by Kristen B. One of the delights of reading fantasy stories is the wide range of “what ifs” that authors cook up for our enjoyment. What if a hobbit went on an adventure and discovered a long-lost ring of power? What if a pack of werewolves lived in the Pacific Northwest? What if demonic possession … Continue reading Penric & Desdemona novellas →
By Sahana C. Consider this: every fairy tale you’ve ever heard is at least a little bit true. The Kingdom of Avalon is full of castles and magic, Alice really did travel all through Wonderland, and most of all – magic? Definitely real. But at the exact same time, Rin Chupeco manages to surprise … Continue reading Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco →
by Emily B. May is Older Americans Month and is the perfect time to start a new hobby with a little help from HCLS! Check out these great resources you can access for free with your library card. Looking to get artsy? We’ve got some great DVD series to help you start. Craftsy offers hands-on … Continue reading Help with Your Hobbies →
It’s changed since you were here, or else it hasn’tIt was special, it was deadlyIt was ours and then it wasn’t– The Mountain Goats By Ben H. An entertaining book full of mystery, empathy, and suspense, Devil House is also a thoughtful examination of authorial responsibility. John Darnielle excels at building meaning by layering stories. … Continue reading Devil House →
By Gabriela P. Short on time? So is Scott Carey, the main character of Stephen King’s novella, Elevation. Forty-two years old and in relatively good health despite a disposition towards being heavy-set, Scott discovers he is afflicted with a strange condition where he continuously loses weight but not mass. Eventually, he comes to understand that, … Continue reading Elevation by Stephen King →
You’re invited! Reading Human Rights is a monthly book discussion hosted by the Howard County Office of Human Rights & Equity and Howard County Library System. We read books that promote cultural awareness, diversity, and equity.Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in person at the Miller Branch May 24: Minor Feelings by Cathy Park HongRegister at bit.ly/minorfeelingshcls … Continue reading Reading Human Rights →
By Sahana C. This book is cathartic. It feels like therapy, except things get way worse, more cringey, and infinitely harder to handle before the payoff hits, and all of the suffering of the previous two-thirds of the book ease into something manageable and even likable. I will not lie – I judged this … Continue reading Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin →
“I’m a white male, and I am prejudiced.” In August 2016 on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, public policy expert Heather McGhee, answered the challenge presented by Garry, a caller from North Carolina. He asked, ”What can I do to change, you know, to be a better American?” The video went viral due to McGhee’s reasoned, compassionate … Continue reading The Solidarity Dividend →
Tue, May 17 at 7 pm onlineRegister at bit.ly/echowife. by Kristen B. Author Sarah Gailey discusses their acclaimed novel The Echo Wife (also eBook and eAudiobook) in conversation with Maggie Tokuda-Hall, author of Also an Octopus (reviewed here). Gailey’s most recent novel, The Echo Wife, and first original comic book series with BOOM! Studios, Eat … Continue reading Author Works: Sarah Gailey →
By Gabriela P. Did you think your high school years were tough? Count yourself lucky that you could at least eat lunch without having monsters come at you. In Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education, Galadriel “El” Higgins goes to her classes, studies, and navigates her social sphere all while trying to stay alive. She attends … Continue reading A Deadly Education →
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