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Registrants who attend the program will be entered into a giveaway for a signed copy of the novel.
“Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over thirty years. They are the co-authors of seven novels, including the Amazon Charts bestseller, The Good Widow.
Liz and Lisa host the popular podcast We Fight So You don’t Have To, and are monthly on-air contributors on their local news with Liz & Lisa’s Book Club. In their former lives, Liz worked in the pharmaceutical industry and Lisa was a talk-show producer. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in Southern California.”
“Lauren is a speaker, book influencer, blogger and creator of goodbookfairy.com. She has reviewed hundreds of books and gives honest and relatable opinions, which has built her a loyal and trusted following of thousands. She connects regularly with authors, publishers and fellow readers which keeps her in the ‘know’ regarding books coming out and what to read next. Her speaking engagements have been called “entertaining, enlightening and informative”. Lauren lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband and empty nester pup Quincy. They have two adult children.”
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“We hope…that this moment becomes the impetus for our nation to address racism and social inequities in earnest.” ~ Lonnie Bunch, Smithsonian
As we witness news reports and public demonstrations, it is natural to feel outrage, helplessness, uncertainty, and grief. Many will want to better understand, and one of the best ways to increase empathy and to inspire change is to expose ourselves to the perspectives of those who can uniquely speak to their experiences.
Click here for a list of titles that speak to issues of race and injustice. You can access most through OverDrive, our digital book service, as ebook or e-audio, or place requests for physical copies in the catalog.
If you are interested in recommendations on a specialized focus of this topic or for resources that address a specific age, appeal, or entry point, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question.
Ready for a taste of the familiar along with the excitement of new twists? Welcome to Summer Reading 2020 and the introduction of an online tracking tool: Beanstack. This summer you’ll be able to enter your books wherever you are, earning digital badges and chances for virtual drawings all with a few taps of your screen or clicks of your mouse. Also, since Summer Reading starts June 1 and continues through August 31, you have an added month to set your own pace or to explore even more reading activities.
Begin by visiting our official MPPL Summer Reading webpage to discover how to Get Started and to learn what opportunities are available for Adults, Teens, and Young Readers. Each age group is presented with a variety of options of what to read or activities to complete, and you choose what fits your mood best. Challenge yourself to find suggestions of what to read through featured lists, or ask for a personalized suggestion. However you choose to participate, be sure to join us for The Spectacular Reading Race starting June 1!
Mount Prospect, you’ve been reading, and we’ve been talking! Every week we have been extending an open invitation for readers to gather and share the books keeping them company in these odd times. We’ve chatted romance, dark fantasy, nonfiction, mysteries, feel-good, horror, and elegant prose. Check out the titles brought by our attendees, and please consider joining us for this week’s conversation: Let’s Talk Books!
Do you long for books that might quiet your mind, excite the eye, or take on real life? Available with little or no wait, this week’s staff ebook suggestions spotlight thoughtful, personal stories of different moods, and each can be checked out from the Library’s digital services. Now’s a great time to try something new!
The View from Penthouse B
Elinor Lipman writes engaging and optimistic novels that are light but also thought-provoking. In The View from Penthouse B, a unique set of roommates navigate New York City as they work through unexpected personal transitions. ~Nancy
News of the World
There is poetry to this prose, and I wouldn’t have expected to say that about an odd-couple pairing set in the realities of the Old West. This story is rich in local color, laconic yet tough characters, and slice-of-life dialogue. Even only a few pages in, I couldn’t escape echoes of classic American authors such as Ambrose Bierce and Bret Harte. ~Cathleen
Littered with 90s pop-culture references and puns, live vicariously through comedian Mamrie Hart’s over-the-top absurd adventures as she creates a fun time out of almost any situation. Includes a built in drinking game! ~Jenny
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
Filled with B-horror movie and pulp monster iconography, the diary of ten-year-old Karen Reyes records her investigation into the murder of her upstairs neighbor Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor (from NoveList) ~Chelsea
August returns home to Brooklyn for her father’s funeral and explores powerful memories of growing up in the 1970s; this gorgeously written book explores family dynamics, adolescent friendship, joy, and regret. ~Nancy
Convenience Store Woman
A lovely, quirky little book that elicits an empathetic and protective response in the reader while still offering biting commentary on society’s expectations for a fulfilling life. ~Cathleen
The Best We Could Do
An intimate look at one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to new lives in America. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family (from publisher’s description) ~Chelsea
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Setting boundaries with others is a struggle for many, and people of faith have a tendency to believe saying yes no matter what is an act of service. This longtime bestseller challenges readers to acknowledge self-destructive patterns and identify healthier choices. ~Cathleen