Staff Picks

Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy October! Celebrate the Second Annual National Picture Book Month with some of these fantastic picture books/graphic novels. Don’t worry, even if you’re an adult, you’re allowed to read them! If you’re at all a fan of empowering books with fantastic illustrations, please check out some of the titles below!

Library Associate Melissa Norr Suggests Some Mystery Series for Adults

Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

As a child, I read the Boxcar Children’s mystery series and then graduated to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Like many readers, I never grew out of reading a good mystery series and some of my favorites are available at the library.

Published on Friday, October 4, 2013

Why We Broke Up book coverDo you remember your first love? The good times, the feeling that nothing could go wrong? Do you remember its fragility and the fear it may all fall to pieces? Most importantly, do you remember what happened when it ended?

Min has gathered every relic of her relationship with Ed, from bottle caps to tickets stubs, wood files to blazers, a love note and the conspicuous absence of a stolen umbrella, and placed them in a box. Each is a reminder of her time with Ed, and as the meaning behind each item is explained, the story of their relationship becomes more clear.

Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Relish Book CoverGrowing up is exciting, but sometimes cooking can be an even greater adventure.

Lucy Knisley tenderly recounts her childhood and college years as the child of a chef and a foodie, a life filled with food and spices. Also included are some of her favorite recipes, presented in comic-book form as full-page instructional drawings.

Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Looking at Lincoln book coverDid you know that Abraham Lincoln was over seven feet tall when he wore his famous hat? Did you know he decided to become a lawyer after being kicked in the head by a horse?

Maira Kalman’s picture book biography, Looking at Lincoln, reads in the way a young reader’s mind wanders; uniformly printed facts are accompanied by handwritten musing of Abraham Lincoln’s life:

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2013

In the summer of 1945, President Truman was tired of war. The European war had ended in May, but the Japanese were still holding on in the Pacific. The Japanese had been losing the war, but did not want to accept the American conditions for surrender. The result was that Japan was starving, but still fighting. The decision to use the atomic bomb on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9 was one filled with contention, and left the world irrevocably changed.

Staff book recommendation

Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Brontes coverAlthough the Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) only wrote a few novels in between them, their names remain well-known in English literature. Over time, many myths and gossip grew to surround the family, which persisted over the years. In 1994, Juliet Barker, who had worked as curator in in the Bronte Parsonage Museum, published a definitive biography of this famous literary family.

Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013

bookcoverFledgling by Octavia Butler is a thrilling read. Full of movement and suspense, this novel will make you squirm at times. Butler introduces racism, sexism, ageism, and Afrofuturism to the sci-fi genre of novel writing.

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013
A frame from the film adaptation of "The Last Unicorn."

This piece will be the first in a series of reviews of science fiction and fantasy works, celebrating MLK Memorial Library's ongoing Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club.

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