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Carol’s Top Ten of 2016 December 14, 2016

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Among the books I read, these truly stand out as my favorite books of the year:

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood ~ This novel is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare Project series and is a modern retelling of The Tempest. In Atwood’s hands Felix is a theater director out for revenge. His long-game plan isto direct Shakespeare’s classic story of magic, fantasy and hatred–in a correctional institute with a cast of mostly non-violent criminals. Nothing could go wrong there, right?

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett ~  Jim and Eva live out three realities and their lives collide in each of them. This novel about the different paths that our lives might follow is great read for anyone enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life. It’ll certainly make you think– What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?

At The Edge of The Orchard by Tracy Chevalier ~ 19th-Century America comes alive, warts and all, in a novel that begins in the muddy Black Swamp of Ohio and travels west to the giant Redwoods of California. Think Little House on the Prairie for adults.

The Trespasser by Tana French ~ French continues her gritty Dublin Murder Squad series by focusing on Detective Antoinette Conway in this procedural, that has Conway questioning her loyalty to the job. It’s book #6 but don’t let that stop you. Go now. Read them all.

Be Frank with Me by Julia Claybourne Johnson ~ Reclusive literary legend “Mimi” Banning hires Alice Whitely to care for her awkward, eccentric and endearing 5-year-old son, Frank ,and the result is is a captivating and charming story. Need a smile? This will help.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett ~ Two families are broken apart when Bert Cousins and Beverly Keating fall in love. The result is a multi-layered family drama that I dare you to take your eyes off of.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld ~ This smart and sassy modern updating of Pride and Prejudice works in every way and was oh, so satisfying of a read.

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout ~ Filled with line after line of quotable prose, this novel about author Lucy Barton’s extended hospital visit might be one of my favorite reads of the DECADE and is a powerful story about moving on and learning from one’s past.

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters ~ Victor lives in a present day where the Civil War never happened. A free black man, Victor tracks down escaped slaves for the U.S. Marshall service. This literary thriller will have you racing to its final pages and leave you thinking about it for days.

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ~ This 2016 National Book Award winner tells the story Cora, a slave traveling the underground railroad and desperate for freedom. Excellent writing propels this grim, but ultimately hopeful must-read.

Have the happiest of holidays and keep on reading!                   ~Carol

 

Megan’s Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2016 December 12, 2016

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  1. Lady Killer by Joelle Jones. By day she’s the perfect housewife and mother, but at night Josie is a ruthless killer for hire.

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     2. Giant Days by John Allison.  On their own at university for the first time, Esther, Susan and Daisy become fast friends.

 

   3. Rat Queens vol. 3: Demons by Curtis J. Wiebe. The Rat Queens are a gang of hard-drinking, death-dealing, killers for hire.

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4. Lumberjanes vol. 3: A Terrible Plan and Lumberjanes vol. 4 : Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson. The gang of campers have more adventures at Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types!

 

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5. Descender, vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire. In a universe where androids have been outlawed, a young robot and his companion struggle to survive.

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6. Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt. As awesomely weird as My Dirty Dumb Eyes.

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7. Saga, volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan. The story of star-crossed lovers and their daughter continues in this bizarre sci-fi/fantasy blended saga.

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8. Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts by The Awkward Yeti. These comic, starring analytical Brain and optimistic Heart perfectly illustrate the constant battle between heart and head.

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9. Prez, vol.1: Corndog-in-Chief by Mark Russell. This a frighteningly timely political satire.

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10. Mooncop by Tom Gauld. A simple, lovely, and melancholy story about human colonization of the moon.

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

My Top 10 in 2016 December 12, 2016

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Brit-Marie was Here: A Novel by Backman, Fredrik

Flight of Dreams by Lawhon, Ariel

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Stewart, Amy

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Kelly, Martha Hall

Lily and the Octopus by Rowley, Steven

My Mrs. Brown: A Novel by Norwick, William

O Great One! A Little Story about the Awesome Power of Recognition

by Novak, David

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Bivald, Katerina

The Summer before the War: A Novel by Simonson, Helen

Time of Fog and Fire by Bowen, Rhys

Most of my 2016 picks are historical fiction.

