If you love watching BBC television shows, our latest like, try, why is for you! Whether your a fan of historical shows, sci-fi, or mysteries, there’s a book on here for you to check out. There’s a mix of memoirs, nonfiction, graphic novels, young adult fiction, and novels — something for everyone! Read More..
In the Spotlight
Science fiction is a genre with many classic titles that have endured the test of time. But as new technologies emerge and culture changes, the genre continues to evolve. Here are some newer releases that are natural follow ups to classics, whether you are a die-hard fan or a new sci-fi reader. Read More..
We are certainly lucky to have such a wonderful creative community in Lawrence. Here in the new library space, we see local musicians stopping by to record their songs, authors presenting their poetry, artists hanging new work. Next time you’re in, I encourage you to check out something by a local author or artist. Below are a few recommendations to get you started.
Barbara Kingsolver is a novelist, essayist and poet. Her lyrical writing is character-centered, emphasizing social justice and environmental biodiversity with a strong sense of place. She has been recognized with many awards, including the National Humanities Medal and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work.
If you enjoy reading Kingsolver you may also appreciate these recent acclaimed books by like-minded authors. Read More..
Some of you may be old (or just plain hip) enough to remember the classic Twilight Zone episode ‘Time Enough at Last’ featuring the tragic tale of Henry Bemis, a bookish bank teller whose attempts to read were frequently interrupted by ‘a world full of tongue-clucks’ and ceaselessly sabotaged by the ‘unrelenting hands of the clock.’ When the world has collapsed into ruins and Henry is the only survivor, he plunders the debris of the local public library, stacking up his favorite books, miraculously still intact amidst the rubble. Relishing in his newfound freedom, Henry gleefully prepares for the ultimate literary indulgence, just before his eyeglasses slip from his hand and shatter into pieces in a twisted turn of fate. Read More..
Inspirational fiction is one of our most popular genre categories at Lawrence Public Library. If you are looking to try out an inspirational novel for the first time, or are a dedicated fan looking for a new favorite, you’ll find a book on this list. Read More..
Either I have a knack for meeting a lot of garden folk in this town, or Lawrence is just full of people who like to grow green things. It’s starkly apparent during this time of year–when the cold and gray days have set in as winter’s home, and the talk of spring evokes a gleam in the eyes of knowing growers. No matter how you slice it, everywhere you look in our community people are aching for warmer climes, longer days, and an end to winter’s bleak and naked landscape. Read More..
Remember that book that hooked you as a kid? Those stories that turned you on to reading? Here are some suggested adult reads matched to those books you loved as a kid. Read More..
Rebecca Solnit, though not widely known, is one of the country’s finest writers of non-fiction, in all its many guises. Twenty-nine essays, articles, and letters are included in her wonderful new book, plus book prefaces and text written to accompany art exhibits. The resulting constellation of stellar pieces connects the dots, in typical Solnit fashion, from Wall Street to the arid West, tsunamis to Thoreau, gold mining to oil drilling, gardening to Google, climate change to country music, landscapes to limits, and Haiti to hope. Read More..
In a year filled with excellent new releases, I still find it easy to single out Gary Shteyngart’s hilarious memoir Little Failure as my absolute favorite. Shteyngart was born a sickly but good little Soviet boy in 1972, in what was then Leningrad, with a devotion to his country so strong that an early childhood foray into fiction writing finds him pairing a magical goose with no other than Vladimir Lenin himself. When a rare opportunity emerges for Soviet Jews to immigrate to the US as part of a diplomatic exchange for grain, his parents pack up the family settling in Queens, NY. Upon arriving they decide that his given name of Igor should be replaced with the more American sounding name of Gary. But a new name, and a growing love for the US, isn’t enough for his class-mates, who inevitably see him as a “commie” from the feared “evil empire” seen in the movies. Read More..