Staff Book Review


Fictitious Dishes
by Dinah Fried

I LOVE this book!!!! If you are a fanatic about classics and art then you will certainly enjoy this. Artist, RISD grad and now author Dinah Fried opens the book with her memories of reading the classics like HeidiLolita and Moby Dick. One of the more significant parts of these books though, for her, were the meals! Some of us might not think twice about that! Fried uses her talents as an artist to recreate some of the meals she read about and then photograph them. These meals are carefully curated and include a small excerpt from the story about the food along with some helpful and fun footnotes. It’s something book nerds and foodies can rejoice about! – Kristin

 

FAQ – Book Recommendations for Teens

Q: Is there somewhere on your website that I can find recommendations for books my teenager might like to read? There are lots of suggestions online but I am really looking more for award winners and notable reads.

A: We actually have three pages of information on this topic! Click the links below to access the information!

Rhode Island Book Awards

Youth Media Awards

Young Adult Library Services Association

Staff Book Review

 The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman

I picked up this book because the blurb mentioned the main character being a bookish, self-proclaimed introvert. Those are some of my favorite kind of people! Well, this book was, cute. In the literary world that is probably an insult. But I certainly don’t mean it that way! It was a quick read, but I enjoyed it! The beginning reminded me a lot of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine but the surrounding story wasn’t quite as difficult. Each chapter begins with an illustration of her daily journal which adds a little humor and quirkiness.
– Kristin

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The first few chapters can be a bit slow to get into, but the story does find its path fairly quickly and immediately became a favourite. I originally read the first five chapters via Epic Reads was intrigued by the premise although nothing much happened at the beginning. I finally got a chance to read the entire book and the idea of it is just fantastic. Our main characters live in a world in which sins and crimes beget monsters – creatures that terrorize the city and force the people to choose between two ways of life. In one half of the City, the leader lets the monsters roam freely but puts them under his control to a degree and sells his protection to the people for a high price. In the other half of the City, the…

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Audio Or Print…?

 

Becoming – By Michelle Obama. I’ve been on the wait list for this audiobook for a long time.  However, after listing to the first discs, and trying a random sampling of other discs, I’ve decided to go back on the wait list for the actual book.

I adore Michelle Obama, but her voice is too monotone. I prefer a livelier voice to keep me focused on the story.  – Deb

Tip from the Staff

There is nothing worse than waiting a week for a good book, coming here to pick it up, only to find you accidentally ordered the movie or cliff notes. Let us help you with that. When you are searching our catalog for say, Where the Crawdads Sing, you may find yourself with a long list of items to choose from. The fastest way to work with this list is to filter it by type using the bar on the top right of the search:

You can filter your search by adult, children, teen, magazines, large print, graphic novel or even by library branch!

If that doesn’t work for you, each list has an icon directly to the left of the item. Look carefully at each icon:

Each icon is clearly labeled, which is a great help!

We hope this helps you master the art of searching the catalog!

-Kristin

 

 

 

Staff Review

Old Man of the Sea
By Stella Elia
Illustrated by Weberson Santiago

This beautiful picture book for ages 4-8, is the tale of a young boy who visits his grandfather in his room on Sunday afternoons.  In the beginning, they just sit. Then, Grandpa tells his grandson the stories of the times he spent at sea. He tells his grandson about falling in love with Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania but how he always came back the beautiful calm blue ocean.  Then, Grandpa found America and found true love and married and made a family. It ends with sage advice and lots of love. This Brazilian story is perfectly illustrated with watercolor on paper by Weberson Santiago, a noted illustrator. This is a great read-aloud.  

 

Charlotte Burnham