Tuesday, January 31, 2012

5 ways I'll be celebrating Waitangi Day 2012

List by Tosca

For a lot of people, the Treaty of Waitangi is an uncomfortable and contentious issue that sees a lot of good people come away with rather polarised views. I'd like to assure you that it isn't always this way. I celebrate Waitangi Day every year, without fail. Not always in the same way, though. Some years I'll spend it with siblings discussing how things have changed for Maori (better/worse/indifferent) from the year before. Other years I'll spend it with thousands of others, listening to live music and just being in the moment and remembering that sometimes being Maori is such an incredibly positive experience. Sometimes I'll spend it listening to politicians talk about Maori in a somewhat less than celebratory manner, and come away heart heavy and soul tired. More often than not, though, it's a chance for me to do a quick 'cultural check-in' and use it as an opportunity to re-assess where I stand in relation to, well, everything else. (Big ask, I know). However I choose to celebrate it, I find that there is always room for personal growth, and that I am challenged in new and interesting ways every year. In keeping with our Auckland Libraries theme; Whakamana te Tiriti o Waitangi: Elevate and Celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi, I've decided that this year I would like to attend 4 Auckland Libraries' seminars and an outdoor gathering. Maybe, if you're looking for the same kind of experience, I'll see some of you there, too :)

How are YOU celebrating Waitangi Day 2012?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

5 Dresden Dolls library ninja gig tweets by YOU

List by Tosca

"All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!"
- Thomas Carlyle

Friday. Wow. Friday. I can't thank Auckland people enough for Friday. Most certainly I cannot thank Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione enough, either. Friday afternoon's library ninja gig at Central City Library was everything I wanted it to be and then some. (I often tell people that my idea of customer service is built on that idea - you give customers what they want, and then you give them something they didn't know they wanted, and the ninja gig was a lot like that). I get such a buzz out of live music. You hear a song, or a group and you listen to them enough that you know every single lyric by heart. You know where to pause, which words to put emphasis on, how to vocally (and emotionally, too) build the song up to this moment of great intensity...and then let it fade away. And start it all over again. Know what I mean? It's a beautiful thing but, let's be honest, it's nothing compared to hearing it live and in your face and, for a little bit there when Amanda Palmer crowdsurfed a seated audience, literally over your head, too. And right then you're shocked out of your musical complacency and you remember why you adore the drama and the theatricality of a group such as the Dresden Dolls, and the words of their songs combined with the outright fun-ness of it all make it that much more real and special. Gah *flails*

I could go on and on about how fantastic it all was (you know I could), but I'm not going to. Instead I've rounded up some tweets that floated across our stream that capture the mood and the feeling of the library gig so much better than I could on any given day. You know that moment when everything comes together and you have the right band, the right crowd and life is good-fantastic-I'm-gonna-be-smiling-for-days? That. So much that. THANK YOU, Auckland, for sharing all of that with us. And, just quietly, thanks Corin (Manager Digital Services, Auckland Libraries) for arranging the library ninja gig. Tres cool, boss man, tres cool :P And thank you to those who allowed me to highlight their tweets :)

Made it to the Auckland Library with a bit of time to spare - cigarette then the NINJA GIG TO END ALL NINJA GIGS. 21 hours ago via txt · powered by @socialditto

This tweet? This tweet right here? THAT is what I was hoping everyone else was wanting, too, the NINJA GIG TO END ALL NINJA GIGS. Thank you, @x_chemicalism_x, for putting it in words.

Friday, January 27, 2012

5 reasons you have to come see us TODAY

List by Tosca

"...and it looks like i am shaking
but it's just the temperature
and then again
if it were any colder i could disengage
if i were any older i could act my age
but i dont think that youd believe me..."

- The Dresden Dolls, Girl anachronism

I'm kickstarting my morning with Girl Anachronism by The Dresden Dolls because because because they're here in town today *claps hands*

What: Dresden Dolls library ninja gig
Where: Central City Library, Lorne Street
When: Friday 27 January, 2pm
Why: BECAUSE WE WANT TO! BECAUSE WE WANT TO! (Ok, so I'll apologise for the little bit of Billie Piper (as in pre-Doctor Who Billie) reference, there).

