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Dive Into a Dystopian Universe

Hunger Games

 

Finished with The Hunger Games trilogy?  Looking for a new dystopian world to dive into?  Don’t despair; there are plenty to choose from.  The dystopian worlds out there vary from dark and gritty to ones filled with romance. 
 

The Litigators by John Grisham

The Litigators by John GrishamJohn Grisham’s earlier novels primarily focused on exposing the ills of our legal and political system. The characters in his earlier novels were memorable and believable. Grisham would often hit on the subject of greed and how it has flooded our legal institutions. His success earlier on in his career was not surprising.

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Recommended Reading: St. Patrick's Day

This weekend is St. Patrick's day which means that everybody gets to share in the luck o' the Irish for one great day.  And just like you never want to be caught not wearing green on St. Patty's day, you never want to be stuck without something good to read.  So, indulge your inner leprechaun and check out one of these books set in Ireland! 

 

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Great Picture Books for Black History Month

February is Black History Month and picture books can provide a great conversation starter for families.  Check out some of these this month!

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Canaries in the Coal Mine: Banned Books Week, September 24 - October 1

ALA Banned Books Week 2011 LogoEven as you read this, some nameless canary is sitting alone at a keyboard pecking away at one or another of your dearly-held and unquestioned truths. With time and because of that canary's work, that truth will be shown to be false. And you will be better for it. We all will.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Seven Nobel Laureates and a Might-Have-Been

Cover Art: La Casa Verde by Mario Vargas LlosaThey don’t hand out the Nobel Prize in Literature to just anybody. Unlike the Pulitzer and National Book Award, which are given for a single work, the Nobel is awarded for an author’s entire body of work. The result is that the prize isn't given out to the latest hot young thing, the flavor of the month, the flash-in-the-pan, the one-hit-wonder. The Nobel is awarded for sustained excellence.

Sheer Genius and Dumb Luck: The Rise of a Cultural Behemoth

Cover Art: Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller and Tom ShalesThere was a time when ESPN’s Chris “Boomer” Berman was my only friend and I actually grasped the nuances of Australian Rules Football. I tend to think of that period as my own personal dark ages—meaning I spent my time in a perpetual gloom, positing lots of benighted theories of how the universe works, bathing very little, and living on a diet of root vegetables and beer.

The Benefits of eRomance

sony readerIt’s not exactly breaking news that the eBook business is booming right now.  At HCPL, our customers check out at least 20,000 eBooks and eAudio books each month.  A blog post I read today compared the rise of eBooks with the debut of mass market paperbacks around the time of World War II, and many of the issues sound similar.  Pricing issues – check.  Publisher paranoia – check.  Genre domination – check.  Literary snobbery – check. 

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