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This month is Plastic Free July, helping to promote the need towards eradicating plastic pollution so that we can have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities.

To mark this important occasion, Montse from Victoria Library will be reviewing ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, which won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize in 2014, Canada’s most prestigious award for non-fiction!

Over to Montse!

‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. by Naomi Klein

At the question of: Is it possible to have a green Capitalism? Naomi Klein has a clear answer, and it’s a resounding NO. Klein disguised the myth of capitalism and urges us to rethink our economic and political system. This is an important book that position the debate in the right angle: Earth against capitalism.

We cannot longer deny the disastrous consequences that the depletion of our planet has brought us; droughts, torrential rains, virus, raising see levels, desertification, storms, fires and so on, the list is innumerable. Klein faced us with the biggest threat that humanity has ever experienced: our own survival as species.

This changes everything is a vast book of 572 pages, Klein invites to re-think the economic system that support the current political strategies in relationship to the planet resources and is leading us to disaster: “our economic system and our planetary system are now at war”, it’s time to take your side.

‘This Changes Everything’ can be borrowed from our catalogue in multiple formats including ebook, e-audiobook, and in hard/paper copies too. Click this link to find out more –

Have you read the title? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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This week Michaela from Church Street Library is reviewing The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Over to Michaela… 

The Pulitzer prize winning novel of 2020 set in the 1960’s tells the story of Elwood living in Florida with his grandmother.  Elwood’s parent had up and left one night leaving her to raise him on her own. Elwood was a very naïve young man who after listening to the recording of Martin Luther King Jr took his words to heart.  Working hard from a young age all this was about to change. 

 About to enrol in college and having been an exemplary pupil, one error on his part has forced him to end up inside the Nickel Academy for boys.  Here is freedom is taken away from him and he forced to see how the boys are segregated according to their colour and how there is little respect for the boys. 

His friendship with Turner is something that the book evolves around and both boys make a life changing decision which will change their lives. 

A rich vibrant book that makes you sit back and realise in many places’ life has not changed.   

A worthy read and well written.  

This book is available to borrow from a number of library branches . All you need is your Kensington and Chelsea library card. 

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Lee Lawrence’s ‘The Louder I Sing’ is the bookies favourite for the Costa Book of the Year! 

The Louder I Sing by Lee Lawrence

Over to Pauline to explain why this is such an interesting book! 

The Louder I Will Sing by Lee Lawrence 

Wow! What a book! 

“The more you refuse to hear my voice, the louder I will sing.” 

Taken from the Labi Sifre song (Something Inside, So Strong), these words resonate throughout this powerful story of racism in Britain, injustice and truth. 

Lee Lawrence is the son of Cherry Groce, who was wrongly shot in a police raid on her home in 1985. These events lead to the Brixton riots, a culmination of repeated attacks and harassment by the police on the Black community in Britain at this time. Lee was 11 years old. His mother was left unable to walk and as a direct result, sadly, died of her injuries. 

Lawrence speaks of these events and the fight to get justice and tells the story in such a way that will resonate. The book unfolds in different chapters, After the shooting and Before

Lawrence relates what happened prior to The Metropolitan Police’s fateful raid on a family home with very little intelligence or knowledge.  Mistaken identity, wrong information and what happened after, offer a visual picture. The Metropolitan Police had never officially admitted that they were responsible for Cherry Groce’s injuries at the time. Would this ever change? Lawrence’s struggle to get justice gives you a positive, honest edge on events. He also offers context. 

The story is never slow, and you are carried by the author’s voice. It is like as if he is in the room with you. One discovers more about these shocking series of events and about his mother, a person in her own right. More than just another casualty, a real person with thoughts, a history and what she meant to those around her. 

The reader also discovers what happened afterwards to Lee Lawrence and the family. A positive, inspiring story, the rebuilding of lives and how that day in 1985 still impacts and is important today.  

Powerful! Unforgettable! 

If like Pauline, you were touched by Lee Lawrence’s story, why not borrow a copy from one of our branches?

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Book cover of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno- Garcia

This week’s book review on Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia comes from one of our customers, Ana. Over to Ana to tell us more! 

Mexican Gothic tells the story of Noemí, a young, 1950s whose decadent life in Mexico City is shaken when she receives a letter from her cousin Catalina, claiming that her new husband is trying to kill her. Noemí must travel to the secluded cliffside estate of ‘High Place,’ to investigate Catalina’s claims about her new family – the Doyles. The story gently eases the reader and Noemí into the Gothic setting, from her cousin’s ramblings of ghosts in the walls, to the elderly patriarch who casually discusses eugenics at the dinner table. But the longer she stays, the more horrifying Noemí’s experiences at High Place. The only comfort she finds there is a tentative friendship with the youngest Doyle, Francis, who repeatedly warns her to return to Mexico City.  

If you haven’t read any Gothic before then Mexican Gothic is a fantastic starting point, touching on a wide range of the genre’s most famous themes. On the other hand, if you are familiar with the Gothic, then you might enjoy the nods to older works such as the disembodied heartbeat Noemí hears at times – a reference to Edgar Allen Poe. But Mexican Gothic is more than a repackaging of old Gothic themes, it raises important questions about class, gender, and, above all, race. While Noemí is of indigenous Mexican ancestry, the Doyles are pale, blonde, and English. She is both undermined and fetishized for her dark features and, as the story goes on, you begin to realise that the Doyles might have more than a casual interest in eugenics.  

This is only the latest of Moreno-Garcia’s novels, and I will definitely be checking out some of her older works soon.