Check It Out Category: 2017 Summer Reading

Nonfiction: The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 37 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Disappearing Spoon book cover

Fun fact: a spoon made of gallium, a metal with a low melting point, will come undone in something as simple as a cup of tea. Though that trivia may be the anecdotal inspiration for the title The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table, it’s no spoiler. Author Sam Kean presents witty tidbits from history all inspired from the mapping of elements which make up the periodic table – as well as those yet to be discovered. Written in a light, readable style, but filled with authoritative information probably not included in your science texts, this book (or audiobook) will appeal equally to those with only a passing interest as well as to more dedicated history buffs or to serious science fanatics. Prepare to have your brain tickled with a unique combination of fun and educational.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as your nonfiction read or as a book of (true) stories.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a challenged (controversial) book, a book of true stories, or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The Miniature Wife and Other Stories by Manuel Gonzales

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 38 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

The Miniature Wife book cover

From unicorns to malls filled with zombies to a scientist shrinking his wife by accident, this short story collection by Manuel Gonzales shows off a range of imagination. While the bizarre and extraordinary is littered throughout The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, there are also moments in which the clarity of reality it is like a force of nature.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book of short stories.

For the Master Class Designers…
This count as a collection of short stories or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 39 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Gently based upon the true story of transgender Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff is a story of love and self-realization, and the importance of living your life as the person you were meant to be. Einar is a well respected landscape painter and professor, shy and soft spoken. His wife Gerda is a large, strong, blond-haired portrait artist, who has left her wealthy California family to live and paint with Einar in the Widow House, in Denmark. When Gerda’s female model is unable to make it for a sitting, Gerda persuades Einar to put on her dress and stockings and pose in her stead. This unleashes Lili, who over time becomes a larger part of of Einar’s life and, with the encouragement of Gerda, takes her place in their lives. However Lili must also confront the culture of early 20th century Europe and the infancy of the medical sex reassignment field, in order to truly live her life as herself, whatever the risks.

For DIY Designers…
This could count as a book from a genre you haven’t tried (historical fiction) and a book that was made into a movie.

For Master Class Designers…
This could count as a book made into an Academy Award winning movie.

Audiobook: Morgue Drawer Four by Jutta Profijt

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 40 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Morgue Drawer Four audiobook cover

As a finalist for one of Germany’s most prestigious crime novel awards, Morgue Drawer Four could have been…stiff. Dear listeners, it isn’t. Instead we have mild-mannered Martin who likes the solitude of his work as a coroner. One day he performs his customarily precise autopsy on car thief Pascha — and then begins hearing the man’s ghost. First smart-alecky and then downright obnoxious, Pascha wants Martin to get to the bottom of the ‘accident’ that claimed his life.

Reader MacLeod Andrews effectively plays up Pascha’s wry, self-absorbed narration as well as the tension of Martin’s out-of-character escapades. Written by Jutta Profijt and translated from German by Eric J. Macki, this odd-couple pairing of reluctant detective and annoyed ghost is a promising pick for those who like action-driven mysteries with a decidedly sarcastic bent.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book is a blend of thriller, mystery, and paranormal (fantasy) and might count as a favorite genre or a genre you haven’t tried before. It also qualifies as a book with a big city setting.

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a book translated from another language, a humorous book, a book with a big city setting, or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The Bum Magnet by K. L. Brady

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There are 41 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

The Bum Magnet book cover

Charisse is a hard working successful real estate agent who has built her perfect life save for one flaw: the men in it. For some reason she continues to get tied up with players. However, her luck might be changing when she meets the gorgeous Dwayne Gibson. K.L. Brady’s The Bum Magnet is a breezy romance that will have you “aww-ing” at Dwayne’s smooth moves one moment and laughing at Charisse’s observations in life on everything from music to birth control pajamas.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book is a romance and could count as your favorite genre or a genre you haven’t tried before. It can also count as a paperback and a book by an author of color.

