Books Fuel March Madness | review review

March is here, a quarter of the year is almost up, and my reading list is growing rather than shrinking. I feel like every time I mark a title from my list, I simultaneously add two more. I also find myself constantly rearranging my list, moving titles up and down based on how I’m feeling…usually caused by the emotions coming out of the last book I read. If the previous book was rather boring, I’ll look for something exciting and exciting or if it was sad, I’ll look for something to lift my spirits. However, there is one type of book that causes me to put my reading aside for a while and process what I have just experienced in more depth. Books that really stir my emotions, warm me up, get me fuming and raving to my family and friends about everything I’ve just read. The books you can’t get out of your head for days, weeks, years. Books that cause “madness” or a state of frantic or chaotic activity.

You slam the book shut, put down your eReader, or turn off the audiobook because you need a second. Your emotions are hot; you are in shock. You are floored, furious, flabbergasted, confused, angry and frustrated. Also, you are going to finish this book and you are going to talk about it, passionately, to everyone. What are these books? Where can you find them? CDPL has you covered.

Beth Macy’s “Dopesick” (362.29 Mac) is a candid look at America’s opioid crisis and how drug companies have pushed the products that fueled it. “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls (921 Walls, J.) follows the life of young Jeanette and her family as they struggle to survive a nomadic upbringing. We also have the DVD available with Brie Larson and Naomi Watts (FIC Gla DVD).

A popular suggestion among CDPL staff for an emotional read was “The Hate u Give” by Angie Thomas (YA FIC Tho) also available on DVD (FIC Hat DVD). This title reflects what many young people are going through today in the face of race and police relations. He was an Eliot Rosewater winner in 2019-20.

If you have your box of Kleenex handy, you might want to check out “Good Dog” by Dan Gemeinhart (j FIC Gem) about a loyal companion who just can’t leave his boy behind, so heaven will have to wait. Or if you prefer tears of laughter, I highly suggest Carol Burnett’s “This Time Together” (921 Burnett, C.)

Which books made your list of “splurges”? Which author arouses your emotions? Come and discover some of our suggestions and let us know yours.

Christina Hunt is a Library Assistant in Collection Services at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

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