Looking for something to read this summer? Check out Another Brooklyn, the first book written for adults by Jaqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award and current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Here’s the publisher’s summary:
“Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.
But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.
Like Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.”
To find out more, you can listen to this NPR interview with Woodson, or place a hold on the book here.
If you have a child in grades 7 – 12, chances are they are required to read a number of books this summer, whether in private or public schools. Most public libraries have long waiting lists for the titles, but we have copies of most of these books here on our shelves – from the traditional classics to contemporary classics – waiting to be read this summer. So don’t have your child be ‘wait-listed’ for books today – stop by the library and let us help you here! (Please note, if we don’t have a particular title, we can always request it for you via our ILL program, which allows us to borrow from other colleges.)
If you’re looking for something to read to wind-down from the stress of the last week of classes, you should check out Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. This book is a graphic novel memoir about Knisley’s experiences with food throughout her life, starting as a child with a mother who was a chef and a father who loves gourmet food. Though this book celebrates high-end, locally sourced foods, it’s not snobby—Knisley also describes the comfort of eating McDonald’s fries, and celebrates the act of making food together, regardless of the outcome. As a bonus, she also ends each chapter with an illustrated recipe so you can make these foods yourself!
For more information, or to place a hold on this book, click here!
FYI: You may want to book your Study Room in the Library NOW, before all the rooms and most popular times are taken for Exam weeks. It’s easy to do – you can reserve on the iPad in the Library near the Circ Desk, or do it on your own computer – just check out the Study Room Reservations link on the front of the library homepage and follow the EZ directions. Just remember the Rule of “3” – at least 3 people need to be in your study group to reserve a room! White Boards and other amenities are available in most rooms.
We have it…the first Oprah’s Book Club choice for 2018: AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by award winning author Tayari Jones. What made Oprah want to share this novel with her Book Club members? Says Oprah, “After the first few chapters, as I got to know Roy and Celestial and Andre, I forgot they were fictional characters. I found myself in that zone readers yearn for: I wanted to cancel all my plans and curl up with my new friends. ” No doubt, a book you won’t want to put down this Spring season!
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/an-american-marriage-by-tayari-jones-oprahs-book-club-2018#ixzz5CHevyAA5
Looking for something fun and irreverent to read? Hot Dog Taste Test is full of art and comics from Lisa Hanawalt, production designer and producer on the Netflix series Bojack Horseman. This book features illustrated lists on goofy topics such as “Things that make me feel super old,” and “Food diary,” as well as full stories, including a day in the life of New York chef, and her experience swimming with river otters. It also features comics about Tuca & Bertie, so you can get to know them before their new Netflix show comes out.
To place a hold on this book, or for more information, check the catalog here.