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  • 2014
    • February
      • By the Numbers
        submitted by Natalie

        What did you do on your first day — the day you were born?

        Steve Jenkins and Robin Page answer this question in their children’s book My First Day by describing what happens to animals after they are born. Readers will see that the beginning o

      • Are You Up To The Challenge?

        The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge is a new Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare

      • The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis’ Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings by John M. Adams
        submitted by Rob

        “This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of Wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and after doing so to consider al

    • January
      • Shades of Dr. Moreau: Inhuman by Kat Falls
        submitted by Katy

        Before Delaney (Lane) McEvoy was born, the Ferae Naturae virus ravaged the United States causing millions of humans to mutate into an animal/human form. Many died within days but those who did not succumb went crazy and cannibalistic. With just a single

      • Recovery Road by Blake Nelson
        submitted by Lynette

        Maddie is seventeen, and already has been given the descriptive nickname “Mad Dog Maddie” for her wild behavior. After too many wrong turns she finds herself in a teen rehabilitation center. Rehab isn’t for her – she does not want to be there, nor does

  • 2013
    • December
      • Favorite Read-Alouds Published in 2013
        submitted by Natalie

        Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack

        Can you really tell a compelling story using just pictures and two sounds? The answer is “Yes!”

        Big Snow by Jonathan Bean

        While under the guise of “helping” his mother to clean the house, a

      • Twelve Great Reads
        submitted by Tony

        Can you believe it? 2013 is almost over. And you know what that means…end of the year time is Best of the Year time!

        So here is a list of some favorite comics from the past year. They may or may not have been published in 2013. Many of the titles are ongoi

      • Truth is Stranger Than Fiction: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
        submitted by Rob

        While it may ring of cliché, truth is indeed stranger than fiction at times, and Tom Reiss’ most recent book, The Black Count, would seem to vividly support this notion. To many, if not most, the name Alexandre Dumas is instantly recognizable and conjures ima

      • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
        submitted by Tommy

        An old friend of mine, who was 22 at the time, told me to read this book about 15 years ago. I’m not really into Science Fiction and when I hear this term I usually resist. Since then, a few other people have told me to read it too. LFPL recently got a few brand n

    • November
      • “For heaven’s sake, what kind of superhero types?”
        submitted by Natalie

        Newberry Award winner Kate DiCamillo’s latest story, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, is one of a girl and her superhero squirrel. She creates a cast of quirky characters that slowly rolls out through mishaps, disappointments, as well a

      • Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
        submitted by Rob

        "The chance you had is the life you've got. You can make complaints about what people, including you, make of their lives after they have got them, and about what people make of other people's lives...but you mustn't wish for another li

    • October
      • Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien
        submitted by Lynette

        Though Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien was written in 1974, you’d never know it without looking at the original publication date. O’Brien really didn’t do anything that dates the book as one from the 1970's. That’s a hard thing to do but eas

      • Asylum by Madeleine Roux
        submitted by Katy

        Research, insanity, or possession...can we ever be certain?

        Dan Crawford is a foster kid who finally got lucky and found adoptive parents who have helped him settle into a life of relative normalcy. His zeal for academic studies has landed him a co

    • September
      • I Think I Might Be A Gorilla
        submitted by Tommy

        Ivan, The One and Only Ivan, is a gorilla. He was alone inside a cage for three decades with no other of his kind around. He looks out and sees the human race for what it really is, and most of what he observes of them I see as well.

        This is su

      • Once upon a Time
        submitted by Natalie

        Who doesn’t like a good unconventional princess story?

        First up is a sparkly pink picture book by Deborah Underwood called, Part-time Princess. As you can probably gather from the cover it’s not just about tutus and tiaras; this gal is a f

      • Muslim Journeys: A Multimedia Series Coming to LFPL
        Muslim Journeys Film and Discussion
        Prince Among Slaves: African Americans and Islam
        Presented by: Narjis Nichole Abdul-Majid
        Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
        Middle school and above

        Muslim Journeys Film
        Koran by Heart
        Presented by Dr. Shifa

    • August
      • Mama Ruby by Mary Monroe

        submitted by Damera

        “When I get involved with a boy, I’m goin’ to be the one callin’ shots. When I get married, my husband can be the head of the house all he wants. But I’m goin’ to be the neck, and the neck is what controls every move the head makes.”



      • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
        submitted by Rob

        “...the war came to me in my dreams and showed me its sole purpose: to go on, only to go on.” - Private John Bartle, Narrator, The Yellow Birds
        According to New York Times journalist Chris Hedges and author of What Every Person Should Know About War (2003),

      • After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
        submitted by Lynette

        Willow is scrappy, stealthy, and smart – and that’s a good thing. His world is in a not too distant future where the Earth is experiencing a new Ice Age. For most of the year the world is blanketed in ice and snow. Just like early humans in the previo

    • July
      • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
        submitted by Katy

        Mary Shelly Black was just 16 years old, in 1918, when her father was dragged off to jail accused of treason, because of his German heritage and the fact that he doesn’t believe in the war. While the Spanish Flu epidemic raged around the world, she was se

      • He Was America
        submitted by Tommy

        I first got into Carl Sandburg when reading a Bob Dylan bio years ago. A 22 year old Dylan paid an unannounced visit to the great poet in early 1964. Dylan brought the 86 year old poet a copy of his new The Times They are A-Changin’ album and they talked a

      • Julia Child
        submitted by Debbe

        With the plethora of cookbooks and cooking shows today it is hard to imagine a time when one woman alone was the face of cooking on American television. The host of the public television show, The French Chef, which initially aired from 1963-1973, Julia C

    • June
      • Midnighters Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
        submitted by Tony

        The Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld, author of the popular Uglies series, is composed of three works. They are The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness, and Blue Noon.

        The trilogy begins with high school student Jessica Day moving to Bixby,

      • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
        submitted by Rob

        “Illness isolates; the isolated become invisible; the invisible become forgotten. But the snail…the snail kept my spirit from evaporating. Between the two of us, we were a society all our own, and that kept isolation at bay.” - Elisabeth Tova Bailey

      • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
        submitted by Caren

        I had read a bit of buzz about this book so I picked it up, not really knowing what to expect. I absolutely couldn't put it down and read through it in one day. It begins as what appears to be a parody of a self-help book, in an unnamed country (but

    • May
      • Spotlight: Graphic Novel Discussion Group
        submitted by Tony

        Did you love comics as a kid and do you still? Or are you new to the magic of graphic literature?

        No matter when you started, LFPL's Graphic Novel Discussion Group is the place for you!

        The Group meets at the Main Branch on the second

      • Jet Set
        submitted by Natalie

        Whether or not you’re plan on traveling overseas with children this summer, you can still enjoy reading these picture books set in far off destinations.

        Dodsworth in Tokyo by Tim Egan “Dodsworth was a little nervous. Japan is a land of customs and manner

      • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
        submitted by Lynette

        The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is not a new teen book but I do feel like it has gotten a little lost and perhaps is on the way to soon be forgotten. This book is a gem I discovered several years after publication, just perusing the book stacks

    • April
      • Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
        submitted by Katy

        Gabi and Lia aren’t having a great summer despite the fact that they are spending it in Italy. Their mother is an Etruscan scholar who drags her teenage daughters on searches for tombs to excavate. In a moment of teenage rebellion the sisters enter the lat

      • Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie by O. E. Rolvaag
        submitted by Debbe

        What makes a book memorable? Why can a reader clearly remember the plots, characters, themes and settings of some titles and others are gone ten minutes after closing their cover? I recently watched a documentary on To Kill a Mockingbird’s author, Harper Lee, where a

      • Carnegie Medal Short List 2013
        submitted by Caren

        For me, spring doesn’t mean basketball “madness”, or chicks and bunnies, but the arrival of the new short list for the Carnegie Medal. I spend the time from late March, when the list appears, until June, when the winner is announced, deliciously immersed

    • March
      • Mad About Basketball
        submitted by Tony

        March Madness has begun!

