Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:33pm
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’m not sure I’ve read a book as simultaneously uplifting and horrifying as The Book Thief. Perhaps this is not too surprising as it’s narrated by Death himself.

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:31pm
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Louie is a picture-book character who notices the little details. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story begins to tell Louie's tale, but the book does not get very far before our hero discovers a startling fact that derails the entire story. There's a big, nasty jelly stain on the page!

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:39am
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

This heart-pounding, supernatural masterpiece follows the story of worn-down rock god, Judas Coyne, who spends most of his accumulated millions collecting macabre and horror memorabilia on eBay.

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:34pm
The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman

Marjorie Burke was angry. Her little sister had married an Orthodox Jew and seemed to change overnight from a fun-loving, normal, naughty girl into a serious wife and mother—and a very religious one, in keeping with her new husband’s beliefs. As a grad student immersed in ancient stories of the White Rebbe, a Jewish holy man and magician, Majorie has an academic historian’s point of view on legends. She never expected them to come calling in real life or to have to face down a supernatural being called The Angel of Losses on her own.

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:35pm
The Laura Line by Crystal Allen

Welcome—or not—to middle school. Laura Eboni Dyson and her best friend, Sage, are trying to make the most of a tough year. Both love fashion, and both are bigger than average. It’s hard to feel “runway ready” when the kids call you Fat Larda. But Laura and Sage are gifted in other amazing ways. And Laura discovers she is part of the incredible Laura Line.

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:20am
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.