Friday, June 14, 2019
Return of the Wolf: Conflict and Coexistence is a nonfiction adult book looking into the lives of wolves. Their history, their unfortunate reputation for being bad/evil, what they symbolize in some cultures, misconceptions and their future. It talks about diets, breeding habits, and the coexistent relationship that wolves and ravens have when it comes to hunting and eating. It even has a section talking about coywolves (wolf and coyote hybrids) and wolf-dogs (the half wolf, half domesticated dog breed). The author shares what they've learned and it's really interesting.
It's a fascinating read and helps give an understanding to one of the most misunderstood Apex predators. And if you're looking for something kind of different, or a good nonfiction book, I would recommend this.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Friday, May 31, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love is Dani Shapiro's story of discovering that her father was not her biological relative. It starts with a casual DNA test on Ancestry.com and leads to a long journey through her family's past and the secrets they carried. As readers we come along for every new discovery, and ride the waves of grief with her as she accepts what she doesn't want to be true. Her parents have long since passed on, so she must do some detective work to get to the bottom of the story. She also struggles with holding onto her upbringing while learning as much as she can about her biological father. This is a memoir about her sense of identity being upended, and how she moves forward with a new sense of herself.
Recommended for Adults
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
This is based off of the first arc of the New 52's Batman run, of the same name. However, that's where the similarities end, since this has it's own story that takes place after the events of the comics. The villains are already established.
What you will need to know about the kind of villains that Batman is facing off against (in the event you are not familiar with this particular arc) is that they are an age old organization called the Court of Owls. They are an organization made up of aristocrats, known as the parliament, who's plan is to have control and power from the shadows. They were once considered to be a myth. A grim nursery rhyme in fact. That was until they made themselves know to Bruce Wayne and by extent Batman and the Robins (current and former), Batgirl, and some associates/friends of them. The Court of Owls has a group of assassins under their control, known as Talons, who are essentially immortal (with s and are the ones that do the Parliament's bidding. which includes "silencing" people who they no longer have use for or wish to dispose of. It's also worth noting that one of these Talons is the great-grandfather of Dick Grayson ,the original Robin and the original (and current) Nightwing, and it was intended that he would be come one as well. Had his parents not been murdered and Dick being placed in Bruce's care that is.
This book starts off with the brutal murder of a college professor and the theft of some files on his students. As Batman begins to investigate, he finds that one student, Joanna Lee, has apparently gone missing. Bruce knew her since he was a sponsor her for college after saving her one night that ended in the death of her parents. And on top of that, the same Talon behind the murder of the professor attempted to abduct her roommate Claire Nesko in order to get some information. As Batman continues to investigate Joanna's disappearance, and why the Court of Owls is so interested in her, as well as what caused the victim's to spontaneously combust, he does decided to do some investigating on Percy Wright (who Joanna was doing her project on) and how he ties into it. We also get a few chapters that give a glimpse into the Percy's past and how his work relates to the present day (in the book).
The Court of Owls arc was one of my favorite arcs set during DC's New 52 run, mostly for the characters, the history of this organization, and how it affected the Caped Crusader and his extended family. But even if it wasn't, I would still think this is a good book. It had a well written story and the mystery mixed with the included history/flashbacks I found really interesting. It also had good action in it and the characters were well written.
This is a book meant for a more Adult audiences given it's content, but could also be read by older teens.
Monday, May 13, 2019
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Saturday, April 6, 2019
Phil recommends "The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick"
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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Thursday, March 7, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
While I may not be the first to recommend this series (be it the books and/or television series), I have finally managed to start it and can now safely recommend it. I have been wanting to read this series for a while now, but time and motivation slipped. But now that I have, I can say that I really enjoy the series. As someone who enjoys Fantasy series like the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings (and all of Tolkien's Middle Earth related works for that matter), this was a series that I knew could peak my interests.
As a fantasy series, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the detail that went into each character and their story, but still manages to tie back to them in one way or another. Each chapter shuffled between a handful of characters which include Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and even Daenerys Targaryen and will focus on them and their surroundings. It also has characters that you'd probably recognize if you've seen the show but haven't read the books (i.e. the Stark Family, Daenerys' brother, and Joffrey).
This is a book series for adults given some of the language used, violence, and some of the themes/topics brought up. We have all five main series books and two spin off/prequel books. If you have seen the series but haven't read the books, or are looking for a good read, I would recommend it. And while I personally still have to read through the other books, I think it's really good so far.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
- Weird but true! U.S. presidents
- Kid presidents : true tales of childhood from America's presidents
- George Washington's teeth
- 20 fun facts about the White House
- So you want to be president?