        When you’re not watching the game, you might try some of these great titles.

        Editor’s note: Please use the “add a comment” button below to leave any response you may have about the book or the re

      • The Runner's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What 35 Years of Running Have Taught Me About Winning, Losing, Happiness, Humility, and the Human Heart by Amby Burfoot
        submitted by Tommy

        When I picked this up to read I didn’t notice the sub-title, but as it turns out I too have been running 35 years (with some interruptions because of injury or life.) For the most part I’m not into motivational books, but since Amby Burfoot seems like a

      • Experience the Realm of Downton Abbey Through the Library
        submitted by Rob

        Considering the ever-growing popularity that the television drama Downton Abbey has enjoyed over its three seasons, it would seem appropriate to provide readers with a list of books that would potentially appeal to those who are enamored with the story

      • Want to Go Private? by Sarah Littman
        submitted by Damera

        Teenagers today breath, sleep, and eat technology. They are either texting, chatting on Facebook, or sending tweets with Twitter. This is how Abby Johnston and her best friend, Faith, meet Luke. They are chatting with each other on a new teen website c

    • February
      • Top Five Picture Books of 2012 to Read Before You Go to Sleep
        submitted by Natalie

        1. Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

        I’m absolutely smitten with a very brave and impish girl named Small, who on the cover of this enchanting book stands in comparison to a very large paw print embedded in snow. To say that the print is large would

      • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
        submitted by Caren

        I had read some rave reviews of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, which is why I picked it up. Wow! I read through practically in one gulp, hardly coming up for air. This is one compelling read, and the truly stunning thing about it is that it is all true.

      • T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani
        submitted by Lynette

        This is a graphic novel written for teens, but should not be limited to this age group alone. T-Minus very beautifully sums up what led up to getting man not only into space, but onto the Moon itself.

        As we all know there were two main play

    • January
      • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
        submitted by Katy

        Have you ever lost something and couldn't find it? Remember how frustrating that was? Echo is a high school senior who has lost something vital, memories of how she almost died and was left with scars covering both arms. Now in counseling, Echo want

      • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
        submitted by Debbe

        On November 22, 1963 I was sitting in my 7th grade classroom, participating in an art project, a message was sent in from the principal’s office, the President had just been shot. The only other things I remember about being in school that afternoon is that

      • Winkie
        submitted by Nita

        I picked up Winkie by Clifford Chase because I thought it would be hilarious. Winkie is a teddy bear who comes to life, runs away from home, and is eventually mistaken for a terrorist and put on trial. But Chase eschews “Farce=Funny” literary conventi

  • 2012
    • December
      • My Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2012
        submitted by Tony

        The year is coming to an end in a few days so, of course, it is time for "best of" lists!

        This is my top ten list of graphic novels which I read during the past year. They may or may not have been published in 2012.

        All of these works c

      • The Innocents
        submitted by Alex

        The Innocents, directed by Jack Clayton and starring Deborah Kerr, is a 1961 film adaptation of Henry James’ ghost tale novella The Turn of the Screw. The film is over a half-century old yet still has the ability to unnerve its audience through an innovative

    • November
      • Just Kids by Patti Smith
        submitted by Tommy

        I’ve been meaning to read this book for two years and just got to it. I regret that it took me so long. Having been a fan of Patti Smith’s music for decades, I am now a fan of her writing. These memoirs have the ease of her speaking voice. At once bot

      • Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
        submitted by Natalie

        When a former United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006) and Pulitzer Prize for poetry winner (2005) sets their pen to writing for children, it’s hard not to be curious of the outcome. The House Held Up by Trees, published by Candlewick Press in 2012, is

    • October
      • The Impetuosity of Youth (or Youthful Thinking): A Review of Arcadia by Lauren Groff
        submitted by Rob

        There are myriad behaviors shared among all humankind that tie each person to the next. Over time, these behaviors form recognizable and predictable trends. Among these is the seemingly innate desire by some to organize society or select groups in the atte

