Staff Book Review: The Golden Compass

Posted by - November 12, 2019

Thanks to Library Clerk Rachel Hulshult for sharing her thoughts on “The Golden Compass”! You can find it in several different formats here. —– Although Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series was popular when I was growing up, it’s one young adult fantasy series I had never read. When I heard that HBO was doing

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Staff Book Review: Nothing Gold Can Stay

Posted by - October 4, 2019

Thanks to Adult Services Librarian Lisa Krekelberg for sharing her thoughts on Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay and why she chose it for Tales & Talk, one of your Library’s book discussion groups for adults. When I select titles for the Library’s book discussion groups, I look for forms beyond the standard novel. Last

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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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