Holiday Reads for the Rest of Us

To get into the holiday spirit this year I’ve been cranking up the Christmas tunes, decorating the Christmas tree, and drinking hot cocoa while watching Home Alone, but when it comes to books I need something a little less sparkly and bright. I like to read realistic fiction – nothing against a good cozy mystery or a holiday themed romance, but I enjoy the struggle of real life in my reading. It helps me recognize what I’m thankful for and helps me feel less alone if I’m having a hard time. Here are some fiction reads, for however you spend the season, to bring some empathy, understanding, and maybe a little chaos.

Disgruntled: A Novel by Asali Solomon: “Kenya is teased mercilessly by her Philadelphia grade-school classmates for her Kwanzaa-celebrating family’s odd ways—and they don’t know the half of it.  Her father preaches “black anarchy” as the volatile leader of the Seven Days, a group he and Kenya’s mother, Sheila, who grew up in the projects and who supports her family as a librarian, has pulled together. Preternaturally observant and mordantly funny, Kenya is a hypnotic narrator coping valiantly with an increasingly bewildering life.” (Booklist) Continue reading “Holiday Reads for the Rest of Us”

New Year’s Resolution- To be More Eco-Friendly

~posted by Selby

With a new year come new year’s resolutions. Whether you want to learn to carve wood, invest in the stock market or create a will, the library probably has something to help you. One of my resolutions is to be more environmentally friendly. After reading the first two books below, I was inspired to give up as much plastic as I could and look for other ways in my life to reduce my impact on the Earth. Here are some books that will help if you have the same New Year’s resolution as I do.

Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles by Michael SanClements and Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Feinkel are great books that will open your eyes to the ubiquity of plastics and some of the potential hazards to being in such a plastic laden world. Both books discuss the history of plastic, how certain types can harm our health and give ideas about how to lessen your use of stuff. Continue reading “New Year’s Resolution- To be More Eco-Friendly”

Romantic Wednesdays: Just Like Starting Over

By Jessica W.

Every year, January comes around and we make resolutions. Find love, learn a new language, go to the gym, we try to give ourselves a new start, a fresh page with the beginning of a new year. Some of us go farther than others when we want a new start—we don’t just start a new habit, we try to start a new life. In these romances, that new life comes with a new love. One of the things I also love about the starting over trope is that the hero or heroine also has to forge platonic relationships, giving the novels a big cast of characters to get to know in addition to the hero and heroine.

It's in His Kiss in the Library catalogThe Inn at Rose Harbor in the Library catalogTalk Me Down in the Library catalog Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Just Like Starting Over”