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When was the last time you tried a non-U.S. author? Latin American literature spans the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to the lush, character-driven style of Isabel Allende, to the intricate, gritty plots of Roberto Bolano.
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Lilian Jackson Braun wrote cozy mysteries with laid-back pacing and a cast of colorful feline and human characters. If you’ve made your way through all of her “Cat Who…” series, how about trying something new?
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“We want to be the band that if we moved in next door to you, your lawn would die,” said Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. From hair bands to thrash to Finnish folk death metal, the Library has your heavy metal needs covered.
In his book Decoded, Jay-Z said, “Hip-hop has always been controversial, and for good reason…The music is meant to be provocative – which doesn’t mean it’s necessarily obnoxious, but it is (mostly) confrontational, and more than that, it’s dense with multiple meanings. Great rap should have all kinds of unresolved layers that you don’t necessarily figure out the first time you listen to it. Instead it plants dissonance in your head.”
The Notebook, Dear John, The Last Song, The Lucky One – all of these movies are based on books written by Nicholas Sparks. Sparks has a penchant for penning bittersweet love stories. He can make you reach for the Kleenex box as easily as send your heart aflutter.
If you have already seen and read what Nicholas Sparks has out there and want to explore similar authors, click here.
Recently the U.S. passed the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War. The U.S. continues to see effects from the War in Afghanistan as well. One of the results of both conflicts has been the creation of fiction – from thrillers to quiet stories of PTSD.
Being a grown up can be a drag…but living in a world where a simple walk in the woods can turn magical, where beasts and mirrors can talk, and to-do lists include epic adventures, evil witches, and brothers named Grimm – now that is living.
It has been a snowy, cold winter, but Maeve Binchy’s character-driven stories of friendship and family will warm you from the inside out. Binchy (1940 – 2012) was a novelist, playwright, and columnist best known for making the lives of her everyday, usually Irish, characters undeniably absorbing to readers.
Yeats, Beckett, and Joyce are darkly poetic and philosophically enthralling. They are also not the only excellent Irish writers out there. This Saint Patrick’s Day, grab a book to go with your Guinness – and try someone new!
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