Book Talks: Finnikin of the Rock & Over-dressed

finnikinFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin was only a child when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now, a curse traps everyone who remains inside the Kingdom’s walls, and all who escaped have been forced to roam the surrounding lands as exiles. Ten years have passed, but still the curse remains ever strong, and the people of Lumatere are lost without a homeland. Finn and his mentor Sir Topher have travelled the land, seeking out their people, and a place that they can call their own. But while aiding refugees, they encounter Evanjalin, a mysterious young women, who claims she can enter people’s dreams, and has learned that Balthazar, the thought dead heir to the throne is alive. This startling news changes everything, but Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the truth will test more than Finnikin’s faith in her alone. . . A deeply compelling, unforgettable young adult novel, Melina Marchetta’s Finnikin of the Rock and its sequels are available to reserve from the Haliburton County Public Library.

over-dressedOver-dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline

Until recently, writer Elizabeth Cline was your average Western consumer. She’d grown accustom to shopping at outlet malls, discount stores and chains that spit out fast fashion like Forever 21, Target and H&M. She initially did so with the mindset that she was saving money…but the cheap clothing piled up her closet and her pocketbook wasn’t the better for it. Cline decided to investigate our tendency towards overconsumption, what we are doing with all this cheap clothing and, more importantly, what is it doing to us? In Over-dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Cline sets out to uncover the high cost of discount culture, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of the middle-market, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of North America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity shops and textile recyclers where our masses of cloth­ing castoffs finally come to rest. If you are intrigued by the organic, local food movement, consider Over-dressed another step toward becoming an informed and conscientious consumer. Reserve it today at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from April 4– 17, 2013

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