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Like Try Why: Graphic Novels

Whether you love graphic novels or are new to the format, we’re hear to help. This guide covers three different genres within graphic novels: superheroes, fantasy/sci-fi, and horror. If you’re looking to check out more 2014 releases in graphic novels, check out this list of Fisher’s favorites in the catalogRead More..

Like, Try, Why: Janet Evanovich Edition

If you love sassy and smart slapstick mysteries, chances are you’re a Janet Evanovich fan. If you’re looking to branch out and try some new authors or series, we’ve got some suggestions for you.  Read More..

Creep’n: An Excavation of Best-Selling Authors’ Goodreads Profiles

Admit it: you love stalking people on social media. It’s normal. It’s natural. Healthy, even. We all do it. There is absolutely nothing questionable in spending hours trawling through every bit of a person’s digital presence. At least that’s what I tell myself.

Popular book discussion website Goodreads has enticed a bevy of big-name authors to create their own profiles, through which they can rate books, leave comments, and add titles to their “to read” lists. Upon finding this wealth of mostly-random-and-trivial data, I sifted through each recognizable writer like a crazed ex-lover or a noir-era P.I. with one last chance to redeem himself.  Here are my findings: Read More..

Like, Try, Why: Holiday Favorites

Need some holiday spirit? No, not the holiday spirits that haunted Scrooge; some fun holiday spirits! Here are three items perfect for that night for the fireside with cocoa and cookies.  (Just be sure to leave a few for Santa!) Read More..

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Like, Try, Why: Nonfiction by Women Writers

We’ve explored a lot of fiction in our like, try, why series, but this week we thought we’d offer some reading suggestions for fans of nonfiction. These books are all written by women who examine culture. Read More..

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrate National “Write to a Friend” Month

In elementary school, my fourth grade classroom was assigned the task of managing our school’s internal postal service for one glorious semester. It was a highly-coveted responsibility that rotated among classes and, by the time it reached us, I was overjoyed. We spent time learning about the Pony Express and the history of the U.S. Postal Service, looked at all kinds of interesting stamps, and — most importantly — managed the mail delivery for the entire (note: tiny) elementary school. Students were able to send one another letters addressed to their name and classroom, and we were responsible for collecting and distributing these letters. It. Was. Awesome.

Now, nearly two decades later, I still love mail. I enjoy sending letters, packages and postcards, and my day is instantly improved when I find anything other than bills or junk in my mailbox. In today’s email-centric society, it’s nice to slow down and celebrate the quiet art of letter-writing.

Fortunately for my fellow proponents of post, December is National Write to a Friend Month and I’ve compiled a list of letter-centric books and movies to help you celebrate. Read More..

Like Try Why: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is the 2014 recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Her novels transcend the (artificial) division between literary and genre fiction. If you’ve never read Le Guin, this guide will give you a place to start, and if you’re already a fan, hopefully you’ll find a new book.  Read More..

10 Things You Never Knew about Sesame Street

Long-lost but familiar books, games, and toys can be a revelation when re-experienced through the eyes of children, and one of the most amusing reunions I’ve had in recent years is with the people and puppets of Sesame Street.  The library is a great place to find anything Sesame Street, from classic picture books like The Monster at the End of This Book, to songs like “C is For Cookie” and “I Love Trash”.  Among my favorites are DVD compilations of the animated shorts dedicated to specific letters and numbers my sister and I always used to call “commercials.”  They hold kids as spellbound today as they did when first broadcast, and it turns out my sister and I weren’t far off the mark, since Sesame Street’s creators, who hoped for the first time to harness the educational potential of catchy 1950’s and ‘60’s advertising jingles, called them commercials, too.  Read More..

Like, Try, Why: New Literary Fiction

If you are the reader who is always on the look out for the best in new literary fiction, we’ve got suggestions based on some of last year’s most popular literary fiction.  Read More..

Girls Gone Graphic!

I bought my first comic seven years ago.

Feeling unsure and out of place, I ventured up the steps to Lawrence’s local comic shop, Astro Kitty, to buy Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. As a longtime devotee of Joss Whedon’s TV show, I was thrilled when I learned it was going to continue in comic form, even if I didn’t have any experience with the format and had grown up thinking that it was just superhero stories that were really meant for boys who didn’t like to read (oh, how naive my younger self was). Read More..