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!
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:
While September still seems a month away, our incoming first year students are participating in the “GRIT Initiative” Bryant’s entire incoming class has been asked to read the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and write a 1-2 page reflection for their Gateway course.
The library has the physical book that you can borrow, but if you’re out of state or prefer to access it a different way, you can digitally borrow the audiobook! (1 user at a time, 2-day loan). Start listening now and get ready for September!
If you’ve passed by our leisure reading section in the last week, you may have noticed the oversize book we have on display titled Maria Sybilla Merian, Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium. Mary Sybilla Merian was a naturalist who illustrated and researched insects, plants, and other creatures during the 1700s, and this book features her work from a trip to Surinam. This is a great item to browse while you’re cooling off in the library, especially since it also includes a short biography of Maria Sybilla Marian and information on how her art was colored and reproduced with printing presses.
For more information, and to watch some cool videos about the book, check out the publisher’s site here. You can also place a hold on this book (yes, you can check it out!) in the library catalog here.