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Short Story Discussion: The Short of It

Short Story Discussion: The Short of It, Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m.If you are a short story reader you won’t want to miss our program The Short of It, on Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00pm. Enjoy a compelling discussion and engage with other literature lovers! Join retired high school teacher Ron Crowley-Koch for a discussion revolving around three short stories. Two are linked below. “Interpreter of Maladies”, the title story of a Pulitzer Prize-winning collection by Jhumpa Lahiri, is not available online, but we are holding copies of the book for checkout on the second floor of the library at the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk. Please read the stories twice to glean their true beauty.

In the Penal Colony book cover

 

 

In the Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka

 

 

 

Barn Burning book cover

 

 

Barn Burning” by William Faulkner

 

 

 

Interpreter of Maladies book cover

 

 

Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Summer Read of Fame!

Read of Fame photoAnd the winner is…

Throughout the summer, Mount Prospect readers logged over 1800 books, and of those 100 star titles were nominated for the ultimate Read of Fame!  Though the last curtain has fallen on the season’s performances, you can still enjoy the encores of the winning reads. Give a round of applause to the crowd-pleasing titles below, each featured with a critic’s review.

Keeper of Lost Things book coverThe Keeper of Lost Things
by Ruth Hogan
“Tender, mysterious – an angry ghost – it’s got it all!”

 
 

Jeruslaem graphic novel coverJerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
by Guy Delisle
“Fascinating and informative!”

 

Waiting for Tom Hanks book coverWaiting for Tom Hanks
by Kerry Winfrey
“A rom-com about rom-coms!”

 

It Book CoverIt
by Stephen King
“”Horrifying, heartwarming, and fun – if you have the time!”
1919 book cover1919: Poems
by Eve Ewing
“Poetry inspired by history. Leaves you breathless.”
Castaways book coverThe Castaways
by Elin Hilderbrand
“Great beach read!”

 
 

Spinning Silver book coverSpinning Silver
by Naomi Novik
“An interesting feminist culturally sensitive tale inspired by Rumplestiltskin”
If You Ask Me book coverIf You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)
by Betty White
“Funny and charming book”
The Long Flight Home book coverThe Long Flight Home
by Alan Hlad
“WWII and carrier pigeons – fascinating”

 
 
 

Summer Reading: Category K, Read a Classic

Summer Reading has begun, and It’s Showtime at MPPL! If you are looking for a book that fits one of the specific categories, check this blog for suggestions throughout the months of June and July! You can also stop by the library to see our binders of additional suggestions. Enjoy the show!

These are suggestions for CATEGORY K: READ A CLASSIC:

Rebecca book coverRebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Beloved book coverBeloved by Toni Morrison
Jane Eyre book coverJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

The Sun Also Rises book coverThe Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Summer Reading: Category O, Read a Book About a Writer or Writing

Summer Reading has begun, and It’s Showtime at MPPL! If you are looking for a book that fits one of the specific categories, check this blog for suggestions throughout the months of June and July! You can also stop by the library to see our binders of additional suggestions. Enjoy the show!

These are suggestions for CATEGORY O: READ A BOOK ABOUT A WRITER OR WRITING:

Walking on the Ceiling book coverWalking on the Ceiling by Aysegul Savas
Love and Ruin book coverLove and Ruin by Paula McClain

 

Chuckerman Makes a Movie book coverChuckerman Makes a Movie by Francie Arenson Dickman
Revolution Sunday book coverRevolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra
Less book coverLess by Andrew Sean Greer

Summer Reading: Category J, Read a Crowd Pleaser

Summer Reading has begun, and It’s Showtime at MPPL! If you are looking for a book that fits one of the specific categories, check this blog for suggestions throughout the months of June and July! You can also stop by the library to see our binders of additional suggestions. Enjoy the show!

These are suggestions for CATEGORY J: READ A CROWD PLEASER:

The Reckoning book coverThe Reckoning by John Grisham
Before We Were Yours book coverBefore We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
The Silent Patient book coverThe Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

 

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