Carol from Community Services suggests Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
In a parched southern California of the near future, Luz, once the poster child for the country’s conservation movement, and Ray, an army deserter turned surfer, are squatting in a starlet’s abandoned mansion. Armed vigilantes have prevented these desert refugees from freely crossing borders to lusher regions. Holdouts like Ray and Luz subsist on rationed cola and water, and whatever they can loot, scavenge, and improvise.
When Luz and Ray cross paths with a mysterious child, they set out for the safety of the east. But they are waylaid by a cult that has formed a colony in a mysterious sea of dunes.
In this hyper-lyrical dystopian fantasy, you can feel the sand between your teeth, the dirt crawling on your skin, and the taste of precious black-market fruit. The quest for gold and fame and citrus has fueled our drive west for centuries. In Watkins’ novel the west is a place where our ambitions and limitations give rise to a whirling cloud of dust that can either engulf or redeem, and shows us a way to hope in a precarious future that may be our own.
For more dystopian literature try…
Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAdam make up a three-book series on the effects of genetic engineering and environmental disaster. Through expert world-building and strange but sympathetic characters, Atwood asks us to think about how technology and society will continue to influence each other.
While Life as We Knew It is a young adult novel, author Susan Beth Pfeffer captures the attention of all ages as she imagines what would happen on earth if a meteor knocked the moon out of orbit.
Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz set a standard for dystopian literature. In this post-apocalyptic tale, the human race starts over again after a nuclear catastrophe. But can we keep from making the same mistakes the second time around?
The Library offers 31 book discussion kits that can be checked out (one at a time) for your book discussion group. Five of those kits are brand new, ready to take reservations or be checked out! Take a look at the five new titles below and learn more about our Book Bags for Book Groups.
If you are in the mood to read something unique, I recommend Beatlebone by Kevin Barry. In this inventive novel, a late-1970s John Lennon is creatively blocked and sets off to find his private island off the coast of Ireland. I loved the unexpected detours, poetic language, and dreamlike setting. Beatles-fandom is helpful but certainly not required to enjoy this surreal story.
What Should I Read Next?
This is one of our favorite questions, and today we wanted to share one of our favorite databases to assist in answering this question: NoveList!
NoveList is a great search engine website to find books that you are in the mood to read as well as readalikes for your favorite authors or books. One of our favorite recent additions to the site is the appeal mixer. So, if you want a romantic book with broody characters or an upbeat book with racy humour, while you can always ask us to help you find options, you can explore NoveList, too!
As a Mount Prospect Library cardholder, you can use this professional website whenever, wherever, and at no cost. You can access NoveList HERE, in the web resources. Once you have entered your library card information and have entered NoveList, here’s how to get to the appeal mixer…
On the top of the page, hover your mouse over the words Browse By. Choose the category Appeal.
You will then land on the appeal mixer page where you can create different combinations of types of character, illustration, pace, storyline, tone, and writing style:The more general you are in what you choose for your appeal mix, the more results you will receive. While we do not own every book that will come up on your search, we can always look into different ways we can get that title into your hands!
If you’re having trouble getting NoveList to work or would like us to come up with book suggestions for you please ask either in person, by calling the Library, or online. Have fun exploring!
Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home after being marooned on an island for five years. While away he learns that his father was not the man he thought he was, and he is faced with challenges that threaten his life. Forced to learn new skills just to survive, Oliver becomes a changed man on the island. He returns to his home to fix his father’s mistakes by pretending to be a cavalier playboy by day, but donning a green hood at night to become the Arrow.
Just in time for your upcoming road trip, workout, daily commute, household chore, or well-earned rest, the winners of the 2016 Listen List are here to read you a story. Selected for outstanding narration, each title promises a thrilling listening experience that can’t help but satisfy. Choose your adventure and press play!
Have you found yourself being overtaken by Ferrante Fever?
Give yourself a soundtrack as you read the popular book series set in Naples, Italy by Elena Ferrante. The books begin in 1950 following two best friends when they’re in elementary school and as they age.
The Best of Jimmy Roselli
Italian-American singer Jimmy Roselli began his career in the early 1960s. He was known to sing classic songs from Naples, described as “singing in perfect Neapolitan dialect.” This more relaxed album starts out with “Mala Femmena,” which is considered to be his signature song.
Serenade: A Mario Lanza Songbook
With some songs sung in Italian and others in English, this compilation sung by Mario Lanza moves from upbeat and whimsical to more leisurely-paced romantic sweeping melodies. An orchestra conducted by Frank Sinatra’s cousin, Ray Sinatra provides a sweeping foundation for most of the tracks.
Giuseppe di Stefano Neapolitan Songs
Di Stefano takes his operatic tenor to Neapolitan songs in this collection of classics, all sung in Italian. Di Stefano began his singing career in the 1940s and would have been popular while the fictional characters Elena and Lila were growing up.
I started The Turner House for the modern Detroit setting, its National Book Award nomination, and curiosity for how Angela Flournoy would tell the story of 13 adult siblings. I was easily won over by the authentic and heartfelt exploration of the growing pains of a struggling family growing older together.
Before you are swept away by the romance of Valentine’s Day, take a cue from Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreation and honor the female friendships in your life. That’s right! February 13 is Galentine’s Day, a day for ladies to celebrate ladies. Need a little inspiration? Try one of these:
The Wildwater Walking Club
by Claire Cook
Noreen, Tess, and Rosie walk and talk their way through life’s ups and downs in their town of Wildwater. As they tally their steps and share their secrets, life begins to take them in some new and surprising directions.
Sushi for Beginners
by Marian Keyes
Depicts the lives of three women in the fashion trade, exploring the trials and tribulations as well as the happiness and joy of true friends in the fast-paced worlds of love and career.
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral
by Kris Radish
An unexpected bequest from a late friend takes five women on a wild and life-transforming road trip from the deserts of New Mexico to the shores of Lake Superior, as they celebrate the bonds of female friendship.
Circle of Friends
by Maeve Binchy
Two friends who grew up together in a small Irish village attend college in Dublin, where their lives become intertwined with the beautiful Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, the handsome son of a doctor.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg
Mrs. Threadgoode’s tale of two high-spirited women of the 1930s, Idgie and Ruth, helps Evelyn, a 1980s woman in a sad slump of middle age, to begin to rejuvenate her own life.
Shoe Addicts Anonymous
by Beth Harbison
Four different women meet Tuesday nights to trade shoes and, in the process, form friendships that will help them each triumph over their problems.
This is only a sample of the gal pals on offer at the Library. Ask online or stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor and we will connect you with something to fit your mood!