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.
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If 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” by Nikolai Gogol
“The Boor” by Anton Chekhov
“The Thief” by Walter Mosely
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We asked Readers’ Advisory Assistant Kelda which books, audiobooks, and DVDs she’s recommending today.
She chose a combination of thoughtful, touching stories that reveal the fragility & strength of relationships.
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (Audiobook)
Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she’s confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.
One Saturday, the boy doesn’t show up. Ona starts to think he’s not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son’s good deed. The boy’s mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age…
Tulip Fever (DVD)
An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of seventeenth century Amsterdam.
Thank you to all who participated in this February’s Winter Reading – Find Your Story! Many of you chose to share the titles of stories that you wanted to recommend to your neighbors. Check out the pillar of post-it notes across from the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk to see all of the books winter reading participants were fans of. Here are just a few:
by Kamila Shamsie
by Lisa Gardner
by Lauren Wilkinson
“A great Cold War thriller!”
by Elizabeth Acevedo
“Read by the author on audio is EXCELLENT!”
“Agatha Christie Meets Groundhog Day Meets Quantum Leap”
by Robert Galbraith
“Robert Glenister can read me a story anytime!”
by Tara Westover
“Funny, quick read.”
Our Winter Reading Program runs the month of February, and we want to help you Find Your Story. Throughout the month, both in the library and on our blog, we’ll be highlighting some of the various reader fandoms.
If your fandom is The Lord of the Rings, check out the following books to see if they match your interest in the popular series.
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. So she ventured out from the safety of the enchanted forest on a quest for others of her kind. Joined along the way by the bumbling magician Schmendrick and the indomitable Molly Grue, the unicorn learns all about the joys and sorrows of life and love before meeting her destiny in the castle of a despondent monarch—and confronting the creature that would drive her kind to extinction…
Themes: Last of Their Kind, World-building, Atmospheric
Armaggedon’s Children by Terry Brooks
In our world’s near future, civilization has fallen into terrifying chaos. Navigating the scarred landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan Tom has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic and destined to lead the final fight against darkness. In time, Logan’s path will cross with others: Angel Perez, herself a survivor of death-dealing forces, and a makeshift family of refugees forced to survive among street gangs, mutants, and marauders. Common purpose will draw Logan and his allies together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins.
Themes: World-building, Epic Fantasy
The Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Themes: Epic Fantasy, Rightful Heir, Defend the Realm
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
A war fueled by the powers of dark sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard—for Prester John, the High King, lies dying. And with his death, the Storm King, the undead ruler of the elf-like Sithi, seizes the chance to regain his lost realm through a pact with the newly ascended king. Knowing the consequences of this bargain, the king’s younger brother joins with a small, scattered group of scholars, the League of the Scroll, to confront the true danger threatening Osten Ard.
Themes: World-building, Epic Fantasy, Atmospheric
The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Young Fitz is the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
Themes: Epic Fantasy, Court Intrigue, Dramatic