Ready, Set, Read: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

We have another book talk coming your way today! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to hear about these exciting titles!

The Bollywood Bride – Sonali Dev (eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla; audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

Miracle Creek – Angie Kim (eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360; audiobook available through OverDrive)

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

All You Can Ever Know – Nicole Chung (eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla; audiobook available through Axis 360 and Hoopla)

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla; audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice For Living Your Best Life – Ali Wong (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

 

Ready, Set, Read: Space

We have another book talk coming your way today! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to hear about these exciting titles!

Star Wars: Resistance Reborn – Rebecca Roanhorse (eBook available through OverDrive)

*Bonus Recommendation!* Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse (eBook available through OverDrive)

Binti – Nnedi Okorafor (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through Axis 360 and Hoopla)

Space Opera – Cathrynne M. Valente (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margo Lee Shetterly (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla)

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto – Alan Stern and David Grinspoon (eBook available through Axis 360; audiobook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla)

 

Ready, Set, Read: Historical Fiction Not Set During WWII

We have another book talk coming your way today! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to hear about these exciting titles!

The Confessions of Frannie Langton – Sara Collins (eBook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla; audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

The Widows of Malabar Hill – Sujata Massey (eBook available through OverDrive)

Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla)

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (eBook available through OverDrive; audiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

Inland – Téa Obreht (eBook and audiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee (eBook available through OverDrive and Axis 360; audiobook available through OverDrive)

Ready, Set, Read: True Crime

We have another book talk coming your way today! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to hear about these exciting titles!

 

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century – Kirk Wallace Johnson (eBook and eAudiobook available through OverDrive and Axis 360)

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land – Monica Hesse (eBook available through OverDrive; eAudiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder – Piu Eatwell (eAudiobook available through Hoopla)

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History – Tori Telfer (eBook and eAudiobook available through Hoopla)

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story – Jeff Jensen (eBook available through Hoopla)

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer – Michelle McNamara (eBook available through OverDrive; eAudiobook available through OverDrive and Hoopla)

 

Pandemic Picks!

Sometimes the best thing you can do during a global pandemic is to just stay at home and away from people. For some, books may be the best company you can find. Similar to our real-life relationships, books can fulfill the needs in our lives. Some of us are seeking comfort and distraction, while others are looking for challenges, enrichment, and maybe even a little scare. Here are some books that you can find that touch on a variety of feelings you may be going through now.

All titles can be found through OverDrive in either eBook or eAudiobook formats. If you have never used our digital resources, now is a great time to start. Visit our library website, http://www.lakeblufflibrary.org and click on the “Download eBooks” tab.

1984 – George Orwell (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
A story that depicts life in a totalitarian regime in the year of 1984.

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith (available an an eBook through OverDrive)
Cassandra and her family live in poverty in a ramshackle old castle in England. Over six rough months, she fills numerous diaries with funny entries and manages to find herself hopelessly in love.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Samin Nosrat (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared “America’s next great cooking teacher.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She leaves the home once a day to walk to the market whose signs are now pictures instead of words, because women are no longer allowed to read. It wasn’t long ago that Offred lived with her husband, played with her daughter, had a job, made money of her own, and had access to knowledge.

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (available as an eBook and eAudiobook through OverDrive)
Theo Decker is a young boy in New York City and survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned, he is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles with his new life. As he gets older, he becomes fascinated by something that reminds him of his mother: a small painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

The Architecture of Happiness – Alain De Botton (available as an eAudiobook through OverDrive)
A journey through the philosophy and psychology of arachitecture and the connection between our identities and our location.

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
A book that examines the war on drugs and policies that affect convicted felons with access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits.

The Princess Bride – William Goldman (available as an eBook through OverDrive)
The timeless love story between a farm boy named Westley and the beautiful Princess Buttercup.

The Best of Hoopla

As we continue to stay at home, we might be looking for more digital reading content. Hoopla is a great resource that our library has that allows you to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, as well as movies and music. Here are some great digital books that you can access through Hoopla, using your library card.

If you have never used Hoopla before, our website can help get you started. Visit the library website, http://www.lakeblufflibrary.org and click on the “Digital Resources” section or you can go straight to http://www.hoopladigital.com.

