Reviews and Blog Posts: nonfiction

The Dinner Party

Panel from The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago

An invitation to the table is a sign of inclusion and ultimately, power. If you were relegated to the kid's table during family events, you know what I am talking about. Not all tables are created equal.

We Explore: The United States of Literature

We Explore: The United States of Literature

Thanksgiving has come and gone (I know, right?), which means that the holiday season is upon us now with all of its trappings: pumpkin spice lattes, mall traffic, snow angels, and tryptophan. This is also the busiest travel time of the year, with people going every which way across our great nation. Of course, as any reader knows, books allow you to travel without the pleasure of experiencing DIA's cattle drive in your socks. And for those of us who will be stuck in planes, trains, and automobiles over the coming weeks, maybe you'll finally have time to unwind with a good book.

Nature noir : a park ranger's patrol in the Sierra

by Jordan Fisher Smith

Reviewer Rating:
5

Nature Noir, A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra, is one part Edward Abbey and one part Elmore Leonard. I picked it up because I enjoy behind-the-scenes books about our national parks.

Jordan Fisher Smith was tasked with patrolling the canyons of California's American River, which has long been slated to...

Eisner Awards--Celebrating Graphic Format Books

Saga

The 26th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were given out on July 25 At San Diego Comic Con International. Awards were given out in 30 categories to works published in 2013, celebrating the best of the comics world.

Book Discovery: DPL Booklists

When you're looking for something to read, and you're already on waiting lists for the latest bestsellers, where can you discover new reading ideas?  Try Denver Public Library booklists!

DPL booklists are each based on a theme, genre, or award, and include both fiction and nonfiction titles. There are currently more than 80 booklists available for your perusal on our website. Visit denverlibrary.org/lists to find the following booklists, and more:

October is for (Biography) Lovers

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

What is it about biographies and memoirs? Is it the thrill of finding out intimate information about someone we only know through a public face? The inspiration we get from stories of overcoming obstacles? Learning more about someone when all you really know is that you respect their work? Biographies are perpetually popular at the library, and we are always getting new ones in, but it seems that October is the month that all biography lovers are waiting for.

Yesterday Today

cover image, The Harlem Hellfighters

Anytime is the right time to explore history. The 100th anniversary of “the greatest war” evokes cries from ghostly trenches. An assassination may have sparked World War I but a blueprint for conflict existed long before the first shot. This war gave us shell shock, machine guns, and "a lost generation."

Book Discovery: Prepub Titles

Do you hate it when your friend says she is reading the latest bestseller from your favorite author, and you didn't even know that the book was coming out? Here at the library, our goal is to have books ordered before you even know that you want them.  With about 300,000 books traditionally published every year in the United States (and that many, or more, self published), and the means to buy only a small fraction of them, how does your library decide what to buy, and, more importantly, how can you get on the list early so you're not waiting months for the latest hot title?

Things Are Heating Up!

Mambo in Chinatown

Here at the library, we're not just thinking about a Summer of Reading for kids and teens--summer is a great time for EVERYONE to read, and we're already looking ahead to the hot books that you'll be craving. Whether you're a mystery buff, want to get lost in the world of science fiction or fantasy, can't get enough of compelling memoirs and biographies, or like a little bit of everything, we've got a summer book on order for you! Get on the holds list for your favorite author's new book today--or try something new!

2014 Spur Awards

Light of the World by James Lee Burke

The Spur Award was initiated in 1953 by the Western Writers of America to recognize the best in Western fiction. Over the years, the award grew in number to acknowledge the diversity of Western literature for adults, teens, and children. If you are looking for a story "full of souls filled with concern, fear, joy and desire," you won't be disappointed with one of these award winning Westerns.

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