SWL Staff Picks

The team behind SW Lake loves to read. To celebrate Read Across America Day this month here are our picks on books that tell the tale of a fish that changed the world; a time-traveling mother seeking to avert a crime; and the autobiography of Bono, lead singer of the Irish band U2.

Article by Michael Beightol, Stephen Neilson, Christina Sikorski

Originally published in SW Lake Lifestyle

COD: a Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

Mark Kurlansky

COD is the tale about a humble fish. Basque fishermen chased cod to North America well before Columbus set sail. When the rest of Europe started hauling in this deliciously versatile fish it set in motion the dark era of the slave trade: salt from the West Indies went to Newfoundland to salt cod that was sent to Europe with ships then sailing to West Africa to collect human cargo for the trading blocks of the American south.

Amazon (Paperback): $15.99

In 1993 due to environmental change and overfishing the North Atlantic cod fishery collapsed and won't recover until at least 2030.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Gillian McAllister

A mother witnesses her 17-year-old son commit murder through the bedroom window, falls asleep heartbroken, then wakes to find it is yesterday. She goes to sleep again, and awakes two days before the crime. As she moves through time, can she solve the mystery and save her son? This time loop thriller focuses on family relationships and keeps you guessing until the end.

Target (Hardcover): $20.29

A psychological thriller selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club.

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story


With 40 song titles inspiring 40 chapters illustrated with 40 original drawings, Bono pours out his lifetime of experiences, influences, and continuing efforts to bind together a torn global community one bold step at a time. Sometimes whisperingly confessional, sometimes boldly operatic, readers can revel in the origin stories of a band of musical mates who still haven’t found what they’re looking for, but aspire to change the world.

Amazon (Hardcover): $17.00;  Apple Music (Audiobook): $19.99

Bono's autobiography is as lyrical as U2's music. Audiobook (narrated by Bono) includes special features.

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