Past Books

 

Ready Player One book cover2013

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This book takes place in a not so distant future, where resources are scarce and life for most is pretty grim. People around the world plug into the OASIS, an open source virtual reality, to live, learn, and play.

When the creator of the OASIS dies, it is revealed that he has hidden three keys throughout the OASIS and the person to find them all will win millions of dollars and own controlling stake in the company.

Five years after the creator’s death, the protagonist Wade discovers the first key, which launches an international quest to find the others and own the OASIS.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks2012

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The book is based on the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer, whose cells -- known as HeLa to the many scientists who use them -- were taken without her knowledge and used to help develop some of the most important advances in medicine, including the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more. Lacks was never recognized or compensated for the use of her cells.

 Zeitoun2011

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers 

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is an amazing true story about the lead up to and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and one man's attempt to help others amidst the terrifying and bizarre events that followed the disaster.

In vivid and compelling prose, Zeitoun raises numerous important social issues, from the problems and possibilities of the American Dream to the need for interfaith dialogue and understanding.

The Hunger Games2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.