Did you know we have current and best selling books by authors with ties to Rhode Island? Journalist Tim White, Anne Hood, Peter Conti, and Alyssa Maxwell are writers who currently live here or once called RI ‘home’. (By the way, Maxwell has a great murder mystery series based in the Newport Mansions!)
Their latest books can be found in our Leisure Reading collection. Stop by and pick up some books for those night by the fire this Fall!
Who’s ready to do some fall baking? If you like pie (who doesn’t like pie?), you should check out our new book called The Art of Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life. It has instructions on making a variety of different types of pie, including traditional flavors like apple, blueberry, and peach, as well as some less common flavors like mocha cream, banana rum caramel coconut, grasshopper (mint), and nectarine. Not into sweets? No problem–there’s a whole section on savory pies like sausage and apple, Shepard’s pie, and English pork pies. Don’t want to bake, but do want to look at some close up pictures of pie? This book’s got that too.
Come browse this book in our Leisure Reading section, and send us a picture if you end up using one of the recipes!
Admittedly, it was with great hesitation that I started Oprah’s current choice for her eponymous book club – the debut novel “BEHOLD THE DREAMERS” by Imbolo Mbue. After all, what’s an Oprah book choice without the 3D’s (despair, depression, and dysfunction) and I wasn’t quite sure I was looking for that at the end of those lazy days of summer. Much to my surprise, Mbue’s book proved one of the best book choices in Oprah’s 20 year ‘book club’ history. Sure it has the 3 D’s, yet layered in a beautifully written story about a young Cameroonian couple who believe they are on the fast track to living the American Dream, until the 2008 economic meltdown comes into play. A clash of cultures, religion, class systems, race, wealth, and dreams all come into play – making this a must-read book for everyone.
Looking for something to do tonight? Check out our game collection! We’ve got a variety of games from recent (Cards Against Humanity), to classic (Monopoly, Pictionary), to vintage (Mall Madness). You can browse the games we have online, or you can come take a look at our new display area on the first floor of the library!
Our game area!
Board games are available for a 3-day check out, and you can find them on the first floor of the library near the windows.
Due to the popularity of our August Book Club pick “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”, our September Book Club choice is the enchanting ‘companion’ novel “The Love Songs of Miss Queenie Hennessy” by Rachel Joyce. While ‘Miss Queenie’ is waiting for Harold’s visit as he treks across England, she decides to write to him – and tell Harold everything she’s kept secret for 20 years. Order your copy today through ILL – just call us at Borrower Services and we’ll be happy to help you. (232-6125)
Looking for a book that’s in tune with nature? How about a graphic novel about the namesake of The National Audubon Society? Audubon: On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau & Jérémie Royer is based on the life of ornithologist and naturalist John James Audubon who traveled the United States in the 1800s observing and illustrating birds.
This book features great art, a strong story, and is clear and easy to read, even for those who don’t read comics. There are also reproductions of Audubon’s paintings at the end so you can observe his style first-hand. This is a great book for the end of the summer, since there’s time to read it outside and enjoy the nice weather, then do some exploring of your own!
To get more information, or to place a hold, click here.
There’s one more month of summer left, so if you’re looking to squeeze in some reading, you should check out some of our young adult (YA) titles! YA books are written for a teenage audience, but are enjoyed by readers of all ages (check out this article from The Guardian on why so many adults enjoy YA books).
Below are some of the YA books we have at the library, but you can also explore this list of other titles we have. Click on the covers to get a quick summary in the “Description” section of the record, or to place a hold on the book: