Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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The World Over Print Email

Cover image for Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The recipients of the 2015 National Book Awards were announced earlier this week, and the nonfiction prize went to journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates for his reflective new book Between the World and Me. Coates has garnered much praise for his insights, including a jacket quote from none other than Toni Morrison, and the honors just keep coming, including a MacArthur Genius Grant. Between The World and Me is an examination of Coates' experiences as a black man in America; the book is written as a letter to his teenage son, and draws in threads both political and historical to underscore the author's points about justice and inequality in our country. (See more in my review for Cascadia Weekly.) Read this powerful, personal book to reflect and consider, to understand and to learn.

A Year of Staff Picks - Lynden Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. November finds us heading to Lynden Library to see what the staff there are sharing with their community!

Picture of Lynden Library staff members and building

A visit to Lynden Library is an experience for the whole family. With a lively children's area (complete with a windmill feature!), a cool teen hangout and plenty of quiet spaces for adults, it's easy to spend the day at this branch. There are programs happening almost every day of the week, and a great collection of materials to browse and take home. Add in a 3-D printer and popular Minecraft clubs and you begin to understand why this place is always hopping! Readers from around the county love Lynden Library - one peek at their intriguing and diverse staff picks list and we bet you will too.

Ladies of Rock Print Email

Cover of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Rock memoirs have traditionally been about the bad boys of the field, but this year the ladies are taking the mike. For readers, 2015 may well go down in the record books as the year of the female rocker memoir. While some are tracing the trend to the success of Patti Smith's National Book Award-winning book Just Kids, others insist that this is a genre whose time has come. And it's come in a big way, with books from Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein (Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl); Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the Pretenders (Reckless: My Life as a Pretender); and iconic 1970s artist Carly Simon (Boys in the Trees). Even singer Grace Jones has changed her tune - she's titled her new book I'll Never Write My Memoirs, after a song lyric she wrote in 1981. Place your holds now for the whole crew of rock tell-alls headed to shelves at your library this fall!

Zombie Uprising Print Email

Cover art for AMC's The Walking Dead tv show

The zombies may not have taken over the world yet, but it certainly seems like they're taking over pop culture! If you're a fan of the hit TV series The Walking Dead, you're definitely not alone. Millions of people tune in each season to watch the exploits of police officer Rick Grimes, who woke from a coma to a reality where the zombie apocalypse was already underway. The series follows Rick and the other characters as they desperately try to outlast the undead. The show has even produced a spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, which showrunners call a "companion series" to the original. Can't get enough of the walkers and their creepy ways? Check out our collection of Walking Dead materials - from graphic novels and books to companions and soundtracks, there's spine-tingling action for any occasion.

Humankind Print Email

Cover image for Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Millions of people around the world follow Brandon Stanton's popular blog Humans of New York, and his new book, Humans of New York: Stories is every bit as compelling. The photographer began his project in 2010, interviewing and posting portraits of New Yorkers as a means to document the universality of the human experience. The project has since spread around the globe; Stanton has traveled widely and shared stories from interviewees in many other countries. You may have seen Stanton's work without realizing it - his posts are shared extensively via social media, capturing readers' attention with the way he integrates stories both humorous and heartbreaking. Check out all the Humans of New York titles for thought-provoking images and stories that can't help but demonstrate the connections we all share.

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