      • Computing: A Concise History by Paul E. Ceruzzi
        submitted by Tony

        Computing: A Concise History by Paul E. Ceruzzi, a curator at the National Air and Space Museum, is part of the M.I.T. Essential Knowledge series. The series started a little over a year ago but topics covered already span the gamut from ocean waves to cor

    • September
      • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
        submitted by Caren

        If you at all enjoy history and the play of ideas across centuries, you will enjoy The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, which was a National Book Award winner. The author, Stephen Greenblatt focuses on an ancient poem (De Rerum Natura by Lucretius) nearly lost in t

      • One Way or Another by Rhonda Bowen
        submitted by Damera

        Toni Shields is a hard-nosed reporter who will go to great lengths for a story. This is how we find her at the beginning of One Way or Another. Toni and her best friend, Afrika, are caught snooping on the mayor of Atlanta and they are arrested and take

      • Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley and America’s Greatest Marathon by John Brant
        submitted by Tommy

        If you’re a runner, you’ll love Duel in the Sun by John Brant. If you’re not a runner, it’s still a really good book. It’s the story of two men driven to insanity. It is high drama at its best.

        Alberto Salazar was the young, cocky, super tale

      • The Imperfections of Memory: Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending
        submitted by Rob

        “How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about

    • August
      • Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
        submitted by Luke

        Night Soldiers by Alan Furst begins in Bulgaria in 1934. There Khristo Stoianev, the novel’s protagonist, witnesses his brother’s death at the hands of the local fascist thugs for poking fun at their uniforms. Khristo escapes his hometown and turns to c

      • Up in the Air
        submitted by Alex

        Up in the Air, based on the novel of the same name by Walter Kirn, is director Jason Reitman’s 2009 follow-up to his 2007 breakout film Juno.

        George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a veteran employee of a corporate downsizing company. Bingham fli

      • Audiobooks
        submitted by Debbe

        On road trips my husband and I always listen to audio books to pass the time. My husband enjoys non-fiction, so I make selections attempting to entertain us both. I’m usually successful and some of our favorites have made long trips seem much shorter. We both like

      • Come on Rain by Karen Hess and Jon J. Muth
        submitted by Natalie

        During the cooler months, there’s the summer that lives nostalgic in our minds. Thoughts of plump strawberries and wading pools swim about. Idealizing lazy days tending garden and nights of front porch sitting circle around a few times too.

        At first whe

    • July
      • An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey
        submitted by Damera

        There comes a time in your life when you have to think about what is important to you and what happens when those things are jeopardized. In An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey, the protagonist, James Thicke, finds himself in just such a situatio

      • For Readers Interested in Music
        Are you both an avid reader and an ardent lover of music?

        Or are you interested in finding out more about the songs or artists mentioned in your favorite novel?

        Then you should check out our sister blog, LFPL's Music Corner!

        There you will find:

      • Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths by Simon Goddard
        submitted by Tony

        “There is a light that never goes out.” – Morrissey and Johnny Marr
        First and foremost, Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths by Simon Goddard is one of the most serious compendiums of pop music information that I’ve ever read that wasn’t simply a

      • Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright
        submitted by Caren

        I picked up Prague Winter because I am interested in Czechoslovakia. This is a well-told story of one Czech who later became a very influential American. If it is a curse to have been born in interesting times, Dr. Albright was certainly well and truly

    • June
      • 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd
        submitted by Caren

        Every June, the UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals awards the Carnegie Medal to the best British book for children and young adults for the past year. This medal is the equivalent of the Newbery Medal in the USA. Its sist

      • The Family Business by Carl Weber and Eric Pete
        submitted by Damera

        A lot of people have an abundance of friends that they can count on. Friends that will help you through anything, do anything for you, if only you would ask. But can you say the same thing about family? Family is supposed to stick by you through thick and

