Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.
I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.
Science Fiction & Horror:
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!
Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York shares his insider stories in his new book, The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria. He delivers his entertaining and edifying real-life essays in his signature witty bon mots style. It appears he has taken...
Every day is a reason to celebrate reading. And there is no better way to do so, than to read new titles by Latino authors. Normally only read fiction? Switch it up and try a memoir. Eschew fiction because real life is stranger? Go ahead, select a new fiction title and prepare to be surprised. Don't put off reading a good book till tomorrow, when you can read one of these great books today!
Mañana Means Heaven by Tim Z. Hernandez shines the light on "Terry" also referred to as "the Mexican Girl," in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Researchers have spent nearly 60 years trying to locate the real woman Kerouac had met, Bea Kozera (Franco), until Hernandez succeeded in 2012. Fortunately for all of us, Hernandez prevailed because Bea died this August at 92 years of age.
If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark tucked in a title. Staff periodically flag a book that may have fallen off your reading radar. Who knows? You may discover a new, favorite title. Recent titles sporting the bookmark include a few multicultural novels (and one memoir) you may have missed.
An Apartment Called Freedom by Ghazi A. Algosaibi was originally published in Arabic. The story takes place in Egypt during the 1950s, a time of bitter international conflict over the Suez Canal. Within this political climate, four young men from Bahrain arrive in Cairo to complete their education.
I'll admit it--I'd never heard Gossip's music before reading this book. I'd heard of Beth Ditto--it's hard not to when your reading diet contains a healthy dose of GLBTQ focused media--and her memoir sounded intriguing. Ditto details her childhood in rural Arkansas--poor, bouncing between family members, households where physical and...
When she was in her late 20s, cartoonist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While she was open to the idea of treatment, she also worried that the drugs--and having her disorder more under control--would impede her creativity, her very livelihood. In this graphic memoir, she explores her treatment...
Meet legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, take a virtual tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, sew an owl, and then go home & brew some coffee & make yourself a treat--start by feeding your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch!
Whatever your interests, you'll want to fit one of our programs in on Saturday, September 22! Your choices include:
One of the summer's hottest memoirs is Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef. If you want another culinary memoir to read while you're waiting for this highly acclaimed book, check out some of these other tales of cooking education & life in the kitchen.
Whether you want to travel on a shoestring budget, live within your means, or get inspired by a woman who backpacked the world alone, Fresh City Life My Branch has it for you this week!
On Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch, travel through Guatemala by Chicken Bus. Local librarian Anna Winkel spent the fall of 2008-spring of 2009 traveling, studying, and volunteering in Guatemala. This slide show is for you whether you're an armchair travel fan or if you have questions about making the most of your trip to Guatemala! Journey from the old capital of Antigua to the shores of Lago Atitlan to the mountains of Alta Verapaz.