World War Z by Max Brooks

Despite loving the movie Shaun of the Dead and tuning into every episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I haven’t thought of myself as being part of the wave of “zombie mania” that seems to have taken hold of so many.  Well … time to rethink.

I recently read World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. I confess that I read it out of a sense of obligation (it was one of the top three picks for the 2013 Campus Read and as a committee member, I wanted to do my duty) vs. a real interest in the book. Oh my goodness! What a great read! There’s a reason it’s been a bestseller and a reason you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or its title or its subject).

World War Z grabbed my attention from the first page. Written in the style of an investigative report through a series of  first-person interviews with survivors of the Zombie War, it chronicles an epic battle that came close to wiping out the world as we know it.

Read this book! Even if you don’t care about zombies.

— Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services

P.S.  Author Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft) will be at the Belle Mehus on April 25 as part of BSC’s ArtsQuest celebration and the BSC Visiting Writers Series.  He will also be doing a “Dead Man Writing Class” (a bring-your-own-lunch writing discussion) at noon that day in BSC’s Student Union Building, Prairie Room.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Don’t miss out!


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