Brace yourself! The Dresden Dolls are doing a library ninja gig. Today. For Auckland Libraries. When I first saw the conversation take place on Twitter between my boss and Amanda Palmer, well, I don't mind telling you my heart skipped a beat. I felt faint and had to sit down. And that was before anything was confirmed. Now that the day is here I can barely contain my fangirlness.

I'm always late to the party, so I don't mind confessing that I had never heard of the Dresden Dolls until 2008. (I know, I know, I suck!). I can't even remember what I was doing at the time but, knowing me, I was probably randomly following links and being nosey about all kinds of things and, before I knew it, ended up at their website...and had my mind handed to me on a silver platter. Seriously, I can't even begin to describe the effect it had on me, I only know that I've been an unabashed fangirl ever since. In 2009, I was lucky enough to be able to see Amanda Palmer perform at the Bodega Bar in Wellington (I had returned home for two reasons: hear Neil Gaiman's talk, and listen to Amanda Palmer) and loved. Every. Minute. Of. It. I have no rhythm and can't dance for peanuts (probably a little too inhibited) but in that moment, with everyone else? It didn't matter. I remember one girl was so hyped up she passed out. One minute we were standing beside each other and the next thing I know she's passed out on the floor from excitement. It was kinda sweet. People picked her up, dusted her off, and then we all carried on again. It was kinda magical (ok, granted, maybe not the part where someone passed out, but all the bits before and after it definitely). And I'm hoping to experience a little bit of that night all over again :) Which is why I would LOVE to see you all there today. And here are five reasons why...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

5 reasons to read Don't Mess With Texas by Christie Craig

List by Tosca

"Get anything?" he called.
"There's two Nikki Hunts," Tyler called back. "One's a dancer at a men's club - very hot - the other's an artist and almost as hot. Which is she?"
"You know which one we're voting for, don't you?" Austin called.
Dallas slipped a shirt over his head and envisioned the woman back at the parking lot. She'd been hot, but was she the stripper kind of hot? Were strippers that soft?

- Dallas, Austin and Tyler from Don't mess with Texas by Christie Craig

What kind of hero wonders if the heroine is 'stripper kind of hot?' THIS KIND, apparently. I've just finished reading contemporary romance novel Don't mess with Texas by Christie Craig and thought it was worth a Top 5 list. Specifically, top 5 reasons to actually read it.

So, what's the book about? "Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect. Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy-though skittish-suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone. The lead detective, Dallas's own brother, has the wrong woman and Dallas hopes a little late-night "undercover" work will help him prove it...? -- Publisher description.

Of course, if you're not a romance reader than you can feel free to totally disregard this post! By the way, I'd recommend that any men reading this post take this advice into account: You can think that your own real-life heroine is 'stripper kind of hot' but do not ever, under any circumstances, tell her so. I'm just saying.

I'd also like to point out that just because I read romance novels doesn't mean that:
  • I'm looking for a Greek tycoon or a billionaire playboy
  • I'm going to end up with unrealistic expectations of relationships - I'm quite capable of separating fact from fiction
  • I think life is all about happy endings - I enjoy romance novels because THEY all end with an HEA (happy ever after)
  • all romance novels are disparaging toward women - there are some strong, independent and grounded characters in love stories
  • all books are formulaic - so *not* true, sure the guy may get the girl, but not everyone ends up there the same way, the journey is just as important as the ending
  • it's literary porn - that's demeaning to the time and effort authors put into their work, and it's demeaning to readers. Out of context, of course some of the steamier passages can seem LOLworthy, but it's unrealistic to expect that sex play no part in any solid relationship, so why should it here? Does not art reflect life, and vice versa?
  • anyone can write romance - if that *were* the case then, surely, everyone *would* be writing romance? You might have noticed that everyone is not

  • And so, on to the list: 5 reasons to read Don't mess with Texas by Christie Craig...

