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5 books about the immigrant experience

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Immigrants, and immigration in general, are topics near and dear to my heart: I grew up around immigrants, and as a kid, some of my good friends were from immigrant families. I've lost touch with some of those friends, but I've since made new ones that immigrated to America. I've also known for awhile that some of my not-so-distant ancestors immigrated here, and probably faced problems similar to what modern immigrants face. Since immigration is important to me, I like reading stories about the immigrant experience. Here are some of the ones I've read.Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by...

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4 bookish books

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

“Bookish” books are all the rage right now. By bookish books, I mean ones where books, bookstores, libraries, and/or writers play a key role. Here are some of the fun ones we have in stock. My Salinger Year, by Joanna Rakoff, is the true story a young, aspiring poet who got a job at J.D. Salinger’s literary agency. Joanna Rakoff spent her days in a wood-paneled office and surrounded by Dictaphones, answering Salinger's fanmail. Wigtown, Scotland could be described as a bookworm’s paradise because they have the most bookstores of any town. Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown’s largest used...

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Reading Roundup: January 2018

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

I read a couple new books and reread a couple old ones this month. Here are my favourites. I reread The Summer The World Ended, by Matthew S. Cox. I liked the book because, despite its serious nature, it's still kind of funny: the main character, 14-year-old Riley, has to deal with her dad shoving condoms in her coat pocket when she's not looking and then the condoms falling out at the worst possible time and embarrassing her. Riley has to move cross country to live with her estranged dad after her mom dies suddenly, and bombs fall unexpectedly soon...

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Teen Voices: Lily, by Michael Thomas Ford

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Lily by Michael Thomas Ford is not branded specifically as a horror story, and for good reason. Despite the haunting illustrations and the entire premise of the novel (Lily, the titular character, sees how people will die when she touches them), Lily is not exclusively fear-based.  To be sure, it is rather dark, with constant threat of death and a rather creepy religion.  Above all else, though, it’s a story of loss and love, and how to pick yourself back up after the world has turned its back on you.  It’s funny, whole-hearted, and surprisingly self-aware. That’s not to discount...

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5 books by cat people

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Hi hi hi! Spencer the junior staff cat  here. I like cat people, and I like books by cat people. Here are some books by pawsome cat people. Click on the titles; I included links in them to make it easier for you. I liked The Tourist Trail by John Yunker. The author is a confirmed cat man. It's set in Patagonia. There's a biologist at a penguin research center in a remote part of the world. When a strange man washes ashore and refuses to tell the biologist anything, she falls in love with him anyway. New, $13.99 Forgetting English...

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