This novel is a commitment. That said, moving through its 600+ pages has never felt like a slog; author Hill deftly moves among first-person accounts from his protagonists and moves back and forth in time as well, sharing backstory and providing context for the novel’s “present-day” of 2011. The stories of the individuals he’s created are fascinating enough – the relationship between a young English professor and the mother who abandoned him; the mother’s development of her own sense of self, before and after she became a mother; a gamer caught in a psychological downward spiral – but all the while, Hill deftly uses his characters to explore and comment on some of the confusing, complicated issues that underscore our lives: addiction, loneliness, injustice, and others.
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’dis the eighth book by Alan Bradley in his Flavia de Luce series. You don’t have to read the previous books to be able to thoroughly enjoy this spitfire of a 12 year old. Tormented by two older sisters and left largely to her own devices by her father, motherless Flavia tries to blow things up in her chemistry lab and solves mysteries and murders across the countryside. When you want something fun and lighthearted to read, choose Flavia. If you fall in love with Flavia’s antics and adventures, the other books in this series can easily be requested through I-Share.
Bossypants by Tina Fey. Tiny Fey has been a long time favorite of mine since I first saw her on Saturday Night Live and Thirty Rock. Her autobiography helps us see the talent and humor of this wonderful writer and comedienne. Bossypants will entertain and inspire you as you see how this self-proclaimed nerd became one of the most recognized comedy talents of her generation.
By turn amusing, perplexing, and thought-provoking, this collection of short stories is perfect for someone who wants to be able to fit in some leisure reading in just a few moments at a time. Whether telling us why wearing a red shirt could help your love life or why a boy who wins a prize on a box of Frosted Flakes might not want to claim it, the author (and acclaimed actor) keeps you entertained.
A hypochondriac mother. An evil pharmaceutical empire. A mischievous (talking) squirrel. If you’re not already intrigued, there’s also “The Pneumatic Turbo Skull Punch,” quirky pictures that accompany the text, and a title identical to a 1948 compilation of the writings of Thorstein Veblen, an economist and outspoken social critic who first coined the term “conspicuous consumption.” (Note to the enterprising reader: we own that 1948 compilation in Tredway library; see HB171. V4 1948 on 3rd floor.) This book is weird, sweet, and a lot of fun. Enjoy!