Looking for some writers who have gathered a cult following, but may not make it onto your radar? Eileen Myles and Michelle Tea have been at the writing gig for quite some time. Tea is known as the predecessor of Myles and not simply because of their similar Boston backgrounds. They both write frank, honest, and deeply complex considerations of what it means to be female, gay, and a writer. Their upbringings give the backdrop to take ink to paper and write.
Their language picks you apart and asks you to hold up high the raw material they produce. It is no secret that female writers, especially of the obscure variety, remain that, a secret, without hitting it big in the mainstream. If you're looking for your expectations to be fulfilled, Myles and Tea aren't for you. If you're into writers moving towards a liminal space and disregarding censorship and societal norms, Myles and Tea are waiting for you.
Have you heard about Ernst Cline's Ready Player One? Filled with tons of 80s pop culture references, it might be worth doing a bit of extra research to keep up. We can help.
Set in the near future, Ready Player Oneis the story of Wade Watts, a poor, orphaned kid whose only escape is entering the vast virtual world of OASIS. In OASIS, Wade's avatar spends endless hours attempting to solve clues and puzzles in order to find the three keys that will unlock the vast inheritance left by the company's founder, Halliday, who created this hunt as his legacy. In tribute to his 1980s upbringing, Halliday has loaded the game with all sort of cultural icons and trivia. Wade and&n
This is the theme explored by Alma Katsu in her engrossing novel "The Taker." Reminiscent of the earlier writings of Anne Rice, this novel plunges the reader into a dark world of beings cursed with the gift of immortality. This story spans centuries, but in the end it is the depth of characterization that keeps the reader riveted.
If you like your supernatural fiction with complex characters and dark subject matter then take "The Taker" and be prepared to be totally taken in.
Baby boomers all have retirement plans. Travel. Golf. Relaxation. Business. Adventure. Mystery.
Now that you're retired what do you do with all your time? You have worked your entire life in order to have the time and money to enjoy yourself. Have you tired of fishing, scrapbooking and those yoga exercises that eventually get boring. The library has lots of ideas for you to explore. And you have the time to explore them now.
THE BIG YEAR by Mark Obmascik
This is bird watching taken to another level. This is a fervent competition.
Derrick Bell and Steve Jobs both died on Wednesday but the similarities don't end there. Both men would not be deterred by those who could or would not believe.
Derrick Bell spent his professional life exposing racisim in the legal system and higher education. He encouraged members of diverse groups to tell their stories as a way of building support and community, something he felt scholarship alone could not do.
It's autumn. My thoughts turn to the usual autumnal things like the changing leaves, apple picking, pumpkin carving...and a strange hankering for tales of desperation.
Something about this time of year tends to make some of us a bit melancholy. It's a time to fend off sleep when the sun sinks below the horizon at 5:00. We watch the leaves fall and our flowers wither with frost. We haul out the blankets and heat up the tea kettle. We bake bread and fill bowls with hearty soups as if we're bears stockpiling calories for our long winter's sleep. This time of year, reading about hardship somehow makes me feel cozier.
The Days of Awe began with Rosh Hashanah and ends with the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.
Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, the Library has a variety of titles to help you learn more about Jewish traditions and customs. Nonfiction titles like Days of Awe and The Yom Kippur Anthology are interesting guides. Stories about growing up Jewish are a more personal, intimate way to celebrate and immerse yourself in another person's experience.
Money! Money! We all need it and there’s never enough of it!
You already know about using the library to borrow DVDs, books and music. Have you used the Value Line database to better understand your investments? Check out the many materials that DPL has to assist in saving and investing money.