This novel is unique because it is narrated by death. Death is a busy man in Nazi Germany, and as you can imagine some of the stories revealed tug at your heartstrings. One of our reviewers was moved to tears. Our All Booked Up hosts assure us, however, that we won’t cry through every page […]
In this episode of All Booked Up, get caught up in a good story about secrets surrounding a small town. Will Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger keep you turning the page? Certainly worked for Kathy and Diana. Tap into this post to listen as these two ladies discuss why they recommend this book.
In Shot All to Hell, author Mark Lee Gardner tells the story and demise of the infamous Jesse James and Cole Younger. The book has all the elements of a great western story. Some colorful characters, some very bad men, some very courageous people, a bank robbery, a shoot-out, betrayal, an exciting getaway, and a giant man hunt, and a daring escape.
Being a king, queen or prince is harder than these titles of royalty would imply. This book list shows you why. Enjoy some fictitious stories of royalty and some real stories that are stranger than fiction.
A review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo I would have sworn I was listening to a novel as I followed the saga of Abdul, a “trash-picker”, and his neighbors–all of whom live in Annawadi, a slum that sits right next to the airport in Mumbai, […]
Buckle up and prepare for a scary ride in NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King. And oh, this story is so haunting it’s got to make a proud father out of him. Find out what weird, scary characters and places await readers of this novel; watch this video book review.
In this edition of Lost in the Stacks, our reviewer tells you about a book that will get you chuckling and might end up charming you. If you like the quirkiness that sometimes comes with small towns, you’ll love The Rhinestone Sisterhood.
This (mostly fiction) book list represents just the tip of the iceberg of what folks in Topeka and Shawnee County are reading in our summer reading program. Skim through it or click down deep to read reviews until your heart’s content.
Kathy and Diana review a memoir that didn’t live up to the hype. Learn why they didn’t exactly love reading The Astor Orphan and what book they suggest instead.
In this edition of All Booked Up, librarians Erin and Autumn give you a quick synopsis of the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which is also a movie. Both formats are available at the library. This coming of age story centers around a high schooler named Charlie, whose complex character […]
Stories are collected about many characters in this complex novel by Ursula Hegi. You’ll get to know an entire community whose story gets a little strange sometimes. Protagonist Trudi Montag, a Zwerg, a term for German dwarf woman, shares her secrets to survival through two wars living in Germany and describes her community in intimate […]