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We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle (best known for The Last Unicorn which was also made an animated film) is a collection of short stories about a myriad of topics.  Beagle is a master of short stories, and if you haven’t read him, you should (according to the staff member who recommends his work).  If you don’t want a short story, try Tamsin or The Last Unicorn, also by Beagle.

“Modern parables of love, death, and transformation are peppered with melancholy in this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy. Each short story cultivates a whimsical sense of imagination and reveals a mature, darker voice than previously experienced from this legendary author. 

In one tale the Angel of Death enjoys newfound celebrity while moonlighting as an anchorman on the network news, while in another the shortsighted ruler of a gentle realm betrays himself in dreaming of a “manageable war.” Further storylines include an American librarian who discovers that, much to his surprise and sadness, he is the last living Frenchman, and rivals in a supernatural battle who decide to forgo pistols at dawn, choosing instead to duel with dramatic recitations of terrible poetry. 

Featuring several previously unpublished stories alongside a bevy of recently released works, this haunting compilation is appealing to both genre readers and mainstream literature lovers.

Includes “By Moonlight,” Locus Award-winner for Best Novelette.”–Taken from Goodreads.com .


We Never Talk about My Brother

Peter S Beagle

Published: Mar 15, 2009 by Tachyon Publications
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Today marks the 238th anniversary of the United States of America’s independence!  We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Thank you to all the men and women who’ve served our country.

If you’d like to learn more about Independence Day, check out the History Channel’s webpage all about the holiday.  You could also watch the John Adams HBO special, or check our some of our books on Independence Day or the Declaration of Independence.

 

The Library is closed today, but we open at our normal business hours tomorrow.

Don’t forget to register for our next two movies, Lone Survivor and The Grand Budapest Hotel! You can click on the blue links below to do so.

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Friday, July 11, 2 – 4 PM : Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.

122 minutes; Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language. Registration is requested.

 

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Friday, July , 2 – 3:45 PM : The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Please note, the dialogue is fairly quiet for much of the movie, and it may be hard to understand.

99 minutes; Rated R for language, some sexual content, and violence. Registration is requested.

 

We have a lot more going on this month, check out our adult and children’s calendars to see our other great events, or our Summer page!

 

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It’s summer and that means the FTPL Summer Concert series!

We’re kicking off with Pistolera on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 pm.  Can’t make it? Come to A Perfect Blend‘s concert on July 9, 7pm.

We have a lot more coming, every week on Wednesday night.  Check out the bands and register now through our summer page or adult calendar!

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Man Mad Boy by Jon Skovron

You’ve never seen a story about growing up quite like this.  Man Made Boy is about Boy, the son of Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride.  It has monsters, the epitamy of misunderstood, questions about good and evil, mistakes, crazy families, love, and growing up. Our staff member said it’s well worth staying up late to finish, and we believe her. 

“Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.

Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can’t escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.

This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster—and a man.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


Man Made Boy

Jon Skovron

Published: Oct 08, 2013 by Viking Juvenile
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Don’t forget that this counts towards summer reading, along with everything else you read!

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