Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:36pm
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The whistle tweets, and the Roller Derby begins. The skaters weave, crash and roll, wowing twelve-year-old Astrid with their speed and power. In that moment, Astrid realizes that she must become a Roller Girl

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:45am
If You Like Dune by Frank Herbert

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Dune by Frank Herbert: "Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family-and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream."

If you enjoyed Dune, you may enjoy these titles because of the detailed world-building, complex politics, and fascinating characters.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
After nuclear war, a group of monks attempt to hold on to the last vestiges of civilization.


Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
When engineer Leo Graf discovers that the genetically modified slaves he is training for an interstellar megacorporation are scheduled to be sterilized or killed, he is compelled to save them against his better judgement. He soon finds that no good deed goes unpunished!

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:35pm
Snip Snap! What's That? by Mara Bergman and Illustrated by Nick Maland

In Snip Snap! What's That?, an alligator crawls out of the city sewers and into an apartment building. The three children inside Room Thirteen hear it creep up the stairs. The book takes a moment to ask the reader, "Were the children scared?"

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:05am
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Actor Arthur Leander has experienced a number of peaks and valleys in his lengthy Hollywood career. As he prepares to take the stage as King Lear in what will be his final performance, he’s hardly at the top of his game. Hard living and a separation from his only son have taken their toll, and Arthur succumbs to a heart attack as the audience watches. Kirsten, a young child also in the production, is traumatized by Arthur’s death and will remember this day far into the future.

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:05am
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams

A life-threatening health condition led Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, to make some unorthodox life decisions. In seeking the traditional American dream of being a homeowner, she buys a house—one with great potential, but in need of extensive TLC. Dee, a farm girl, is not intimidated by hard work, and gradually she transforms her fixer-upper into charming digs, complete with a lavish garden. Between maintaining her abode and traveling for her job as a state hazardous waste inspector, she has no time to simply luxuriate in little day-to-day pleasures. It’s not until she is diagnosed with heart failure in her early forties that she realizes how vital it is to change her priorities. She is no longer content to be a slave to house and yard work.

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:21pm
Before Versailles by Karleen Koen

Karleen Koen’s Before Versailles is a splendidly rich story of romantic intrigue set in the early days of the Sun King’s rule. Louis XIV is a very young and handsome king. Newly-married to a virtuous if plain Spanish princess, he is determined to be true to his vows, but the ladies at court have other ideas—particularly his brother’s wife.