Phuc Tran explores abuse, racism, and tragedy through his love for books and punk rock in this irreverent, funny, and moving memoir of an immigrant family assimilating in America for today’s #PubDay celebration! SIGH, GONE: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran 2 starred reviews! […]
It’s #PubDay, and we have some strong women to spotlight: the raw journey of a woman and her son fleeing from Mexico to America + four women across generations living through slavery and racism. AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins A January LibraryReads pick, a February Indie Next List pick, and four starred reviews! “This extraordinary […]
It’s important, now more than ever, to continue reading, reflecting, and engaging in open dialogue about the issues facing us all as a nation. Here are our picks to help you do just that: A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming 2018 Alex […]
Whether it’s literary fiction, mystery, poetry, or graphic novels, these books all have the same thing in common: multiple starred reviews! THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling “Kiesling’s intimate, culturally perceptive debut portrays a frazzled mother and a fractious America, both verging on meltdown. But perhaps best of all is her thought-provoking portrait of a […]
Celebrate Black History Month with these new and forthcoming books: WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele, with a foreword by Angela Davis Also available in audio A Most Anticipated Book of 2018 with three starred reviews! The emotional and powerful story about the founding […]
Memoirs, feminism, espionage, comedians, dogs—these new nonfiction books available this month have something for every reader: ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh “Like DO NO HARM, Marsh’s previous memoir, ADMISSIONS is ‘wandering and ruminative, an overland trek through the doctor’s anxieties and private shames,’ our critic Jennifer Senior writes. Marsh once again […]
Laleh Khadivi’s achingly timely new novel, A GOOD COUNTRY, about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California, has THREE starred reviews! “Brilliantly channeling the minds of angst-filled teenagers with barely formed worldviews who seesaw between brash self-confidence and deflating insecurities, Whiting and Pushcart Prize winner Khadivi has written an important, smart, timely novel that […]
Here are the books Buzzfeed can’t wait to read in 2017. We bet many of them will also end up on patrons’ to-read lists! UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle In John Darnielle’s novel UNIVERSAL HARVESTER, creepy, disturbing home video footage begins showing up spliced in VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut in a small […]
Normally on Thursdays we're all about Thrillers, but since it's Banned Books Week, we're talking about Adventure--specifically those of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Mark Twain is well known for his wit and satire--two traits on full display in his classic novels THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER and its sequel, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. The titular characters get involved in all kinds of hijinks: murder is witnessed, deaths are faked, treasure is stolen... and that's only the first book!
HUCKLEBERRY FINN, commonly named one of the "Great American novels" is often called into question over racial stereotypes and frequent use of one particular racial slur.