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October Albums October 17, 2018

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Music is such a big part of our lives, but with digital music we seldom pay attention to album releases from our favorite artists.   The library offers  two different formats for lending music and they are both great options depending on how you will be listening.  The first format that is sometimes forgotten about is CDs.  Believe it or not, many cars still have CD players, including mine.  Things I love about CDs: they don’t have commercials. I can listen to an album straight through the way the artist intended it to be listened to. The very best feature of CDs is they don’t use cell data!

The library also offers music via a streaming service called Hoopla Digital. Things I love about Hoopla: you don’t have to place a desired item on hold.  If it’s available on Hoopla, you can check it out on your smartphone/tablet/computer immediately.   Hoopla has a great catalog of albums.  Hoopla is free with your library card!

Whether you will be listening online or  with a CD, check out these albums dropping this month:



Stephen King’s Top Horror Movies October 10, 2018

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The master of horror  is one of the few who is continuously well acclaimed for the superb adaptation his novels to the big screen.  Stephen King makes sure that his stories are just as frightening in movie form as they are on the page.  Here’s a list of his most popular horror book to movie adaptations:

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Are you ready to vote? October 6, 2018

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Ohio’s general election will be November 6th, but the deadline to register to vote is October 9th.   Make sure your registration information is up to date and check out these great resources for educating yourself on the issues on your ballot:

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections – online registration, voting information, deadlines, poll places

Vote 411.org – election information, online registration, voting guides – nonpartisan

Judge4Yourself – nonpartisan judicial ratings

Look What We’re Reading October 5, 2018

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A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald by Neil…An adapted version of a Neil Gaiman short story,  A Study in Emerald is a graphic novel almost guaranteed to delight fans of Lovecraft and mysteries. We are introduced to the alternative world of Sherlock Holmes where the old god of Lovecraftian has ruled over humanity for 700 years. Taking it’s title, and many of its plot points, from A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle this genre-meshing work entertains while enticing the reader to discover its literary references.  Greg 

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Vox by Christina DalcherVox  is set in a dystopian America where half the population is no longer allowed to work, read, write, or speak more than 100 words a day.   For the least year Dr. Jean McClellan has been forced into silence and torn from her neurological research simply because she is a woman.   As a well renowned researcher in her field, Dr. McClellan is suddenly sought out to get back into the lab to work on finishing her research that improves otherwise damaged cognitive function.  This gives her a bargaining chip to remove her and her daughter’s word restrictions, as the world around her spirals into chaos. She is determined to survive and free her daughter from the chains of the new regime. Beth

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

This is a novel set in the 1980s and contemporary Paris.  The main characters are a director of a Chicago art gallery, and a woman searching for her estranged daughter in Paris.  Both characters are struggling with coming to terms with how AIDS has affected their lives.  This is my favorite read thus far this year. The book is very informative yet so very compassionate about a tumultuous time which should not be forgotten. The author draws in the reader in with two flawed but  soulful main characters.  As a reader, I felt invested in their lives and could not put down the book until I knew their whole The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkaistory. This book gets a huge thumbs -up from me.  Mary                                                     

 The Great Believers by Rebecca Makai is a novel chock full of plots, sub-plots, characters, surprises and emotional poignancy. Told in alternating chapters, it begins in 1985 at the start of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago, where Yale Tishman and his partner, Charlie, prepare for a memorial service for Nico, a friend who has recently died of AIDS. Yale has recently started a job at an art gallery at Northwestern University and is tasked with the job of encouraging a donation of potentially authentic 20th century drawings from a reticent donor. Fast forward to 2015, where Nico’s sister, Fiona,  is in Paris to find her estranged grown daughter. Fiona hung out with Nico’s friends in her youth and continues to grieve the loss of Nico and so many other young men she befriended. One of my favorites of 2018 so far! Dori

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by  Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen…I’ve previously seen the movie adaptation by author Chbosky himself, and I’m currently leading a Film Club for teens at the Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy. We will be watching the film and reading the book, and then discussing the pros and cons of the adaptation. I had enjoyed the movie and the way the performers brought it to life very much back in 2012. The book is a series of letters that Freshman Charlie writes to an imaginary friend, or perhaps his future self. Charlie, the somewhat introverted “Wallflower”, is coming-of-age in the 1990s and struggles with periods of depression. Sex, drugs, family, friends, and gradually developing skills as a writer all provide drama as he shares his feelings through this time full of change.  Byron

Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America by Eric J. Sunquist

Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews,…This book is a cultural history of African-American-Jewish relations, and looks at the relationship through the perspective of law, politics, literature, and sociology.  There is a lot of fascinating stuff about the way both groups have used the Exodus story as a template for imagining their groups’ destinies.  It is inspiring to read about the African-American and Jewish coalition during the Civil Rights era, but dispiriting to read about the coalition in our present day.  Still, this is a very intelligent and comprehensive book about these two unique and important peoples.  Andrew

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather MorrisThis  novel is based on the true story of concentration survivors, Lale Sokolov and Gita Furman. Lale became the camp tattooist numbering inmates when they arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Gita had a relatively safe job working as a secretary at the administrative building. Lale was able to secure sausages, chocolate, and medicine by smuggling out jewels and money confiscated from camp prisoners by the SS. Gita and Lale were separated at the end of the war but eventually find each other and marry. A powerful, gut-wrenching tale.  Emma

While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn CroftTara Logan does not have the perfect family, but they are trying and things are looking up.  She and her husband have reconciled after a separation, and her teenage daughter, Rosie, has stopped stalking the boy she had a crush on-for now.  Unfortunately, her luck is not meant to last–Tara wakes up one morning in her neighbor Lee’s bed.  She has no memory other than having a drink with Lee in his living room, but awakens to find him lying next to her, stabbed to death.  In a panic she runs home and waits for the body to be discovered, telling no one what happened that night.  But soon suspicion falls upon herself, her daughter and her husband, and Tara realizes she must find the murderer  before her family is destroyed.  A good thriller with many plot twists- I was guessing until the end.  Sara




New Non-fiction Roundup – October 2018 October 4, 2018

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This month we cover a wide variety of non-fiction, from 1000 books to read before you die (a daunting but worthwhile task!), to feminism, to mental illness, to Stephen Hawking.  Plunge in, and if you find a title that interests you, go ahead and click on the title – it’s that easy!

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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich – A celebration of the reading life by the co-founder of the acclaimed A Common Reader presents a cross-genre, historically representative compendium of 1,000 forefront works of literature, complemented by essays on each book’s particular relevance.

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott – The New York Times best-selling author of Hallelujah Anyway presents an inspirational guide to the role of hope in everyday life and explores essential truths about how to overcome burnout and suffering by deliberately choosing joy.

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking – The world-famous cosmologist and #1 best-selling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions in a posthumous work.

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The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman – A gripping true-crime investigation of the 1948 abduction of Sally Horner details the crime itself and how it inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel, Lolita.

In My Father’s House: A New View of How Crimes Runs in the Family by Fox Butterfield – A Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times journalist follows a family in Oregon, the Bogles, with a generations-spanning history of criminal behavior, aiming to debunk long-held stereotypes about race and crime and using these insights to highlight new efforts at reform.

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures – From an award-winning actress and political activist (America Ferrera) comes a vibrant and varied collection of first person accounts from prominent figures—including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Roxane Gay and many more—about the experience of growing up between cultures.

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Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter – The best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park traces the story of his grandmother, an African-American attorney who, in spite of period barriers, devised the strategy that sent mafia chieftain Lucky Luciano to prison in the 1930s.

Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly – The director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project urges 21st-century women to embrace their anger and harness it as a tool for lasting personal and societal change.

A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir by Kurt Eichenwald – The New York Times best-selling author of The Informant traces the decades he spent fighting and hiding the symptoms of epilepsy, a battle involving severe depression, and medical mistakes before a dedicated neurologist helped him to survive and thrive.






Halloween Movies for the Family October 3, 2018

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We are three days into October here in Ohio and it feels like it!  The mornings are brisk, the night arrives earlier, and pumpkins have rolled into the spotlight.    It’s also the kickoff of the holidays, starting with the most fun holiday: Halloween!  I love the excitement of costumes, candy, decor, and spooky movies!  Today I’ll share some of my favorite childhood spooky movies that are a little more family friendly.

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Casper is about a dad and daughter who are trying to build a new life after the passing of their wife/mother.    The dad is commissioned to help clear ghosts out of an estate and brings his daughter along for what turns about to be a big adventure.  It’s silly, irreverent, and charming.


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The Addams Family was originally a cartoon which first came to life in pages of The New Yorker in 1938.  The Addams Family portray a satirical representation of an affluent nuclear family. They have been depicted in many forms of media since their inception and continue to delight with their grotesque ways in this 1991 feature film.


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Hocus Pocus is a comedic spooky tale of a teenage virgin who inadvertently resurrects three witches in Salem, Massachusetts.  The star-studded cast, and hilarious whimsy help to explain why this has become a cult classic.

BONUS! Good news for Hocus Pocus fans, there is now a sequel book to indulge in after you watch the movie for the 300th time.

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Place these spooky tales on hold from your library today!


