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Staff Pick: Family Life by Akhil Sharma

Family LifePicture of Jenny by Akhil Sharma contains a quiet firecracker of emotion. Eight-year-old Ajay Mishra has high hopes when he and his older brother move from Delhi to join their father in America. However, tragedy suddenly spirals Ajay’s life into the impossible choice between duty toward one’s loved ones and duty towards oneself.

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List: Young Adult Books for Adults

Every Thursday afternoon on Twitter, library staff across the nation standby to answer requests for book suggestions using the hashtag #AskaLibrarian. A question posed last week was, “how old is too old for Young Adult books?” Our answer? As long as you are enjoying the books, there is no old that is too old for Young Adult books! Below are some titles that may strike an additional chord with adult readers.

Breakfast Served Anytime book cover Breakfast Served Anytime
by Sarah Combs

 

Pointe book coverPointe
by Brandy Colbert
Shadowshaper book coverShadowshaper
by Daniel José Older
The Boy in the Black Suit book coverThe Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds

 

The Wrath and the Dawn book coverThe Wrath and the Dawn
by Renee Ahdleh
Written in the Stars book coverWritten in the Stars
by Aesha Saeed

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Graphic Novel: Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

Daytripper book cover“It’s a story about death.”
“Death?”
“It’s really about life…but death has a big part in it.”

Brás de Oliva Domingos makes his living writing obituaries. From the facts of death and the moments of life, he recreates stories. Sifting through the existences of others makes a man contemplate his own. What moments had greatest impact? Were they beginnings? Endings? Which choices led to one or the other? Rarely are those answers simple, and Daytripper is an ethereal, meditative exploration of possibilities.

Authors Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá gracefully lead readers back and forth within Brás’ life, illustrating key experiences and variations on his death. Though moments are heart-wrenching, the sum total is strangely uplifting, and what remains even after multiple scenarios is a sense of wonder at the meaning one life may hold.

Staff Pick: Our Man in Havana

our-man-in-havana-johnReuniting the director and screenwriter of the classic The Third Man, Our Man in Havana is the missing link in Alec Guinness’ career between the light comedies he made as a young actor for Ealing Studios and his later turn as spymaster George Smiley—an understated espionage romp with surprisingly dark undertones.

4 Fiction Books to Read for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Header ImageRead a book in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz book cover Damas, Drams, and Ana Ruiz
by Belinda Acosta
A story about family and growing up, Ana Ruiz is determined that throwing her daughter the perfect quinceañera will help mend a weakened relationship.
Lost City Radio book cover Lost City Radio
by Daniel Alarcón
Norma hosts a weekly radio show in post-war South America, reading the name of the missing to help them be found again, when a boy shows up who may have clues to her own missing husband.
The Heart Has Its Reasons book cover The Heart Has Its Reasons
by María Dueñas
When learning her husband had an affair, college professor Blanca chose to uproot her life in Madrid and move to San Francisco.
We the Animals book cover We the Animals
by Justin Torres
Poetic and intense, this short story follows three biracial boys growing up in the midst of their mother and father’s rocky relationship.

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