by Ben H. What happens if the chosen one fails? What if the hero fails to defeat the dark lord? Brandon Sanderson’s original Mistborn trilogy imagines what that could look like. Full disclosure, I haven’t finished the trilogy yet, but I love the first two books so much (The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension) that I can’t resist writing a review. I’ll write a retraction if the third … Continue reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson →
by Piyali C. High schooler Izumi’s life is relatively uneventful with her single mom, her bad tempered terrier mix Tamagotchi, and her Asian Girl Gang (AGG), comprised of three other girls from diverse ethnicity in their primarily white Mount Shasta High School. Sure, it is not always easy being Japanese American in a mostly white … Continue reading Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean →
By Peter N. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, I haven’t had the desire nor the motivation to read. I know that’s a horrible thing to say as an employee of a library (a 5-Star Library system as a matter of fact), but it took me quite a while to get back into reading … Continue reading Be Yourself, and Maybe a Little Magical →
by Kristen B. “Next Year in Havana” is apparently a traditional toast for those of Cuban descent living in the US. It’s also the title of a thought-provoking historical novel that takes place in 1959 and the present. I have to admit … I know almost nothing about Cuban politics and history beyond the obvious. … Continue reading Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton →
by Ash B. [Content warning: sexual assault, PTSD, bullying, homophobia, and racism] “If I don’t pull apart things I actually did wrong from things that weren’t my fault, I’ll never really be able to really apologize for anything. Deciding everything is your fault is, in the end, as meaningless as deciding nothing is[…] I need to apologize for what … Continue reading The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore →
by Eric L. I may have opened another post like this, but if you’ve not read The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, do yourself a favor. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015, and awards aside, it’s a great book. The Sympathizer is an “epistolary-like” novel, as the entire thing is written as a confession of a spy from the north who has … Continue reading The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen →
by Rohini G. This fall, and continuing into winter, Howard County Library System partners with The Walters Art Museum to bring an educational approach to art as we discuss specific works of art and the themes behind them. This series of four classes launches with The Art of Looking on October 13. Asking us to slow down and take the … Continue reading The Walters Art Series →
By Holly L. Low-Fat. Mediterranean. Atkins. Whole 30. Keto. Paleo. Vegan. Pegan. Pegan? (That’s paleo meets vegan.) While there is little consensus as to which diet is the best, there is near universal agreement that a healthy diet includes abundant produce – fruits and, especially, vegetables. But most of us still aren’t getting enough. According … Continue reading Eat Your Veggies! Cookbooks and a Class. →
By Piyali C. If I Had Your Face drew me in at the beginning, lost me a little bit in the middle, and captivated me again towards the end. Through the eyes of four narrators, Ara, Kyuri, Miho, and Wonna, Frances Cha brings us not only the personal stories of these women but also the … Continue reading If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha →
by Jean B. “Any time we eliminate or wall off certain narratives, we are not getting a whole picture of the world in which we live…we limit our vocabulary, which complicates how we communicate with one another.” – Jason Reynolds, the acclaimed Maryland author named Honorary Chair for Banned Books Week A library may … Continue reading Banned Books Week (Sep 26 – Oct 2) →
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