The first time I read this book was in 7th grade English class and I was so shocked by the concept of not being allowed to read. I recently re-read the novel shortly before Ray Bradbury’s death and as an adult I was still strongly impacted by the story. Bradbury’s descriptions of a dystopian world where it was illegal to not only read, but also to possess books is just as shocking to me as it was in 7th grade. There is nothing more powerful than the written word; written words are ideas made tangible that can then be passed along to others to be built and expanded upon. What affected me the most from this novel was that while the written word portrays nuances, feelings, knowledge, beauty, ugliness, and power, now that these qualities written down, they will never go away. While this was true in 7th grade and it is even more true today. The Internet, more than ever, proves that once a word is written it becomes part of history and cannot be erased.
Michelle H. – Circulation/Outreach Assistant
From its first publication in 1970, Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen has been a regular guest on the lists of the books most frequently banned and/or challenged in the US. This is due chiefly to its portrayal of its pre-school aged protaganist, Mickey, in the nude. The book depicts him fully clothed until he slips into a dream, where the action and story of the book take place. Together with Where the Wild Things Are and Outside Over There, this book comprises Sendak’s trilogy of books whose stories take place chiefly in a child’s dream.
Have you read Landline by Rainbow Rowell yet? It’s the story of Georgie McCool, married to Neal, and struggling with balancing her career and her family. The marriage is troubled & Neal leaves with the children to spend Christmas with his family while Georgie stays behind in Los Angeles to work on her TV script. She discovers an old phone that connects her to Neal-a past version of Neal-and embarks on a series of conversations that may fix her problems. If you’ve read this book and want something like it, may we suggest the following stories:
May We Suggest
readalikes for Landline by Rainbow Rowell
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Hello Romance Readers,
Are you trying to keep track of all the new paperback romances arriving at the Library? We’re on all sorts of social media and that is a very good place to start your browsing. This is the link to our August Romance board on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/villaparkpl/august-romance-paperbacks/ so go on, check it out. You can reserve the books on line at http://discovery.lincnet.info/client/villapark or come in the Library and Readers Advisory will be happy to help you find them.
Now you’ve seen the TV series from Showtime, how about reading the book series by Jeff Lindsay that started it all? Featuring Dexter Morgan, a crime scene analyst for the Miami Dade Police Department, this flawed hero captivated viewers with his double life as a sociopathic serial killer (murdering only those people who murdered others). Here’s a slice of the series for you:
Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay
1) Darkly Dreaming Dexter
2) Dearly Devoted Dexter
3) Dexter in the Dark
4) Dexter by Design
5) Dexter is Delicious
6) Double Dexter
7) Dexter’s Final Cut