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Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 08:20
If you like Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle


This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle: "Countercultural clash: a Seventies commune tries out Alaska, where it encounters hostile homesteaders." (catalog description) The library has print and audio versions. 

If you like Drop City, you may also find these stories of folks living outside of society are appealing:  
 

Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Follows the fortunes of Bit and the commune his parents helped to create. A group of like-minded folks comes together to create a utopia in Arcadia. Despite everyone’s best intentions, the commune falls apart under the strain of privation and a self-serving leader who can’t live up to his own ideals. Bit is ill-prepared for the real world, but manages to make his way until a flu pandemic threatens the human race.
 

Flower Children by Maxine Swann
A woman and her siblings share an unstructured childhood on a Pennsylvania farm in the 70’s and each of them faces difficulties adjusting to adulthood and life off the farm.

 

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:53
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole is exactly what it sounds like. Two boys start digging a massive hole to see what they might find. Such an activity is a tried and true milestone for any child explorer, but few make it as deep as this pair does.  

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:10
The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

With The Last American Vampire, author Seth Grahame-Smith has finally divulged the afterlife and unpredictable fate of Lincoln’s undead friend, vampire Henry Sturges, first encountered in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:40
From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island by Lorna Goodison

From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island, by Lorna Goodison, is a lyric examination of past generations living in the cityscapes and countryside of Jamaica. Ms. Goodison looks at her family’s strengths and strayings with loving, wise eyes.

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:02
If you like  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

 The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd: "The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. 'The Invention of Wings' follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined." (Book Description)

If you enjoyed  The Invention of Wings, you may also like these titles:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected (catalog description)

 

Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies
A sweeping historical tale based on the life and times of the daughter of a New York merchant finds the orphaned Belle suffering at the hands of a rival cousin before working as a prostitute and transforming herself repeatedly to win the love and life she desires. (catalog description)
 

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:37
You Are a Lion! by Taeeun Yoo

You Are a Lion! blends yoga instruction with gentle, easy-to-follow images of boys and girls performing several positions. Children may pretend to be any number of wild animals while also participating in a full lesson that combines moving and reading into one peaceful activity.

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