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11 02, 2016

Read of the Week: League of Denial

Since I was a kid I’ve always loved watching the game of football.  Like millions of Americans, I watched the Super Bowl this past Sunday. But I watched it with a different perspective, all because I had read “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth” by

28 01, 2016

Read of the Week: Dead Wake

Confession:  if there’s a nonfiction book about a manmade disaster, especially a shipwreck, I am going to read it. The fact that this one was written by Erik Larson, who also wrote the amazing “Devil in the White City”, was just a bonus. “Dead Wake” follows the final crossing of

14 01, 2016

Read of the Week: Ash & Bramble

At the opening of Sarah Prineas’ “Ash & Bramble,” Pin wakes up in a fortress, dirty, cold, and with no memory of her past. She’s immediately thrust into hard labor as a seamstress and days pass in a blur as she and other women sew stitch after stitch after stitch.

30 12, 2015

Read of the Week: The Magician’s Lie

With the dreariness of winter setting in, it can be easy to fall into a reading rut. To reach for the remote control before you reach for a book. To do pretty much anything that requires little to no brain power. Greer Macallister’s debut, “The Magician’s Lie”, is the book

17 12, 2015

Read of the Week: Annihilation

Area X is a black zone where human civilization has been reclaimed by nature and the normal rules of physics are bent and broken. The unnamed protagonist (no names are used throughout the entire book) is a part of the twelfth expedition sent in to explore and report back on

3 12, 2015

Read of the Week: Everything, Everything

Debut author Nicola Yoon delivers a knockout hit sure to please fans of YA contemporaries with her book, “Everything, Everything.” Maddy suffers from SCID, a disease that renders her allergic to nearly everything. She cannot leave her house and everything around her must be extremely sanitized. Her life consists of

20 11, 2015

Read of the Week: Between the World and Me

Like many Americans, I have read many articles in the past year about the Black Lives Matter movement. I, however, am just a middle-class white American librarian who is very far removed from the realities of life that many African-Americans face. Ta-Nehisi Coates has emerged as one of the most

5 11, 2015

Read of the Week: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

If you are unfamiliar with the Swedish author Fredrik Backman, I highly recommend him. His first novel, “A Man Called Ove,” debuted in Sweden in 2012 (released in the U.S. in 2014) and is a wonderful read. His second novel, “My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry,” was

29 10, 2015

Read of the Week: I am Princess X

In Cherie Priest’s I am Princess X, we are introduced to middle-schooler May, and her first true friend, Libby. The two girls quickly bond over a love of writing and drawing, and combined, they create Princess X, a fearless comic hero who slays dragons and goes on the boldest adventures.

22 10, 2015

Read of the Week: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

There have been countless books devoted to the story of families. Families who look perfect on the surface and only show their cracks behind closed doors. Families that couldn’t hide their dysfunction if they wanted to. And those consisting of pretty average people dealing with an extraordinary situation. In Karen