Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I read The Underground Railroad in the spring before the author, Colson Whitehead, visited my library for an author talk. Whitehead was booked to speak for our library almost a year before his book won both the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award, the first book to win both in the … More Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Book Review: The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert is a talented author: she wrote a book with an extremely unclear plot, but one which I was compelled to finish to the 523rd page. The Signature of All Things is largely the life-long story of Alma Whittaker, the fictitious daughter of a fictitious upstart businessman who made his somewhat unscrupulous fortune through … More Book Review: The Signature of All Things

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

While World War fiction is at the top of my Least Favorite Genres list, in the last three months I’ve read two novels that fall into the category. I feel the genre is completely oversaturated and therefore an abundance of World War fiction recycles many similar themes and tropes. I become numb to the actual history … More Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Stay Weird, Kids

The youth section in your library is likely the most wholesome place in your community. Forget holier-than-thou churches, critical farmers’ markets or judgmental gyms. Kids and teens in their section of the library prance around with unbridled passion for their favorite fairytales, off-beat heroes, dystopian universes, talking cats, and mystical mages. Library kids aren’t embarrassed to … More Stay Weird, Kids

Book Review: The Witches by Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff’s The Witches: Salem 1692 was an incredible disappointment. I’m an avid reader; two of my favorite subjects are history and the supernatural. I’m enthralled by both fictitious history and the bloody reality of our collective past. Therefore, when my favorite non-fiction author published a work on the Salem Witch Trials – combining history and the supernatural … More Book Review: The Witches by Stacy Schiff