    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    Top 5 graphic novels: animals with issues

    List by Danielle

    'A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.'
    ~ Hazel Nicholson

    Graphic novels featuring animals can be fabulously entertaining, whether the creatures in question are occupied by realistically natural fights for survival, companionship or dominance, or on a more existential quest for the meaning of life. When art accompanies the story, you get to marvel at the artists' ability to nail those aha! moments of animal behaviour and body language - the way a dog obsessively chews a patch of his hair, the hunched shape of a pet rat, the way a cat looks when he's pleased with himself... I borrowed a very funny new graphic novel yesterday, sub-titled 'Sled dogs with issues', which inspired this list - here, then, are a handful of great graphic tales that feature animals facing major life challenges.

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    5 permission slips for creative play

    List by Danielle

    'You get better at dancing by dancing. You get better at skiing by skiing. You get better at creative work by doing creative work. Your creativity needs feeding and care.'
    From Raw art journaling by Quinn McDonald

    So I requested a stack of books from the journalling post earlier this month, and they're amazing. Full of colour and quirk, and some brilliant exercises to get you started with various ideas and techniques. (I'm starting to feel like I'm overloading my slender window of 'grown-up time' each day with expectations of artsiness, but that's another story.) Best thing about these books? The authors and artists want you to play. They want you to have fun with colours and shapes and words and creating stuff. They tell you that anytime is a good time start, on whatever scale feels most comfortable to you. I'm sure there are times to stretch yourself creatively, and do something outside of that comfort zone, but for someone with a current creative balance of near-to-zero, that's a really timely message. Sometimes you just need a bit of encouragement to let go of perfectionism and doubt, and pick up a paint brush or some craft shop bits and pieces and see what happens. If you're thinking of making 2012 the year you get the 'play' back into your work-life balance, try one of these beauties, or have a browse around the 745s for your own inspiration!

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    My 5 favourite finds of 2011

    List by Danielle

    I'll take vampires over werewolves anyday...
    ~ From 'Vampires', by Minuit

    2011 = much YA and more short stories and graphic novels than usual, in an attempt to actually finish some reading, what with the demands of work (apparently I have to work there, and not just read) and wonderful young kids. Also, 2011 brought a memorable 31 days in May listening to a new NZ cd each day, for NZ Music Month. Well, new to me. Which brings me to: Note: I'm not an early adopter. I don't so much start trends as fall over them in my near-sighted way a few years down the track, and marvel at their shininess. With that in mind, here are my favourite 'discoveries' of 2011 (oh look, the Wheel! Sliced bread! An Interweb!)...

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Top 5 anti-kissing picture books

    List by Annie, Central Library

    'A child's kiss is magic. Why else would they be so stingy with them?'

    ~ Harvey Fierstein

    There’s a stage when your little guy doesn’t want a kiss or a hug – from mum, or auntie, or… These picture books acknowledge that stage, and its passing.

    What I want to know is – why is it mostly aunties who are the problem? I can’t remember any of my nephews (and it’s always boys in these books) having an issue with their aunties, or grandmothers. Mothers, though, they were a different story. So, those ‘no kisses from mum’ books may be right. Or, maybe I was lucky in my nephews. Hmmm… wonder how well the great-nephews will survive?

    Honourable mention:
    No more kisses! / by Margaret Wild ; illustrated by Nina Rycroft.
    Baby has had enough kisses. He squirms and giggles and cries Stop! Stop!. Then he runs away, across the garden. His friends playfully chase him - until baby turns the tables and tries to kiss them instead!

    Rollicking rhymes and backyard fun, with a great repeating refrain, make this a wonderful read aloud.

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Top 5 quirky food books

    List by Annie, Central Library

    I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure.
    ~ Anthony Bourdain

    From my posts, anyone would think I liked food and cooking. Well, I do, but more from a theoretical point of view, really.

    I’m fascinated by the history of food and its impact on society – now and in the past. Oh, and if there happens to be a couple of recipes thrown in, I might even be tempted to try them out.

