Waking the Spirit is a very educational and uplifting look at music therapy from a world class musician who, not only plays for a critical care unit at a hospital, but was also saved by music himself. I've always known about the healing power of music, for the spirit, but I didn't realize that it … Continue reading Waking the Spirit by Andrew Schulman
Check out this review of Epic by Conor Kostick by one of O'Fallon's own librarians on her book blog. It is a young adult fantasy in the vein of Ready Player One. Perfect for fans of Ready Player One or anyone who has ever enjoyed playing an MMORPG. Erik, a young boy in a futuristic … Continue reading Guest Post: Epic by Conor Kostick — The Help Desk
Check out this great review of The Bookman from A Bookish Type Blog! Lavie Tidhar’s The Bookman introduces us to a bold alternate world flavored by Western literature. I lost count of all the literary references in this tale about an orphan (called Orphan, for clarity) who suddenly becomes very interesting to the government … Continue reading Guest Post: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar — A Bookish Type
Check out this excellent review of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos from About a Book Blog!
“…tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.”
Inspired by female Dutch painters of the Golden Age, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is composed of stories from three different time periods, which center around a painting created by the fictional Sara de Vos. In the author notes, Dominic Smith explains that he used “biographical details from several women’s lives of the Dutch Golden Age” in creating the character of Sara de Vos, and her story and the time period are brought to life through beautiful and expressive detail.
As mentioned, the book moves back and forth between three different time periods chapter by chapter. The first one being Amsterdam in 1631 when Sara de Vos becomes the first female…
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Fourth in the Jeremy Logan series, The Forgotten Room is a thrilling mystery about a murder, a brilliant scientist, and what causes the mind to break. Here's what one of our patrons had to say about this read, which she read as part of our Summer Reading Challenge: "This fast-paced novel kept me turning pages … Continue reading The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child
Excruciatingly honest memoir from Felicia Day about her quirky childhood, gaming addiction, cultural attitudes online, and life long struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues. She reminded me a great deal of Jenny Lawson in her straight forward presentation of difficult topics and also in her exuberant storytelling style. And, in many other ways, […] … Continue reading Guest Post: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day — The Help Desk
We've all heard the debate. Movie or book? Maybe it's the librarian in me (or maybe it's just the truth), but 99% of the time, I prefer the book. I think it comes with the disappointment of knowing that what comes on the big screen won't match the details you've reconstructed in your head. However. … Continue reading