New Fiction Roundup – October 2018 September 29, 2018

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Some truly exciting and interesting fiction coming out this October, including new books by Andre Dubus III and Jodi Picoult.  If one of the books piques your interest, click on the title of the book, and this will take you to our catalog to place a hold.

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller – An architect spending the summer of 1969 in a dilapidated English country mansion discovers a peephole that allows her to observe the increasingly sinister private lives of her hedonist neighbors. By the award-winning author of Our Endless Numbered Days.

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson – From National Book Award finalist and the New York Times best-selling author of The Year We Left Home comes a family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town.

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain – Learning that her unborn child has a heart defect, a 1970s family woman is urged by her physicist brother-in-law to pursue a solution that pushes the boundaries of science and faith. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Silent Sister.

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Family Trust by Kathy Wang – Struggling to fulfill a terminally ill father’s final bequest, a privileged Chinese-American family in Silicon Valley is forced to contend with the realities of their ambitions and actual desires.

Godsend by John Wray – An 18-year-old, looking to escape her claustrophobic hometown, disguises herself as a young man named Suleyman and travels to Pakistan, where she is tempted into militant Islam. By the author of The Lost Time Accidents.

Gone So Long by Andrew Dubus III – A man living a solitary existence in seaside New England travels to a quaint Florida community in search of his traumatized, estranged daughter. By the award-winning author of House of Sand and Fog.

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Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn – Months of therapy in a San Francisco marriage counselor’s office trace the crises that are threatening a family and the efforts of a therapist who would help them overcome self-imposed obstacles. By the author of The Paper Chase.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult – The #1 New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger – Emerging from an accident with damaged memories and compromised language skills, a movie-house owner from a small Midwestern town pieces together his story against a backdrop of community history, which is shaped by a prodigal son’s return.




BookTalk for Adults September 28, 2018

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In case you missed the BookTalk for Adults program today at the library, here is what we talked about….

The Best Books of 2018 So Far. While there are many excellent books that have been penned thus far in 2018, I managed to widdle the list down to ten. The list spans different genres including fiction, literary fiction, mystery, suspense/thriller and memoir. Here is the list of books we discussed –

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
There, There by Tommy Orange
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson
The Woman in the Window by A.J.Finn
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Educated A Memoir by Tara Westover

Our next BookTalk for Adults will be Friday, October 26th at 10AM. Being so close to Halloween we will discuss (you guessed it) Spooky books. Come join us!

New Non-Fiction Roundup – September 2018 August 31, 2018

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Do any of these new non-fiction books strike your fancy?  If so, click on the title to reserve your copy!  We’ve got a lot covered here, from story-telling to university culture, immigration to opioid addiction, an actress’s memoir to a book on religion in art.

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman – In over 30 essays, written over 20 years, one of the world’s great story-tellers (author of His Dark Materials trilogy) meditates on story-telling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Pullman’s own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to him. The art of story-telling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humor and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and story-telling.

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt – The author of the best-selling The Righteous Mind and his co-author controversially link rising rates of depression and anxiety to today’s culture of safety, social media and political divides, arguing in favor of traditional wisdom that promotes grit and antifragility.

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas – The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and immigration-rights activist presents a debut memoir about how he unknowingly entered the United States with false documents as a child.

Eliza Hamilton: the Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo – From the New York Times best-selling author of Irena’s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America’s early days.

If You Love Me: a Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opiod Addiction by Maureen Cavanagh – The founder of the Magnolia New Beginnings nonprofit peer-support group shares the gripping story of her confrontation with the opioid epidemic in the wake of her daughter’s sudden and brutal battle with substance abuse.

In Pieces by Sally Field – The Academy Award-winning actress shares insights into her difficult childhood, the artistic pursuits that helped her find her voice and the powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and mother.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari – The New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus shares probing insights into such present-day issues as the role of technology in transforming humanity, the epidemic of false news and the modern relevance of nations and religion.

How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization by Mary Beard – A companion to PBS’ Civilizations chronicles the intertwined histories of art and religion to explain the irreconcilable problems that all faiths have navigated while trying to represent the divine.

Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee – The founder of the popular Aesthetics of Joy blog counsels readers on how to cultivate a happier, healthier life by making small environmental changes, revealing the unexpected impact of everyday spaces and objects on mood.


