Somewhere out there on the internet, I found that May 16th is “Wear Purple For Peace Day”. This is a totally new thing for me; I had never heard of it before. But I like it, and I thought maybe we could play with the idea a little for the book world. After all, if you think about it – books “wear” their covers, don’t they? So why don’t we take a look at some items that proudly wear their purple? Some may bring peace with them, some may make us hope for greater peace, but they are all here for us to explore.
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
In this recent YA title, sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island. When she foresees her own murder, a harpoon boy named Tane promises to help her change her fate and keep her island safe and prosperous, but salvation will require an unexpected sacrifice. This story takes place at the height of the whaling industry and is set just off the coast of Massachusetts. Find it in our catalog here.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who’s forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983. This story is available in print, large print, a film version on DVD or as an e-book.
The Stillest Day by Josephine Hart
The most powerful and daring novel yet by the bestselling author of “Damage,” this compelling and painfully beautiful novel looks at a young woman at the turn of the century who transgresses — both in life and art — the limits set for her. Bethesda Barnet is an artist and a teacher. Her village life with an invalid mother is ordered and calm until the sudden vision of a man’s face imprints itself on her mind’s eye — and she becomes a woman obsessed. She paints fragmented images of Mathew Pearson, secretly and relentlessly. And then, on the stillest day, in an extreme moment, she performs an act so bold that it shatters lives. Daring to play God, she falls from grace and is sacrificed on the twin altars of convention and vengeance. “The Stillest Day” draws the reader into the darkest corner of a passionate psyche. Check it out in our catalog here.
I hope I’ve given you some titles to think about…. go forth and wear your purple while reading a purple book!