Debut Author Spotlight: February 2018

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Katherine

There are lots of fantastic titles by debut authors that came to the library in February. If you would like a more comprehensive list, please visit our catalog. Enjoy!

Only Killers and Thieves

Only Killers and Thieves” by Paul Howarth

Two brothers, Billy and Tommy McBride, seek revenge for the murder of their parents and younger sister in the Australian outback in the 1880s. Believing their family was murdered by an aboriginal man, the boys set off on a manhunt accompanied by a neighboring rancher and Inspector Noone of the Native Mounted Police.

However, relations are strained between the white settlers and the natives they have brutally oppressed, and the manhunt becomes a massacre. While Billy embraces the violence and sense of vengeance, Tommy is sickened by the cruelty they witness, and his growing conscience jeopardizes the brothers’ relationship.

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Nonfiction Roundup: March 2018

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 by Kirk

Here is a quick look at the most noteworthy nonfiction titles being released this March. Visit our catalog for a more extensive list.

TOP PICKS

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Geneen Roth, the author of a number of popular self-help titles, returns this month with “This Messy Magnificent Life.” Here, she presents a series of insightful essays aimed at helping readers build self-esteem and assert control over all aspects of life. If you have enjoyed her previous books or are just looking for a warm and humorous pick-me-up, this one is for you. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: March 2018”

Previous Docs From True/False 2018 Directors

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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We’ve compiled a list of previous documentaries available at DBRL from the directors who are presenting films at this year’s True/False Film Fest.

Bart Layton
True/False 2018 film: “American Animals
Past film as director: “The Imposter

Jason Kohn
True/False 2018 film: “Love Means Zero
Past film as director: “Manda BalaContinue reading “Previous Docs From True/False 2018 Directors”

Playing Along: Docs About Gamers

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Wizard modeBeing a gamer can challenge your cognitive ability and your dexterity, but it can also be a challenge to your social skills. How can gamers interact constructively with others while still maintaining their competitive edge? Check out these documentaries about various kinds of gamers.

Wizard Mode dvd coverWizard Mode” (2016)

This film is a candid personal perspective on autism through the life of one of the world’s greatest pinball players. The film follows Robert Gagno as he seeks to balance his quest to become a world pinball champion and his growing real world responsibilities, culminating at the largest pinball tournament in the world. Continue reading “Playing Along: Docs About Gamers”

Reader Review: The End Of The Affair

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018 by patron reviewer

Editor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2017 Adult Summer Reading program. We will continue to periodically share some of these reviews throughout the year.

End of the Affair book coverIn the years that follow the ending of an affair between Sarah Miles and Maurice Bendrix, we learn (through the help of a dedicated private detective) what the relationship had meant to both parties and what they had done to protect themselves or the other from the intensity of love that they experienced. While Bendrix wrestles with jealousy and insecurity, Sarah struggles to honor a vow she believes keeps Bendrix safe, but demands that she quit their love entirely.

Graham Greene was a phenomenal writer and “The End of the Affair” provided both plot and prose that I found to be stunning. (Seriously, how is this not required reading?!) Greene explores relationships and morality in a way that forces the reader to abandon the dichotomy of good and bad, and appreciate the nuances and complexity in so many of life’s experiences.

Three words that describe this book: Love, loss, fantastic

You might want to pick this book up if: You want a new author to love. Also, if you’re working on “1001 Books to Read Before You Die.”

-Renee

Romance Novels by or About People of Color: Read Harder 2018

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 by Kat

book pages folded to make a heartThe romance genre sometimes gets a bad rap. Is it because of the book covers with people missing various pieces of clothing? Or maybe it’s the genre’s “predictibility”? (Which, I might point out, is common in many genres. Mystery book? I’ll bet the mystery is solved by the end.) These reasons may be valid, but regardless, I’m here to convince you that dipping your toes into romance is well worth your time. Especially if you want to complete your Read Harder Challenge!

One of the 24 tasks of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge is to read a romance by or about a person of color. The romance genre has many subgenres, and so there’s sure to be something out there for everyone. All of these books will fulfill task 10 of the challenge. Continue reading “Romance Novels by or About People of Color: Read Harder 2018”

Reader Review: The Invisible Library

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by patron reviewer

Editor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2017 Adult Summer Reading program. We will continue to periodically share some of these reviews throughout the year.

Invisible Library book coverOur heroine, Irene, is an agent for the Library, which gathers works of fiction from different realities in order to preserve them. Her latest mission involves complications like a new apprentice and competition from several parties—including a hated, long-time rival and a dangerous enemy to the library—as well as interesting new allies. “The Invisible Library” has a compelling premise, and strong character and world building. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.

Three words that describe this book: interesting, fun, tense

You might want to pick this book up if: You enjoy a good mystery with a strong dose of fantasy.

-Katherine

Know Your Dystopias: Transmetropolitan

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 by Eric

“Point: journalism is not about plans and spreadsheets. It’s about human reaction and criminal enterprise. Here the lesson begins.”
-“Transmetropolitan” Issue #4, “On the Stump”

Those are the words of Spider Jerusalem, a heavily tattooed, usuallyTransmetrolitan book cover medicated, often intoxicated gonzo journalist in the 23rd century.  In an homage to Hunter S. Thompson, Spider shares not just Thompson’s iconic bald head and cigarette holder, but also his passion for mind altering substances, firearms and speaking truth to power.  Spider is navigating a world of corruption and weirdness, and his journalism might be the last hope of keeping the world in the comic book series “Transmetropolitan” from devolving into … an even more dystopian dystopia. Continue reading “Know Your Dystopias: Transmetropolitan”

Get Ready! Disaster Preparedness

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Larkspur

Flooding along the Missouri River- flooded neighboorhoodSome things you can’t plan for and some things you can, even if they are awful and you don’t want to think about them. It seems to me that properly preparing for the aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster would be about as much fun as was preparing my last will and testament (that process was like having dental work done without novocaine). It wasn’t pleasant to consider my inevitable demise, imagine all the goodbyes I’d hope to say and decide how best to settle my estate and do all the necessary data gathering and paperwork to complete it. The sense of relief I gained from taking care of this important task, however, was a good thing to feel, indeed. Continue reading “Get Ready! Disaster Preparedness”

New DVD List: Dina, The War Show, & More

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

still from Dina- man and woman on a bench

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Dina dvd coverDina
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Shown at the 2017 True False Film Fest, this film follows Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia who invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. Continue reading “New DVD List: Dina, The War Show, & More”