Staff Book Review: The Queen

Posted by - September 13, 2019

Thanks to Tech Services Manager David Ownby for sharing his thoughts on this new book! You can find it in our collection here. Blending literary true crime with investigative journalism, Josh Levin’s The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth separates truth and fiction in the controversial, chaotic life of Linda Taylor. Taylor captured

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Staff Book Review: Bone’s Gift

Posted by - July 25, 2019

Thanks to Teen Services Manager Katelyn Wolfe for sharing her thoughts on this young adult novel! Bone’s Gift by Angie Smibert is the first book in the young adult series Ghosts of Ordinary Objects. The book follows 12-year-old Bone, who lives in a rural Virginia mining town during World War II. With her Mama dead

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Staff Book Review: So Far So Good

Posted by - July 1, 2019

Thanks to Juniper in Technical Services for sharing her thoughts on this book! In Ursula K. Le Guin’s So Far So Good, the author takes us on her final writing journey. Divided into seven sections, Le Guin parses the poems into a written representation of her final musings on life, nature and our shared interconnectedness

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Staff Graphic Novel Review: Black Hammer

Posted by - June 11, 2019

Your library’s staff is busy preparing for its third fandom convention, LibCon III: Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind, on Saturday, June 22! One of the coolest parts of the convention will be the panel discussions and guest speakers, and Adult Services Library Assistant (and resident graphic novel expert!) Daniel Whisenhunt will be on one

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Staff Book Review: Travelers in the Third Reich

Posted by - May 12, 2019

Big thanks to David Ownby in Technical Services for sharing his thoughts on this book! You can find it here and on our New Books shelf across from the Circulation Desk. In Travelers in the Third Reich, Julia Boyd uses firsthand accounts to provide an innovative analysis of pre-war Germany and the rise of Hitler. The book

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Staff Book Review: Spinning Silver

Posted by - March 5, 2019

Big thanks to Kip Polmanteer in Youth Services for sharing her thoughts on this book! The inexplicable, icy unease permeating Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver echoes perfectly against the backdrop of winter in the mountains. A supreme example of a fractured folk tale, Novik’s latest standalone has all the mystery and magic of a fairy tale,

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JCPL Staff Picks of 2018!

Posted by - December 31, 2018
As 2018 comes to a close and 2019 begins, JCPL’s staff looked back at our favorite books of the year. Browse the list below if you need something new to read or are just curious about what your librarians are reading. And don’t forget, we always love giving recommendations! Call us at 423-434-4450, visit www.jcpl.org,
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NPR’s 2018 Book Concierge

Posted by - December 15, 2018

NPR released its annual book concierge recently, which aggregates hundreds of 2018 recommendations from NPR staffers, book critics, and authors. You can find the list here. You’ll see that all the recommendations are tagged with specific labels that work as filters, such as book club ideas, young adult, memoirs, cookbooks, and more. These labels help

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Thornfield Revisited: Jane Eyre Retellings

Posted by - November 30, 2018

Thanks to JCPL Adult Services Librarian Lisa Krekelberg for sharing her review of Jane Eyre retellings! No one creates a gothic mood quite like Charlotte Brontë, such as in this scene from her classic novel Jane Eyre: “Mr. Reed had been dead nine years: it was in this chamber he breathed his last; here he

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Mary’s Monster, by Lita Judge (and Other Frankensteins We Love)

Posted by - October 21, 2018

Thanks to Katelyn Wolfe, Teen Services Manager, for this great book review and further reading suggestions! Autumn has always been my favorite season, partly because it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good spooky book. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of the best spooky books of all

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