- Our country's presidents : a complete encyclopedia of the U.S. presidency
Friday, February 1, 2019
As you may notice by the cover, the image of Jack Frost is similar to his appearance in the DeamWorks animated movie Rise of the Guardians. Which would make sinjce since he was one of the people who worked this movie (as well as several short films and cartoons), as well as being the one that wrote the children books predeceasing it. This is the fifth book in a series about the guardians of childhood, the first four centering around Nicholas St. North (Santa Claus), E. Aster Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Queen Toothiana (the Tooth Fairy), and Sandman (also known as Sanderson Mansnoozie) in that order. Along with their friend Kathrine and a few other familiar characters.
This book centers around, as you probably guessed, Jack Frost. It picks up years after the Guardians battle against Pitch, the king of nightmares, and looks into how Jack Frost became Jack Frost and the life he's been living. Without giving too much away from the previous four books, he was a being called Nightlight, who helped the Guardians and was a good friend of Kathrine. This book highlights his life, memories as Jack Frost, and the plan to stop Pitch for good.
As I previously stated, this is the fifth and final book, so you will want to read those first. We have books one through three as well as this book. However, we do not have a copy of book four, Sandman and the War of Dreams, but can be found on MeL.
This is a book that is directed towards kids, but all ages can enjoy this series about these fairy/folktale figures.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
At the Main Library for the month of January, we put up a display of books that made various “Best of 2018” lists. Here are some of the titles that appeared on those lists:
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou - 338.76817 C
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – 364.1532 M
Educated by Tara Westover – BIO WESTOVER
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday – FIC HALLIDAY
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – FIC JONES
Circe by Madeline Miller – FIC MILLER
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh – FIC MOSHFEGH
There There by Tommy Orange – FIC ORANGE
The Witch Elm by Tana French – MYS FRENCH
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – SS FIC KWAME
Then, we decided to ask YOU what YOUR favorite book of 2018 was. (This could be books published in 2018, or anything you read in 2018!) Here are the responses we received:
Educated by Tara Westover – BIO WESTOVER
Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman – FIC ACKERMAN
This Scorched Earth: a novel of the Civil War by William Gear – FIC GEAR
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones – FIC JONES
Perfume: the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind – FIC SUSKIND
Dietland by Sarai Walker – FIC WALKER
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy – GN MCELROY
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – SF NOVIK
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – YA ALBERTALLI
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – YA MEYER
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – ER 3 SEUSS
Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Alex Hirsch – JFIC GRAVITY
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – JFIC ROWLING
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey – JGN PILKEY
Thanks to everyone who shared their favorites with us!
I recently gave this book series a try earlier in 2018. We had recently gotten the newest book in the series, known as the Alpha and Omega ser, Burn Bright. I had to use the MeL system since we didn't have the copy of this particular title up until recently and I read it alongside Patricia Briggs' other series, the Mercy Thompson series, which ties into and coincides with this series. Both series are really good, but I do like this one a little more.
It has to do with the main character, Anna, who up until recently didn't know that werewolves, vampires, and the like existed. That is, until she is bitten by a werewolf and becomes one herself. She was in a pack that wasn't all too kind until she meets Charles Cornick, the enforcer and son to the alpha of the Native American pack. She joins this pack and is the mate of Charles. Anna also discovers that she is considered a rare and valuable Omega. This first installment sees her coming into her own in her new surroundings and aids in finding a rouge werewolf that could really shake things up for this pack if not dealt with.
This is an urban fantasy and is an Adult Fiction. It's also worth mentioning that there is a short story that sets up this series titled "Alpha and Omega" which can be found in Shifting Shadows, a collection of Patrica Briggs' short stories in this universe, and is at South and can be held.
I recommend this since it is a unique series and I found it while looking for a book based around werewolf. I am also current reading through the Alpha and Omega series for a second time. And if you'd like, feel free to give the Mercy Thompson series a try. They both can be read separately and as their own story, but they do reference each other just a little bit, especially since the love interest in the Mercy Thompson series is a member of Charles pack.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
When satellite TV and cell service go down in a small Anishinaabe community in northern Ontario, no one is too concerned. The First Nations reserve has only been on the grid for a few years anyway, and this has happened before. Then all power goes out, and there is no word from the utilities and government in the South. As winter comes on, with some members of the tribe better prepared than others, anxiety and conflict creep up. Soon, an unexpected visitor arrives from the South...
Be sure to have plenty of warm blankets as you read! Rice's new take on an Ojibwa legend is a slow, atmospheric descent. Recommended for adults and older teens.