Every year at the end of spring we go through the book club collection, decide what to remove and pick some titles to add. We’re currently in the process of putting out the new selections, so keep an eye out for some great new titles to enjoy and discuss with your book club!
Already processed and out on the shelf are:
Gulp by Mary Roach - Entertaining and often hilarious science writer Mary Roach tackles the mysteries of the digestive system in her most recent book.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini - Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother through poverty and harsh winters in a small village in Afghanistan in 1952.
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro - Boston painter Claire Roth survives on painting reproductions. She’s promised her own show if she’ll paint a copy of a Degas, one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
We’ll continue putting out our new selections as they finish getting processed.
Much Loved by Mark Nixon
"You can’t throw out a teddy bear, not if it’s yours." This line from Mark Nixon’s "Much Loved" neatly sums up its spirit. I couldn’t help loving the sweetly sentimental gallery of photos and brief bios for 61 careworn childhood pals — teddy bears, bunnies, dogs, and even a giraffe! Their ages range from under a decade to over a century; but their stories are instantly familiar to anyone who’s dropped everything and turned the car around because Teddy got left behind.
Nearly a quarter century ago, Bob Dylan, née Robert Allen Zimmerman, got busy being born. A lyricist so revered, he has been a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature since 2011. Perhaps no other American musician is so intrinsically intertwined with poetry and literature (he even swiped his stage name from poet Dylan Thomas). So, throw on some classic Dylan and enjoy this purely American enigma.
(Photo via: http://www.douglasrgilbert.com/Bob_Dylan)
Tomorrow is the last day of finals for Iowa State University, so here’s a list of books students (and teachers) may have missed this spring.
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick. The new offering from the author of The Silver Linings Playbook.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by the inimitable Alice Hoffman.
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler offers hilarious not to be missed (and not to be believed) advice for travelers.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Successful family woman Cecilia can’t resist opening a letter she finds that says it is only to be opened in the even of her husband’s death.
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert examines the disappearances of species all around us and traces the concept of extinction from its first articulation in revolutionary France to today.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Bookstore owner A.J. Fikry has slowly been isolating himself from his friends and family following the death of his wife and the theft of his rare collection of Poe poems.
Reasons My Kid is Crying by Greg Pembroke. An hilarious collection of pictures of children crying and the reason why.