OreoBook - 2015
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To be quite honest, neither of us thought we'd care about James Garfield as much as we now do. Thanks, Candice Millard! Two Book Minimum: Oreo by Fran Ross Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays By Women by Marcia Aldrich (editor, contributor) Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals And Everyday Hurts by Harriet Lerner (coming to Lawrence Public Library in 2017) Unmentionable: The Vi... (more)
Every December, there’s a cascade of year-end “best of” lists that come out, chronicling the most notable new albums, films, trending superfoods (shout out to chia seeds), and more. Books are no different; you can read about the best fiction and nonfiction from many expert sources. Here at LPL, we may not have read every book that came out in 2015, but we’ve certainly handled them enough to know… (more)
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LPL_KateG Mar 22, 2016
This is the book I want everyone to read. Fran Ross wrote this wickedly smart and funny novel in the 1970s and it was re-released in the aughts. Wildly before it's time, Oreo is laugh-out-loud hilarious while also being incredibly thought-provoking and educational.
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Cf. the pimp and prostitue above. She escapes completely unharmed and the scene is absolutely hilarious, but it might trigger.
Sexual Content: The main character lures a man who tried to use her for phone sex to a house, and then pummels him mercilessly. She also has a run in with a pimp, his prostitutes and the possibility of being raped
Violence: There are at least two or three scenes in which the main character delivers a well-deserved pummeling to a chauvenist man, one in which she is being set up for rape (see below).
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During World War II, James worked as a welder at Sun Shipyard in Chester, Pennsylvania. Every morning for three years, he would stop at Zipstein's Noshery to buy a pickle to take to work in his lunchbox. He would ask for a sour. Zipstein always gave him a half sour. From that time on, James hated Jews.
“From time to time, her dialogue will be rendered in ordinary English, which Louise does not speak. To do full justice to her speech would require a ladder of footnotes and glosses, a tic of apostrophes (aphaeresis, hyphaeresis, apocope), and a Louise-ese/English dictionary of phonetic spellings.”