Hitchcock on Hoopla

Feeling trapped at home during the lockdown? Alfred Hitchcock was a master of creating a similar sense of claustrophobia in his films. Throughout his career he directed more than 50 films and earned 46 Oscar nominations. Try downloading or streaming …


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Big Biographies on Libby and Hoopla

I listen to a lot of audiobooks. They’re the most convenient way for me to get through books. I listen when I’m folding laundry, taking the dog for a walk, or running errands. I love listening to audiobooks and these …


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The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Halfway through The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,  Wallace-Wells writes “If you have made it this far, you are a brave reader.” There is enough information on every page to produce a week-long panic attack. 

It’s more than just melting …


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Sandworm by Andy Greenberg

In 2017 a small team of people caused more than $10 billion in damages, crippled multinational companies, stranded more than 800 seafaring vessels carrying tens of millions of tons of cargo. That team, based in Russia, had stolen hacking tools …


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Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg

This was my favorite non-fiction read of 2019.

In Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life Klinenberg highlights problems in our communities and offers real world examples of how …


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Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

I loved the stories in this book. They are real, strange, and completely earthy. Each story is a perfect mixture of this world and ‘the other’, ‘the other’ being different in each case.

Russell is a master of mixing humor …


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Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Recommended by DanA 38 year old widowed mother of ten went missing from her apartment in 1972. Everyone knew the IRA had taken her as a suspected informer. No one said anything. Patrick Keefe went to find out why in …


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The River by Peter Heller

I was excited to see a new book by Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars, The Painter, and The Whale Warriors. Heller is an adventure writer. His books all feature wilderness and conquering, or better, interacting …


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Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Howl Mountain, North Carolina is a place where people are “born hard.” Rory Docherty returns there after a tour in the Korean War and takes up as a whiskey runner.

The story is chock-full of Appalachian folklore. The most well …


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American War by Omar El Akkad

Global warming has changed the face of the planet. America is ripping itself apart in its second civil war. This is the setting for Omar El Akkad’s dystopian imaging of the late 21st century. El Akkad forces readers to …


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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

In the early 20th century, thanks to the oil discovered on their land, members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma were the richest people, per capita, on the planet. That money attracted a lot of unscrupulous characters who would


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Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller

If you were trying to find a book written by someone living in a yurt I’ve found one for you.

In Quiet Until the Thaw, Alexandra Fuller tells us about two cousins raised by their grandmother on the Pine


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Killer Stuff by Sharon Fiffer

Jane Wheel knows she’s good at finding antiques, but she had no idea she’d be so good at finding dead bodies.

When her neighbor turns up murdered, Jane must explore suburban Chicago’s garage sales, auctions, and flea markets looking for


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Reading Can Make You a Better Person

Do you know someone lacking empathy? Think that they can’t change? A new study offers hope for grinches and grumps. Researchers from the University of Toronto suggest that reading fiction can make people more empathetic. The authors of the study …


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Wandering through the Stacks

Browsing shelves in the library provides a serendipitous pleasure that browsing the Amazon Marketplace never will. When you’re on Amazon everything is an algorithm, you’re seeing everything you’re supposed to see. When you wander through the stacks in a library …


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Best Albums of the Year

I don’t have a whole lot of time to read music reviews so when NPR starts to put out their “best of” lists at the end of every year I usually just put them all on hold through the library. …


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Halloween Reads

Here are some spooky reads to get you in the Halloween spirit.

 

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty William Peter Blatty’s thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable …


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Send Your Kids to Sleep

The author of the self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep promises that it will put your children to sleep, and many tired parents are willing to try anything. Swedish psychologist Carol-Johan Frossen Ehrlin wrote The Rabbit


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This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein has a fresh take on climate change that doesn’t have anything to do with switching out your light bulbs. Klein is changing the nature of the conversation by arguing that capitalism is to blame for climate change, not


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Square Foot Gardening with Kids

There is nothing quite like the look on a child’s face when she picks the very first tomato she’s ever grown. It’s plump and red, and sure to be juicy, and it’s all hers.

Mel Bartholomew adapted his …


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