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Check Out Our Book Club Kits

posted by: October 19, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Commonwealth Cover Art for Truly, Madly, GuiltyStumped on your next read for your book club? Baltimore County Public Library has book club kits that check out for six weeks that will do all of the work for you (except for actually reading the book, of course).

 

Each kit comes with either eight or 12 print copies of the book and a folder with pre-written questions and talking points about the title. All come packed in an easy-to-carry canvas bag for pick-up at your closest location.

 

Currently, there are 66 titles to choose from in a variety of discussable genres.

 

The two newest titles are Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth, an engrossing read about a drunken kiss that breaks up (and brings together) two families in California and Virginia, and Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty, the most recent book by the author of the hit HBO show Big Little Lies.


 
 

Fearless Females

posted by: October 16, 2017 - 7:00am

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Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs by Rachel Jeffs

Rachel Jeffs is the daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Breaking Free is her story of a polygamist cult and how she escaped it.

 

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

A human rights activist, Murad recounts her traumatic and ultimately inspiring story of captivity by the Islamic State. In 2014, the Islamic State slaughtered the people of her small farming village, killing most of her family members.

 

The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis, star of black-ish, chronicles her journey from growing up poor in the Midwest to making it in Hollywood. The road to Hollywood was filled with dysfunction and an undiagnosed mental illness.
 

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Maude Julien’s parents raised her to be an ultimate survivor, she grew up on an isolated estate and endured numerous drills, such as sitting perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar, to eliminate weakness. Julien’s story has been compared to Jeannette Walls’ Glass Castle


 
 

Two Funny Women with New Books 

posted by: October 13, 2017 - 7:00am

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I'm Fine...and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings 
Comedian and co-creator of the TV show 2 Broke Girls and star, albeit briefly, of her own eponymous sitcom, Whitney. Cummings shares tales of full humiliation, mortification and schadenfreude. Her astute observations are both hilarious and honest. A totally engaging and witty memoir. 

 

Unqualified by Anna Faris 
Actress and star of the TV show Mom, Faris started podcasting in 2015 with Anna Faris Is Unqualified, which bills itself as “not-great-relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types” and has an average of 2 million downloads a month. This is a candid comic memoir filled with entertaining stories and relationship advice.


 
 

Cover art for Spinning Three new graphic memoirs show the wide scope that personal storytelling can take on in an illustrated format. Tillie Walden’s look back at her years in the world of competitive ice skating in Spinning, her debut. About a young woman, only a few years removed from her own adolescence, which makes her smart coming-of-age observations all the more remarkable. Delicate, mostly two-toned illustrations coupled with spare text describe cutthroat rivalries, early morning training and her coming-out process.

 

Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges describes the author/illustrator’s life with Beija, theCover Art for Fetch rescue dog that she adopted as a gift to her then high school boyfriend. The relationship didn’t work out, but Beija remained for the next 15 years of Georges’ many moves. Although the dog had behavioral and temperamental issues, she remained a rock in the memoirist’s life and created a sort of home that otherwise wouldn’t exist for human or canine. Hand-lettered text and black-and-white zine-like illustrations capture their unique friendship. 

 

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Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do is a testament to the immigrant experience. As a child, Bui arrived in California in the 1970s from Vietnam. Her difficult transition to a very different culture, she recalls, was considerable but nothing compared to the trauma her parents faced as the Vietnam War raged around them. As much a family memoir as her own, Bui’s beautiful illustrations in vibrant shades of orange cut with strong black ink make for an incredible presentation. 
 


 
 

The finalists for the National Book Award presented by the National Book Foundation were announced this morning. These awards are intended to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. Awards are given in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young Person’s Literature. The winners in each category will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala on November 15 in New York City. Congratulations to all the finalists!

Fiction 

Cover art for Dark at the Crossing Cover art for The Leavers Cover art for Pachinko Cover art for Her Body and Other Parties Cover art for Sing, Unburied, Sing

Nonfiction 

Cover art for Never Caught Cover art for The Evangelicals Cover art for The Future is History Cover art for Killers of the Flower Moon Cover art for Democracy in Chains

Poetry 

Cover art for Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 Cover art for The Book of Endings Cover art for WHEREAS Cover art for In the Language of My Captor Cover art for Don't Call Us Dead

Young People's Literature 

Cover art for What Girls Are Made Of Cover art for Far From The Tree Cover art for I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover art for Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Cover art for American Street


 
 

Behind the Music

posted by: October 4, 2017 - 7:00am

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A Sick Life: TLC ’n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins 

Rapper Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of the beloved '90s hip-hop trio TLC details her time with the group and how living with sickle-cell disease has shaped her worldview and outlook on life.

 

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane

Rapper Gucci Mane started writing this book while incarcerated. He has a vivid and inspiring story to tell about his rise, fall and redemption.

 

Picturing Prince: An Intimate Portrait by Steve Parke
Prince's art director at Paisley Park for 14 years shares his unique perspective of the musician.  

 

What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel 
Insights into Garfunkel's solo and acting career, his work with Paul Simon and how the Columbia University mathematics graduate student became one of rock 'n' roll's most significant figures.


 
 

Book Buzz

posted by: October 3, 2017 - 7:00am

Looking for the fall and winter’s biggest books? Collection Development librarians share and discuss the must-read books of the season at Book Buzz events at many of our branches throughout October and November, beginning this Wednesday at our Hereford (2 p.m.) and White Marsh (6:30 p.m.) branches. Here are our librarians’ favorites:

 

Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

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Two sisters, Chinese American immigrants from childhood, live very different lives. Miranda, the oldest, marries a doctor and moves to Switzerland to live a comfortable, if narrow, life. Meanwhile, younger sister Lucia suffers from mental illness, alternating between highly functioning and broken and hospitalized. This emotionally powerful debut novel demonstrates the extent to which so many lives intertwine in unexpected ways.

 

 

 

 

 

Artemis by Andy Weir

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With over 3.5 million copies of his bestselling debut The Martian in print, following that up will be no small task — but Weir seems up to the challenge. Artemis is a heist story set in a city on the Moon with the story and technology very much set in the real world. It's sure to be enjoyed by science fiction and non-science fiction readers alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

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Actress and activist Gabrielle Union shares her life in a powerful collection of essays that will have readers laughing and reaching for the tissue box. Union’s voice is fresh and funny and her poignant stories will hit a nerve with every reader.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

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A shut-in reeling from trauma and separated from her husband and daughter, Anna spends her days drinking wine, chatting online with strangers, watching old movies and spying on her neighbors. One night, she sees something she shouldn’t — in the aftermath, even Anna isn’t sure anymore of what is real or imagined and who is in danger. No one and nothing is what it seems in this riveting novel of psychological suspense. 

 

 

 

 

 

Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin

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Armistead Maupin brings us his story of growing up in conservative North Carolina in a racist, homophobic environment. He takes us through his time serving in Vietnam, writing Tales of the City and acknowledging his sexuality by coming out. Through all of these experiences, we come to know not only more about Maupin but his ”logical family" that he had searched for his entire life — the family he chose and the people who meant the most to him.

 

 

 

 

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

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The extermination and controversial reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park is examined through the lens of the life and untimely death of one of the area’s most popular alpha females, O-Six. Detailed descriptions of the elk, wolves and other fauna of the park interplay with scintillating reports of the battles among hunters, ranchers, conservationists and tourists, all trying to best manage the stunning Yellowstone landscape for generations to come.
 


 
 

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