Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Memories With Mom

HAPPY (Belated)
 MOTHER'S DAY
 
This Mother's Day we wanted to share some of our staff members' special memories with you. Whether it be a movie, a book or a TV show, they created memories which cherished for a lifetime. To all of our patrons who are mothers and grandmothers: 
We hope you had a memorable 
Mother's Day!



AL:
 Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede - This is the book my mother bought me that finally got me interested in reading.

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett - This is the 1st book in one of our favorite series, Discwrold. 

BRITTNEY:
My pick is The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb. I remember my mom, Mary Reed, reading McCrumb's Appalachian mysteries when I was little. I was always equally intrigued and terrified by the covers, but I didn't read them myself until college, after Mom and I met the author at a Linebaugh event!
 
JEROME:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
My mother always saw herself  in Jo March's character, so much so that she used the name for her first email account. She's spent years collecting Alcott, but it's this book that I'll always associate with her.


  
JESSICA
My mother and I took a trip to Savannah, GA which was inspired by Berendt’s book. We ate at Cleary’s, met some of the characters from the book, visited Jim Williams’s home, and the Bonaventure Cemetery. It was a lot of fun and so much better than just watching the movie.

Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

My mother used to read this book to me when I was a wee one. It always gave me comfort sitting in her lap while reading this store because, deep down, I knew her love for me was just like the Mother Bunny. I  now have a child of my own, who sits in my lap while I read to him. The book has become a priceless heirloom to me.

KATHLEEN:
 My Fair Lady - This is one of my mom's favorites!  I can remember watching it with her when it was shown on television  (PBS or a Special Movie Event), and many times over the years. I think of her whenever that movie comes through the library system, and always comment to patrons who are checking it out. Typically, there's a smile in response!

KRISTEN:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
My grandmother and I read all of the Twilight series together. I was still in high school when they were published, and when I got home we would spend more time than I'd like to admit fangirling and debating the merits of Team Edward versus Team Jacob.

The X-Files (tv sereis)
My mom used to love this show. I didn't get into it much until college. But when I told her I was marathoning the series with some friends, she was ecstatic. We are both looking forward to the return of the series and enjoying the Scully/Mulder shenanigans once again.

LIZ:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ( JF ROWLING)
My Grandma and Grandpa took me to the midnight release party at Barnes and Noble. They wore the Harry Potter glasses, participated in HP trivia, and stood in a crowded store for hours just so I could have a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


The Big Book of '50s & '60s Swinging Songs (781.63 BIG)
My Grandma loves music from the 50's and 60's. All 6 of her granddaughters have a special song from back in the day. My song is the 1958 "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters.

The Lorax  (dvd)
I LOVE Betty White. When I heard she was going to be in The Lorax I had to see it. My mom agreed to take her 21 year old daughter to a theater full of children just to hear the voice of Betty White.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May New Arrivals: Literary and General Fiction

Here are some newly-ordered titles from the LPLS general fiction team! This month we bring you a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, a story of struggling in Hollywood, a bildungsroman about talking to fish, and more. Put them on hold and they can be yours before they even hit the shelf.

Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin
Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. Sure, she's got a Santa Monica address and a working actress roommate, but with her nowhere barista job in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size, she's a dead girl walking. Enter Jess's mother--a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement. She dives headlong into her daughter's downward spiral, forcing Jess to muster all her spite and self-preservation to snag a career upgrade: as a personal assistant for a famous (and secretly agoraphobic) film composer, Jess's workdays are now filled with shopping for luxury goods and cooking in his perfectly designed kitchen.

Re Jane by Patricia Park
Jane Re--a half-Korean, half-American orphan--takes a position as an au pair for two Brooklyn academics and their daughter, but a brief sojourn in Seoul, where she reconnects with family, causes her to wonder if the man she loves is really the man for her as she tries to find balance between two cultures.
Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett
Ranchers Renny and Ben Cross ... are estranged, elderly spouses living on opposite ends of their sprawling ranch, faced with the particular decline of a fading farm and Ben's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He is just on the cusp of dementia, able to recognize he is sick but unable to do anything about it--the notes he leaves in his pockets and around the house to remind him of himself, his family, and his responsibilities are no longer as helpful as they used to be. Watching his estranged wife forced into
care-taking and brought to her breaking point, Ben decides to leave his life with whatever dignity and grace remains. As Ben makes his decision, a new horrible truth comes to light: Ray, the abusive husband of their late daughter is being released from prison early. This opens old wounds in Ben, his wife, his surviving daughter, and four grandchildren. Branded with a need for justice, Ben must act before his mind leaves him, and sets off during a brutal snowstorm to confront the man who murdered his daughter. Renny, realizing he is missing, sets off to either stop or witness her husband's act of vengeance.
 