    Honourable mentions:
    What the great ate : a curious history of food and fame / Matthew Jacob and Mark Jacob ; with illustrations by Rick Tuma.
    No recipes (worse luck) but a collection of interesting / intriguing anecdotes about people and food.

    Mosh potatoes : recipes, anecdotes, and mayhem from the heavyweights of heavy metal / by Steve Seabury ; foreword by Chris Caffery ; introduction by Luke Tobias.
    This held so much promise – and it still has an appeal, but some of the ingredients might be difficult to source in New Zealand.

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    5 things you might find rather odd if you saw them in your parents' house

    List by Tosca

    "Now I am obsessed with collecting Platypus paraphernalia."
    - Trevor Dunn

    A colleague asked me the other day, "Where do you find these books in our collection?" And the truth is, I'm not sure. A variety of places and ways, is probably the best answer. Some are recommended by friends, some by colleagues, some by siblings, some by Amazon and GoodReads. Most I find by happy accident while either looking for something else or with an idea of something altogether different in mind. My latest read, Crap at my parents' house by Joel Dovev, is of the 'happy accident' category.

    Truly, you have to read this book to believe it. And if you do have things like this just oh, I don't know, hanging around your house (your walls, your toilets, and YES I said your toilets), please send me a picture!

    Honourable mention:
  • Michael Jordan matryoshka doll
  • macramé fly swat
  • Ron Jeremy figure with a bow tie that reads "Pull down firmly" (I don't ever want to pull Ron Jeremy's anything let alone a bow tie)
  • a rifle (complete with telescopic sight) kept underneath the coffee mug rack
  • eight years worth of Pizza Hut condiments
  • fondue fuel (it needed FUEL?)
  • a toilet spray called 'Poopsie Daisy'
  • a ceramic frog dressed and posed rather provocatively - whether or not there's an 'appropriate' way to pose half-naked frogs isn't something I want to contemplate
  • figurines of mating elephants
  • antlers...minus the heads - WHERE ARE THE HEADS? This is going to keep me up at night, I just know it
  • Mary (as in mother of Jesus, wife of Joseph) inside a...I'm not sure what it is, I only know that when it's closed it resembles a - well, I'll leave it to you to decide when you request this
  • a ceramic angel holding what is MEANT to be a candle but sure as heck doesn't LOOK like one
  • what looks like a ceiling height squirrel cage in a lounge, which made me look at my own lounge in a whole new (somewhat confusing) light

  • Friday, January 13, 2012

    5 reasons this book is hilarious

    List by Tosca

    "When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste."
    - Laiko Bahrs

    Unless we're talking about this book. Do not, under any circumstances, eat the dishes in this book. Although if you do, please write in and tell me about it? That's worth a Top 5 list of its own. If you've ever sat for hours on end and pored over your mother's (or grandmother's) dated cookbooks and been equal parts amazed and terrified at the large number of ugly dishes that people could ever have made pre-1980s, THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! And I know this, because I was (am?) one of those people. My mother had an odd assortment of cookbooks that she'd collected over the years. They came from garage sales, school fairs, second hand book shops and various other places. I don't remember that she made a lot of the dishes that were in them (Some? Yes. As many as we had books for? No), but I do know that she would read them often and make her own variation of them. (Not the ones involving aspic, thank gosh). I would spend hours going through the very ugly covers and marvelling at how many truly horrible types of food could be made in jello. WHY WHY WHY? My eyes can never unsee some of those dishes. Never. And I wouldn't trade it for a minute. Which is why this book, The gallery of regrettable food by James Lileks, is full of win. Hilarious comments from the author combined with the most frightfully awesome images. What's not to like? You think I'm kidding, don't you? I intend to prove to you that I'm one hundred percent serious by sharing 5 dishes *and* Lilek's description of them. The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. Seriously, though, don't eat these...but DO take this book out!

