Books

Book Hunters in Brief #132: Red, White & Blue

Whether you're going to the coast this long holiday weekend, or cooling your toes in the backyard wading pool, you'll want something cool to read between long pulls on tall, frosty glasses of liquid refreshment. Here are a few recommendations sure to set off fireworks of the bookish variety.

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

All caught up on Tokyo Ghoul? Looking for your next horror fix? The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is an unforgettably humorous and often chilling series that blends the lighthearted camp of Scooby Doo with shades of Hannibal.

Spring Branch Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Page TurnersTime of meeting: July 12, 6:30 pm.  The Page Turners will be having a Readers’ Choice, during which they will give a 5-minute synopsis of a chosen title for the group as a selection for the coming year.  

They invite everyone to come to the meeting to suggest a title for their consideration.

Graphic Novels for High School Graduates & New Adults

Summer is here and you are looking for something to read. Panels, a Riot New Media site dedicated to all things comics, shared their list of recommended graphic novels for high school graduates and new adults. Have no fear; HCPL owns them for your borrowing and reading pleasure.

The Tuesday Evening Book Club will discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel on July 12th @ 7:00pm

Persons who love to read and discuss what they have read join in informal conversation. Everyone is welcome. The July selection will be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. 

Summary

2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

Book Hunters In Brief #130: Comics & Graphic Novels for Comicpalooza

If you're going to Comicpalooza this weekend, stop by and say hello to the HCPL crew. We'll have our 3D printers and other cool maker machines fired up, and, of course, we're always ready to geek out on comics, graphic novels and all nature of fandom.

Big Stories Told Small

Authors often write about expansive topics and big ideas in their books. Sometimes, though, they choose to write about smaller subjects that impact us all the same. Try a few of these microhistory books on topics you probably haven't thought much about - until now:

Book Hunters in Brief #128: Stormy Weather Reads

A lot of hoity-toity writers will tell you that using weather--especially bad weather--to evoke their characters inner state is something only bad and/or lazy writers do. As far as I can tell, it's something all writers do. Has it ever not rained on a fictional funeral? Has a monster ever emerged from its lair without flashes of lightning in the distance? Has a hard-boiled detective ever hunched through the mean streets waxing darkly on the general inhumanity of humans without a chill wind against which he turns up his trench coat's collar?

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Know Thy Generation, and Everyone Else's Too

Sticking Points by Hadyn ShawEvery generation brings new ideas and preferences to the mix. And every new generation is looked on suspiciously by the previous ones - at first. Whether you're a Traditionalist, a Baby Boomer, a Gen Xer, or a Millennial, you've been misunderstood and had to fight for what you want the world to be. When it comes to the workplace, that can get sticky. If you're a manager, you'll want to read Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart by Hadyn Shaw. 

Book Hunters in Brief #127: Alice Through the Looking Glass

A younger, perhaps wiser, me would have been appalled by what Tim Burton et al have done to Lewis Carroll's Alice tales. As it is, I just shrug my shoulders and wonder in which ring of the inferno he'll be wiling away eternity  when I pass by him on my own deeper descent.

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