The World of Edena
reviewed by Travis Johnson
Two spaceship repairmen get whisked off to the seemingly idyllic garden planet of Edena, in this vividly illustrated comic-book epic by French artist Moebius. In the copious notes to this book, the artist explains that he had to resist the urge to make his illustrations too “cluttered.”
City of Brick and Shadow
by Tim Wirkus
Review by Angela DeMott
City of Brick and Shadow is original, thoughtful, funny, and asks more questions than it attempts to answer. I loved how Tim Wirkus throws the reader into the Mormon missionaries’ world without much explanation – you pick up on the vocabulary and norms of their lifestyle by osmosis and it’s a different and fascinating approach to a somewhat unfamiliar landscape. Continue reading
The Marriage Lie
by Kimberly Belle
Review by Kathy Gallagher
The Marriage Lie is a mysterious love story, an intriguing page turner that kept me on my toes trying to figure out what was going on.
Will and his wife Iris are so in love. Trying to, in fact, have a child together. He leaves on a business trip the morning after attempting conception. Iris is a school teacher. While at work she hears of a plane that has crashed en route to Seattle. She thinks nothing of it until she is contacted by the airline. Iris is told that Will was one of the fatalities. Impossible, she thinks, as Will was on a business trip to Orlando. The mystery begins: is the dead man truly her husband? Is it a mistake? Continue reading
Books to read before they hit the big screen in 2018
Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
Film adaptation expected January 19
Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
Film adaptation titled 12 Horses expected January 19
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Film adaptation premiering at the Sundance Film Festival January 22
By Kerrigan Byrne
Review by Kate Boyle
When reading a historical romance novel, one usually knows what to expect . . . beautiful people getting together and dealing with a little bit of drama, usually dealing with class or birth. Kerrigan Byrne blows those expectations clear out of the water with the first novel in the Victorian Rebels series. Dangerous and deeply disturbed, Dorian Blackwell’s reputation precedes him. Farah Mackenzie spends her days working as a clerk for Scotland Yard, around some of the most depraved men of London. They don’t know each other . . . or do they? Continue reading
The Quality of Silence
by Rosamund Lupton
Review by Angie Andre
In a freezing remote part of Alaska astrophysicist, Yasmin and her 10 year old deaf daughter, Ruby are on a mission. Despite betrayal, fear, and deathly cold weather Yasmin is determined to find her husband, Matt. There has been terrible accident and an entire village in Northern Alaska has been obliterated. Yasmin and Ruby brave the tundra in search of their missing Matt. As they encounter darkness they realize someone is trying to stop them from finding Matt and learning the truth. Continue reading
When She Woke
by Hillary Jordan
Review by Rebecca Hoetger
This novel was a huge disappointment for me. I thought When She Woke had so much potential, but didn’t really deliver in the execution; it never made it past the “meh” stage, really. For me, this novel was all about the tease. You’re given a little bit of information, but not enough to be truly satisfied, though there were some really good parts—the futuristic world, its technology, the morality laws, etc. While I thought the America created by Hillary Jordan was interesting and thought-provoking, again I didn’t get quite enough of the backstory to really be a part of that world. Continue reading
Laurie Doan, young adult librarian at Tredyffrin Public Library is recognized for her “leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning” and named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor and only the second one from the commonwealth of PA in the 10 year history of the award.
The nomination for the award included stories and quotes from several of Laurie’s friends, coworkers, community partners, and the teens she has mentored. ALA received 0ver 1,200 nominations this year. Laurie’s dedication to our township teens has extended to donating her 5000 dollar prize money back to the library. She plans to invest this money into continuing to further the teen and performing arts programs at TPL.
Laurie shies from recognition, claiming that her work is successful because of help from the community, the township, the school district, and more. She hopes a matching $5000 be raised in response to the award.
Please read the nomination letter, written by community member Nora Margolis and including many first hand accounts of how Laurie has impacted and inspired our township teens. Also, see a mention of the win in the Washington Post & read the official press release from the American Library Association.
We also encourage you to share your own stories of how Laurie’s work has impacted you through social media using the hashtag #ILoveMyLibrarian.
The following is a quote from Laurie’s remarks upon receiving the I Love My Librarian award:
“I realize that I’m still being taught. By the parents and the teachers and my co-workers, and most of all by the teens themselves. I’m taught lessons every day by the very same people who nominated me for this award.”
Congratulations Laurie and thank you for your dedication!
By Anne Tyler
Review by Susan Williams
Anne Tyler’s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew is a winner. I listened to this book and I feel it is probably much funnier on audio since the readers, particularly the one who reads Pytor, are hysterical.
Tyler’s characters are typically quirky and that holds true here. Continue reading
Ready Player One
By Ernest Cline
Review by Kate Boyle
I just finished Ready Player One for the third time in three years. An exciting, futuristic romp with a 1980s nostalgic twist, I find Ready Player One firmly embedded on my top ten list. I find, however, that it isn’t all that easy to describe.
Living in the stacks of Oklahoma City (literally stacks of trailers,) Wade Watt’s derives joy from one thing. He searches for deceased tech guru James Halliday’s easter eggs in the OASIS. Life on Earth is bad. Extreme poverty and dangerous climate change has driven the majority of society to seek solace in the OASIS, a virtual reality world where you can do pretty much anything. Continue reading