    Honourable mention:
  • Balls! Page 31 has balls. Balls on picks, even. And not just any balls, but: Anchovy balls (mashed anchovy paste with hard-cooked eggs, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper and minced parsley); Celery balls (minced celery, cream cheese, salt, pepper, cayene pepper); Green balls (Swiss cheese, minced ham, mustard, egg yolk, salt, pepper, minced chives); Burning bush - I swear I am not making this up (cream cheese, minced onion, minced dried beef); Liver sausage rolls (liver sausage, minced celery, minced green pepper, garlic, dill pickles)
  • Aspic entrees! Seriously, tongue mousse and jellied calf's liver. I only wish there had been an image to go with these
  • Erect wieners in a sea of beans! I swear, hand on (what should be) my heart I am not making this up
  • Veal ring salad that, according to Lilek, looks like 'human finger bones jammed into a cat brain, wrapped in a nice bow, sealed in aspic.'

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    5 inspirations to kickstart your 2012 journalling and scrapbookery

    List by Danielle

    "Scrapbooking is cheaper than a therapist."
    ~ Original source unknown, quote found at scrapbook.com

    Clunky title? Clunky title. *nods* But did you know that our Central Library is having the coolest exhibition at the moment, Saved Memories: Scrapbooks 1570 - 2011? On display in the softly-lit and mysterious spaces of Special Collections are a selection of heritage scrapbooks, with intriguing bits and pieces of the past pressed between their pages, old photos, hand-drawn sketches, long-forgotten tidbits from Auckland's past... if you're at all interested in that kind of collagey treasure hunting, you should go check it out. If you go between 12 and 1pm on a Wednesday, you will even get a guided tour of the best bits, from exhibition creator/curator Kate de Courcy! And for those of you who can't make it in to town, here are some other sources of inspiration for starting off 2012 with some artsy journalling and storytelling of your own.

    Added bonus: Auckland Libraries' online exhibition: Sarah Mathew's album
    "Turn the pages of a Victorian scrapbook" - and you can! Page through Sarah's scrapbook, a digitised version of the 1830-1885 book kept by Sarah Mathew, wife of New Zealand's first surveyor Felton Mathew. Along the way you will find gorgeous sketches of her travels, illustrations of plants and animals, and actual keepsakes (including emu feathers - 'Poor Jack my tame emu killed by a dog 1835'). The album is here, and there's an essay for those who want to know more about the woman behind the scrapbook.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Our top 5 bedtime stories for January

    List by Danielle

    "There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep."
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Blessed, beautiful holiday sleep-ins this month have meant that the kids aren't so tired at bedtime, and are often still widely, loudly, bed-bouncingly awake by the time *I'm* ready to sneak off to bed with my own book. At 3 and 5, neither of them are really reading on their own - though the 5 year old is surely working on it - so they tend to latch onto interactive books (flaps, puzzle-solving, spot-the-whatever type books), or books with simple, funny stories that they can remember and tell each other, or books with plenty of visual stuff going on to absorb them.

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Top 5 sci-fi books from childhood

    List by Danielle

    As for courage and will - we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.
    ~ Andre Norton

    New books are wonderful, but old books, stains, funny smells and all, are another pleasure altogether. Our Research Centre stacks have a trove of YA books from the distant past with the gloriously 70s-style covers I remember from my own childhood reading, with all of the terrible psychedelic 'space' pants-suits you could wish for. I've just finished H.M. Hoover's Another heaven, another earth, something I'd not come across before, but something that stands out in stark contrast to the newer YA I'd been reading lately. Don't get me wrong, I love recent YA to pieces, and it's cool seeing sci-fi dystopias making a comeback, but it was a nice change to read something that didn't wrap itself up in teen angsty knots, didn't obsess over forbidden love, and dealt both thoughtfully and emotionally with the ethics of colonisation from the points of view of both colonisers and colonised.

    I'm not a big sci-fi reader, and I haven't read most of the classic authors, but I do remember a handful of great sci-fi stories that I read and re-read as a kid, including another H.M. Hoover that I was lucky enough to be able to buy, second-hand, ex-library, with all of it's stamps and everything. These stories had everything I was looking for, and more - excitement and adventure, great characters in tough situations, moments of despair and triumph - all the stuffs of good storytelling. So feel free to add your own recs in the comments, I'd love to take a tour through other folks' favourite space adventures!

