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Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:38am
Cover to Tentacle & Wing by Sarah Porter

Ada looks completely human . . . but she has a secret.

Twelve years ago, right before Ada was born, a genetic experiment on Long Island went horribly wrong. The result? Hundreds of children born with Chimera Syndrome—the combination of human DNA and animal DNA. Nearly all the children who lived have animal features. Their wildly different appearances and altered senses set them apart from everyone else. These children became known as kimes, and everyone is terrified of them.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:06am
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired

Bestselling author Lawrence Block's collection of short stories, published in 2016, In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper was a huge success. The panoply of contributors' ideas about well-known American artist Edward Hopper was widely hailed by literary crowds around the nation. Block knew he had to come up with an encore, which is another collection of short stories based on famous artwork, Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired.

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:04am
If you like The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

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.

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:02am
The Alienist by Caleb Carr

"Prior to the twentieth century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be 'alienated,' not only from the rest of society but from their own true natures. Those experts who studied mental pathologies were therefore known as alienists." 

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:19am
If you like Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman

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 other book matches here.

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 2:56am
A History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter

When you travel, is walking always part of the itinerary? Besides being good exercise generally and a great way to unstiffen those limbs after the tight quarters on an airplane, train, or car, walking lets you see so much more of your destination. Take your time, and you can see –and- understand the sites much better than if you whirled past them on a tour bus.

Set your own pace, and you’ll have the opportunity to make interesting discoveries, about a place’s history, maybe even how it relates to the history of the world itself. A History of the World in 500 Walks is an intriguing blend of travel book and history book. With chapters ranging from Prehistory (the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a 34-mile rainforest traverse in Queensland, Australia) to the 20th Century (the Selma to Montgomery Trail in Alabama and the Long Trail in Vermont—completed in 1930), you’ll become more aware of history’s triumphs and tragedies and nature’s sometimes harsh beauty, as well as other cultures' histories, as can be found on the Nakasendo Trail in Japan.

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