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Celebrate Banned Books Week 2016 with Transgender Books

Banned Books Week 2016 is Sept. 25 through Oct. 1, 2016. Surprisingly, many of 2015’s most frequently challenged books aren’t particularly new — Looking for Alaska (2006), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2004), and Fun Home (2007) are all around a decade old, and the Bible has been around for a few years too. One theme seems to be books on transgender issues. Two of the more recent titles on the 2015 list are books for children and young adults about what it means to be transgender — although they’re helpful for readers of any age who [...]

September 26th, 2016|Tags: , |

Book Bingo 2016: Blackout Edition

Can you believe summer is almost over? Time to do a final Summer Book Bingo 2016 check-in! I’ve been working on a blackout all summer, but I’ll be reading right up until the last minute to get ‘er done. Thank goodness for a long holiday weekend, aka an extra day for frantic bingo reading. Here’s what I ended up with: Recommended by a librarian: Marrow Island Cookbook: Korean Food Made Simple You’ve been meaning to read: City of Mirrors We Need Diverse Books: Homegoing Collection of short stories: The Unfinished World From your childhood: Island of the Blue Dolphins Prize-winner: The [...]

August 31st, 2016|Tags: |

Fall 2016 Book Preview: Best Fiction and Nonfiction

So you spent the summer working your way through our summer 2016 book preview, and now you’re ready for more? Not to worry, we’ve got a whole new list of great new fiction and nonfiction for fall 2016! From sci-fi and fantasy to memoirs to history, there’s something for every reader in this stack of fall 2016 books. Fix yourself a hot drink, get cozy under a blanket, and let’s get to it! SEPTEMBER Everfair (September 6) Author: Nisi Shawl This Victorian-era alternate history novel imagines how Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo might have gone differently if native Africans [...]

August 25th, 2016|