Reviews and Blog Posts: Literature

Soothe Your Bowie-Sads With These Books

Books picked by and related to David Bowie

On Saturday, January 9, several Denver bands paid tribute to David Bowie for his birthday and album release at the Hi-Dive's Bowiefest. I was not the only DPL employee dancing to cover songs, wearing glitter, or admiring the elaborate costumes. So coming to work the following Monday morning after the news of his passing made for a very somber day.

Chi-raq & Lysistrata

Chi-Raq & Lysistrata

I first heard about Spike Lee's new movie "Chi-Raq" on NPR the other night. I'm looking forward to seeing it too!  I love that it was inspired by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

Literature Expert? Test Yourself with this Quiz

Photo Credit: Brittany Stevens on Flickr

Love Literature? Put that knowledge to test with this quiz.

1. Which famous author/playwright in the 1800s made his name first known as a Professor of Aesthetics?

• Charles Dickens
• Oscar Wilde
• Washington Irving
• Walt Whitman

Check your answer in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

A certain slant of light

by Laura Whitcomb

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While A Certain Slant of Light is categorized as Young Adult, and while the story does center around a couple of teenagers, I doubt that any one who has read this work would label it as such.

Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

The Night Circus

Every five years, the Young Adult Library Services Association creates a list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners in collaboration with academic librarians.

Whether you are a high school student thinking of heading off to college soon, an adult considering returning to school, or at any stage in your life and wanting some direction in your continuing education, the 2014 list is a diverse group of books, nonfiction and fiction, in various categories, that will expand your thoughts about the world around you. The books are at different reading levels and in different formats, and there's something here that should both interest and challenge nearly anyone interested in feeding their mind.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

This year's winner of the “Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature for Adult Fiction” is Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being.

The novel involves a mysterious diary belonging to Nao Yasutani, a sixteen year old girl living in Tokyo. Nao is bullied by classmates and plans to escape her sense of loneliness by taking her own life. Before she does she makes a commitment to write about her 104 year old Grandmother’s life as a Buddhist nun.  

One writer's imagination : the fiction of Eudora Welty

by Suzanne Marrs

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If you write, let Welty school you. If you don't write, read the book for courage and begin. Marrs provides selections from Welty's personal correspondence, writings and interviews. I only regret not reading Marrs' biography on Welty first.

Zoo time

by Howard Jacobson

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Zoo Time is a scathingly hysterical account of the current state of the publishing industry. This book is worth reading for any self proclaimed literati or bookworm merely for the dry criticism of "Oxfam, Amazon, eBooks, iPads, Oprah, apps, Richard and Judy, Facebook … the graphic novel, Kindle, vampirism." Other...

Havanas in Camelot : personal essays

by William Styron

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Initially I picked this book up because I love cigars. Upon reading, I was surprised it was a collection of personal essays, remembrances, of a very well lived life.  I wish Stryon were alive so I could buy him a drink and a cigar…I have so many questions.

Girl sleuth : Nancy Drew and the women who created her

by Melanie Rehak

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If you want to stay blissfully ignorant about Nancy Drew being a real person, put this book down!


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