In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Edgar Award-winner Lori Roy wrests from a Southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed was buried two decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family's lavender fields toward the well on the Baines' place. At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees
there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for. It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year, Annie's aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna's eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served-or did she? As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie's dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna's return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago
between generations.

The Minnow by Diana Sweeney
Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it's time to move out - Tom is pregnant with Bill's baby. Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings. And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow.

(Thanks to WorldCat for the descriptions used in this entry.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teacher Appreciation: Author Edition


TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
We all had that one teacher who saw a special spark in us. The teacher that pushed us to achieve more than we thought we could. We all remember our first book that got us excited about reading too. It's the book you hold in your heart. The one you want to share with everyone you meet. So, in honor of loved books and great teachers, I present to you authors who didn't just inspire us with their written words, but also, the ones they used in the classroom.




PATRICK ROTHFUSS
  Rothfuss is from Madison, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated with a major in English. He began working on The Book shortly after while teaching part-time.  In March 2007, The Name of the Wind was published to great acclaim, winning the Quill Award and making the New York Times Bestseller list. The Wise Man’s Fear (second in the King Killer Chronicles)  came out in March 2011 and got #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. He is currently working on the third installment for the King Killer series. Pat also taught at the college he grew to love as a student, and acts as advisor for the College Feminists and the local Fencing Club.



WILLIAM GOLDING
Golding was raised in Saint Columb Minor, Cornwall, England. He had interest in writing at the early age of 12. However, nothing to note came from his efforts at that time. He attended primary school  at Malborough Grammar School. After completing primary school he attended Brasenose College at Oxford University where he studied English literature. In 1934, a year before his graduation, he published his first book. A collection of poetry titled Poems. 1935 marks the year Golding began teaching English and philosophy at Bishop Wordsworth's School Salisbury. The years spent teaching here would inspire him to write one of classic literature's greatest achievements, The Lord of the Flies.

                                           





ALICE SEBOLD
Alice's life began in Madison, WI. After high school Sebold attended Syracuse University. Tragedy struck Alice's life when she was brutally attacked and raped. Her personal experiences with the attack lead to her first book, a memoir titled Lucky. Post-college years were hard for Sebold as she tried to heal. While working as an adjunct at school, she discovered her passion for teaching. She relocated to California and took a position as caretaker at an arts colony. Recognition of her writing struck when she wrote and published The Lovely Bones In 2002 the book began topping bestseller lists earning praise from critics. The novel earned the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel 2002 and The American Booksellers Association Book of the Year for Adult Fiction in 2003.





SALMAN RUSHDIE
Salman is native to Bombay (now Mumbai), India. He began his education at a private school in India before attending a boarding school in Warwickshire, England. Rushdie then furthered his college education at King's College at the University of Cambridge, where he studied history. Midnight's Children was published in 1981, which lead to Rushdie's literary notability. The books won the Booker Prize in 1981. It continued to gain recognition in 1993 and 2008 when it was awarded the Best of Bookers as the best novel to receive this honor during its first 25 and 40 years. Rushdie spends his time these days working and teaching at Emory University. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and 
Letters.

 
    


ZADIE SMITH
Zadie grew up in London, England.  She  attended the Malorees Junior School and Hampstead Comprehensive School at the start of her education. Later she went on to study English Literature at King's College Cambridge. During her time there, she published a series of short stories called The Mays Anthology, which attracted the attention of a publisher who ended sending offered a contract for her first novel. In 2000 the novel, White Teeth, was published and become  a bestseller. It gained much praise, internationally and received a number of awards. As of September 2010 Zadie shares her passion for fiction with her students at New York University while taking time for family and writing.