    • May
      • Blood of the Reich by William Dietrich
        submitted by Luke

        At the brink of World War II, Kurt Raeder and a team of Nazi mountaineers are sent to Tibet by Heinrich Himmler to search for the legendary city of Shambhala. Years earlier, Raeder had shared leadership of an expedition to the Himalayas with Benjamin Hood, an

      • Hidden Gems for the Literary Adult: The Novel Intended for the Younger Reader
        submitted by Rob

        There are those among the adult population who may feel that novels written originally for the young adult would not make for particularly entertaining or thoughtful reading, a sentiment that I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically disagree with. Quite the

      • Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure
        submitted by Natalie

        Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure depicts the tender relationship between a mother and her son, both anxious for the return of summer. We watch their outdoor routine alter with the progression of spring.

        They go about collecting the bits that tre

      • Mystery Series
        submitted by Debbe

        Characterization is more important to me than setting or plot when I read fiction. . Even when I read a mystery I want strong characters along with the crime solving. That is why I like series with protagonists that grow more complex with each title.

    • April
      • How To...Eat
        submitted by Simon

        A few years ago I did something life changing: I joined what is commonly known as a CSA. CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture, and what that means is a person buys seasonal food directly from a local farmer. It also means that a pe

      • Brother Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation by Ann Charters and Samuel Charters
        submitted by Tom

        What would you expect from Ann Charters when writing about Jack Kerouac? Perfection? Yes, that is what you got! Ann had first seen Kerouac in 1956 at the famous Six Gallery Poetry Reading, later she would become his first biographer (Kerouac 1973).

      • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
        submitted by Tony

        Moon Called by Patricia Briggs is the first installment of an on-going series (there are currently five subsequent books). Like many first books in the Urban Fantasy genre, there is a good deal of exposition in order to describe the major supernatural b

    • March
      • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
        submitted by Caren

        If you are an introvert, you've got to read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Even if you are more of the extroverted persuasion, it could help you understand the third to half of our population who prefer a “quieter” approach to l

      • A True Literary Trifecta: Louisa May Alcott, Susan Cheever, and Geraldine Brooks
        submitted by Rob

        In the last two months of 2011 and the first month of 2012, the book discussion group that I have the privilege to facilitate here at the Crescent Hill Library read three books in the following order: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, American Bloomsbury by Susan Chee

      • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
        submitted by Natalie

        Set during the Gold Rush, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt is narrated by a tenderhearted and remarkably self aware hit man, Eli Sisters. Eli struggles with his weight, matters of the heart, and the conflicting desire to venture into a simpler

    • February
      • Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues by Elijah Wald
        submitted by Michael

        Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues puts to rest the romantic idea of the bluesman as illiterate troubadour. Author Elijah Wald’s book shows that the true pioneers of the blues were Vaudeville-trained female singers like

      • Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811-2011, edited by Rita Kohn
        submitted by Luke

        Two hundred years ago, citizens of Louisville awoke to the shrill blasts of the New Orleans, the first steamship to sail the Ohio River. At the time, many waterfront dwellers thought that the great comet of 1811 had fallen to earth and landed in the r

      • Frank Lloyd Wright
        submitted by Debbe

        I was recently asked “Why do you read fiction.” My first reaction is that it entertains me and that is absolutely true as I have spent many hours being entertained by novels. After some thought I realized that I like that fiction often leads me to seek

      • Mid-Life by Joe Ollmann
        submitted by Tommy

        I rarely read Graphic Novels for the simple reason that they are more Graphic than Novel. I think this is my fourth one so far. The others are Maus, Ghost World, and Daytripper. All were really good but Mid-Life by Joe Ollmann is my favorite o

    • January
      • Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
        submitted by Damera

        When someone tells you not to blink, you follow the rules. In the suspense packed novel Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, you will not be able to turn away, let alone blink. What starts out as the interview of a lifetime for magazine reporter Nic

      • Echo: The Complete Edition by Terry Moore
        submitted by Tony

        In 2008, Terry Moore returned from a year long hiatus from comic publication. His absence was due to completion of his previous comic series of 13 years, Strangers in Paradise (SIP). SIP, a much beloved indie comic, was a complicated tale told in a rea

      • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
        submitted by Caren

        At just 163 pages, The Sense of an Ending, winner of the the 2011 Man Booker Prize (a British literary prize for fiction), packs a lot into a small package. The use of language is sublime, and the characterizations are very finely crafted, with an economy of carefull

  • 2011
    • December
      • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
        submitted by Caren

        Ten years ago Alexandra Fuller published her first book, a piece of non-fiction about her childhood in Rhodesia as it transitioned, with lots of chaos and bloodshed, into today’s Zimbabwe. If you haven’t read that book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African

      • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
        submitted by Natalie

        You should know from the start that this book has nothing to do with vampires. Sharp incisors do make a small appearance, but that’s all. I’d hate for you to be disappointed thinking this was yet another paranormal romance.

        The Family Fa

    • November
      • Bardstown Road: A Novella by Andre Coma
        submitted by Tommy

        I discovered Bardstown Road: A Novella by Andre Coma by accident and when I saw it was about Louisville’s Bardstown Road, I thumbed through it. I found all kinds of allusions to places and things that I know and like. All the joys of youth in one thin book.There’s T

      • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
        submitted by Rob

        A fascinating aspect of literature is its capacity to change over time. Intuitively, one may think that the message a book conveys, the experience the tale imparts, the revelry a novel causes remains somewhat static and consistent, a belie

    • October
      • The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
        submitted by Jessica

        In this book, The Poisoned House by Michael Ford , the year is 1855. Thirteen year old scullery maid Abigail works a grueling job doing the household jobs that no one else wants to do; Greave Hall is the only home Abi has ever known. She gr

      • We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
        submitted by Luke

        In Marstal, Denmark, the men of the town have always gone to sea. The sea is in their blood and it calls to the fathers and sons of the town constantly, even as it leaves their bones on the floors of all seven seas. The sea dominates everything in

    • September
      • Read Your Way Around the World
        submitted by Debbe

        Read Your Way Around the World
        In September the library is encouraging reading groups and all readers across Louisville to explore books with roots in different countries and cultures with its Read Your Way Around the World program. Check ou

    • August
      • Along a Long Road by Frank Viva
        submitted by Natalie

        Sometimes I feel funny about liking a book solely for the illustrations. My dilemma is possibly the inverse of “never judge a book by it’s cover”. Lucky for you, I’ve decided to eschew that way of thinking and share a recently published work for young children sim

      • Geraldine Brooks
        submitted by Debbe

        Do you have a favorite author? This is a question librarians are frequently asked. I always found it hard to answer, as I eagerly await the latest title from many authors. Some are mystery writers, as I am anxious to reconnect with some of my favorite fictional cri

      • Trainsong by Jan Kerouac
        submitted by Tom

        Trainsong is the second book by the only offspring of Jack Kerouac. And like Jack, Jan had many travels and many adventures. She has interesting encounters with Richard Brautigan, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs, but the heart of the book is in her re

    • July
      • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
        submitted by Rob

        “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” - Ernest Hemingway

        Ernest Hemingway – in my experience, the mere mention o

      • Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
        submitted by Natalie

        I read the most wonderful picture book by Alice McLerran that shows something refreshing in an age where some kids hardly go outdoors, or rarely detach themselves from their gaming systems and personal computers.

        Roxaboxen shows childre

      • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
        submitted by Caren

        David Eagleman, who is scheduled to speak at the Main location of the Louisville Free Public Library on July 19th , is quite an interesting man. As an undergrad at Rice University, he studied British and American literature and thought of becoming a wr

      • Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman
        submitted by Anthony

        Warning, Hard Magic is the first in a series of “Paranormal Scene Investigations.” Also, the series is set in Gilman’s Retrievers universe. When I picked up the book, I was not paying attention and now I am hooked on yet another series, maybe tw

    • June
      • Stories of Crass
        submitted by Justin

        I thought it time to revisit one of the most important bands of my youth, and possibly my adulthood, Crass. Though most of their albums have hit the 30-year mark, they still hold more relevance and urgency to me than most of the bands that they influenced. The ongo

