Two new acquisitions that we have added to our library’s “Chernobyl” collection are:
Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy by Serhii Plokhy
(from a customer review)
“I read this book as I was watching the HBO series and enjoyed the additional depth and nuance Plokhy provided. While the HBO series simplified and idealized some characters and aspects, Plokhy dives deeper into the true complexity, harrowing uncertainty, and constant brushes with painful death that a nuclear disaster really implies.”
Springtime in Chernobyl by Emmanuel Lepage
This hard cover, 162 page adult graphic novel is a unique and amazing book!
In April 2008, a group of nuclear energy-adverse activists and artists visit Chernobyl to document the lives of survivors and their children living on the highly contaminated land. Among them, Emmanuel Lepage, is surprised at the unexpected beauty he encounters. There is beauty in the landscape as it is reborn, beauty in the detritus of mankind as it decays. There is beauty in the people they meet who huddle around the area. Within the horror of the story itself, there is beauty in the resolve of those who faced the disaster
“Powerful… Springtime In Chernobyl is superb comics journalism that covers the facts, and Lepage’s account of his residency shows what we think we know isn’t always reality.” – Comics Beat
Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex by Oksana Zabuzhko (Author), Halyna Hryn (Translator) – 2011
Called “the most influential Ukrainian book for the 15 years of independence,” Oksana Zabuzhko’s Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex became an international phenomenon when it shot to number one on the Ukrainian bestseller list and remained there throughout the 1990s.
The Boy Who Glowed in the Dark by Orest Stelmach – 2014
With one mysterious e-mail, Bobby Kungenook—the teenage hockey phenom living undercover and guarding part of a revolutionary scientific breakthrough—realizes someone else shares his secret. The sender summons Bobby from New York to a rendezvous in radioactive Japan. There, with the help of Bobby’s guardian, Nadia Tesla, the two will forever alter mankind’s destiny.
Caught in the Current: A Novel by Daniel Hryhorczuk – 2013
Caught in the Current takes the reader on a magical mystery tour of Eastern and Western Europe during the summer of 1970, a tumultuous period of free love, equal rights demonstrations, and Vietnam antiwar protests in America, but an equally revolutionary period in Alec’s life. Raised in Chicago as Ukrainian, Alec is caught between identities–is he American or Ukrainian?
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch – 2012
In this companion book to the award-winning Stolen Child, a young girl is forced into slave labour in a munitions factory in Nazi Germany. This is an exceptional novel that delivers a powerful story of hope and courage in the face of incredible odds.
Luba, Simply Luba by Diane Flacks, Luba Goy, Andrey Tarasiuk – 2013
Luba Goy, an original member of Canada’s popular comedy troupe, Royal Canadian Air Farce, is one of this country’s most beloved comedic actors. In Luba, Simply Luba, we are invited into her colourful and astonishing life. From her Ukrainian childhood to high honours at Rideau Hall, Luba Goy’s journey has been filled with both comedy and tragedy.