Comic Book Cool Cats

It’s kitten season (April-October) and cats are absolutely everywhere right meow, including in just about every type of comic book or manga story you could imagine.

In Cat Massage Therapy by Haru Hisakawa, world weary workers find relief from the most unexpected of feline massage professionals.

Catboy by Benji Nate sees Olive’s wish to hang out with her cat Henry “like a person” come very precisely true, when her best cat friend becomes her best cat-person friend. Adulting and style abound in this hilarious and beautiful collection of the weekly webcomic.

A Man and His Cat by Umi Sakurai is really all in the title. An older gentleman adopts a seemingly unwanted cat from a local pet store. Does each have what the other is looking for? Read on and find out in this purrfect slice-of-life manga!

In the expansive world of steampunk, magic, and animal human hybrids of Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda, and Rus Wooten, cats play a powerful and central role: as both historian poets as well as secret guardians of order and peace.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples is perhaps the most popular non-superhero adult audience comic book in the last decade: a dramatic, gorgeous space adventure, full of action, heartbreak, and treachery. Lying Cat, however, cuts through all of the chaos and the spin, and will notify you, in fact, if you are “lying.”

Check out these feline tales and more in this booklist

~ posted by Mychal L.

Gardening with Toddlers

We made a small garden space for my kiddo to play in to get him involved in the growing of things. It’s still mostly dirt play and mud making, which is a delight, but by planting that seed I hope his love for gardening grows as he gets older. Here are a few books in our collection that we’ve added to storytime at home to get him thinking and reading about the garden.

Dig In! by Cynthia L. Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Mary Peterson
What kid doesn’t LOVE dirt?! This book is all about your child getting their hands dirty and what they will find as they play in the garden.

Green Green: a Community Gardening Story by Marie and Baldev Lamba, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
Highlights the growth of community and reclaiming green spaces. Told through quick rhymes and colorful pictures. Continue reading “Gardening with Toddlers”

Teen Women in History

March was Women’s History Month, but it’s always a good time to reflect on the accomplishments and lives of women in the past. Here are seven stories about teens and young women through history.

Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle follows Marisela and Lorena, two jazz owls – young women who work all day to support the war effort and dance all night to deal with the stress of living during World War Two.  When the authorities crack down on the Latino population for their night clubs, wild music, and loose suits, murder follows, and the girls worry particularly about their brother Ray.

They Went Left by Monica Hesse starts with a promise from Zofia to her younger brother when they are liberated from a German concentration camp.  But how in the world will she locate him amongst the millions of refugees?

In The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, Jo Kuan hides her identity as a Chinese-American cleaning girl while writing an anonymous advice column that gains enormous popularity and some unwelcome attention. Continue reading “Teen Women in History”

New Fiction Roundup – May 2022

Get ready for summer reading with May new releases! It’s a (perhaps surprisingly) good month for new horror releases, as well as new titles from literary favorites, some great romance, and much more.

5/3: Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Cutthroat literary agent Nora takes a girls trip to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina but continually finds herself thrown together with Charlie, a brooding editor that she knows from home. Will they write their own love story? (romance) A Peak Pick!

5/3: Book of Night by Holly Black
Thief Charlie Hall is trying to get out of the business, but she works for some dangerous people: gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to eavesdrop and sometimes kill. With a desperate sister and a boyfriend hiding secrets, Charlie enters the hunt for a book that could unleash a terrifying power. (fantasy)

5/3: Companion Piece by Ali Smith
Pandemics, isolation, companionship, medieval clocks, poetry, and wordplay are rich ground for the author of the Seasonal Quartet. (general fiction)

5/3: The Hacienda by Isabel Canas
In 1820s Mexico, Beatriz accepts a marriage proposal and finds herself at a haunted estate, where she’ll rely on the help of a local priest to save herself and the others who live at the hacienda. (horror)

5/3: The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara
17-year-old Athena recounts the story of her father, King Rao, who overcame being born into the lowest caste in India to become a tech billionaire. Thanks to one of King Rao’s inventions, The Harmonica, Athena has access to all his memories and must use them to absolve herself of his suspicious death. (general fiction) Continue reading “New Fiction Roundup – May 2022”

New Nonfiction Roundup – May 2022

Spring continues to bloom with outstanding nonfiction. In addition to May’s Peak Picks, this month is rich in reflections of current events, inspiring memoirs, fascinating histories, and more!

In the News.
In His Name is George Floyd, Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa reveal how systemic racism shaped the life of the man whose murder sparked a global movement. Philanthropist Bill Gates tackles another of the world’s biggest challenges in the upbeat How to Prevent the Next Pandemic, while Jonathan Martin’s analysis of the 2020 presidential election and its threat to democracy is decidedly less than optimistic in This Will Not Pass. Bestselling author Bill McKibben examines race, inequality, religion and the environment and asks the question “what the hell happened?” in The Flag, The Cross and the Stationwagon; Marine veteran Phil Klay looks at the how twenty years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has contributed to a divided America in Uncertain Ground. And Ric Edelman answers all your questions about Bitcoin, blockchain, NFTs and all things digital in The Truth About Crypto.

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There’s no shortage of celebrity memoirs this month. In Mean Baby, actor Selma Blair discusses her provocative career and life with multiple sclerosis while Simu Liu, star of Marvels’ first Asian superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings, discusses his life as a Chinese immigrant in We Were Dreamers. Jennifer Grey talks honestly about her highs (Dirty Dancing) and lows (plastic surgery gone awry) in Out of the Corner; Minnie Driver shares lessons from her unconvential upbringing and career in Managing Expectations; and Arrow and Teen Wolf star Colton Hayes reveals the consequences of stardom at a young age in Miss Memory Lane. Beloved novelist Ann Hood will entertain readers with tales of life as a TWA flight attendant in Fly Girl while activist Will Jawando will inspire with his testament to the father figures in his life in My Seven Black Fathers. Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey of The Office talk about the roots of their friendship and go behind the scenes of the beloved sitcom in The Office BFFs. In Chosen, Stephen Mills candidly discusses how he overcame sexual abuse at the hands of a social worker, while Cindy House combines essays with graphic shorts to illustrate her life twenty years sober in Mother Noise. New Yorker writer Tad Friend explores his relationship with his dying father as he raises two children of his own in In the Early Times. And Lynne Cox tells the story of a water rescue dog and his bond with his trainer in Tales of Al.

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