Check It Out Category: Books

Fiction: Sometimes I Lie and Sometimes I Don’t by Nadja Spiegel

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 5 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!

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“It’s like that feeling in church when you accidentally drop the car keys you’ve been fidgeting away with. It feels like breathing in and trembling and waiting and waiting until someone says you can breathe out. And that’s how it should be.”

In the vein of Miranda July and Lauren Holmes, Nadja Spiegel curiously pokes at the emotional side of living in her debut collection of stories, Sometimes I Lie and Sometimes I Don’t. Most of the stories in this collection don’t have much of a plot, rather choosing to spend it’s time weaving in and out of sharing observations and exploring relationships between family, friends, lovers, and acquaintances. If you were drawn to the experimental style of Jenny Offil’s Dept. of Speculation, Spiegel’s suave ability of playing with structure and narration will be an extra treat.

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For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a book of short stories or a book under 150 pages.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book that has been translated from another language, a book of short stories or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: Q & A by Vikas Swarup

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 7 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!

Q & A book coverRam Mohammad Thomas has just won India’s hit television show Who Will Win a Billion?, by correctly answering a series of twelve questions. However, because he is a poor uneducated waiter that grew up as an orphan, no one believes he won honestly. As a result he is sent to jail and Ram is left to make his case with his lawyer by sharing the series of events that led him to the knowledge of the answer for each question. While at times a little dark, Q & A by Vikas Swarup offers a mix of comedy, drama, and romance as Ram offers up the adventurous story of his life. Make sure to watch the movie it inspired, Slumdog Millionaire, to compare and contrast how this rags-to-riches story differs from the book to the screen.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a book made into a movie or a book with a person of color as author.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book with a person of color as author or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 9 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 Goodbye Year book coverThe senior year of high school can be exhilarating, stressful and even a bit intimidating as teenagers realize they are embarking on their last year of life within the confines and safety of their parents’ homes. But for parents their child’s senior year of high school can open up for them feelings of sadness and loss. And couples must also adjust to a new life together, without the energy and activities of children. These anxieties about the unknown paths ahead of them are the basis of Kaira Rouda’s The Goodbye Year. This is the story of families in the process of deciding how their futures will unfold while realizing that saying goodbye might be the best way to begin anew, as the reality of college looms large before them.

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For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite genre, or a book from one of our displays.

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

Fiction: The Switch by Elmore Leonard

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Meet Ordell and Louis, two small-time crooks in search of a get-rich-quick scheme. Everything they dream seems within reach when they kidnap a millionaire’s wife and hold her for ransom. It all goes without a hitch…until the husband doesn’t want her back.

A light caper novel with a gift for flavorful dialogue and for the details of Detroit, The Switch exemplifies author Elmore Leonard’s hard-boiled leanings and dry humor. The mismatched trio of abductors and victim is great fun, and wife Mickey turns out to be the real draw. The fun can continue for book-to-movie buffs; it was adapted as the 2014 release Life of Crime.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (crime fiction), a book with a big city setting, or as one that was made into a movie.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a (darkly) humorous book, one with a big city setting, or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.

Fiction: The Fireman by Joe Hill

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 11 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 fireman book coverWhile it might be tough to get this consuming book done in only 11 days, if you have a long commute or are up for the challenge try the latest Joe Hill book, The Fireman. An infection has started to overwhelm the human population and people are starting to burst into flames. The exact cause, while guessed at, is not known for sure. No one appears to be truly safe in this world, including Harper Willowes, who we learn pretty early on is pregnant.  Read by Kate Mulgrew, who is known for her role as Red on Orange is the New Black, the audiobook is particularly absorbing.

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For the DIY Designers…
This horror book may be counted as a book from your favorite genre or one you have tried before.

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

Fiction: Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada

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Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear is a allegorical novel that is compulsively readable. It is the story of three generations of polar bears, all of whom express a deep-seated need to tell their stories by writing autobiographies, starting with their Russian matriarch. The story weaves its way through the agonies and adulation of life as a captive animal entrapped in various situations; yet the bears find comfort in the attention that comes from performing in front of an audience. At many points this novel has a dreamlike dissonance, exploring the cravings of companionship and sense of purpose through the personification of polar bears. It combines whimsy with a serious study of life under an oppressive political regime and the ways in which nature seeks to right itself no matter what the circumstances.

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a book  from a genre you haven’t tried, a book everyone is talking about or a book with a person of color as the author.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book that’s been translated from another language or a book with a person of color as the author.

Nonfiction: All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 13 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!

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Are you a Winona or a Gwyneth? How many times have you seen Mary Kate Olsen without Ashley Olsen? What do these questions mean and why does that matter? In All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to be Famous Strangers, Alana Massey uses her obsession with famous figures to examine womanhood, society, and celebrity culture in general. With chapter subtitles like, “On Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj, and the Art of Manufactured Beef,” and “A Case for the Liberation of Scarlett Johansson from Lost in Translation,” Massey covers a lot of ground and digs deep while still maintaining a light touch. This collection is one pop culture aficionados will not want to miss!

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For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a nonfiction book.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a book highlighted on the MPPL website and

Fiction: The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman

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Nine generations of firstborn Durkin sons have been paid by the town to do nothing but pull weeds from a field. Well, not weeds exactly. According to lore, the life forms being pulled from the ground are not plants but Aukowies, and if they aren’t constantly yanked and burned, they will take over the world.

In The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman, Jack Durkin is trying to stave off global extinction and feeling exhausted and alone. Local government would like to kick him off the payroll, his wife whines about him getting a real job, his son doesn’t want to take over the family business, and most everyone thinks he’s delusional. What if he is? What if he’s not?

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For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (horror) or as a book with a small town setting.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a scary book or as one highlighted on the MPPL website.

Staff Pick: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys

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Picture of AndreaIt’s 1945, and thousands of refugees, fleeing the advancing tide of the Soviet army, stream across the freezing Prussian landscape. Fearing death if the Soviets reach them, or worse if the Nazis do, Joana, Emilia, and Florian stumble into the same barn for shelter. Soon, they are picking their way across country to the coast, their best hope for escape.

By turns heartbreaking and hopeful, Ruta Septys’ Salt to the Sea is a beautiful story of some of the lesser-known casualties of World War II, and an excellent choice for fans of Code Name Verity and The Book Thief. Grab a tissue – you’ll need it!

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may be counted as a book from your favorite or a new to you genre (historical fiction).

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

Fiction: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

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Any debut novel that can make you laugh out loud one minute, then pierce your heart the next, is a debut worth reading. Such is the case with Kayla Rae Whitaker’s The Animators. This fast-paced, exceptionally well-written book tells the story of two friends, Mel and Sharon, who meet in art school and work their way up to cult stardom in the male-dominated world of animation. When it comes to their art and the stories they weave, nothing is off-limits for these women. However, as Mel’s tendency toward self-destruction and Sharon’s unexpected health crisis overwhelm the equilibrium of their partnership, the bonds formed in friendship and in business will be fully put to the test. This book is so authentically crafted it’s a perfect companion for a weekend getaway.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre or as a book with a small town setting.

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