Berkov's Bookshelf

Collections Librarian Joshua Berkov shares his picks, insight and reviews of series, authors, and titles both new and old available here at the North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. 

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This edition of Berkov's Bookshelf

Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders

Talking Book Number: DB 86941

Large Print (Hardback) Number: LT 36999

This is one of the weirdest, and yet most intriguing books I have read in a very long time.  I’m not sure I could do the book justice by trying to summarize the plot, so I have quoted another source below.

“On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body.

Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel - in its form and voice - completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.” – Goodreads

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