 






J.R.R.TOLKIEN
Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His life in England began when he started his education at Exeter College. There he studied Anglo-Saxton and Germanic languages and classic literature. He began teaching at Leeds in 1920 which lead to his career at Oxford. During his time at Oxford, he formed writing group called The Inkilings, which included C.S.Lewis. In 1937 The Hobbit was published. Over the next few years Tolkien would continue his work on what many consider to be his masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. They became global bestsellers and continue to top the charts today.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Meet Your New Book Boyfriends: Kylie Scott's Stage Dive Series

If there's anything better than devouring a good book, it's devouring a whole series of good books. Recently I had that experience with Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series.

The first book, Lick, sets the stage (pun intended) for the series. Evelyn goes to Las Vegas for her
twenty-first birthday, planning to forget her past romantic failures with drinks and maybe a fling. She does not anticipate waking up in her hotel with no memory of the previous night, a giant Cartier diamond on her finger, and David Ferris, guitarist for internationally famous rock band Stage Dive, by her side. Her initial reaction to her brand-new marriage is less than flattering, and David storms out. But when paparazzi confront her at the airport after her flight home, Evelyn realizes that this is a situation that she won't be able to ignore. Further complications arise when she reunites with David to sign annulment papers and, despite her alcohol-induced amnesia, she begins to develop feelings for him.

Each of the following books--Play, Lead, and Deep--focuses on a different member of Stage Dive and the unexpected romances in which they find themselves entangled. The rock-and-roll setting is fertile ground for drama, with big personalities, groupies, family disputes, substance abuse, and issues galore. When you add romance to the mix, the results are explosive and entertaining.

Although the Stage Dive guys are great, my favorite characters are the
heroines. Evelyn, Anne, Lena, and Lizzy are everything I ask for in romantic heroines: strong enough to be admirable, flawed enough to be relatable, and sassy enough to make me pump my fist in the air as I read their zinging dialogue. These are women who know their minds and hearts and do not hesitate to stand up for what they want, and they're great fun to read.

Fans of gentler romance might want to skip this series, since Kylie Scott does not shy away from language and takes the reader right into the bedroom along with her characters. However, readers of contemporary
erotic romance and New Adult lit who are looking for a fast-paced, intense, and hot read will not want to miss Stage Dive.

Luckily, all four books have been published and are available through your local LPLS branch. So what are you waiting for? Your next binge-read (and your new book boyfriends) are waiting!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Arrivals: Literary and General Fiction

 Looking for your next great book? Try one of these new or upcoming titles selected by the LPLS general fiction committee!

(All descriptions used come from WorldCat or Goodreads.)

Like a Woman by Debra Busman
Like Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, Debra Busman's Like a Woman is a vivid coming-of-age story, revealing the lives of teenage girls on the streets of Los Angeles, trying to hold onto their sense of humanity against a backdrop of racism, poverty, sexism, and violence.

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Anna Benz, an American woman in her thirties, lives in comfort and affluence with
her Swiss banker husband and their three young children in a picture-perfect suburb of Zurich. Despite the tranquility and order of her domestic existence, Anna is falling apart. In an effort to restart her life, she turns to Jungian analysis, German language classes, and a series of extramarital affair, whose consequences she cannot foretell.

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband. Unable to cope with her grief, she turns to drugs, and quickly forms an addiction. One day she disappears without a trace. Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Eddie, now left behind in a panic-stricken search for her, Darlene has been lured away with false promises of a good job and a rosy life. A shady company named Delicious Foods shuttles her to a remote farm, where she is held captive, performing hard labor in the fields to pay off the supposed debt for her food, lodging, and the constant stream of drugs the farm provides to her and the other unfortunates imprisoned there.


Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy

Set in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains, eighteen-year-old Jacob McNeely is torn between appeasing his meth-dealing kingpin father and leaving the mountains forever with the girl he loves.