      • Briar King by Greg Keyes
        submitted by Luke

        Great and terrible changes are coming to the lands. Beasts thought only to be legends have been seen, bringing death and ruin, and some say that the Briar King has awakened. The Briar King by Greg Keyes is the opening book in a four part epic fantasy saga, The King

      • Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac by Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee
        submitted by Tom

        This book can be summed up with one word: Love. I read this book about 20 years ago when I really had no understanding of the Beat Generation. So I missed the amount of love and respect that Kerouac's friends had for him and continued to have for h

      • Homer and Langely by E.L. Doctorow
        submitted by Debbe

        I can’t be accused of being a hoarder. I gave away my children’s toys and donate clothes I no longer wear. One guest in my home asked “Where are the books?” My answer “I keep my books stored at the library.” I choose not to keep items, for which

    • May
      • A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
        submitted by Rob

        “No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there’s always a thread of grace.” -Hebrew Proverb
        In the darkest of times, both for the individual and society, it is essential to maintain hope, for it is through hope that one can endure a

      • Grow It Yourself
        submitted by Natalie

        More and more Louisville children are lucky enough to have experiences with gardening and animal husbandry thanks to an increase in community gardens and local farms opening their gates. Urban gardening is growing in popularity, so why not check out a few books on th

      • How Shall I Live My Life: On Liberating the Earth from Civilization by Derrick Jensen
        submitted by Justin

        Often called the Philosopher-Poet of the ecological movement, Derrick Jensen has produced fiction, non-fiction, spoken word, and even a graphic novel and a children’s book. When introduced to Jensen, finding a place to start can be intimidating. He covers an a

      • The Magical World of Edward Eager
        submitted by Caren

        Edward Eager (1911-1964) really ought to be better known. Although none of his books won major awards, they have stayed in print for more than fifty years and are still being read and enjoyed by elementary age children.

        Mr. Eager was actually a

    • April
      • The Radleys by Matt Haig
        submitted by Jennifer

        In Matt Haig’s The Radleys, the general populace is unaware of the existence of vampires. The Radleys, a modern vampire family live as abstainers, guided by a bible of abstinence which prohibits taking human life for blood. At times thoughtful, even mourn

      • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
        submitted by Debbe

        My first introduction to Truman Capote was after he wrote In Cold Blood , a novel based on the true story of a Kansas family’s tragic murders. I was a teenager and Capote was a regular guest on NBC’s Tonight show. I found his talk show banter irresistible and wa

      • What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris
        submitted by Jessica

        It is the year 1811, just before King George III of Britain is set to be declared unfit to rule and his son, Prince George IV, is to be named Prince Regent. This distinctive and tumultuous time in history is the setting for C.S. Harris’ mystery nove

      • Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
        submitted by Rob

        “DEATH SPEAKS:
        There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in t

    • March
      • Sporks and Spoons
        submitted by Natalie

        Spoon by Amy Krauss Rosenthal
        Hyperion 2009

        “All my friends have it so much better than me.” Who hasn’t sang that song at least once or twice?

        This feeling of incompleteness is at the center of our story, where young Sp

      • Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
        submitted by Tony

        Comics, horror, noir crime, sword and sorcery, and YA lit are all brought to the fore in Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands . This collection of short essays riffs on the gamut of genre fiction, finding in

      • Award Winners!
        submitted by Caren

        Once a year, lovers of books for children await the announcement of the American Library Association’s youth media awards with as much anticipation as filmgoers reserve for the Oscars. I thought I would use this post to talk about a few of the winners. The complete lis

      • Cat Coming Home by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
        submitted by Jennifer

        Cat Coming Home is the sixteenth in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's mystery series featuring the tail-less feline sleuth Joe Grey. If you're already a Joe Grey fan, you'll be familiar with Molina Point California and its’ denizens. T

