Librarians Read: Rage Becomes Her

This book is a very hard read.  It is infuriating and puts into context everything that you are currently seeing in the news.  I highly recommend it as a piece for knowing what making women angry in this moment, or for getting to the bottom of your own anger in this moment.

But, be warned.  It’s tough.

Recommended for mature high school students or adults.  Find it in non-fiction.

Podcasts of Interest

I’ve been listening to podcasts like mad right now!

In addition to my all time favorites (see previous podcast posts), I’ve just enjoyed a few episodes of the following new ones.  I’ve been enjoying the break from politics into something new, and the sound of rich voices in my home that are not part of a screen.

Perhaps you want to explore these as well.

 

20k Hertz has a superb episode about the THX sound that plays at the beginning of movies since the 80s.  This was the brain child of George Lucas, who was looking for his new movie Star Wars to be played with great sound across the country.

 

 

 

Serial has had 2 previous seasons.  The first season was amazing, a crime murder mystery.  The second season was less fine.  This eason is a deep dive into the criminal justice system in America, and it is fascinating what she is finding.

 

 

 

 

Slow Burn is a new-ish podcast about Watergate.  It’s a long form podcast, with tons of information that puts this story in the context of characters and people and drama.  It is spectacular.

Librarians Read: Ordinary Terrible Things series

 These books just arrived in the library, and both Kris and I tore through them.  These books are some of the most sensitive, beautiful, and lovely reads I’ve ever encountered about the subjects.

There is a book about Divorce, Sex, Death, and Whiteness, and all of them were fabulous reads with a message and sensitive emotional activities at the end of each book.

I highly recommend these to any parent or child who wants to open up a discussion and talk some real talk.

Librarians Read: Cardboard Kingdom

Image result for cardboard kingdom This book was one of the more delightful comics I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

Each of the characters is going through something at home… there’s a bully struggling to find friends, a boy whose parents are arguing, a girl whose parents call too loud, and each of them works to find an imaginary world that they can play in to overcome their struggles.

It was a truly lovely reading experience, great for Grade 2 and up.

Librarians Listen: Last Seen

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I hadn’t heard about the huge art heist in Boston before this podcast, but it has certainly sucked me in now.  At the Gardener museum in Boston, 13 irreplaceable works of art were stolen 28 years ago.

This true crime podcast dives into the characters, the places, the situations, giving us a true sense of the crime and the impact it has left.

I’m loving the editing and radio-like atmosphere of this podcast, and highly recommend it for most ages.

Librarians Listen: Ologies

Image result for ologies I have been absolutely loving this podcast called Ologies, with Alie Ward.  It is an independent podcast about science and scientists, and the host (Alie), spends one episode on a different branch of science.

I got hooked from a recommendation from a friend who told me to look up the postcards ology, which was perfect for a letter writer like myself.  I was sucked in with Alie’s humor, side bars, entertaining backstory, and her asking dumb questions to smart people.

I highly recommend this podcast if you are looking for a way to escape some of the political news and find something more joyous.  She does have the occasional curse word, so be wary with too young children!

Librarians Read: Crazy Rich Asians

Given the success of this huge movie in the States, I picked up this book.  I didn’t expect such a hysterical book, and was absolutely delighted to read about these crazy rich Asians.

The book follows a woman joining her guy in Singapore and the hijinks of the people around her trying to prevent her from marrying him.  It seems like it would be a light read, but I was shocked at how much Chinese and Singaporean cultural details were infused into the novel.  Having lived in Thailand with the Thai-Chinese, I had no trouble imagining some of the characters.

I highly recommend this book to adults and teens, and it can be found in the Popular section.

Librarians Read: Overdrive MG

I’ve been exploring some of the MG audiobooks on our Overdrive, making sure I can recommend some books for our young readers who enjoy audio over print.

These two were stellar audiobooks!

Demon Dentist is a funny and light book about a boy who hasn’t seen the dentist in years (and his teeth are exactly what you would expect).  A new dentist comes to town, and he is forced to go see her through a series of misadventures.  He’s worried about her and the impact she is having on the town, and begins to fight back against her tyranny.  In my opinion, the coolest parts of the book involve the made up words with a special sound effect to indicate that they aren’t real!

Recommended for any middle grades readers and those terrified of the dentist.

Soldier Boy is a much darker tale for middle grades, about a boy taken from his home and forced to fight in the resistance.  The reader of the book has a beautiful voice, and reads with confidence about the place.  The book is heavy, but not extreme, and while it touches on some hard issues, they are not fictional.  I would recommend this book to any middle grades reader who is exploring social issues about the world.

Find both of them on our Overdrive!

Librarians Read: The Family Romanov

I picked up this book in advance of our author visit from Candace Fleming, the author of this amazing story.

This is a non-fiction book that reads like a fictional tale, narrative and full of tiny details that enrich the environment of the scenes.

This book was an absolutely enthralling read of the family Romanov, the people that led to the collapse of the Tsardom and the October Revolution, and the factors that brought Russia through the 20th Century.

I highly recommend this book for any teen or adult interested in Russian History. Find it in the non-fiction section.

Librarians Read: Home Fire

The cover of this book attracted me into the story, and the thrill of the story left me speechless.  It starts with a Muslim woman stopped at the airport, left in a quiet and small interrogation room.  She’s on her way to a studious life in Amherst, Massachusetts.  You learn more about her father, who fought for a resistance, and her brother and sister, twins who are inseparable until they are seperated.  She develops a relationship with a man who has connections to the government’s homeland security.

This book shows several different viewpoints and weaves a story with beauty and grace.  Find it in the literature section in adult fiction.  This book is recommended for adults and mature teens.