Check It Out Category: Literary

What Mount Prospect Is Reading

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Mount Prospect, you’ve been reading, and we’ve been talking! Every week we have been extending an open invitation for readers to gather and share the books keeping them company in these odd times. We’ve chatted romance, dark fantasy, nonfiction, mysteries, feel-good, horror, and elegant prose. Check out the titles brought by our attendees, and please consider joining us for this week’s conversation: Let’s Talk Books!

Stay Sweet book coverStay Sweet
Siobhan Vivian
Age of Witches book coverThe Age of Witches
Louisa Morgan

 

Mockingbirds book coverThe Mockingbirds
Daisy Whitney
Dutch House book coverThe Dutch House
Ann Patchett

 

Tenant book coverThe Tenant
Katrine Engberg
Headliners book coverHeadliners
Lucy Parker
Wow, No Thank You book coverWow, No Thank You
Samantha Irby

 

Beautiful Ones book coverThe Beautiful Ones
Silvia Moreno-Garcia

 

Monster of Elendhaven book coverThe Monster of Elendhaven
Jennifer Giesbrecht
Foul Is Fair book coverFoul Is Fair
Hannah Capin

 

Honey-Don't List book coverThe Honey-Don’t List
Christina Lauren
Year of the Witching book coverThe Year of the Witching
Alexis Henderson

 

Mornings with Rosemary book coverMornings with Rosemary
(also published as The Lido)
Libby Page
Vanishing Half book coverThe Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett
All Adults Here book coverAll Adults Here
Emma Straub

 

What to Read from Home: More Staff E-book Picks

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Do you long for books that might quiet your mind, excite the eye, or take on real life? Available with little or no wait, this week’s staff ebook suggestions spotlight thoughtful, personal stories of different moods, and each can be checked out from the Library’s digital services. Now’s a great time to try something new!

 

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The View from Penthouse B
Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman writes engaging and optimistic novels that are light but also thought-provoking. In The View from Penthouse B, a unique set of roommates navigate New York City as they work through unexpected personal transitions. ~Nancy

OverDrive: ebook and e-audio
Hoopla: ebook and e-audio

 

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News of the World
Paulette Giles

There is poetry to this prose, and I wouldn’t have expected to say that about an odd-couple pairing set in the realities of the Old West. This story is rich in local color, laconic yet tough characters, and slice-of-life dialogue. Even only a few pages in, I couldn’t escape echoes of classic American authors such as Ambrose Bierce and Bret Harte. ~Cathleen

OverDrive: ebook
Hoopla: ebook

 

You Deserve a Drink book cover

You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery 
Mamrie Hart

Littered with 90s pop-culture references and puns, live vicariously through comedian Mamrie Hart’s over-the-top absurd adventures as she creates a fun time out of almost any situation. Includes a built in drinking game! ~Jenny

OverDrive: ebook

 

 

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters book coverMy Favorite Thing Is Monsters
Emil Ferris

Filled with B-horror movie and pulp monster iconography, the diary of ten-year-old Karen Reyes records her investigation into the murder of her upstairs neighbor Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor (from NoveList) ~Chelsea

Hoopla: ebook

 

 

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Another Brooklyn
Jacqueline Woodson

August returns home to Brooklyn for her father’s funeral and explores powerful memories of growing up in the 1970s; this gorgeously written book explores family dynamics, adolescent friendship, joy, and regret. ~Nancy

OverDrive: ebook and e-audio

 

 

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Convenience Store Woman
Sayaka Murata

A lovely, quirky little book that elicits an empathetic and protective response in the reader while still offering biting commentary on society’s expectations for a fulfilling life. ~Cathleen

OverDrive: ebook and e-audio
Hoopla: ebook and e-audio

 

 

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The Best We Could Do
Thi Bui

An intimate look at one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to new lives in America. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family (from publisher’s description) ~Chelsea

OverDrive: ebook
Hoopla: ebook

 

 

Boundaries book cover

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Setting boundaries with others is a struggle for many, and people of faith have a tendency to believe saying yes no matter what is an act of service. This longtime bestseller challenges readers to acknowledge self-destructive patterns and identify healthier choices. ~Cathleen

OverDrive: e-audio (unabridged)
Hoopla: ebook and (abridged) e-audio

 

Still looking? Check out earlier installments of staff ebook and e-audio picks available from home or contact us for suggestions personalized to your mood and taste.

Audiobook Giveaways Every Week

SYNC logoWant great listens to immerse you in new stories? TrySYNC, a free summer audiobook program that gives away two themed titles each week for downloading. These are top-quality productions featuring standout performances, and though the design is to encourage literacy and listening in teens across the country, adults and families find ready entertainment, too!

This week you can grab Tiffany D. Jackson’sMonday’s Not Coming, an absorbing thriller read by Broadway star Imani Parks, and the bestsellingThe 57 Busby Dashka Slater, an award-winning true story read by the incomparable Robin Miles. Upcoming pairs includeThe Music of What Happensby Bill Konigsberg with Katherine Reay’sThe Brontë Plot andKindredby Octavia E. Butler offered withBurn Baby Burnby Meg Medina.

SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Download the app to the device you anticipate listening on, access your first week’s titles, and enjoy more ready opportunities to read with your ears!

