Month: March 2022

Check It Out Blog

If You Like Bridgerton: Staff Picks

Check out these reads and watches that will give you the same Bridgerton vibes, enthusiastically provided by our resident regency romance expert Liz, Fiction-AV-Teen Librarian.

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Emma (DVD)

If you like the costumes in Bridgerton, the beautiful and authentic regency dresses in Emma will be right up your alley! 

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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Duchess Deal, the first installment in the Girl Meet Duke series features both the romance as well as the lovely wit and humor of the books and show.  

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My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curan

A fun take on a romance novel that allows the readers to choose their own path for the main character. 

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Belle (DVD)

Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy captain, this period drama features Belle whose lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in society and leaves her left wondering if she will ever find love.

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Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Available in Large Type!

Three different brothers find love in London.  If that was one of your favorite aspects of the Bridgerton series, you will find that same appeal here.

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Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Available in Large Type!

With the same high society London setting as Bridgerton, readers will enjoy Kleypas’ characters and strong writing.  

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Mary Queen of Scots (DVD)

A period drama that focuses on the relationships between women, featuring powerful, headstrong, complicated characters just like Bridgerton.

Let’s Talk Books! What your Neighbors Have Been Reading

Curious as to what books your fellow Mount Prospect readers have been devouring? Eager to share your own discoveries? Come join us for an hour-long bookish chat with your neighbors to share everyone’s current reads! Our ongoing program Let’s Talk Books happens every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Registration is required; upcoming April dates will meet via Zoom: 4/12, 4/26.

Click on the book titles below to explore what Let’s Talk Books participants have been raving about in 2022.

Book Discussion Questions: Hidden Valley Road

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Title:  Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
Author:  Robert Kolker
Type: Nonfiction

Great for Groups that Like:  Nonfiction that reads like fiction, family stories, social issues, well-researched and compassionate journalism

Summary:
Journalist Robert Kolker tells the heartrending story of a midcentury American family with 12 children, 6 of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

QUESTIONS CREATED BY MPPL STAFF:

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SPOILER WARNING: These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points if you have not read the book.

The Library is happy to share these original questions for your use. If reproducing, please credit with the following statement:  2022 Mount Prospect Public Library. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

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What conversations did you have about mental health growing up?

Let’s start by discussing Don and Mimi. How did the idea of the American Dream or ideal family affect Mimi and Don’s parenting style?

How were the non-schizophrenic siblings affected by their schizophrenic brothers?0

At the time, mental illness/schizophrenia was blamed on the mother. What was your reaction to this? How did it make you feel about Mimi?

What did you think of the main memories in the book being from Mary and Margaret, especially towards the end?

How are the Galvins shaped by their own traumas?

What is something you learned about the field of psychiatry or schizophrenia?

While this book is about mental illness, it is also very much about family. How do you think the book defines family?

What did you think of the doctors/scientists at the forefront of schizophrenia research? Did anything surprise you about their research process?

Lindsay says her purpose for participating in this book is to bring greater empathy and compassion to people with severe mental illness. Do you think the book accomplished this?

What was the experience of reading this book like for you?

Is it ethical to publish a book like this? Does it violate the privacy of people who can’t provide consent?

What are some things you will take away from this book?

Has the book changed the way you see your own family?

OTHER RESOURCES:

Calling All Mystery & Puzzle-Loving Teens!

Did you successfully crack the codes of our recent Teen Escape Rooms? Do you have a talent for guessing the culprit in any mystery you are reading or watching? If so, we have the reads for you! Experience a puzzle or locked-room mystery between the pages of our favorite keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat whodunits. Try to solve the mystery before the final pages reveal the answer.

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In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

Who: A motley crew of prep school kids

Where: Snowed in a remote house in Maine

Mystery: Who killed the headmaster?

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Who: Avery Grambs who inherits billionaire Tobias Hawthorne’s entire fortune

Where: Secret passage-filled Hawthorne House

Mystery: Why did Avery inherit the fortune? She must solve puzzles, riddles, and clues to find out.

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You’re So Dead by Ash Parsons

Who: Plum, Sofia and Marlowe, three online influencers

Where: An art-and-music festival for influencers on a private Caribbean island

Mystery: Who is killing off people at the festival one by one?

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Who: Devon and Chiamanka, Senior Class Prefects

Where: Niveus Private Academy

Mystery: Who is sending anonymous texts to the entire school about the prefects’ deepest, darkest secrets?

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Who: A group of five high school students who have all been featured on a school gossip blog

Where: Detention

Mystery: Why did the creator of the school’s gossip blog die?

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All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Who: A random group of high school students

Where: A fancy scholarship dinner

Mystery: Who locked everyone in a room together with threats of death?

Staff Picks: Spring Fiction Reads

Spring into reading with fiction titles that fully embrace the season, hand-picked by Fiction-AV-Teen Readers’ Advisor Denise.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. But his quiet life is about to change. Linus is summoned by Extremely Upper Management and given an assignment: travel to an orphanage on a distant island and evaluate six dangerous magical children. When Linus arrives at the strangest of islands he’s greeted by a series of mysterious figures, the greatest mystery of which is Arthur Parnassus, master of the orphanage. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, Linus discovers the master would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world has to burn.

Delightful / Heartwarming / Zany

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I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

Shifting between the 1950s and the present and told in the alternating voices of Edith and Clare, I’ll Be Your Blue Sky is vintage Marisa de los Santos—an emotionally evocative novel that probes the deepest recesses of the human heart and illuminates the tender connections that bind our lives.

Tender / Genuine / Powerful

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Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Working as a prostitute near the pristine beaches and turquoise seas of Jamaica to pay for a younger sister’s education, Margot hopes that a new hotel that is reshaping her home will grant her financial independence and allow her to pursue a forbidden affair with another woman.

Intimate / Haunting / Character-driven

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Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

Abandoned by a mother who instructs her never to fight or ask questions, an illegitimate child of mixed heritage in 1948 Kyoto forges a powerful bond with her older half-brother against the wishes of their formidable grandparents.

Emotional / Lush descriptions / Heartwrenching

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The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng

Seeking solace in the Malaysian plantations of her childhood after grueling World War II experiences, criminal prosecutor Yun Ling Teoh discovers a Japanese garden and its enigmatic tender, an exiled Japanese royal gardener who reluctantly accepts her as an apprentice.

Moving atmosphere / Reflective / Lyrical

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The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman

Moving to Grand Haven with her traumatized veteran husband, Abby bonds with her reclusive next-door neighbor over a shared love of flowers that they cultivate together, discovering hope and healing along the way.

Likeable characters / Floral prose / Descriptive

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Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu

Settling in America years after his turbulent childhood in China, Renshu, now Henry Dao, refuses to talk to his daughter about her heritage, determined to keep her safe in this new land despite being weighed down by his history.

Sincere / Heartfelt / Compelling