Know Your Beholder by Adam Rapp
As winter deepens in snowbound Pollard, Illinois, thirty-something Francis Falbo is holed up in his attic apartment, recovering from a series of traumas: his mother's death, his beloved wife's desertion, and his once-ascendant rock band's irreconcilable break-up. Francis hasn't shaved in months, hasn't so much as changed out of his bathrobe-"the uniform of a Life in Default"-for nine days. Other than the agoraphobia that continues to hold him hostage, all he has left is his childhood home, whose remaining rooms he rents to a cast of eccentric tenants, including a pair of former circus performers whose daughter has gone missing. The tight-knit community has already survived a blizzard, but there is more danger in store for the citizens of Pollard before summer arrives. Francis is himself caught up in these troubles as he becomes increasingly entangled in the affairs of others, with results that are by turns disastrous, hysterical, and ultimately healing.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month!



Autism Awareness is about providing the highest quality of life to those with ASD. This year the Autism Society is expanding its focus to the rest of us-acceptance in schools and communities with the result of true appreciation of unique qualities we all possess. The month of April provides each of us an opportunity to promote autism awareness in our communities, acceptance of those with ASD, and draw attention to those diagnosed each year.

 In honor of that, we have compiled a list of books which features someone with ASD, or someone close to them has ASD. The books range from middle grade reading level to adult fiction. We hope this provides some information that can benefit everyone in the community while enjoying a good book.

  The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time by Mark Haddon


 Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally?

Remember Dippy by Shirley Reva Vernick
Johnny's plans fly out the window when he finds out his single mother is leaving town for the summer. She has a breakthrough job in upstate New York. He can live with his Aunt Collette but only on the condition that he "help out with" his autistic older cousin, Remember. Yup, you heard it right: Remember Dippy. That's his cousin's name—and Remember is a gawky awkward kid with some pretty strange habits, like repeating back almost everything Johnny says and spending hours glued to the weather channel. Johnny's premonitions of disaster appear at first to come to cringe worthy fruition, but when the two boys save a bully from drowning, salvage the pizzeria guy's romance, and share girl troubles, Johnny ends up having the summer of his life. Winner of the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award & 2014 Skipping Stones Honor Award.
 Screaming Quietly by Evan Jacobs
Ian Taylor lives a secret life. At school he's a varsity football player, dating one of the hottest cheerleaders on campus. At home he's his divorced mother's right hand, helping her to keep his younger autistic brother, Davey, in line. To Ian, Davey is a freak. And no one must ever know about him. But it's a game changer when Davey begins attending a special day class at Ian's school. Undaunted, Ian continues his charade of denying Davey's existence, even when Davey has massive public meltdowns. He internalizes his strong feelings--Screaming Quietly inside--until resentment, anger, and embarrassment force him to burst. But his love for Davey and his desire to man up eventually allow him to overcome peer pressure and fully own his life. Series contains two silver medal winners for the Independent Publishers Book Awards--and Moonbeam Children's Book Award.
Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten

Max Parkman, autistic and whip-smart, emotionally fragile and aggressive; is perfect in his mother’s. Until he’s accused of murder. Attorney Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max’s behavior has been getting worse; using drugs and lashing out. But she can’t accept the diagnosis she receives at a top-notch adolescent psychiatric facility that her son is deeply disturbed. Dangerous. Until she finds Max, unconscious and bloodied, beside a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death. Trapped in a world of doubt and fear, barred from contacting Max, Danielle clings to the belief that her son is innocent. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her son really a killer? With the justice system bearing down on them, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth, no matter what it is. She’ll do whatever it takes to find the killer and to save her son from being destroyed by a system that’s all too eager to convict him.
Daniel Isn’t Talking by Marti Leimbach
 
Melanie Marsh is an American living in London with her British husband, Stephen, and their two young children. The Marshes’ orderly home life is shattered when their son Daniel is given a devastating diagnosis. Resourceful and determined not to accept what others, including her husband, say is inevitable, Melanie finds an ally in the idealistic Andy, whose unorthodox ideas may just prove that Daniel is far more “normal” than anyone imagined. Daniel Isn’t Talking is a moving story of a family in crisis, told with warmth, compassion, and humor.

Marcelo in the Real World by Fransisco X. Stork

Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mail room in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm.
He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.
Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" in the intensity and purity of its voice, this extraordinary novel is a love story, a legal drama, and a celebration of the music each of us hears inside.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweler, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.