Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Staff Picks - Fantasy

I love all things Sara J. Mass and I swooned over both of her 2016 releases, A Court of Mist and Fury and Empire of Storms. However, her works may be too mature for some readers.

I discovered Susan Dennard and Mary E. Pearson through the Young Adult GoodReads.com e-newsletter, both of whom provide solid fantasy without the overt sexual content. Susan Dennard and Sarah J. Maas are actually best friends in real life! I loved Dennard's entry novel into "The Witchland" series entitled Truthwitch! The second novel, Windwitch is also available.

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I devoured Mary E. Pearson's The Remnant Chronicles trilogy over Thanksgiving Break. Who needs turkey when you can binge-read?!

Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Meredith Causey
Information Services Supervisor

Friday, February 17, 2017

#ShelfLife - February 17, 2017

The library will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day, so we encourage you to stock up on books this weekend. If you run out materials - never fear! You can check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines from our eLibrary, even when our branches are closed.

This was a week for celebrating: we searched the stacks for the best Italian cookbooks on #NationalTortelliniDay, we celebrated our love for books on Valentine's Day, and then we read 21 Books About Dragons for Preschoolers on #WorldReadAloudDay.

If you're looking for something to read, take a look at what's happening in the #ShelfLife this week:

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Staff Picks: Black Olives - Adult Fiction

A trip to the grocery store turns bizarre when Virginia spots her former lover, sneaks into the back of his car, and follows him home. From various hiding places in the parking lot, car, and home she ruminates on the disintegration of their long-term relationship. It's a perfect novel for indulging a dark mood.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Monday, February 13, 2017

Staff Picks - Unlikely Love Stories

My favorite love stories always defy conventional romance. Some end happily but more often things take a tragic course. You’ll find some unlikely authors on my list, starting with Stephen King who made the list twice.

The Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

Book IV in the epic Dark Tower series contains what is chronologically the first book in the long, twisted tale of Roland Deschain, gunslinger of Gilead. In a flashback which becomes the bulk of the book, Roland relives the greatest tragedy of his life. Long before becoming a tough guy, young Roland fell passionately in love. For fans of the series, The Wizard and Glass sheds light on Roland’s damaged psyche. For fans of romantic fantasy the book contains an unforgettable stand-alone love story.

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Strange happenings, a vengeful spirit, plenty of suspense, and grief that blossoms into new love make Bag of Bones by Stephen King one of my favorite love stories. Who knew the master of horror was such a romantic?

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

In The Lover's Dictionary, David Levithan very creatively deconstructs the ups and downs of a volatile relationship. Definitions from “aberrant” to “zenith” frame the novel and offer an insightful take on modern love.  

The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion

This unlikely romance is laugh out loud funny due to the antics of Don Tillman, a genetics professor who approaches his quest for love from a completely scientific standpoint.   

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Young love blossoms between Winnie Foster and a mysterious young man she finds in the woods. Though their time together is brief, Jesse Tuck and Winnie face more obstacles than most of us could ever imagine. 
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic characters and evocative storytelling make this novel of fatal flaws and tangled romances a larger-than-life classic.

Ayn Rand’s 1957 masterpiece spawned a philosophical movement that continues to gain converts today. Philosophy aside, the passionate affair between Dagny Taggart and the unstoppable Hank Rearden was what I found most engaging about this story.

 East of Eden by John Steinbeck

This epic and evocative family saga contains the quintessential love triangle -- two brothers in love with the same woman. But behind her beauty lies deadly intent! 
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

In a novel that transcends the soap opera gimmick, amnesia offers a troubled marriage a second chance. Hope, faith, and family take center stage in this compelling love story.

Happy Valentine’s Day and happy reading!

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Friday, February 10, 2017

#ShelfLife - February 10, 2017

Happy Friday, fellow bibliophiles! We made it through another week and now we've got the whole weekend to do what we love best: read!

If you've been on Instagram today, you might have noticed our #ShelfLife post focused on Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese. This book brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt's most remarkable paintings during WWII. We were struck by the lovely golden cover, but the painting isn't one of Klimt's. It's actually a small section from An Elegant Lady with Pearls, painted by Gustave-Jean Jacquet (1846-1909). Art lovers may find themselves Googling all the works described in this book as they read.

Other titles in this week's #ShelfLife collection celebrated #nationalpizzaday and princesses that wear black, not pink.  Both the graphic novel The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza and The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation make for delightful reading for the kids in the family.

And, because parents sometimes need a gentle reminder to really listen to their children, check out Love That Boy, a non-fiction book about the hard-won relationship between a father and his son. Find this book, and other non-fiction titles suggested by our staff, in the Staff Favorites of 2016 section of our online catalog at goo.gl/TrPqkN.

Have a great weekend!