Shelley Marcus, Professor, Reference Librarian, Chaffey College
The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis. RosettaBooks Publisher. 2014.
Welcome to Readers’ Advisory! Did you know that reading for pleasure increases student and all-around success?
This book is a real page-turner, perfect for getting “in the zone,” delving deep into a story. It is about an orphan, Beth Harmon, who was introduced to drugs due to the orphanage’s practice of keeping the children tranquilized. She discovers the game of chess from the janitor, who plays it by himself in the basement. If this sounds familiar, you may have heard of the series on Netflix by the same title.
Although this book involves chess, you don’t have to know anything about the game to enjoy it. Will Beth’s concentration and determination overcome her dependence on drugs and alcohol?
Read the first few pages and you’ll be hooked!
Some thoughts to ponder:
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