Two-for-one-Tuesday! SCL Boredom-Buster(s) #15.1 & 15.2: “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” & “How to Read the Air”

Good morning, faithful readers! Seems hard to believe it’s already the last week of July – where did the summer go? Today also marks the last week of our SCL Boredom-Busters series and we’re wrapping up much as we began, with hot picks in FICTION.

Kicking off the beginning of the end, check out this double feature by Ethiopian author Dinaw Mengestu:

The beautiful things that heaven bears

  • “Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution after witnessing soldiers beat his father to the point of certain death, selling off his parents’ jewelry to pay for passage to the United States. Now he finds himself running a grocery store in a poor African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C. . . Told in a haunting and powerful first-person narration that casts the streets of Washington, D.C., and Addis Ababa through Sepha’s eyes, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is a deeply affecting and unforgettable debut novel about what it means to lose a family and a country-and what it takes to create a new home.”


How to read the air

  • “One early September afternoon, Yosef and Mariam, young Ethiopian immigrants who have spent all but their first year of marriage apart, set off on a road trip from their new home in Peoria, Illinois, to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a new identity as an American couple. Soon, their son, Jonas, will be born in Illinois. Thirty years later, Yosef has died, and Jonas needs to make sense of the volatile generational and cultural ties that have forged him. How can he envision his future without knowing what has come before? Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, Jonas sets out to retrace his mother and father’s trip and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents’ youth to his life in the America of today, a story-real or invented – that holds the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.”

Both titles are available here at the Library, so come on by and take a look!

(Excerpts are from summaries provided by Syndetic Solutions.)

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