Five horror novels to read now

Why wait until everyone else is looking for ghost stories and horror to enjoy the gothic, the ghoulish and the ghastly? We see a big uptick in horror readers in October, but YOU can get ahead of the curve by diving into horror novels right now, mid April, when the days are getting longer (sunset today is at 7:51 p.m.!) and your body is enjoying replenished stores of vitamin D.

Our librarians chose some recent horror novels, published between 2016 and 2018, for just this purpose. You’ll see how the Donner Party can get even creepier, find out what havoc a Frankenstein-esque mindset can do in Baghdad, and keep the pages turning while the heart is pounding.

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Books for Two

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There’s no need to go to the trouble of getting a large group together for a book group each month (unless you want to). I have a book group for two, and it’s going just fine. Here were our book selections … Continue reading

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New Fiction Roundup – April 2018

4/3: America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo – When Hero De Vera arrives in the United States, haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents, her aunt and uncle give her a fresh start in the Bay Area and don’t ask about her past. But their daughter, the first American-born daughter in the family, can’t resist asking Hero about her damaged hands.

4/3: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets Faith Frank, a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades. As Faith invites Greer to join in her work, Greer heads down a wildly different life path than she’d imagined. A Peak Picks selection! Continue reading

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New Nonfiction Roundup – April 2018

Memoirs that tackle addiction, motherhood and war. Celebrations of food through recipes and reflections. And politics, politics, politics. April has it all!  Continue reading

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Avengers Spoiler Alert: Andy Serkis is playing WHO?

Ms. Marvel, White Wolf, Mantis, Drax, Falcon, Peter Dinklage as Pip the Troll!… Just when you thought the burgeoning cast of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe couldn’t get any more crowded, Hollywood Insider has gained access to leaked scripts for an as-yet-untitled Avengers movie due out in April 2020 that reveal a veritable avalanche of new characters, and a stunning new merger of beloved comics franchises. Continue reading

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Comics Anthologies

Sequential art is a very flexible storytelling medium. Styles range from serialized or one-shot stories, published as individual comics issues and larger graphic novels, to very short comic strips and political cartoons. A favorite comics type of mine is the thematic comics anthology.

Anthologies tend to highlight stories from up-and-coming creators, creators from under-represented groups (including #ownvoices stories), and often feature supposedly “less marketable” subject matter. They are generally short stories of a few pages each, not the typical 22-page or longer comics story. They are sometimes financed outright by traditional publishers, but nowadays the trend seems to be moving towards crowdfunding.

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Bus Reads for March

Here are my March bus reads:

Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell

Married to a man she didn’t love and carrying a child she never could. Elsie had always wanted her mother to be proud of her…to want her, but she was always too selfish to be the mother Elsie needed. Now as an adult coming to terms with her mother’s death Elsie will reveal secrets long buried and question for herself what is love? What is home? Written beautifully with the past and present intertwining to tell a story of dysfunction and redemption. Continue reading

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