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Join our Second Saturday Bookclub on November 8 for a discussion of A House in the Sky : A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout.  New members always welcome!  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

“The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

Bookclub is just one of our many great programs, don’t forget to check out our calendars for everything happening at your library!

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Psst! If you missed our Murder Mystery Gala, you can still play along here.

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A Man Called Ove is heartbreaking, uplifting, and completely, wonderfully about the highs and lows of life and old age.  Our staffer literally laughed out loud and cried several times reading this fast moving novel, and can’t recommend it enough.  This cranky and quirky old man will make you fall in love with him and wish he was part of your life.  This book will live with you forever, and our staffer easily sees this becoming a book club favorite.

“In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon — the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.”– Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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Dame Judi Dench learns a poem or new word every day to keep her mind active.   Neuroscience shows that reading stimulates the brain and creates empathy in readers.  We challenge you to take what we’re calling the Judi Dench Challenge: read a new poem or book this week and give it your deep attention – it’s good for you!

We have several poetry books and collections, start around 811 in the stacks and browse.  You could also check out the Poem-A-Day website, which will deliver a poem everyday to your inbox (run by Poets.org).  In 813 there are short story collections if you’re in the mood for something short and sweet.  Or, try a novel in verse like The Marlowe Papers, Triangles,  or Only Revolutions to read something a little bit different.

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This October, our Staff Picks of the Week are all about spooktacular horror.

We have 4 new Spooky Staff Pick Bookmarks for you, available at the Circulation desk all month long to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

This week’s staff pick is anything by Joe Hill. Some recommendations of his work for you are NOS4A2, 20th Century Ghosts, and Heart-Shaped Box.  He also wrote Horns which has a movie coming out soon.

We have his works in multiple formats, so if you’re looking for large type or an audio book, check our catalog to see if we have it.


NOS4A2: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Apr 30, 2013 by William Morrow
Find in the Library



Horns: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Feb 16, 2010 by William Morrow
Find in the Library



20th Century Ghosts

Joe Hill

Published: Oct 04, 2007 by William Morrow
Find in the Library



Heart-shaped Box: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Feb 01, 2007 by William Morrow
Find in the Library


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Have you heard of All Hallows Read?  Started by Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and many more), it is the new literary Halloween tradition to give someone a scary book.  We love this idea, but also think it should be broadened to include reading a scary or spooky book, and we have plenty at the library!  Get in the spirit so you can recommend a scary story to your friends with confidence and try something new.

If you don’t know where to start, there are oodles of horror/scary/spooky book lists available on the internet.  We’ve gone through a bunch of these for you and created Staff Pick Spooky Bookmarks to give you some of the most popular in Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction.  These include classics like the works of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as modern classics like Carrie, House of Leaves, Lockdown, Coraline, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… and many more!  These bookmarks are located at the Circulation Desk, facing the Reference area.

If you want even more lists, here are some from around the internet:

-Common Sense Media has a list for kids and teens, graded by age

-Bookish‘s list of Scary Books for Every Reader

-Blog post by Gaming Angels includes a couple graphic novels as well – we have Locke and Key and The Walking Dead

-Highland Park Public Library‘s All Hallows Read list from 2011

-Tor’s All Hallows Read 2013 list

-All Hallows Read‘s own recommendations page with links to all sorts of lists, including recommendations from Neil Gaiman himself

If scary isn’t your thing, don’t worry.  We have plenty of other books for you, and other Staff Pick Bookmarks!

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