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October 2018 Selections

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This month the DBC is exploring new worlds through the lens of books in translation. This theme is unique in that it gave us a wide scope of genres to consider; we've carefully selected just a few titles that we love and can't wait to share with you! Make sure you check out our Calendar throughout the month to keep up to date on our discussions and more -- October dates will go up towards the end of this month!

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young adult non-fiction selection:

the complete PErsepolis by Marjane satrapi

Translated from the French

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From the publisher:

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.


young adult fiction selection:

Maresi (the red abbey chronicles #1) by maria turtschaninoff

Translated from the Swedish

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From the publisher:

Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice there, arrived in the hunger winter and now lives a happy life in the Abbey, protected by the Mother and reveling in the vast library in the House of Knowledge, her favorite place. Into this idyllic existence comes Jai, a girl with a dark past. She has escaped her home after witnessing the killing of her beloved sister. Soon the dangers of the outside world follow Jai into the sacred space of the Abbey, and Maresi can no longer hide in books and words but must become one who acts. 


picture book selections:

Hannah's Night by Komako Sakai

Translated from the Japanese

Me Tall, You Small by Lilli L'Arronge

Translated from the German

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LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON THESE SELECTIONS, AND WHICH ONES YOU PLAN TO READ WITH US IN october

IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!