Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

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Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection “Her Body and Other Parties: Stories” has not only topped many Best Seller lists, but has also been nominated for the National Book Award for fiction! Check it out today and see why everyone is raving over this collection of short stories, which fascinates the reader with the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

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Check out some Local Authors!

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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!Guilded_Murder

September Book Club’s “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy” by Rachel Joyce

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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)

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Check This Out! – Queer: A Graphic History

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51qxEZud3kL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_Not sure what the Kinsey scale, heteronormativity, or polyamory are? Want to know more about identity politics, gender, or the LGBTQ* movement? Looking for an introduction to queer theory, but aren’t sure where to start? Want to learn more about all these topics (and more) in a non-judgmental, fun, and easy to understand format? Never fear – the library has a solution!

Queer: A Graphic History is a great starting guide for all these topic and more! This book breaks down complex topics from queer theory into illustrated, easy to understand, 1-page summaries (see image below). This book has value for those just starting to learn about these topics, as well as those with some background knowledge looking for more in-depth information. To learn more, or to place a hold on this title, visit the library catalog here, or click the book cover above!

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Image from http://www.juliascheele.co.uk/queer-a-graphic-history/

–Becca

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Check This Out! – Margaret Atwood

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Season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale is over, but if you need more from Margaret Atwood, we’ve got you covered! Check out some of the other books she’s written available at Bryant library (click the links or cover photos to place a hold):

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Alias Grace
is a great next-book choice, especially because it’s also being made into a tv show! It’s going to be a limited-run show on Netflix–check out the trailer here.

This book is based on a true story about Grace Marks, who was convicted of killing the man she worked for. In this retelling, Grace cannot recall the murder, and a doctor’s help is enlisted to find out what really happened.

 

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Another book by Margaret Atwood you should check out is Oryx and Crake. Similar to The Handmaid’s Tale, this book is a dystopia, focusing on the world after scientific and ecological disasters. This book switches perspective, showing the reader the current state of the world as well as how it became that way. This is the first book of the MaddAddam trilogy, so if you like this book we can order you the other books in the series as well (they’re told from the perspective of other people in the world to give you more information about the world).

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If you’re looking for something a bit different, you can try The Door, a book of Margaret Atwood’s poetry. These poems span a variety of different topics, including loss, love, and the life of the poet.

 

 

–Becca

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Check This Out! – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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97808129953431George Saunders is not an author with whom I was familiar prior to reading Lincoln in the Bardo.  What drew me is the title, being both a Lincoln/American Civil War enthusiast (I’ve never really liked the term “Civil War buff” though I certainly meet the criteria) and dabbler in eastern religions and spirituality.  The term “bardo” refers to a state of consciousness between death and rebirth.  The story focuses on the death of President Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son Willie in February, 1862 during the first term of Lincoln’s presidency and America’s escalation into its nearly year-old Civil War.

I have read, in various forums, that readers’ preferred format for this novel is the audio-book.  I can easily understand this as the story features a cacophony of character voices—graveyard residents—whose souls retain a variety of personalities so diverse that it seems a shame to deny one’s ears the pleasure.  Saunders creates a dialog between characters that is, in many ways, more reminiscent of a play than a novel.  Truncated, rapid-fire responses mixed with monologue.  The character dialog is interspersed with citations from the many, many books (of which I have read a number) written about Lincoln himself, his administration, the Todd family (Mary Lincoln’s kin) and the Civil War era.  Generally speaking, my first impression of this book was not positive.  The quirky writing-style was so alien to me that I felt it a bit too bizarre for my taste.  In fact, I reluctantly abandoned it early on but it was my love of all things Lincoln, along with the understanding that beneath the literary quirk was a truly talented writer, that brought me back to its pages for another try and, ultimately, I am pleased that it did.

Saunders’ portrayal of Lincoln’s grief and heart-wrenching loss; his visits to the cemetery—allegedly, to exhume and caress his son’s entombed body—in the days after Willie’s death was, at times, emotionally overwhelming.  It felt almost intrusive to be reading something so personal and emotionally weighted.  In scenes both reviling and beautiful, the author takes you to places you ordinarily believe you would surely decline to go.  Until you go.  And it becomes the tragic sight from which you can’t avert your eyes.  It is by no means a light, fun read.  There is wonderfully creative and talented prose as well as a good dose of humor in some of his many characters but for anyone who has suffered a loss of such magnitude, an emotional ride awaits you in this book.

–Wendy Smith-Stenhouse

Check This Out! – Tetris: The Games People Play

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If you’ve been alive at any point in the last 30 years, you’ve probably played Tetris at least once.  Maybe you’ve played long enough that you still see the shapes falling after you’ve stopped playing or even in your dreams (this is a documented psychological phenomenon called “the Tetris effect”).  What you may not know is that the story of arguably the most ubiquitous video game ever involves all manner of tech industry wheeling and dealing, political manipulation, questions of ownership, and one Russian computer scientist who wanted to make a simple puzzle game to amuse himself and his co-workers.  Writer/artist Box Brown covers it all in this graphic novel, along with a quick history of the video game industry and a rumination of what it is about gaming that drives us all, whether we know it or not.  It’s a fun, informative read… you’ll probably enjoy it, and you’ll definitely want to play Tetris for an hour or six when you’re done.

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