Showing posts from February, 2019

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

In the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, written by Stephen Chbosky, the main character Charlie is a freshman in high school. Charlie is a quiet kid but he’s always paying attention. He’s currently dealing with a lot but as the book unravels he comes more and more out of his shell. The book is written in the format of letters that Charlie, the main character writes. He writes them and addresses them all to a “friend” with the start of every letter being: Dear friend. The letters are always ended by “Love always, Charlie.” The “friend’ Charlie is writing to stays anonymous and never writes back.
The readers never find out who it is which is a cool concept. Charlie is only in his first year in high school and therefore learns many lessons, some of which even the readers can benefit from. This is a book that I had to read for a school project. It isn’t something that I would have picked out on my own but I enjoyed it.
Emma Fandel Library Page

Pulp by Robin Talley

“In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret... Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction… In this novel told in dual narratives... author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.”*

Note: I listened to this book. The narrator does weird voices that are rather annoying to try and differentiate the characters. If you are interested in pursuing this book, I suggest reading it rather than listening to it.

I was excited to read this book. The premise of two timelines dealing with queer characters and pulp fiction interested me. Unfortunately, I found that the characters annoyed me. This could have been influenced by the narrators voice. The only saving grace of this book was toward the e…

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt

“A timely investigation into the campus assault on free speech and what it means for students, education, and our democracy… This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.”*
I really enjoyed this book. It was a good reflection piece on the culture within families and on college campuses today. What Lukianoff and Haidt did really well was state the facts without letting their political leanings influence the reader. They also provided copious resources from their research and they organized the book into easy to follow parts.
I recommend that you read this book if you like topics on Education within the United States, reflection on family rearing, and political influences.
Meghan McCabe Youth Services Librarian

The Truth about Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

Take two sisters living together on their own. Add a baking contest and a million dollar prize. Then add a new house, and a new school. And then top it all off with boys, drama, secrets, love, and mysteries. This book is about two sisters who have a lot going on, and who have really big plans.
I read this book a while ago and it was a very entertaining and a good read. It took me a bit to actually get into it and enjoy the book, but it became one of my favorites at the time and I ended up really enjoying it.
Emma Fandel Library Page

The Seagull by Ann Cleeves

"A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper – and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now, Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-nineties, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead, and that his body is buried close to St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two. This cold case case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as ‘the Prof’, were close friends of Hector, her father. Together, they were the 'Gang of Four’, regulars at a glamorous nightclub called The Seagull. Hector had been one of the last people to …

Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America by Amy Ettinger

For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year—frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family. 

Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream’s evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America’s early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice-cream makers and the turf wars among ice-cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what’s really behind America’s favorite …

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Laura Jean is a teen girl who writes letters to people when she feels the need to say something. She writes things she would never want them to actually hear. Laura writes letters when she has a big crush on someone, and then hides them in a box. The goal was for the letters to be seen only by her, but to Laura’s horror the letters and their owners are finding their way back to her.
This is one of the books in a three book series. I loved this book and the others are very good as well. I was thrilled to hear that this book was coming out as a movie, but I enjoyed the book more, and would definitely recommend it.
Emma Fandel Library Page