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Bummer reading.

Published on Friday, September 19, 2014

Summer reading is a real joy: breezy beach reads and long road trips accompanied by lighthearted audio books. But that's basically over now, and it's at this time of year that I just decide to embrace the imminent shortening of sunlight hours, the browning and dying of all things green and alive, and the weather's frightful march toward winter.

This is when I get my bummer reading in, and I fully enjoy it. Real downers -- books that make me uncomfortable, unsettled, unsure, and unhappy -- are some of my favorites.

If this sounds like a your idea of a good time, too, settle into autumn with these major bummers:

Lost Memory of Skin book cover Lost Memory of Skin
Russell Banks

This is the beautiful and devastating story of a young man simply known as the Kid, living under a Florida overpass in a homeless encampment made up of castaway sex offenders. Full of morally ambiguous characters, difficult subject matter, and heartbreaking circumstances, this book wrecked me for at least a week. It was great.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Carol Rifka Brunt

In 1987 New York, 14-year-old June's uncle, best friend and godfather, Finn, dies of an illness shrouded in mystery, pain, and family secretiveness. Probably the most gently-told of the stories on this list,Tell the Wolves I'm Home is a book populated by compelling characters that I still think about. 
Stitches book cover Stitches: A Memoir
David Small

This is hands-down one of the most disturbing stories of family dysfunction and abuse I've read. Rage, lies, manipulation, silence -- it's all here in Small's coming-of-age memoir, conveyed through bleak and haunting grayscale artwork. 
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake
Margaret Atwood

This first in the MaddAddam trilogy tells the story of a terrifying post-apocalyptic reality with a terrifying origin story that sometimes feels barely speculative. The perfect book if you want to feel validated in your conviction that the world is a terrible place.
Berlin: City of Stones book cover Berlin: City of Stones
Jason Lutes

Late-1920s Berlin is rendered here in crisp black-and-white graphic art and brought to life through the stories of three fictional-but-very-real-feeling characters. Their personal and political struggles unfold under the dark, oncoming cloud of fascism, resulting in a heavy-hearted, touching portrait of a city and the humans that call it home.

Happy reading (or not),

Geek out with us

Published on Monday, September 15, 2014

Come by The Southeast Neighborhood Library every Tuesday in October for lessons in a variety of popular tech tools that are being used today.

A librarian will be on hand to demonstrate the various functions of these tools and answer any questions you may have. The classes will be around an hour long and there will be a few laptops available for use. Feel free to bring your own laptop to the class.

All classes will start at 2 p.m in the meeting room on the lower level of the library. 

Published on Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fromt eh Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerCome share your thoughts about great reads at the Southeast Library's Kids' Book Club!  Ages 7-11.

Judge a YA book by its cover

Published on Friday, September 5, 2014

Without griping too much about saccharine YA covers (often featuring feet in grass/sand/fields or backlit hair), I would like to call attention to some really amazing YA books with equally unique covers. Judge a book by its cover, indeed.

Join the discussion on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Please join us for the September Southeast Adult Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. where we will discuss the historical mystery novel, Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell. Copies are available at Southeast Neighborhood Library and in ebook format from the library website.

Published on Friday, August 29, 2014

Due to a major water main repair Southeast Library will be closed all day Tues, Sept. 2.  We expect to reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 3 with regular hours. 

America's High Five Edition

Published on Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm off to my home state of Michigan... America's High Five! Here are five themes and five titles that go perfectly with a trip home to the big mitten.

Last Installment of our Silent Film Series at the Hill Center

Published on Monday, August 25, 2014

Pollyanna The last installment of the Silent Films Series at the Hill Center is here! Southeast Library will be showing the 1920's film Pollyanna, based on the 1913 bestselling novel of the same name by Elenor H.

I <3 Paris

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014

Oh la la! Paris, the city of lights.  A creative hub for writers and artists alike.  After doing several French preschool story times, I’ve felt inspired to do a Friday Five list about this magical city.  Through the pages of these children’s books, you can take a quick tour of the sights without having to spend a dime.

Some Book Suggestions from the Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel

Published on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
We are a mid-week in our two-part Saturday morning coffee tasting program. This past Saturday, as we sipped our delicious coffee and rich talk from Peregrine Espresso and Madcap Coffee, we learned about the complex and poetic vocabulary that coffee lovers use to describe what they are drinking. Contemplating the coffee taster's flavor wheel (from Counter Culture Coffee), my librarian's mind went to books and movies from our collection that would match these descriptors. Though I could not ascribe titles to the whole wheel, I did add one for each of the ten Intensifiers in the grid below.

Books That Fright and Excite

Published on Friday, August 15, 2014

Stephen King is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, so I wanted to share a few of his books that I have enjoyed so far as well as some titles I look forward to reading.