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The Crying of Lot 49

Nothing To See Here

Books Where Nothing Happens

Seinfeld, famously, claimed to be a show about nothing. The same could be said about the play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. While you are in it, you might be engaged and interested, but afterword you might ask yourself, “What happened?” 

Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

Saying Goodbye

Death and Grief in Picture Books

When a little one in your life must say goodbye to a relative or to a pet, processing the emotions that come along with the death of a loved one can be a challenge. Authors and illustrators take on this sensitive subject in a myriad of ways, leaving grievers with plenty of options that reflect many experiences. These 10 picture books explore everything from the practical side of death to the stark range of emotions those left behind may feel.

I Don't Know What You Know Me from by Judy Greer

ICYMI

Celebrity Memoirs You May Have Missed

When the tabloids aren’t enough, we can always turn to celebrity memoirs. Whether you’re a fan of actors, musicians or producers, there is something for everyone. With hundreds out there, it can be easy to miss the good ones. Here are seven fun and interesting accounts from names and faces you know and love.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

#MeToo

Young Adult Fiction about Sexual Assault and Abuse

*Warning: This selection of books (and therefore, descriptions) will include discussion of sexual assault, abuse and other sensitive topics.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

True Comics Starring Women

In Celebration of Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and to celebrate, I thought I'd make a list of some of my favorite graphic novels featuring women. These all happen to be biographies.  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Divided We Stand by Marjorie Spruill

"Divided We Stand" by Marjorie Spruill

Southwest Library Book Discussion, 1 p.m., Sat., March 31

You are cordially invited to attend the next Southwest Library book discussion on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The March title, Divided We Stand, deals with the history of the equal rights amendment. Copies are available at the Information Desk.

Perv The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jess Bering

Introverts, Pervs and Everything In Between

Popular Sociology Picks

Unusual mating rituals? Desires for stark isolation? Embarrassing conversational blunders? The world of sociology has it all. Though we may never know all of the answers to the mysteries of human society, these social scientists and researchers have shared their knowledge in this collection of popular sociology.

The Beer Bible

Grin and Beer It

A guide to beer appreciation

Beer is quite possibly the world's most popular alcoholic beverage, brewed from a wide variety of grains and flavored with an amazing array of ingredients, ranging from herbs and berries to spices and botanicals. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned beer drinker, these books will definitely boost your brew IQ, . The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth

Madapple by Christina Meldrum

'Riverdale' Read-Alikes

Young Adult Novels for Fans of the Hit TV Show

From origins in comic books to a television show and back to the printed word, everything comes full circle in this list of "Riverdale" read-alikes. Inspired by characters from the Archie Comics universe, the CW’s "Riverdale" has a strong fan following. Its grim, nostalgic style reflects common themes in both young adult and adult fiction.

Spending the holidays with people I want to punch in the throat: yuletide yahoos, ho-ho-humblebraggers, and other seasonal scourges

Absurd Christmas Reads

...because what's more absurd than the holidays?

I love Christmas. Last year I made a Christmas list (pun intended) called Scary Christmas to All which covered holiday ghosts, murder and, um, werewolves. I decided to do another reading list this year, but to focus on the funny and/or absurd side of the holidays instead. Family can be stressful. Escape, and come with me to the dark side.

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