What we read this month…. August 29, 2018

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Here are a few of the things your Adult Services crew read in August:

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Cover image for This story begins with two main characters who are widowed and have been acquaintances for many years.  Addie Moore decides to make a bold move and pay an unexpected visit to her neighbor in Holt, Colorado, Louis Waters.  Addie is having trouble sleeping and suggests to Louis that it would be a great help if he consented to sleep with her.  What Addie desires is companionship, conversation, and quite simply, someone to share her day with.  Louis decides to give it a try.  What begins as awkward & unsure soon blossoms into a wonderful relationship.  As Addie and Louis slowly begin to build a bond, the residents of Holt, and certain family members are taken aback by such an unconventional relationship for two elderly people.  This is a truly beautiful short novel about late in life love and true companionship.  The story is simple, yet leaves you thinking long after you’ve closed the book. Mary

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Cover image for This story picks up where his book Beartown left off.  The story is set in a small town nestled in the forest of Sweden which is trying to move past a scandal surrounding its beloved hockey team.  The story weaves the rebuilding of the people in the town as they try to reclaim their roles and identity.  This is a visceral mending of fences and coming-of-age plot which leave the reader to imagine the cold reality of life.  You’ll walk away from the story feeling raw yet satisfied.  Beth

The Elements of Spellcrafting  by Jason Miller

Cover image for This past month I finished my second book by Jason Miller regarding practical magic and enchantment. The Elements of Spellcrafting is a fun, informative read that has you look at your own spiritual practice and why you may not be getting the results you are looking for. Each chapter is presented with a humorous comic poking fun at the challenges one can face working with a magical practice. The biggest lesson Miller presents is to not let yourself or your ego get in your own way. Great for a seasoned individual or someone new to the practice.  Greg

Glass Empires (Star Trek: Mirror Universe #1)

ICover image for ‘m reading a Star Trek book called Glass Empires. Multiple authors provide three stories in one novel set in the Star Trek Mirror Universe. Even though the Mirror version of Star Trek is about conquering through might rather than exploring the unknown and forming peaceful alliances, these stories still manage to have a humanistic message with certain characters finding the strength to make positive changes to their world. Also I’m nearing the end of the book on CD of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. This has been an intriguing story and it is narrated very well by Edoardo Ballerini. It jumps back and forth between Italy in the early 60’s and modern day Hollywood. But it is even more nonlinear than that with a play, the first chapter of an unfinished novel, and the unpublished introduction to another character’s memoir thrown in to give the narrative variety. The cast of characters is fairly complex with more being introduced as the story unravels and many characters not turning out to be exactly who you thought they’d be at first glance. It is about Hollywood as Babylon, the sort of place that is dishonest and ruins lives, and the core group of characters who find themselves strangely thrown together in mostly temporary relationships just trying to make the best of their imperfect lives. Byron

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

Cover image for Maisie Cothay was born with a strange curse–her touch brings dead things to life and makes living things die.  She has been raised in seclusion with her father, commanded never to touch anything organic with her bare hands.  When Maisie’s father disappears, she sets off to search for him in the woods that border her home.  She  has always been forbidden to enter this forest because of rumors and wild tales told by villagers of men gone missing or returning with addled minds and memories. Maisie discovers she is one of a long line of cursed women who have a special connection to the wood which claims them in their time of need; however, they are then doomed to live there forever with no hope of change, escape or death. Her ancestors in the wood know that she is the one that can save them, but will Maisie be able to rescue her father or will she be trapped forever in the wood that imprisons her forebears? A very creative tale, although it drags a bit in parts and ends somewhat abruptly. Sara

The Assistant by Bernard Malamud

ICover image for recently reread one of my favorite novels of all time, The Assistant by Bernard Malamud.  Malamud was a master short-story writer, but he was also just a wonderful novelist.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s, he helped to spark a renaissance in Jewish-American literature, along with novelists Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.  The Assistant is about a Jewish grocer in Brooklyn, New York named Morris Bober, an older man with a lot of woes, who hires for unique reasons (no spoilers) a man named Frank Alpine to work for him.  The novel follows what happens after Frank is hired.  Morris’s wife, Ida, and daughter, Helen, are also main characters, and there are a lot of other lesser characters who are very memorable, vivid and alive.  The novel is evocative of the early 1950’s in Brooklyn, and there is much autobiographical material, as Malamud’s own father was a grocer.  The novel is also a profound and lyrical meditation on what it means to be a good person.  Andrew

The Shepherd’s Hut  by Tim Winton

Cover image for Clackton seemingly has very little going for him.  His mother’s recent death left him alone with an abusive father and little prospects for peace or happiness.  When a brutal accident severs the last tie he has to home, Jaxie is compelled to flee into the cruel wilds of Western Australia.  In his rush to escape Jaxie leaves severely underprovisioned for what his trek through this desolate landscape will require.  Though his past has taught him not to trust men, when he encounters Fintan MacGillis, another exile disconnected from the world, he is forced into a situation where his future depends on him.  Together they forge a tenuous friendship as Fintan searches for absolution and Jaxie peace.  Trent