Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:34am
If you like Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
"Area X" has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. (catalog summary)

There are two other books, along with a single volume called "Area X" which brings together all three volumes of the Southern Reach Trilogy.

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Annihilation is an upcoming science fantasy action horror film written for the screen and directed by Alex Garland based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. It stars Natalie PortmanJennifer Jason LeighGina RodriguezTessa ThompsonTuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. The film is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures on February 23, 2018. See the trailer belowIf you enjoy this sci-fi epic adventure, check out these similar titles.

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:32am
A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

Elsa Myer has a lot on her hands. Her father (whom she holds plenty against) is dying of cancer. Her other family relations are strained, between her sister and trying to handle her 16-year-old niece, Mel. She also finds herself constantly struggling with the demons of her childhood, wondering when the nightmares and memories will stop. She's just turned 40, after all, and she still dreams of self-harm due to neglect from her long-dead mother.

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:51pm
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle

"We have a gift, and we have a cake, and today we're going to drive all the way to the big city to see my new baby cousin on his zero-year birthday!"

So begins Margarita Engle's joyful picture book, All the Way to Havana. The narrator, a young boy who lives in Cuba, and his family are preparing to go see his new cousin in Havana. They take "Cara Cara," their 1954 blue Chevy that is supposed to purr like a kitten. But Cara Cara is so tired, she just chatters away like a baby chicken: "Pío, pío, pío, pío, pffft." The narrator's father fixes Cara Cara with each clunk clunk, something he does often to the old vintage vehicle.

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:29am
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia—Warren an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. (catalog summary)

If you enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere, check out these other domestic fiction title read-a-likes.

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:28am
Valensteins (A Love Story) by Ethan Long

Something strange is in the air . . . and it could just be love.

The members of the Fright Club are planning a frightful scare. It will be a good one—like always. But Fran K. Stein has something (or someone) else on his mind. He's busy making something, and of course, the others want to know what it is.

Pink paper . . . scissors . . . glue . . . in the shape of . . . something. "Are you making a mask? With fangs?" Vladimir asks.

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:27am
Cover to The End of Our Story by Meg Haston

In The End of Our Story, by Meg Haston, we meet Wilson and Bridget, a young pair who seem meant to be together.  

Bridge and Wil have always been together. First, they grew up together. They became inseparable friends soon after and then, even more so, as a couple. Until Bridge broke Wil’s heart, that is. Then, suddenly, the pair that always was just isn’t anymore.

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