      • The Bomb by Howard Zinn
        submitted by Justin

        The last work I read by Zinn having been his 752-page tome A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present , Zinn’s The Bomb came as a succinct, 91-page surprise. Sometimes promoted as his last book, The Bomb is a collecti

      • The Alehouse Murders by Marueen Ash
        submitted by Luke

        Set at the start of the 13th century, The Alehouse Murders by Maureen Ash is the first in the Templar mystery series. In this opening tale, Bascot de Marins, a Templar Knight has recently returned to England after eight years as a Saracen captive. While imp

    • February
      • Every Man Dies Alone by Rudolf Ditzen
        submitted by Rob

        “…first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”
        -Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 Inaugural Address

        Fear, in many cases, is a particularly nasty emotion - one capable of causing

      • The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky
        submitted by Jessica

        I don’t know how many of you out there are familiar with a lovely little piece of American history called the Federal Writers’ Project. For those of you who know what I’m talking about, feel free to jump ahead and for those of you who don’t know, let

      • African American History Month
        submitted by Debbe

        When you are surrounded by books and book reviews all day choosing what to read in my spare time can find me agonizing over many different titles. So how do I choose? Sometimes I will read for fun and entertainment, so my love of a good mystery

      • Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow
        submitted by Tony

        In light of the recent popularity of Cory Doctorow’s first YA joint, Little Brother , I decided to re-read one of his earlier works. I chose Eastern Standard Tribe because I enjoy Doctorow’s writings and the premise had seemed a bit wacky at the time. As I s

    • January
      • Winter Picture Books
        submitted by Natalie

        Every summer we hear about fantastic beach reads, but aren’t the winter months really when you find that extra time to cozy up with a book? Here are a few frosty picture books to share with the little ones in your life.

        Snow Dude by Daniel Kirk
      • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
        submitted by Caren

        Bill Bryson, a man of boundless curiosity, apparently enjoys ferreting out every detail about whatever catches his fancy. His early books recounted his travels, always with a humorous twist. His recent books are of a more serious tone, but full of the

      • Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag by Stevie Chick
        submitted by Justin

        Having read Rollins’ Get In the Van , I was looking forward to a history that focused on the early years of Black Flag. Spray Paint the Walls came through in those regards. But there was something incongruent about the early chapters. As much as I

      • M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker
        submitted by Luke

        Welcome to the 4077 or the Natural Double as the men and women of the Medical Army Surgical Hospital call it. All of the hero’s are here: Trapper John, Hawkeye, Duke, Hotlips Houlihan, Frank Burn, Radar O’Reilly, and the Colonel. MASH tells the story of three young

      • Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
        submitted by Jennifer

        I was unfamiliar with Martin Millar before a copy of The Good Fairies of New York showed up at my library. But since it came highly recommended by Neil Gaiman, who stole my heart with Coraline and Stardust , I decided to give it a try. What happens

  • 2010
    • December
      • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
        submitted by Debbe

        Recently I returned from a road trip to Boston, Hartford and other New England destinations. I toured homes owned by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Paul Revere and John and Abigail Adams and their descendents. I visited the John F. Kenne

      • The Stuff of Legend, Book 1: The Dark by Mike Raicht
        submitted by Kerry

        Brooklyn, 1944. The Boogeyman has taken a boy to his realm of the Dark. To save the boy his toys come together to plan a rescue mission and travel to the Dark to find him. Led by the Colonel, a toy soldier, Maxwell the teddy bear, Percy the piggy bank, Quackers the w

      • Magical Realism
        submitted by Rob

        “It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alternation between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the lim

      • Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn
        submitted by Jessica

        What do King Arthur, the goddess Hera, and a comic book author have in common? They are all key characters in Carrie Vaughn’s newest book, Discord’s Apple. Evie Walker rushes home upon the news of her father’s illness only to discover an unusual family inheri

    • October
      • Drum Roll Please...
        Welcome to the Louisville Free Public Library’s Reader’s Corner Blog. We are happy to see you here. This is the library’s dedicated digital space committed to serving you, the reader. You should anticipate reading awesome book and author reviews provided to you by real library staff.

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