Archive | Reviews & Recommendations

Recommended reading for racial justice

Recommended reading for racial justice

For those of you who are interested in learning more about becoming antiracist, investigating historical and modern-day racism, and exploring social justice, we have many fiction and nonfiction e- and audiobooks available on Sora. Below are just some of the titles you can check out anytime (even during the summer) from your computer or mobile device. Suggest more titles by emailing us at library@castilleja.org

Posted in Featured, Reviews & Recommendations0 Comments

The Updated Pleasure Reading Guide Is Here!

The Updated Pleasure Reading Guide Is Here!

Great news, Readers!

The Casti Library Pleasure Reading Guide is now updated for 2020! We’ve hand-selected a variety of books that we love for inclusion on the list. Fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, mystery… this list has it all! Titles are available in Sora as ebooks and/or audiobooks that you can check out from home.

Find the list here and explore some of our other resources to help you find your next read.

Posted in Featured, Reviews & Recommendations0 Comments

New eBooks on Sora

New eBooks on Sora

We’ve been adding lots of new ebooks and audiobooks to Sora. Below are just some of the new titles we’re excited about, and there are even more to discover in the app!

Posted in Featured, Reviews & Recommendations0 Comments

2019 Award Winners

2019 Award Winners

Check out some of the books that won awards in 2019… available at Casti Library!

Stonewall Book Award

Lambda Literary Award

Morris Award

Coretta Scott King Award

Booker Prize

National Book Award: Fiction

Pulitzer Prize: Poetry

National Book Award: Poetry

National Book Award: Young Adult

Alex Award

Posted in Reviews & Recommendations0 Comments

Book review: Salt in My Soul

Book review: Salt in My Soul

Mallory Smith inspired many people through her passionate advocacy for those living with cystic fibrosis. Salt in My Soul reveals another facet of her story: her own internal struggles with her illness. Mallory grew up in Los Angeles (but had connections to the Silicon Valley as an alumna of Stanford University, and through cousins who attended Castilleja) and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three. Salt in My Soul is a collection of over ten years of diary entries written by Mallory up until her untimely passing at age 25. She left instructions for her mother to publish her diaries after her death so that others could have an intimate view of her internal thoughts. Some themes that recur throughout her memoir are body image, access to healthcare, depression and anxiety, and pain medication management. What is perhaps most impactful about Mallory’s story, however, is that she never let her illness define her, despite knowing that it would lead to an early death. Her writing is eloquent and captivating, making her book personal and powerful to readers. Salt in My Soul was recently listed as a top book for millenials (in good company with memoirs by Joan Didion and Toni Morrison), and selected as a featured book for college students by Penguin Random House. Check it out at Casti Library.

-Lishan C. ’21

Posted in Student Work, Reviews & Recommendations0 Comments

Global Week 2020 Reading List

Global Week 2020 Reading List

Interested in learning more about this year’s Global Week theme, Seats at the Table: Women, Peace, and Security? ACE Center TA Riley ’20 helped us compile these book recommendations to help anyone from sixth graders to faculty explore the topic. All of the books listed below are available in the library!

Leading the Way: Women in Power by Senator Janet Howell and Theresa Howell

Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women edited by Paula Goldman

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by Kaelyn Rich

Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils by Queen of the Neighborhood Collective

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujani

1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe by 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize

Women & Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change edited by Barbara Kellerman and Deborah L. Rhode

Why Women Should Rule the World by Dee Dee Meyers

 

Posted in Student Work, Reviews & Recommendations0 Comments