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Honor Girl

November 9, 2019

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I recently read Maggie Thrash’s graphic memoir Honor Girl for a book conference that I attended. The story was wonderful and extremely familiar (young love, dealing with gossip and mean girls, having a crush on someone older, etc.) and I would highly recommend it for all ages – disclaimer though: the drawings aren’t so great and this made it hard to tell some of the characters apart!

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.”

Check Please!

November 5, 2019

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I’ve just finished a graphic novel that left me smiling the entire time that I read it! Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu is a delightful story about Bittle, a short, figure skating, baking, gay guy who plays hockey and gets accepted on the Samwell  college hockey team.

Each “chapter” begins with a scene/explanation from Bittle’s vlog and transitions into the actual story. This story has a tasteful sense of humor in a way that was both evident in dialogue and the clever way the panels transitioned and cut off. All of the characters have layers (not easy to do in a graphic novel) and are incredibly charming while staying realistic.

Seriously- laugh out loud funny. The next installment doesn’t come out until April 2020 and I CANNOT WAIT!

Talking To Strangers

October 22, 2019

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If like me you are a huge Malcolm Gladwell fan, then you will enjoy his newest book Talking With Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.

Gladwell (broadly, and in his brilliant roundabout way) discusses, “How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to ‘get’ other people?” Talking to Strangers is all about what happens when we encounter people we don’t know, why it often goes awry, and what it says about us. In order to explore this topic Gladwell discusses examples such as the Sandra Bland case, the reasons behind Sylvia Plath’s suicide, and the Penn State Jerry Sandusky debacle.

If you are also a fan of Gladwell’s podcasts or just his voice in general, I would HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobook. When possible his interviews (and they are aplenty) are recorded and given in the voice of the person he is speaking with and there even is a little bit of  a musical soundtrack that I think listeners would enjoy.

This book gets a TEN OUT OF TEN for me. Fascinating stuff – go have a listen!

Middle School Book Club

October 8, 2019

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Calling all Tweens! We will be starting a Middle school-age book club this November!

Our first meeting will be on November 29th from 5:30-6:30. Our first book will be The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. Copies will be available at the Circulation desk soon to check out! WE WILL BE HAVING SNACKS!

Language From A to Z

October 5, 2019

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Have you ever listened to or watched any of the Great Courses series? The Great Courses is a series of college-level audio and video courses produced and distributed by The Teaching Company. They cover just about any topic imaginable and they are goooooood. Some are informational and some instructional.

My personal favorites are the ones on Language or History. However, there are ones on cooking, music, and economics. Here are a few titles available which may interest you:

How To Paint, A Children’s Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales, Food Science and the Human Body, A History of India, The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, Turning Points in Medieval History…the list goes on and on!

The one that I just finished “Language From A to Z” was a fascinating look at Linguistics and fun, quirky fun facts about language and word origin that I found to be not only educational but entertaining. For example, “What’s the deal with slang like “baby mama” and “LOL”— where does it come from and can it actually be OK to use?
Why don’t English speakers use words like “thou” and “thee” anymore?
What makes “mama” and “papa” the first words spoken by children in many languages?”

Take a look online and see which ones interest you and order away!


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