• Cokato Public Library is closed for renovations. The library will reopen Thursday, April 24.

Cultures and Faiths

Central Minnesota is becoming more like the rest of America, the famous melting pot filled with people of different origins, skin tones and faiths.

It's natural to be curious about our neighbors, locally and internationally. One way to satisfy our curiosity is by reading books that help us make sense of our past, present and emerging world.

GRRL's book collection represents all the world’s major faiths, including Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Wicca is here. And so is Kwanzaa, not a religion but a celebration of African heritage and culture. You'll find authoritative and popular commentators such as Deepak Chopra and Joseph Campbell, and scholarly reads such as “God: A Brief History” by John Bowker.

If understanding our world and its conflicts is important to you, check out books such as “The Seven Faith Tribes: Who they are, what they believe, and why they matter” by George Barna, "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond, or “The Infernal Machine: A history of terrorism” by Matthew Carr. And if you are one of the North Europeans, and seek a deeper understanding of your own cultural heritage, try "From Dawn To Decadence: 500 years of cultural life, 1500 to the present" by Jacques Barzun.

If you're interested in the past, you're probably interested in the future. Have you read "The Writing On The Wall: Why we must embrace China as a partner or face it as an enemy" by Will Hutton? How about, "The Post-American World" by Fareed Zakaria?

Like they say: so many books, so little time.