Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:38am
A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

They call her Mary Quinn now. The judge would have happily have called her hanged. That’s what happens to unrepentant thieves, which is what Mary was. Orphaned and growing up on the streets of Queen Victoria’s London, an eight-year-old gets by as best she can. If that means dressing like a boy and picking pockets or even breaking into houses, that’s what she’ll do. Did. For four years until she was caught.

Mary was resigned to an end to her short and brutal life. She wouldn’t give the judge, or anyone, really, the satisfaction of tears or an apology. Even so, it was a harsh situation. Condemned to execution within days. So why was the lady in the courtroom’s gallery smiling at her—as if it was all going to be fine?

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 8:37am
If you like The Strain series by Guillermo del Toro

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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
Abraham Setrakian, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust, joins forces with CDC specialist Eph Goodweather to battle a vampiric virus that has infected New York in this first installment in a thrilling trilogy about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. (catalog summary)

The other two books in the trilogy include . . .The Fall (#2) and The Night Eternal (#3).

The FallThe Night Eternal


The Strain TV Show 

The Strain is an American horror drama television series that premiered on FX on July 13, 2014. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Carlton Cuse serves as executive producer and showrunner. Del Toro and Hogan wrote the pilot episode, "Night Zero", which del Toro directed. A thirteen-episode first season was ordered on November 19, 2013. On August 6, 2014, FX renewed The Strain for a 13-episode second season which premiered on July 12, 2015. [In] 2015, FX renewed The Strain for a 10-episode third season which premiered on August 28, 2016. FX renewed the series for a fourth and final season, which is scheduled to premiere on July 16, 2017.¹
 

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:35am
Cover to Rain by Sam Usher

The narrator, a young boy with a striped shirt, striped socks, and curly, red hair, is very excited when it starts to rain. There are so many things he could do in the rain! He could catch raindrops, splash in puddles, and look at everything upside down.

But Granddad said, “Let’s wait for the rain to stop.”

They wait and wait, but it doesn’t stop. The boy tells his granddad that, if he were out in the rain, he could go on a voyage with sea monsters!

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:34am
Lonely Planet's Film and TV Locations: Scout Out the World's Top Spots for Famous Film and TV Scenes

 "A film hasn't done its job correctly unless you forget you're sitting in a theater." — Roman Polanski

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:34am
The Shady Tree by Demi

Once upon a time in China, there was a spoiled boy named Tan Tan who lived in a very big house, shaded by a very big tree.

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:33am
Cover to Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

In Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson’s gripping and haunting debut novel, Mary was tried and convicted of murdering the three-month-old she was helping her mother babysit. The catch? She was only nine years old at the time of the alleged, as she often reminds us, incident. The baby was beaten and strangled, and her mother, who was present, was the individual who was actually supposed to be watching the baby. Mary didn’t stand up for herself and her role in the matter afterwards. In fact, she never uttered a sound.

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