    Top 5 fictional TV shows

    List by Danielle, Natalie and Tosca

    "Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover."
    ~ Homer Simpson

    Danielle: The inspiration for this list came from a New Books list find, Paul Hornschemeier's Life with Mr Dangerous, a slice-of-life graphic novel about getting your creative mojo back that includes an homage to a surreal little cartoon called 'Mr Dangerous'. I got to thinking: what other meta-fictional TV shows might we have known and loved in our reading & watching? Thanks to Wikipedia, I have an incomplete but very entertaining list, which includes some of our choices below.

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    5 books I’m taking away with me

    List by Annie

    "What is reading but silent conversation?"
    - Walter Savage Landor

    Pretty soon I’ll be leaving on a jet plane… then spending ten days cruising around. As always, I’ll be taking books away with me – I might even read some. [I have a history of taking books away on holiday, and leaving them untouched the whole time].

    [I’m actually on leave for three weeks, so have HEAPS to read while relaxing at home. Trust me. My dining table is merely an extension of the library. January is my catch-up reading month… all those books I should have read during the last year, and a couple of boxes of manuscripts.]

    These 5 have a guaranteed place in my suitcase. The problem is holding off reading them until then :D

    Honourable mention:
    The hunter by Theresa Meyers
    Brothers Winchester, Remington, and Colt Jackson take up the family tradition of vampire and demon hunting in this steampunk western. Colt battles a vampire, fallen archangel, and a demon lord while looking for his father's Book of legends. He also encounters the succubus Lily, who is willing to make a bargain to become human again.

    Annie's comment: Steampunk. Western. Vampire / demon slayer. Succubus. What's not to like?

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Top 5 kitchen experiments over Christmas

    List by Danielle

    The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.
    ~ Johnny Carson

    We have some beautiful, beautiful cookbooks downstairs on the Manukau Library's shelves, and I took an armful of them home over the break to see if I could learn to make some new Christmas classics for the family. Something about the warmer weather just seems to lend itself to experimenting with new techniques and flavours... or maybe it's just that smidgeon of extra time to relax and get playful in the kitchen. It's also kind of cool to have small kids and to start finding your own Christmas traditions, to mix and mingle with your own family standards (which for us is my mum's marinated pork fillet, and any kind of dessert that mulches strawberries together with cream). We went a bit old-school this year, too, after a radio ad for roast turkey inspired me to ask my mum to roast a chicken; hers is the BEST roast chicken, and something I'm completely incapable of, even if I buy a pot of lard. So, this year, to add to those old favourites, we tried a few new treats:

    5 books our followers thought were disturbing, entertaining and powerful

    List by followers on our Auckland Libraries tweetstream

    "Twitter lets me hear from a lot of people in a very short period of time."
    - Robert Scoble

    On Tuesday of Christmas weekend I read a bunch of books. Two in particular stayed with me long after for a few very simple reasons: They were disturbing, complicated, moving, exceptionally well-written, entertaining and powerful beyond words. One was Margo Lanagan's Tender morsels (teen, fantasy fiction), and the other was What I did (adult, general fiction). My most recent post on the Rodney blog covers the top 5 reasons why 'What I did' by Christopher Wakling is the most disturbing book I've read all year. I struggled with writing the post. Not out of disinterest, but out of a fear that I wouldn't be able to do it justice, or that I would miss something out altogether or, even worse again, that it would run away from me and that people would liken this UK story to section 59 of our Crimes Act (what NZers call the 'anti-smacking' bill) when that was not my intent. I didn't want it to find any way to become about that. Not for this post. I guess, in short, I didn't want THIS BOOK to become about THAT ISSUE. The last time I had this exact same challenge was when I wrote 5 books or films you may not have known were banned or challenged in New Zealand, June 2011. What I did made me ponder, out loud on our tweetstream, "Ever read a book that disturbed, entertained and was full of such power at one and the same time?" We received a few answers, all of which make up this post: 5 books our followers thought were disturbing, entertaining and powerful. Feel free to share your own suggestion.