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It’s National Poetry Month!  It’s time to enjoy your favorite poets or find some new ones like Jalal al-Din Rumi, Billy Collins, e.e. cummings, an anthology of poets, or one of the many other famous and not-so-famous poets we have in the collection.  Don’t like poetry?  Not a problem.  Try a novel in verse, you might be surprised at how much you like it.  Some of the novels in verse in our collection are:

-The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)

-Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)

-Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)

-After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)

-The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.

 

Find Novels in Verse and Poetry books in the Catalog.

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The shortlist for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals has been announced!  Have you read the books?  Let us know what you think!  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, one of the fiction shortlist selections, is one of our staff picks.  Also on the fiction shortlist are:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

The nonfiction shortlist is:

On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

If you’ve read one of these six books and want more, check out these similar nonfiction and fiction titles. 

 

S. also known as Ship of Theseus is a book within a book… or in truth, three books in one.  If that sounds like a lot, it is, but it’s worth the read.  It’s also perfect for April Fool’s Day with it’s very unusual triplicate story-line and  miscellaneous notes stuck in between the pages.  This book seems like a prank, but is very well done. If you’re in the mood for something out of the ordinary, this is a great choice.

This novel was conceived of by J.J. Abrams, the man behind TV shows like Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest and director of the new Star Trek films and written by Doug Dorst, author of The Surf Guru and Alive in Necropolis.   A1TzcxY6iBL

Taken from Amazon.com’s summary of the book  : “A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.

The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him.

The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.

S., conceived by filmmaker J. J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don’t understand, and it is also Abrams and Dorst’s love letter to the written word.”


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Doug Dorst

Published: Oct 29, 2013 by Mulholland Books
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It’s the end of National Reading Month… but don’t stop reading!  Even if you don’t know what to read, come try a Staff Pick title, located at the Circulation and Reference desks and in the YA room on the display.  Many of these are also available as ebooks for loan.

The Library is also hosting a lot of wonderful programs this month like free SAT Review classes, beginner yoga, adult chess club,  showings of the films 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, and much more.  Check out our April calendar to check out our great offerings and find out if you need to register.  Have kids? We have tons of great children’s programs too! Check it out on our Children’s April calendar.   You can always get to either via the Events tab on our homepage.

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The staff recommends The Can’t Cook Book: 100+ recipes for the absolutely terrified by Jessica Seinfeld.  Simple, easy to follow recipes and directions with lots of photos to show you how what you’re cooking is supposed to look, Seinfeld breaks cooking down into manageable proportions.  Her lemon ricotta pancake recipe is particularly delicious.

 


The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!

Jessica Seinfeld

Published: Oct 08, 2013 by Atria Books
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