Spinecrackers (06/04/2021): Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark (cover)

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

“Maggie Holt doesn’t believe in paranormal things, even though they are the details of the story that made her family famous. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved to Baneberry Hall. They spent twenty days there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a horror memoir, House of Horrors. His tale rivaled The Amityville Horror in popularity – and skepticism. Maggie has lived her life in the shadow of her father’s book, so when she inherits Baneberry Hall after his death, she returns to renovate the house to prepare it for sale. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of Ewan’s book, she starts to wonder if what he wrote was more fact than fiction”– Provided by publisher.

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June 4th @ 10:00 AM at Virtual Library

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Stranger than Fiction (06/01/2021): I Contain Multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life

I Contain Multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life (cover)

I Contain Multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life by Ed Yong

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin-a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth. Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light-less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are. The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people. Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us-the microbiome-build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

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June 1st @ 6:30 PM at Virtual Library

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May Reading Resolutions…Read a Young Adult book

Graduation season is almost here, so May is a great month to reflect on transitions; from middle school to high school, and from high school into the world beyond—whether that’s college, a job or another sort of adventure.

It’s also a great month to pick up a Young Adult fiction or non-fiction title.

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Adults, whose coming of age years may be decades in the past, especially those who don’t have teens of their own, may not realize how enjoyable these books can be. But since the goal of Reading Resolutions is to encourage readers to try new and unfamiliar genres, here are a few reasons to give YA a try, courtesy of YA author Janae Marks:

The books are entertaining! Since teens have so many distractions, including the ability to stream a hit movie or TV series straight from their phone, YA books need to grab and hold their attention. In addition to being page-turners, the stories also offer well-developed and relatable characters, compelling plots and vivid world building, which can make a reader feel like they’re living the story, right along with the characters.

They tackle complex themes. Like novels written for adults, YA fiction deals with serious themes, such as substance abuse, sexuality, racism, mental health, suicide, and violence at home, school and on the streets. At the same time, the serious topics are usually balanced by an uplifting, rather than cynical, tone. While the stories and endings aren’t always happy, readers can walk away feeling hopeful.

They’re often “clean” reads. Though there’s frequently a romantic element in YA fiction, books written for teens generally don’t have on-page sex scenes, or excessive swearing. While individual authors may include edgier content, it’s likely to be less explicit than what you’d find in adult genres. In addition, friendships and family ties are as likely as first love, to be at the emotional heart of a YA novel.

Want to know more? Check out Janae’s post here, or visit our online YA catalog to reserve your May Young Adult selection.

Already a YA fan? Consider joining AAPLD’s Forever Young book club, for adult fans of Young Adult literature. The group meets virtually, the second Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. May’s read is Kent State, by Deborah Wiles. Click here to register.