tated Ja­pan, re­sult­ing in more than 18,000 deaths. Parry vis­ited the vil­lage of Ka­maya, which suf­fered the great­est loss of all — 74 out of 108 chil­dren at the Okawa Ele­men­tary School died, as well as 10 out of 11 teach­ers that were present. A mov­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a town’s at­tempts to heal and seek an­swers af­ter a tragedy.

The Most Im­por­tant Year: Pre-Kinder­garten and the Fu­ture of Our Chil­dren Suzanne Bouf­fard (non­fic­tion, Avery)

What do our kids need from the first years at school, and how can they get it? That’s the is­sue at the heart of this book, which takes us into some of the bestest pre-K class­rooms in the coun­try and ex­plores what makes them work.

Caro­line: Lit­tle House, Re­vis­ited Sarah Miller (f ic­tion, Wil­liam Mor­row)

Fi­nally, it’s Ma’s turn to tell her story; Caro­line In­galls of the beloved “Lit­tle House” books. The “Lit­tle House” story is a fa­mil­iar one, but the per­spec­tive has changed, of­fer­ing new in­sightt into the life of a pi­o­neer woman and her fam­ily.

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