Books, books, books! Not only do we love books, but all things books. We will share links to good sites, blogs, podcasts. When we find interesting articles from the web and the trades, we will report about it here. Also: What might be your next great read? What can you read to the kids? What are some great and beloved books for teens? What books have the staff and friends been reading? Questions and Answers
Podcasts If you are a bookworm and a podcast fan, check these out!
The Book Riot podcast is a weekly news and talkshow about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world books and reading. Brooklyn, New York, USA bookriot.com/listen/shows/thepodcast/
On the weekly LRB podcast you'll find recent (and not so recent) pieces read by the author; of the Close Reading series, in which Seamus Perry and. Mark Ford considered 20th-century poets through the lens of the pieces written about them in the LRB, and a range of other conversations on topics writers covered in the paper. London, England, UK www.lrb.co.uk/podcasts-and-videos/podcasts
Reading women claims the bookshelf by interviewing authors and reviewing books by or about women of a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Reading women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme -- one highlighting several titles and one discussing two titles more in depth – and to author interviews with talented women writers. www.readingwomenpodcast.com/
The Inside Flap/ An Offbeat Book Review Podcast Three friends from Littleton, Colorado who share a lifelong love for reading get together (usually we have an author join us) and chat a little about what’s going on in their lives, share three book recommendations and showcase a fantastic audiobook. Their goal is to entertain and help you find your next book, whether that’s a quick read or a book that will create a lasting memory for you. http://www.theinsideflap.com/
Looking for a new favorite book?
This is where you'll find the answer to the often asked question, "What's your favorite book?" We will be asking the staff and some bookworm friends about their current favorites. ____________ Gabrielle selected three for us, a picture book, a YA title, and a selection for adults.
- Readers are invited to hop on the Peace Train and join its growing group of passengers who are all ready to unite the world peace and harmony. Featuring the timeless lyrics of Cat Stevens's legendary song and illustrations by New York Times best-selling artist Peter H Reynolds, this hopeful picture book inspires tolerance and love for people of all cultures and identities.
On admission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, and she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messengers take months to transmit. And yet, Romy finds herself falling in love. Can you fall in love with someone you've never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? What does Romy really know about J? What do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there's something worse than being alone…
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.