I hope you enjoy them!

~ Emma

It’s Christmas Cookie time! December 10, 2016

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Have you ever wondered why cookies are such a big part of our Christmas celebrations?  The original Christmas cookie may have been gingerbread.  In Europe in the 1500s, the baking of gingerbread was only allowed by guildsman–professional bakers.  But at Christmas time, these rules were relaxed and the common people were allowed to bake gingerbread in their homes for a special treat.  We’re not restricted to once a year, but this is the time to make those delicious recipes that have been in the family for years, and to try new recipes and start new traditions.  We have plenty of books to help!

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Latest Additions! December 6, 2016

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It may be a rainy day, but at least it’s not snowing. Get out of the rain and come see us at the library. Here are the latest additions to the Reading Room:

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the-girls-in-the-garden

 

hes-gone

 

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Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

-Gina

Walk off that Thanksgiving Dinner! November 25, 2016

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Turkey day is over, and now we’re the ones who are stuffed!  The weather is still pretty mild by Cleveland standards, so why not get outside while you still can?  We are fortunate to live near one of the greatest park systems in the U.S.–the Cleveland Metroparks.  Also known as the Emerald Necklace, the Cleveland Metroparks include more than 23,000 acres of land on which there are hundreds of miles of walking, bicycle and horse trails.  Take advantage of one of Northeast Ohio’s greatest resources today! Visit the Cleveland Metroparks website for hiking and walking maps and more information  http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Recreation/Hiking-and-Walking-12.aspx.

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Famous Birthdays in November- check them out! November 14, 2016

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Famous Authors Born in November–Come check them out!

Margaret Mitchell (November 8, 1900 – August 16, 1949)

Gone With the Wind

Carl Sagan  (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)

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Contact and the The Demon-Haunted World

Neil Gaiman (November 10, 1960- present)

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American Gods, Coraline, and Stardust.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007)

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Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle.

Robert Louis Stevenson (November 13, 1850 – December 3, 1894)

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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Treasure Island.

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888)

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Little Women, and the sequels Little Men and Jo’s Boys.

Madeleine L’Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007)

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A Wrinkle in Time

Clive Staples Lewis (November 29 1898 – November 22, 1963)

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Chronicles of Narnia series.

Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

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Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

 

Latest Additions! November 4, 2016

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That was an intense game 7 of the World Series. The Indians did their best to win, but could not beat the Cubs. There’s always next year, Indians fans! Now that you’re not busy watching the baseball games, come see us at the library and check out the latest additions to the Reading Room including:

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modern-lovers

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truly-madly-guilty

 

Enjoy!

-Gina

Election Day is almost here! November 1, 2016

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Leaves are falling, the furnace is on (for some of us!), the Tribe is still playing (and hopefully will be World Series Champions tonight!), and only 7 more days until the election. More than 22 million people have already voted through early voting and absentee ballot.  If you are one of the millions of Americans planning to show up at the polls next Tuesday, plan to show up informed.  Voting hours are 6:30 am-7:30 pm. You can view and print your own personal sample ballot and find your voting location through the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us  Also, be prepared and bring one form of identification with you to the polls.  Acceptable ID in Ohio include:

  • A current and valid photo identification card (e.g., driver’s license or state ID) OR
  • A military identification OR
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Happy Voting!

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Latest Additions October 21, 2016

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It is starting to feel and look like fall. I took a drive through Ohio last weekend, and the scenery was beautiful with all the fall colors on the trees. This week you can feel it as the cool temperature has caused me to turn the heat on. If you enjoy relaxing, and reading a good book in the fall, check out these latest additions to the Reading Room:

among-the-wicked

live-and-let-grow

the-golden-age

the-good-goodbye

Enjoy reading!

-Gina