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Need a hot read for your cold November nights? Look no further than this month’s Library Reads list. Suspense, fantasy, historical fiction, biography — there’s something for every reader’s taste or mood, including new titles from Lee Child, Wally Lamb, Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon and more. Here are books publishing next month that librarians across the country recommend.
“Faithful” by Alice Hoffman
“With only a touch of her usual magical realism, Hoffman crafts a tale that still manages to enchant. In ‘Faithful,’ a young girl who survives a car accident that almost kills her best friend spends the next decade doing penance to try and alleviate her guilt. Despite her best efforts to avoid it, love, hope and forgiveness patiently shadow her as she slowly heals. Shelby is a complex character, and through her internal growth, Hoffman reveals that she is a person worthy of love, a bit of sorcery that readers will hold dear. Simply irresistible.”
– Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY
When I start talking about cemetery tours, I usually get two responses: “Cool! Do you hunt ghosts?” or “That’s so morbid, why do you care?”
I do not hunt ghosts, but it sounds like fun. Paranormal investigators are totally welcome on my tours! And cemeteries aren’t ghoulish or scary, at least not to me. They’re peaceful and often filled with lovely art. Tombstones don’t just tell the story of a life, but the history of our country. Style, symbols and materials changed through time and reflected the values and trends of society. And yet, some burial practices are as old as the pyramids in Egypt.
Want to learn more? Come out for a tour! On Monday, October 24th, I’ll be leading an exploration of the Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site: the symbols, the superstitions, and the history. (Meet at the cemetery, S. Providence Road, near Waffle House.)
You may never look at a cemetery the same again.
This Halloween, take a break from mutilating winter squash and wearing disguises while you threaten people until they give you candy. Use this break to wrap yourself in your fear shawl, and read a scary book. Here are some scary books.
“Zone One” by Colson Whitehead is the most poetic zombie novel I’ve read. If you want your zombie novels to be propelled by quality prose and melancholy rather than constant descriptions of carnage, this is the novel for you.
“The Girl With All The Gifts” by M.R. Carey is another zombie novel. It begins in a research facility in which infected children are sprayed with stuff that makes them less bitey. The children are studied. Then something bad happens, and the action sequences start. It also packs a doozy of an ending.
Editor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2016 Adult Summer Reading program. We will continue to periodically share some of these reviews throughout the year.
“My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” is about the life of young Elsa as told through the fairy tales her grandmother tells her. 7-year-old Elsa, soon to be 8, is lonely, bullied, different, extremely smart and counts her Grandma as her best friend. Well, make that her only friend. When Grandma dies, the stories begin to unravel. Elsa is tasked to solve the mysteries of where Grandma’s letters are hidden and then to deliver the letters — regardless of the challenge and danger — to all the people Grandma needs to tell she is sorry.
Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.
“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
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Playing at the True/False Film Fest in 2015, this Academy Award-nominated documentary explores the life of Nina Simone. A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse and Black Power icon, she is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative and least understood artists of our time. This film inspired a companion book published earlier this year.
“City of Gold”
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Playing earlier this year at Ragtag Cinema, this film follows restaurant critic Jonathan Gold as he pulls back the curtain on the perceived superficiality of Los Angeles to show viewers a genuine and vibrant world where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic doorway to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.
October 11 marks the birthday of the woman who spent more time in the White House as first lady than any before or since. At her birth, Eleanor Roosevelt seemed destined for a life lived mostly on the periphery of the political dynasty she was born into. A series of childhood tragedies changed her trajectory, and Eleanor went on to not only redefine the role of first lady, but also to become a political force in her own right.
Born in 1884 to socialite parents, Eleanor was orphaned by the age of 9. She attended Marie Souvestres’s all-girl’s finishing school in England. Souvestre’s teaching methods encouraged students to think independently and express themselves. The influence of this education is visible in the social justice work Eleanor pursued as an adult. Blanche Wiesen Cooke’s “Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, 1884-1933” documents in depth these influential early years of Eleanor’s life.