Friday, August 17, 2018

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Title: The Immortalists
Author: Chloe Benjamin
Genre: Fiction

1969. New York City. The four young Gold children, Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon, visit an old lady rumored to be psychic. After she speaks with each of the siblings in turn, they are left with the date of their impending death. Follow the children as they try to defy their foretold destinies and become a researcher, a doctor, a magician, and a dancer. Did the Romany woman have their futures pegged? Can they move out of the shadow of their own impending deaths? Check out The Immortalists to see.

I liked that I could picture the story as it took place in my mind's eye. I also found Benjamin's portrayal of a person with OCD to be very authentic. Plus, she's a local (Madison, WI) so she name drops spots around our state in the book which is cool, too.

- Sarah R.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten

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Title: Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror
Author: Steve Alten
Genre: Action, Horror, Science Fiction

Years ago, Jonas Taylor saw something terrifying during a deep sea dive that changed his life forever. Now, he works to prove that there really is a monster living deep within the Marianas Trench. But when the creature escapes to the surface, everyone will have to pay the price as it begins its rampage through the oceans.

The inspiration for the upcoming movie The Meg, this book is a fun, fast-paced adventure with a little science and a lot of action. A great read for anyone who loves Jurassic Park or is afraid of what could be lurking in the ocean’s depths!

- Rachel C.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Lady Sherlock Series #1 and #2: "A Study in Scarlet Women" and "A Conspiracy in Belgravia" by Sherry Thomas

Titles: A Study in Scarlet Women and A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock Series #1 and #2)
Author: Sherry Thomas
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Excellent! The Lady Sherlock Series is a gender-flipped retelling of Sherlock Holmes. It's not the first gender-flipped retelling, but it has to be the best. The characterization is fabulous, the crimes and surrounding plots are interesting, and both novels provoke fascinating conversations on gender and class. There's also some superbly poignant romantic tension. I listened to the audio book versions (available on OverDrive and Libby) read by award-winning narrator Kate Reading. She gives each of the many characters a unique voice without ever going over the top. Highly recommended!

- Rachel K.

Check out A Study in Scarlet Women and A Conspiracy in Belgravia @ the library.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

Title: Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
Author: Austin Kleon
Genre: Art, Business

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon is a short, quick read that merges a how-to guide with the inspiration of a self-help book (but without the cheese). With Kleon's encouraging advice, you will finish the book feeling inspired and confident on how to move forward in promoting your creativity. Kleon lays out 10 easy ways for creatives to share with others what they're doing in a way that's authentic and meaningful. From how to talk about your creative ventures to strangers (even if you aren't making any money from it yet) to practical ideas of what to post on social media (even if you don't have a "finished product"), Kleon's presentation is really approachable, and any creative (artists, writers, musicians, etc.) would find something beneficial to glean from this book. Highly recommended.

- Sarah P.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Poetry Review: "Love Her Wild" by Atticus and "Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments" by Tony Trigilio

This week's review compares two poetry books. The first is Love Her Wild by Atticus, and the second is Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments by Tony Trigilio. Read on to discover which may appeal to you!

Looking for something light to read this summer? Try some poems!  In Love Her Wild, mysterious instagram poet Atticus collects some of his most evocative writings.  These short, lyric observations capture the beauty and adventure in life from the delight in wild places to the irrepressible energy of young love.  Read about moonlit nights in the desert and love that tears poems from your flesh alongside stark black and white photographs of the world he so lovingly describes.  Love Her Wild is the perfect book to bring along on a picnic or to the beach.

Or, if love and beauty aren’t your cup of tea, Elise Cowen has an extended metaphor about corpses that might speak to you.  Following her suicide in 1962, nearly all of Cowen’s work was burned for their unsettling exploration of sex, drugs, and mental illness.  In Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments, Tony Trigilio collects and comments on the sole surviving notebook of the legendary beat poetess, best known for dating Alan Ginsberg.  In this glimpse into the mind of one of the most prolific writers you’ve never read, Cowen questions the source of her madness, the social mores of her time, and the role of women through a proto-second-wave-feminist lens.  Read about cockroaches and pot shards and the charmlessness of love.  This book is can’t-miss for any fan of the beat generation, or anyone curious to see how poems evolve from draft to finished form.

- Leah

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Touch by Courtney Maum

Title: Touch
Author: Courtney Maum
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Sloane Jacobsen has a knack for knowing the next big thing. She's a trend forecaster by trade and she's the one who predicted the now famous smart phone swipe. She's now been hired by a big tech company, Mammoth, to help them stay ahead of the curve and create a must-have item. Problem is, what Sloane sees as the wave of the future flies in the face of Mammoth's bottom line. Sloane is also coping with a long-term boyfriend, Roman, who is increasingly touting a non-touch agenda in favor of an all digital sex life. Now add a sexy younger co-worker who challenges what Sloane really wants for her personal forecast and you have Touch.

- Sarah R.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Title: Need to Know
Author: Karen Cleveland
Genre: Spy Thriller

Vivian is a CIA analyst. She has been working on the Russia account, trying to find sleeper cells of Russian spies within U.S. communities. When she finds a picture of her husband included in a group of potential spies what should she do? Can she trust him anymore? What will it cost her to do the 'right' thing for her family of four young children? This page-turner will keep you wondering beyond the final page...

- Elizabeth

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