Arthur Bradford’s Turtleface and Beyond is one of my favorite collections of short stories, mostly because of the consistent narrative voice in our narrator, Georgie. Bradford creates for a bizarre, but believable cast of characters and the even more bizarre situations they find themselves. Most of the narrators tell their stories in such sincere ways that they… Continue reading Turtleface and Beyond by Arthur Bradford
Maxine Hong Kingston’s book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts proves just how creative the nonfiction genre can be. She weaves family stories told to her by her mother into her own experiences as a girl growing up in a Chinese-American household. Kingston pushes the boundaries of memoire by describing how she thinks… Continue reading The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Have you or any kids you know ever read Matilda? If not, you may want to pick up a copy if you’d like a more uplifting, magical story to read just before Halloween. I’ve always loved Matilda since I was a kid. So I hope you or someone you know will appreciate this recommendation! Publisher’s Summary: Matilda is… Continue reading Matilda by Roald Dahl
The second season of Stranger Things comes out next weekend on Friday the 27, just in time for Halloween. But wait, you don’t have a Netflix subscription to watch it? Come into the library to check out one of our Roku streaming devices with Netflix already downloaded! But what is Stranger Things about? Stranger Things… Continue reading Stranger Things
If you’ve seen the film Practical Magic and always wanted to know more about the Owens women, perhaps consider checking out the book, especially since the author, Alice Hoffman just released a prequel, The Rules of Magic, about the aunts learning magic in the 1960’s that provides more details about the Owens family history. So if you’d… Continue reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Before Stephen King, there was Shirley Jackson. Since it’s October and our Halloween Display is up, I thought I’d choose a classic thriller, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Written in the 1950’s, the novel became one of the most influential books in the horror genre. This psychological thriller will make your hair… Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
This cute kid’s book illustrates the life of Jazz growing up as a transgender girl. Because she was assigned male at birth, everyone thought she was a boy and she struggles to make anyone, even her family understand her true identity, but Jazz persisted and now as a teen, she advocates for transgender rights and equality.