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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

The Martian

Space travel is a dream for most people. Being among the stars, travelling to new and exciting planets, and is something Mark Watney is a part of. He’s part of a team that’s sent up to Mars to do tests and experiments. When something goes horribly wrong, he’s stranded on Mars with little resources. Not enough resources to last him until the next mission can pick him up. Dealing with the harsh Mars climate and natural disasters, and minimal supplies, Mark must find a way to stay alive until the next landing.

The Martian is packed full of adventure, science, and the “what if” we’ve all been thinking. This award-winning book is written for adults with teen appeal. This book is available as an audiobook and as an eBook download as well.

Similar books to The Martian include: The Running Man by Richard Bachman, Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, and When the Devil Dances by John Ringo.

Reviewed by Megan

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

“So she became a symbol of peace, of self-sacrifice in the name of peace, for many people. There was much talk of her ‘Eastern wisdom,’ which she dismissed when it reached her ears. ‘There is no particular wisdom in the East,’ she said to Argalia.  ‘All human beings are foolish to the same degree.’” (286)

A young, golden-haired man shows up at the court of the emperor of Hindoostan with a secret. A secret “which only the emperor’s ears may hear,” and a story that has traveled generations and great continents to arrive…

But what do three boyhood friends from Italy have to do with a legendary princess from East Asia?  Part love story, part history lesson, Salman Rushdie beautifully weaves numerous interconnected stories, richly detailed against the background of 17th century Italy and Eastern Asia.  Though these tales are abundant with beautiful strong-willed women, mysterious world-travelers, and philosophical poet-emperors, there are lessons for all of us, even if it’s just that, no matter how large the world, “All human beings are foolish to the same degree.”

Also available in Large Type, Audio CD, and Ebook.

Review by A.Smith

Welcome to the Mount Prospect Public Library South Branch

We are located in the Crystal Court Plaza at Busse and Algonquin roads. There is a full range of library services in a location that's more easily accessible to residents on the south side of Mount Prospect. Come visit us to

  • Use computers to access the Internet and other programs, such as Microsoft Word
  • Check out books, movies, and music
  • Attend programs for children, teens, and adults

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Hours

Monday-Friday - 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday before the 2nd Saturday - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2nd Saturday of the month - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Address & Phone

Phone: 847/590-4090

1711 W. Algonquin Rd, Mount Prospect, IL 60056

At the intersection of Busse and Algonquin Roads, Crystal Court Shopping Center