Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rainbow Rowell- This Woman Knows Your Soul!!!



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Are you looking for an author to make you laugh, cry, and most importantly, self-reflect?  Try Rainbow Rowell.  Winner of the International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Fiction for Eleanor and Park, Rowell has thus far managed to capture the angst, joy, and overall adventure of life throughout our lives.  All four of her novels mainly focus on a female protagonist; however, Rowell's gift for witty and thought provoking dialogue make every character intriguing.  Rowell's strong women are not your typical literary women.  Rowell writes women who are quirky, smart, and attempting to navigate the choppy waters of life; all readers can relate to the feelings of insecurity or sexiness that the characters experience.  There is a constant theme of trying to fit in.  The novels explore the pressure to be cool, the want to be noticed for your personality, or the fear of having to be something that you don't necessarily want to be, even if it the "popular" thing to do.  Rowell celebrates the different personalities in women and in people in general, whether it be through the quirky characters falling in love or just the realization that being different is OK, no matter what people say.  The overarching theme in Rowell's writing is that loving yourself for who you are is the most important thing (not to mention attractive!) thing you can do.
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So far, Rowell has written four novels, starting
with Attachments in 2011. Each book deals with a different stage of life; teenage years, college years, adult years being single, and then midlife while married with children.  Each one is a love story woven throughout the trials and triumphs of life, ranging from school to work to friendship.  

My personal favorite has been Fangirl. Cather is a new college student who is torn between her life revolving around her sister and their love for a Young Adult book series (and their subsequent fan fiction about the series)  and her new life at college, with the inexplicable changes from growing up and the growing attention from her roommate's boyfriend... or is he?


The biggest draw to these books is that you feel like Rainbow Rowell GETS you.  Her characters could easily be you.  They're weird, they have eccentricities, they fall wildly in love in the worst of circumstances.  THEY ARE HUMAN.  There are no huge twists, no grandiose changes in attitude or personality, no grand gestures of infatuation or devotion.  These books are about life, all the messes and all the beauty included.  Read one and you won't regret it. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

$3,207,852.00 Comic Book- Kryptonite to Your Budget?

What cost 10 cents in 1938 and cost $3.2 million in 2014?

Answer: Action Comic No 1, the comic that launched the superhero genre.

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Action Comic No 1 was released June 1938 and it featured Superman, the superhero creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The near-perfect copy, sold on Ebay.com on August 24, 2014, is one of 50-100 copies assumed to be in existence and has the highest quality rating ever give to an AC No1 by the Certified Guaranty Company at a 9.0. 

This comic, considered to be the "Holy Grail" of comics, with its pristine white pages and its historical significance, was sold by Washington collector, Darren Adams. "If anyone has ever been curious what an 'Action Comics' 1 looked like the day it came off of the newsstand 76 years ago, this is the answer," he wrote. The comic holds significance as being the first time Superman was introduced to the public. Siegel and Shuster, two teenagers from Cleveland, sold the rights to Superman for $130. Seventy-six years and multi-billion dollar franchise later, Superman still has a strong hold in pop culture, being the subject of several movies and hundreds of comics after his initial appearance.






Monday, July 14, 2014

Watching HBO's The Leftovers? Check out the Book!

Cover image for The leftoversAfter a string of recent hits with Game of Thrones, True Blood, and True Detective, HBO is back at it again with their newest drama, The Leftovers.

The scripted series, which stars Justin Theroux, chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of a small New York town in the years following the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the world's population.

Intrigued? Be sure to check out the 2011 book of the same name that was the basis for the show, written by Tom Perrotta. Find copies in your library here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Judy Blume is Back!

Hey Judy Blume fans!

The "Queen of YA" is back, this time with a new novel in the works for adults. The so-far untitled book, which is due out sometime next year, will be her first for adults since 1998's Summer Sisters.

Want to know more about this mysterious new publication? Check out the Washington Post article here.

Ready to check out some of her older titles? Find them in the new online catalog!


McDonald, Soraya Nadia. "Judy Blume is writing her first new book in more than 10 years." Washington Post. 26 June 2014. Web. 26 June 2014.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

TED Talk: Stephen Burt on Why We Need Poetry

Check out this TED talk to see why poetry critic Stephen Burt thinks poetry is an integral part of life.


Want to watch more? Visit ted.com.

Burt, S. (2013, June). Stephen Burt: Why people need poetry [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_burt_why_people_ need_poetry