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Books for kids: ‘My Paati’s Saris’ is a sweet and colorful story

For adults, the latest from Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk.

Book picks for kids (and adults):

Looking for some reading inspiration? Here’s a peek at what KCLS staff and the young readers in their lives are digging into this month!

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Adults: Nights of Plague, by Orhan Pamuk

The latest novel by Nobel Prize laureate Orhan Pamuk is set on the fictional island of Mingheria during the late Ottoman Empire where the bubonic plague has begun to spread. The story is told through the eyes of Princess Pakize, the daughter of a former sultan, who has arrived on the island with her husband, a celebrated epidemiologist. When the Ottoman Empire’s chief inspector of public health and sanitation is murdered under strange circumstances amid rising tensions surrounding quarantine measures, Pakize’s husband steps in to help the government slow the plague’s spread. Detailed realism, finely drawn characters, and expansive themes of politics, history and faith make this a deeply immersive read.

Kids: My Paati’s Saris, by Jyoti Rajan Gopal, illustrated by Art Twink

A Tamil boy celebrates his beloved grandmother’s beautiful saris in this colorful picture book that engages the senses. Each sari has a different pattern, weave and texture, and they’re rich with the comforting scents of jasmine and rose. The pair’s relationship is tender and loving; the boy and his grandmother play together, walk to the market together, cook together and dance together. And at the end of this sweet story, the child gets to wear a stunning tiger-themed sari to a party themselves!



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About the Author

Rekha Kuver

Librarian Rekha Kuver is the youth and family services manager for the King County Library System. As a reader, she likes characters with rich internal lives and settings with a vivid sense of time and place. When she’s not reading or listening to audiobooks, she’s making art or spending time outdoors.