Recommended Reads for Adults 2021

Recommended Reads are the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library's monthly series of books that can be found in our collection.

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April Recommended Reads


Many works of literature assume the point of view of an animal to investigate complex human emotions and life obstacles. This month we explore this theme through the representation of the rabbit with a list of fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages to enjoy!
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Watership Down by Richard Adams (DB 35730 and BR 10851) 
A fable about a band of rabbits who set out bravely for a new home in the English countryside. They encounter many dangers and adventures along the way, and finally make it to safety after rescuing some does who become their mates. 1972.
Tales From Watership Down by Richard Adams (DB 43864 and BR 10905)
Twenty-four years after writing Watership Down (DB 35730 and BR 10851), Adams offers nineteen short stories about the lives of the rabbits since they defeated General Woundwort. Many of the stories focus on the hero El-ahriarah, and all deal with the theme of the human enemy versus the animal. 1996.

Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf (DB 18093)
A surreal spoof of a hard-boiled detective story. Los Angeles private eye Eddie Valiant tackles his toughest case when he hires on with Roger Rabbit, a human-sized cartoon character who is the target of an unknown killer. Suspects include the rabbit's beautiful but faithless humanoid wife and the DeGreasy brothers, whose syndicate owns Rabbit's comic strip. 1981.
The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness by Kelli Harding (DB 97041)
A 1978 experiment designed to establish the relationship between high blood cholesterol and heart health in rabbits revealed that kindness made the difference between a heart attack and a healthy heart. Further research showed that love, friendship, community, purpose, and environment may have a greater impact on health than medical care. 2019.
The Sage of Waterloo: A Tale by Leona Francombe (DB 82322 and BR 21145)
William, a young rabbit, listens to the stories his grandmother, Old Lavender, tells of the battle fought at the estate where they live as part of the larger conflict of Waterloo in 1815. He learns to navigate the world around himself through these tales. Some violence. 2015.
House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit by Marinell Harriman (DB 37277)
Harriman uses profiles of rabbit-owning households to show how easily a rabbit can become one of the family and to convince prospective owners that to promote the human-animal bond, rabbits should live inside rather than in an outside hutch. Discussed are how to avoid damage to the house, bedding and litter needs, keeping rabbits healthy, and friendships between rabbits and other pets. 1991.
Harvey: A Comedy in Three Acts by Mary Coyle Chase (DB 18028 and BR 1176)
When Elwood Dowd goes around introducing everyone to his friend Harvey, an invisible, six-foot rabbit, his sister and niece attempt to have him committed to an asylum. However, Elwood's pleasantness and serene wisdom carry the day, despite the frantic efforts of the world around him. 1971.
Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy; Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redoux, Rabbit is Rich, and Rabbit at Rest by John Updike (DB 63882) 
Four novels published between 1960 and 1990, two of which won the Pulitzer Prize. Stories chronicle the midlife misadventures of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom as he faces family strife and unsolved issues of sex and death. Includes introduction by the author. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase (DB 83586)
In Cornwall to scout wedding locations, Lorna and her fianceĢ, Jon, visit the estate known as Black Rabbit Hall. Once the lavish home of the Alton family, the house is now a ruin. Elderly Caroline Alton tells them the story of the house and family. 2016.
Rabbit-Proof Fence by Dorris Pilkington (DB 57127)  
Australia, 1931. Novelization of the trip on foot across Australia by three part-Aboriginal girls, who run away from their inhumane government resettlement school to return home. Molly, Daisy, and Gracie trek through the wilderness to be reunited with their families. 1996.
Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: a Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease by Alan H. Ropper and Brian Burrell (DBC 3955)
A doctor who teaches in Harvard Medical School's neurological unit and a University of Massachusetts mathematician describe the unique challenges involved in diagnosing diseases of the brain. 2014.
The Velveteen Rabbit, or, How Toys Become Real by Magery Williams Bianco (DB 41681 and BR 11596)
 A velveteen rabbit stuffed with sawdust learns from an older toy that a child's love can make him real. Rabbit happily experiences the joy of this love and at last learns of another kind of reality. For readers of all ages. 1975.