Check It Out Category: Book Culture

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

April Short Story Discussion: The Short of It

The Short of It book coverIf you are a short story reader you won’t want to miss The Short of It, our upcoming discussion on Monday, April 29 at 7:00pm in first floor Meeting Room B. Enjoy a compelling discussion and engage with other literature lovers! Join retired high school teacher Ron Crowley-Koch for a discussion revolving around the following three short stories freely available online and linked below. Please read the stories twice to glean their true beauty.

The Overcoat book cover

 

The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol

 

 

 

 

 

The Boor book coverThe Boor” by Anton Chekhov

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thief book coverThe Thief” by Walter Mosely
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc

Books: Tournament of Books

If you love books and you love brackets, make sure to check out the 2019 Tournament of Books! This annual March program is run by The Morning News and includes discussions and evaluations of popular fiction books. The panel of judges includes an assortment of critics, editors and writers, who whittle down the original group of books each week until an ultimate “winner” is chosen. We’ll keep the bracket updated here at the library, while the books selected can be found on display across from the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk until they are checked out. Enjoy perusing the lists and finding new titles to explore.

The Tournament of Books bracket picture

Asked at the Desk: Bookshop Fiction

Picture of Fiction/AV/Teen desk

J. R. R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Book lovers know the anticipation, excitement and joy they experience when wandering a bookshop, not quite sure what they are looking for until they’ve found it. This is why the allure of bookshops is so strong, and why a recent patron who visited the desk was inquiring about a publishing trend: bookshop fiction. If you’d like to explore some of these books yourself, check out the following titles:

Tried and True

The Thirteenth Tale book coverThe Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield
The Shadow of the Wind book coverThe Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

New to Me

A Novel Bookstore
Jenny Colgan
The Lost for Words Bookshop book coverThe Lost for Words Bookshop
Stephanie Butland

The Bookstore
Deborah Meyler

Interested in more suggestions? Stop by Fiction/AV/Teen Services on the second floor to ask at the desk yourself, or ask online to visit our virtual desk.

Books: August Is Women In Translation Month

Books are universal, and as global readers we have translators to thank for bringing great books to us from around the world. August is Women in Translation month, and as such here are some of our favorite authors who have had their words translated into English.

LaDivineLaDivine Book Cover by Marie NDiaye (French)

Clarisse Riviere’s life is shaped by a refusal to admit to her husband Richard and to her daughter Ladivine that her mother is a poor black housekeeper. Instead, weighed down by guilt, she pretends to be an orphan, visiting her mother in secret and telling no-one of her real identity as Malinka, daughter of Ladivine Sylla. In time, her lies turn against her.

 

In the Midst of WinterIn the Midst of Winter Book Cover by Isabel Allende (Spanish)

Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story.

 

Convenience Store Woman Book CoverConvenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Japanese)

Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her. However, eighteen years later, at age 36, she is still in the same job, has never had a boyfriend, and has only few friends. She feels comfortable in her life, but is aware that she is not living up to society’s expectations and causing her family to worry about her. When a similarly alienated but cynical and bitter young man comes to work in the store, he will upset Keiko’s contented stasis―but will it be for the better?

 

The Almond Picker Book CoverThe Almond Picker by Simonetta Hornby (Italian)

The child of poor farmers, La Mennulara became a maid for a well-to-do local family when she was only a girl; by dint of hard work and intelligence, she became the indispensable administrator of the family’s affairs. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as this story begins) she is dead. As the details unfold about this mysterious woman, The Almond Picker assumes the witty suspense of a thriller, the emotional power of a love story, and the evocative atmosphere of a historical novel.

 

S. A Novel Book CoverS., A Novel About the Balkans by Slavenka Drakulic (Serbo-Croatian)

Set in 1992, during the height of the Bosnian war, S. reveals one of the most horrifying aspects of any war: the rape and torture of civilian women by occupying forces. S. is the story of a Bosnian woman in exile who has just given birth to an unwanted child—one without a country, a name, a father, or a language. The birth only reminds her of an even more grueling experience: being repeatedly raped by Serbian soldiers in the “women’s room” of a prison camp. Through a series of flashbacks, S. relives the unspeakable crimes she has endured, and in telling her story—timely, strangely compelling, and ultimately about survival—depicts the darkest side of human nature during wartime.

 

Beyond Illusions Book CoverBeyond Illusions by Duong Thu Huong (Vietnamese)

A brilliantly spun tale of a young woman who marries her professor because she so admires his idealism. When he sells out everything he believes in order to support her, her love goes. Only when they are both beyond illusions can they try again for a real relationship. Deeply lyrical and wholly believable, this novel is illuminated by the haunting language and unflinching honesty.