Goldie Vance: Comic Issues (Vol. 1) – Hope Larson
Sixteen year old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her manager father. Her mom works as a live mermaids at a downtown club. Goldie’s curiosity explains her dream of becoming an in-house detective for the resort.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn – Dana Simpson
It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and hit a unicorn in the face. This led to Phoebe being granted a single wish and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her new best friend. But can a mythical beast and a nine-year-old really forge a connection?

With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo
Ever since Emoni got pregnant her freshman year, life is all about making tough decisions about her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little magic to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
Willowdean has been dubbed “Dumplin” by her former beauty queen mom. With her all-American beauty friend Ellen, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast food joint.

In Other Lands – Sarah Rees Brennan
Elliott is a grumpy, nerdy kid who is appalled by technology and the levels of fitness involved in swinging swords around. He’s enchanted by elves and mermaids. Despite his aversions, he finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, might actually be possible.

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Follows the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Each girl is different and has a vision of what their future will look like, though ultimately experiencing something different, as most young women do.

The Book of Delights – Ross Gay
A spirited collection of short essays written over the course of a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose of praising and celebrating ordinary wonders.

Reader’s Advisory – Tiger King

If you haven’t heard already, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness has been a widely popular Netflix original television series since its release on March 20, 2020. Tiger King is a true crime documentary about the life and possible crimes of Joe Exotic, who owns hundreds of tigers at his controversial animal preserve in Oklahoma. It’s nearly impossible to convey the outrageousness of this show, but if you’re interested in 100% true stories about con artists, cults, animal trafficking, or crimes so bizarre you can hardly believe they’re real, take a look at the titles below. All of these titles can be accessed through our Digital Resources, and all of them will have you shaking your head, saying, “I can’t believe this actually happened!”

Blackfish (documentary) (Available through Hoopla)
“Killer whales are beloved, majestic, friendly giants, yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who, unlike any orca in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Blackfish expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.” (From Hoopla description)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup – John Carreyrou
(Available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive & Axis 360)
“Recounts the story behind Theranos, the medical equipment company that misled investors to believe they developed a revolutionary blood testing machine, detailing how its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, perpetuated the lie to bolster the value of the company by billions.” (From NoveList)

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land – Monica Hesse
(Available as an eBook through OverDrive & an eAudiobook through OverDrive & Hoopla)
“The Washington Post reporter and author of Girl in the Blue Coat documents the trial of a man who was charged with dozens of counts of arson in rural Virginia county, sharing insight into the perpetrator’s struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend and the impact of the fires on their community.” (From NoveList)

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape – Jenna Miscavige Hill
(Available as an eBook through OverDrive & an eAudiobook through OverDrive & Hoopla)
“The niece of the Church of Scientology’s commander-in-chief reveals the strange and disturbing details of her childhood, piercing the veil of secrecy that has shrouded this religion and exposing the inner workings of Scientology’s celebrity culture.” (From NoveList)

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century – Kirk Wallace Johnson
(Available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive & Axis 360)
“The astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author’s years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives, which were possibly linked to an obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.” (From NoveList)

Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking – Rachel Love Nuwer
(Available as an eAudiobook through Hoopla)
“Our insatiable demand for animals-for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies, and fur-is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the continued existence of countless species. Nuwer-an award-winning science journalist with a background in ecology-takes listeners on a narrative journey to the front lines of the trade. Through exhaustive first-hand reporting that took her to ten countries, Nuwer explores the forces currently driving demand for animals and their parts; the toll that demand is extracting on species across the planet; and the conservationists, rangers, and activists who believe it is not too late to stop the impending extinctions. (Description from Hoopla)

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress – Rachel DeLoache Williams
(Available as an eBook through OverDrive)
“Tells the true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City—as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000.” (From NoveList)

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest For Earth’s Ultimate Trophy – Paige Williams
(Available as an eBook & eAudiobook through OverDrive)
“Analyzes the perilous world of the international fossil trade through the story of one man’s devastating effort to sell a Gobi Desert dinosaur skeleton from a nation that forbids natural-history trafficking.” (From NoveList)