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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Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

Posted by - September 17, 2018

This review was written by Hannah Kiger, JCPL’s Marketing Specialist. I’ll start with a confession: I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read any Greek tragedies, and I don’t have more than a shallow knowledge of Greek mythology. Not having that background knowledge, I was skeptical about how much I would enjoy or even understand Madeline

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Book Highlight: The Rough Patch by Brian Lies

Posted by - September 10, 2018

Big thank you to our very own Donna McCalman, Youth Services Librarian, for sharing her thoughts on this moving book! It’s not often that I get to the end of a new picture book and say “Oh” aloud as I turn to the last page. The Rough Patch, by Brian Lies, triggered just such a response.

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Book Review: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science, by Joyce Sidman

Posted by - August 20, 2018

Big thank you to Jennifer Johnson, our School Age Program Coordinator, for this review! A caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a moth or butterfly is an awe-inspiring transformation. Maria Merian was fascinated by this process, but growing up in mid-17th century Europe made it hard for her to pursue her interest. Not only were women discouraged and forbidden

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Book review: An Unkindness of Magicians, by Kat Howard

Posted by - June 6, 2018

Since An Unkindness of Magicians came out in paperback yesterday, we’re republishing BJ’s review of this book. Like your beach reads a little more intense? Give this a shot! There’s a good chance you may be unfamiliar with Kat Howard, but I don’t think you will be for long. The author of last year’s Roses &

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Book Review: The Wayward Children Series, by Seanan McGuire

Posted by - May 9, 2018

“Doors opened everywhere. Maybe one day, the children of this world who had gone to that world to save themselves would see a door that didn’t fit right with the walls around it, something with a doorknob made of a moon, or a knocker that winked. Maybe they could still go home.”  Seanan McGuire’s Wayward

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Book review: Posted, by John David Anderson

Posted by - May 2, 2018

Since Posted just came out in paperback yesterday, we thought we’d republish Jennifer’s review of this book. We think it’s a great choice for a summer reading list! Words have power. We all know that, but in this digital age, sometimes we lose sight of just how powerful our words can be when we don’t

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Book Review: Clash of Eagles Trilogy, by Alan Smale

Posted by - April 25, 2018

The Roman empire fell in 476 after centuries of in-fighting, corruption, invasions, and general decline. What if the Romans embraced reforms and survived another 800 years instead? That’s the backdrop to Alan Smale’s Clash of Eagles trilogy, an alternate history that explores a theoretical Roman invasion of North America. This exciting, action-packed trilogy will definitely interest

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