Staff Digital Picks: Comics and Graphic Novels

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Are you longing for story but finding it difficult to sink into a full-length book? You might find what you are looking for in comics and graphic novels! Drama, action, history, humor, fantasy, memoir, and romance are all on offer in a medium that combines art and language to deliver absorbing tales. Today our readers’ advisory staff spotlight their favorite selections available to you through the Library’s digital services, so you can sample without delay. Don’t forget to visit previous staff recommendations for what to read, watch, or listen to from home, and you are enthusiastically invited to request customized suggestions for titles in OverDrive or Hoopla might be a perfect match for your current mood.

 

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New Kid by Jerry Craft
This tender-hearted graphic novel will touch anyone who has had to start over somewhere. 7th grader Jordan is forced to go to a new private school instead of art school like he so desires. During his first year at the school, he has to figure out ways to fit in, combat prejudice, and continue with art. This is a poignant, piercing story with amazing artistry, totally able to be binged in one sitting. ~Al N.  (also recommended by Kelda and Cathleen)

Available both on Hoopla as ebook and e-audio and on OverDrive as ebook and e-audio

 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples

A series to get hooked on and there are plenty of volumes to keep you going. Get lost in the chase to hunt down these outlaws: a couple of star-crossed lovers (and baby makes three). Many adventures and thrills across various worlds in this literal sweeping saga. ~Chelsea

Nine collected volumes available on Hoopla or on OverDrive

 

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Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson

A vivid narrative of abuse, survival, and resilience, this is one woman’s story of her experience with and survival of the Canadian residential schools that First Nations children were forced to attend. ~Allison L.

Access on Hoopla or on OverDrive

 

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 1

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, illustrated by Erica Henderson

Unrelenting optimism, faith in the goodness of others, healthy body positivity, and a cheerful sense of duty. This series is more than a bit silly, but that’s part of its charm – and all the more welcome in days such as these. ~Cathleen

Access multiple collected volumes via Hoopla

 

 

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Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye

The succinct writing and illustrations puts a spotlight on Kaye’s vulnerability in sharing her transition in this illustrated memoir. Her focused chronicles of such a personal experience offer a chance to relate and/or bear witness to another person’s trials and happy moments during a pivotal period. ~Jenny

Access on Hoopla

 

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Backstagers by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh

The stories and friendships of the behind-the-scenes crew of a high school drama club with touches of magic. ~Emily

Access multiple collected volumes and single issues on Hoopla

 

 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jordie Bellaire, illustrated by Dan Mora and Matt Taylor

The scooby gang reinvented and enjoying present day thrills and the usual chills. ~Chelsea

Access on Hoopla

 

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Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

As one of the characters testifies, this is a story “about life…but death has a big part in it,” but don’t let that keep you away. It is fantastical, heart-wrenching, and surprisingly uplifting, and the ethereal, meditative nature needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated. ~Cathleen

Access on Hoopla

 

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Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain, illustrated by Kate Niemczyk

One of my favorite satirical comics, Man-Eaters turns young women into cats, cats that men greatly fear. If you like satire and content that at the same time doesn’t take itself too seriously while also revealing more serious lessons about society, give this a try! ~Al N.  (also recommended by Chelsea)

Access multiple collected volumes on Hoopla

 

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Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A wonderful memoir confronting the topics of addiction in the family and using what one loves to find a way through it. ~Emily

Available both on OverDrive as ebook and e-audio and on Hoopla as e-audio

 

 

Royal City book coverRoyal City by Jeff Lemire

There are times when we read for escapism, but there is equal interest in reading to help make sense of the unexpected in life, of what doesn’t turn out as we believe it might when we are children. This is one of those stories. ~Cathleen

Access three collected volumes on Hoopla

 

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Moonstruck by Grace Ellis, illustrated by Shae Beagle and Kate Leth

Magic, cute werewolves, baristas, and more encase this bubbly book. Join for the laughs and the many pals. ~Chelsea

Access two volumes on Hoopla

 

 

Fun Home coverChelsea recommends
Fun Home
by Alison Bechdel
Archie Christmas Classics coverDenise recommends
Archie Christmas Classics
by Bob Bolling, Frank Doyle, George Gladir and Al Hartley
illustrated by Dan DeCarlo, Stan Goldberg and Bob White
March Book One coverChelsea recommends
March, Book One
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
illustrated by Nate Powell

Poetry Ebooks Offer “A Place You Can Go When Human Words Fail”

National Poetry Month 2020 posterApril is National Poetry Month, and you have access to contemporary and classic collections through the Library’s digital book services. Poetry is a form we often think of in times of joy and in times of crisis. Why is that? As U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo articulates, “poetry uses language to create a place you can go when human words fail.” Here is a sampling of works you can check out from home through OverDrive and Libby:

And Still I Rise ebook coverAnd Still I Rise
by Maya Angelou
Cobwebs from a Literary Corner ebook coverCobwebs from a Library Corner
by John Kendrick Bangs
Upstream ebook coverUpstream
by Mary Oliver

 

Songs of Travel ebook coverSongs of Travel and Other Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson
If They Come for Us ebook coverIf They Come for Us
by Fatimah Asghar

 

Aimless Love ebook coverAimless Love
by Billy Collins
Poems ebook coverPoems
by Emily Dickinson
Seasons of the Soul ebook coverThe Seasons of the Soul
by Herman Hesse