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a humor book, a book by an author of color, or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: 1984 by George Orwell

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 42 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

George Orwell’s prescient 1984 is the dystopian novel against which all others are measured, even almost 60 years later. It would be impossible to read this and not see a plethora of connections between the hurriedly detached society in which Winston Smith resides, where people are too wrapped up in the tawdry details of entertainment magazines to resist the increasing attacks on their privacy and freedom, and our own, where headline news spins 24 hours a day and citizens must take it upon themselves to learn which news is fake and which is true. It is just this muddled reality of which 1984 forewarns. In Winston’s case this fake news is propagated by the government, in an attempt to mollify the populace and severely cripple even their desire to stand up for themselves. Censorship, Surveillance and Mind Control were all employed to stifle humanity, but will Winston overcome these elaborate mind games?

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book everyone’s talking about, or a book that was made into a movie.

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a challenged/banned book.

Staff Pick: Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 43 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Cathleen's Pick - RoughneckThe embattled, soulful Roughneck by Jeff Lemire is a winter noir story that is both gritty and beautiful. Expert brushwork teases out different flavors of night sky, and the landscapes reflect the characters’ shifting degrees of serenity, menace, bleakness, and volatility. A harsh tale of family dynamic and of recovery, and one that has lived under my skin for months.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book with a small town setting or as a graphic novel.

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a sad book or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Read a Book from a Display!

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There are 44 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Step Two for Round One in both the DIY Designers and Master Class Designers track challenges you to read a book from one of our displays. Fun fact: the Library has a LOT of displays that host a variety of different books. Most of the displays rotate regularly with different themes and topic, however there are a few that almost always stay on the same them.

Introducing….

Youth Cart Display

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Can’t make it to the second floor? We regularly bring down a variety of books you can grab on the fly! The books are located in the Youth Department by the fish tank.

Staff Picks

picture of staff pick display

Twelve Library staff members are featured along with books, movies, TV shows, and/or albums they like. Located on the second floor by the Fiction/AV/Teen services desk, you will never know what you will find here!

Nonfiction Flashback

picture of Nonfiction display

Go back in time to see nonfiction books you may have missed! Ranging in topics, this display shows off titles you may have forgotten or did not have a chance to read.

Fiction: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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There are 45 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

Stepping off the bustling streets of San Francisco into the dark, antiquated Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four Hour Bookstore to look for a job might seem like an odd choice for a web designer, but the reality of the early 21st century Great Recession leaves Clay Jannon looking for work in whatever capacity he can find it. Realizing almost immediately that this bookstore is even stranger than he initially assumed, he wonders how it is able to stay in business with virtually no customers. Oddest of all is that the regulars who frequent the store never buy anything, and instead spend hours looking through books in seemingly indecipherable languages. Through a web of puzzles, secrets and clandestine meetings, author Robin Sloan explores the links between our modern computer-driven culture and the dynamic and ubiquitous book culture it is predicated on.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For DIY Designers…
This could count as a book from a genre you’ve never read before (metaphysical/visionary fiction) or a book with a big city setting.

For Master Class Designers…
This could count as a book with a big city setting.

Choose Your Mystery: Big City P.I. or Small Town Inspector?

50 Days of Summer Reading BannerThere are 46 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

We love a mystery. Setting can be crucial to a whodunit, whether it be the isolation and limited resources of a small town or the overwhelming suspect pool and crusade against the system of the big city. Here are two puzzlers in which the investigator finds that crimes of the present are linked to scandals of the past.

HardballHardball book cover by Sara Paretsky

Seasoned private investigator V.I. Warshawksi follows her cases where they lead, but she doesn’t expect a missing person’s case to take her back to an ugly time in Chicago’s past. Not only does the death of a young black woman at a peaceful march led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1966 come into play but also ties to Warshawki’s own family history. In the present, V.I.’s own fresh-out-of-college cousin is kidnapped after her arrival in Chicago, but that’s a separate mystery — isn’t it?

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book with a big city setting or a book from your favorite genre.

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a book with a big city setting or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Red Bones book coverRed Bones by Anne Cleeves

You can’t get much more small-town than the remote Shetland Islands, an area that is spoiled for lack of major crime. When Inspector Jimmy Perez is called to the scene of a shooting death, one of an eccentric grandmother, it first appears a tragic hunting accident. However, the bones at a nearby archaeological dig may not be nearly as old as first believed, and that may shed light on the current investigation. You may know the story from the BBC series Shetland, but don’t miss the full impact of the novel’s tight plotting and atmosphere.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This could count as a book with a small town setting or as a book from your favorite genre.

For the Master Class Designers…
This could count as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.