Staff Reading Picks
I'm looking through you: growing up haunted
by Jennifer Finney Boylan
The author describes growing up in a haunted Pennsylvania house, the influence of her experiences on her own transgender life, and how to make peace with our ghosts, our loved ones, and the boundaries between men and women in our society.Resource Link
by Carolyn Haines
When a wealthy plantation owner in 1944 New Iberia, Louisiana, turns up dead and eviscerated, Deputy Raymond Thibodeaux is confronted by Adele Hebert, who is found covered in blood next to the body and who claims to be a shapeshifter.
by Howard Norman
"Devotion begins with an announcement that a crime has taken place. In blunt, police-blotter language, we learn that on August 19, 1985, David Kozel and his father-in-law engaged in "assault by mutual affray." Once again Norman sets out to explore a great mystery: why seemingly quiet, contained people lose control. What could possibly enrage David enough that he would strike at the father of his new bride? Why would William, a gentle man who looks after an estate - and its flock of swans - in Nova Scotia, be so angry at the man who has just married his beloved only child, the ardent, red-haired Maggie? And what would lead Maggie to believe, after a whirlwind romance, that David has been unfaithful to her on their honeymoon?" "Norman lays bare the inventive stupidities people are capable of when wounded and confused.
Devotion is an examination of love: romantic love (and its flip side, hate); filial love at its most tender; and, of course, love for the vast open spaces of Nova Scotia, which are very much at the center of this novel."--BOOK JACKET.Resource Link
The Sun and the Moon : the Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-bats in Nineteenth-century New York
by Matthew Goodman
"On Wednesday, August 26, 1835, a fledgling newspaper called the Sun brought to New York the first accounts of remarkable lunar discoveries. A series of six articles purported to reveal the existence of life on the moon - including unicorns, beavers that walked upright on their hind legs, and, strangest of all, four-foot-tall flying man-bats. In a matter of weeks the series became the most widely circulated newspaper story of the era, and the Sun, a brash working-class upstart less than two years old, had become the most widely read newspaper in the world." "In The Sun and the Moon, journalist and historian Matthew Goodman chronicles the hot summer of 1835, when the Sun's editor convinced the citizens of New York that the moon was inhabited." "Told in richly novelistic detail, The Sun and the Moon brings the raucous world of 1830s New York City vividly to life - the noise, the excitement, the sense that almost anything was possible.
Evoking a seminal, chaotic period in the city's history, the book overflows with larger-than-life characters, including Richard Adams Locke, author of the moon series; a fledgling showman named P. T. Barnum, who had just brought his own hoax to New York; and the young writer Edgar Allan Poe, who was convinced that the moon series was a plagiarism of his own work."--BOOK JACKET.Resource Link