Friday, February 16, 2018

Hit So Hard by Patty Schemel

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Title: Hit So Hard
Author: Patty Schemel
Genre: Music Autobiography

Hit So Hard is a memoir of the drummer from the Grunge era, 90's band Hole that was fronted by Courtney Love. It's an interesting overview of the Seattle scene during that period, and the book takes the reader on an unapologetic ride through the excitement of the music being made as well as the darkness of drugs and excess. Along the way Schemel sheds light on the tragic deaths of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain (Love's husband) and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff. Schemel herself struggled mightily with both addiction and her sexuality, and the portrait she paints of her drug dependency is harrowing. Throughout, the reader is left wondering how the author did not succumb to the same fate that befell Cobain and Pfaff. Her addiction led her to homelessness, memory blackouts, multiple attempts at rehabilitation, and Schemel's daily quest to satisfy her addiction. In the end, Hit So Hard is about survival. Schemel's story is a wild ride for readers - whether they are interested in the Grunge scene or not. Hit So Hard is a worthwhile read about a woman realizing her inner strength and using it to overcome her demons.

- Michael

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Wool by Hugh Howey

Title: Wool
Author: Hugh Howey
Genre: Science Fiction / Dystopian

Originally self-published on Amazon as a short novellette, Wool quickly became an internet sensation. Howey's fans urged him to write more, which led him to publish 4 additional short stories in quick succession throughout the next six months. This version of Wool is a compilation of these first 5 stories into a novel format and is the first book in the Silo trilogy.

Wool takes place in a future where an unknown catastrophe forced everyone to live underground in structures called silos. The top floor has a large video view of the outside world, and it's an ugly, beige wasteland. Stories of blue skies, green grass, and animals like elephants are considered children's fables. Anyone who expresses a desire to go outside has their wishes granted and is never heard from again. When Holston's wife Allison makes a discovery on the silo's computer system, she starts acting strange and says that she wants to go outside. Three years after she left, Holston thinks Allison was on to something and that there may be more to the outdoors than what they have been told...

- Sarah

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Title: Annihilation
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Genre: Science Fiction / Horror

A suspicious span of wilderness known as Area X has been growing, and a covert government agency is working hard to understand how. Participants of previous expeditions have all met grisly fates. Annihilation follows the twelfth expedition as its scientists try to uncover Area X’s secrets—and survive. 

For those that enjoy tense, atmospheric, genre-bending science fiction. Coming to the big screen on February 23, 2018.

- Ashley

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman by Galadrielle Allman

Title: Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman
Author: Galadrielle Allman
Genre: Biography

Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman is more the story about a daughter's journey to know her father rather than a straight biography, and it's a fascinating journey. Galadrielle Allman was only 2 years old when her father, Duane Allman, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in October 1971. Duane Allman was 24 years old when he died, but the influence he's had on generations of guitarists is enduring. Along the way, the reader gets to know all about the legendary musician - warts and all. He struggled with drugs, wasn't the best husband or father, and always lived life on the edge. Galadrielle Allman also paints a picture of a man completely devoted to the guitar and fiercely protective and loyal to his friends, family and band mates. In an incredibly short span he worked with Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett as a session player, joined Eric Clapton as a member of Derek and the Dominoes - resulting in the classic album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - and was the driving force behind the Allman Brothers Band. Sadly, he would not live to realize the impact that his talents had on the music world. The author visits with and interviews her father's associates (the title of the book is drawn from a song written by Scott Boyer who played with Allman), friends and family to gain a better perspective on who Duane Allman was. At the same time, Galadrielle Allman provides the reader with the story of her mother Donna, and struggles between loyalty and love she has for her and the mythical figure of the father she never knew. Ms. Allman does an excellent job of engaging the reader and shares her own frustrations with sorting out the relationship she never could realize. At times heartbreaking, and others redemptive, Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman, is worthy of any reader interested in biographies and a daughter's genuine quest to know her late father.

- Mike

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year!

The library will be closed Sunday December 31st and Monday January 1st for the New Year's Holiday.

We'll see you on January 2nd at 12 PM! Happy New Year!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Reminder Library Closed

The library will be closed from December 23-25. We'll be open on December 26th at noon!

Happy holidays!

Friday, December 15, 2017

On a break...

As the new year approaches, the reviewers here at the library will be taking a break from blogging. We hope to be back sometime in 2018 to share what we've read and enjoyed with you.

Thank you for your support and checking out our reviews!

West Allis Public Library Reference Staff