New Book Club Set: ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

New Book Club Set: ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

We have another new Book Club Set at the Isabel Turner branch, after a suggestion from a book club patron and thanks to a very generous donation from the Friends of KFPL:  Gillian Flynn’s acclaimed 2012 thriller Gone Girl.

Publishers Weekly had this to say about the novel:   “There’s the evil you can see coming — and then there’s Amy Elliott.  Superficially, this privileged Gotham golden girl, inspiration for her psychologist-parents’ bestselling series …

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The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

Eve Harris

The poignant and humorous story of a nineteen-year-old girl and the lead-up to her wedding night. Chani Kaufman lives in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community of North West London. She has never had physical contact with a man but is bound to marry a stranger. The rabbi’s wife, Rivka, teaches Chani what it means to be a Jewish wife, but Rivka has her own questions to answer.  Buried secrets, fear, and …

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Shakespeare & Marlowe in Fantasy, SF and Horror Fiction

Shakespeare & Marlowe in Fantasy, SF and Horror Fiction

Many genre writers have been inspired by William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.  Sometimes it’s their plots that have been borrowed — remember the 1956 Tempest-inspired sf movie classic Forbidden Planet? — and sometimes it’s their colorful period of history (1564 – 1616 for Shakespeare and 1564 – 1593 for Marlowe) and its turning points that appeal to both alternate-history as well as time-travel buffs.  Archetypical characters like Marlowe’s version of Faust cry out to be …

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New Book Club Set: ‘The Missing of the Somme’ by Geoff Dyer

New Book Club Set: ‘The Missing of the Somme’ by Geoff Dyer

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of KFPL we have a new nonfiction Book Club Set at the Central Branch: Geoff Dyer‘s classic The Missing of the SommeLibrary Journal’s reviewer had this to say about the book: “This is not a military history of World War I. At far fewer pages, it accomplishes something altogether different.  In this 1994 book only now being …

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New Book Club Set: ‘The Truth About Luck’ by Iain Reid

New Book Club Set: ‘The Truth About Luck’ by Iain Reid

We have received a very generous donation from the Friends of KFPL for the Central Branch: a Book Club Set of Iain Reid’s 2013 biography, The Truth About Luck: What I learned On My Road Trip With Grandma.

The Globe & Mail‘s reviewer wrote: “The Truth About Luck tells the story – charmingly and fitfully – of how the author, Iain Reid, decides to take his 92-year-old grandmother on a fantastical trip in …

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The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

The Knowledge:  How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

The Knowledge:  How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

Lewis Dartnell

What would you need to know how to do in the event of catastrophic societal collapse? After a viral pandemic, asteroid crash or zombie apocalypse(!), how could we kickstart civilization?  Dartnell provides this handbook to basic technologies in power generation, metallurgy and even medicine.  Much more than a how-to guide, this book is a primer on science and the scientific method itself — perhaps the most …

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Forgotten On the Shelves: Patricia A. McKillip’s ‘Riddle-Master Trilogy’

Forgotten On the Shelves: Patricia A. McKillip’s ‘Riddle-Master Trilogy’

The Riddle-Master of Hed was Patricia A. McKillip’s third fantasy novel, published two years after The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.  A cursory description makes it sound like a generic epic fantasy, with a magic system based on the solving of riddles.  There’s a map at the beginning of the book showing all the kingdoms of what seems to be a quasi-medieval landscape.  The hero is Morgon, who is both a prince and the …

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New Book Club Set: ‘I Know This Much is True’ by Wally Lamb

New Book Club Set: ‘I Know This Much is True’ by Wally Lamb

We have another new Book Club Set at the Isabel Turner branch, thanks to a very generous donation from the Friends of KFPL:  Wally Lamb’s 1998 doorstop-sized second novel  I Know This Much is True.

Publishers Weekly had this to say about the novel:  “This much is true for sure: Lamb’s second novel is a hefty read. Some may be daunted by its length, its seemingly obsessive inclusion of background details and …

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The Hungry Ghosts

The Hungry Ghosts

The Hungry Ghosts

Shyam Selvadurai

Shivan, a young, gay immigrant in 1980s Toronto, is torn between relative sexual freedom in Canada and longing for his idyllic home in Sri Lanka.  Dismayed by casual racism, even within a North American gay community, Shivan returns to Sri Lanka and the home of his manipulative, overbearing grandmother, only to find ethnic tensions in the tropical country spiraling into uncontrolled violence.  Will the passionate and trusting young man be forced to pay for his desires?  And how high will that price ultimately be?

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New Book Club Set: ‘Falling to Earth’ by Kate Southwood

New Book Club Set: ‘Falling to Earth’ by Kate Southwood

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of KFPL we have added a new Book Club Set at the Isabel Turner Branch: Kate Southwoods 2013 historical novel Falling To Earth.  

Booklist’s reviewer described the novel this way:  “Alone among the residents of Marah, Illinois, Paul Graves and his family emerge completely unscathed from the violent tornado that levels the town.  Not a window broken, not a chair out of …

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New Book Club Set: ‘A Working Theory of Love’ by Scott Hutchins

New Book Club Set: ‘A Working Theory of Love’ by Scott Hutchins

We have received a very generous donation from the Friends of KFPL for the Central Branch: a Book Club Set of Scott Hutchins‘ 2013 debut novel  A Working Theory of Love .

Kirkus Reviews had this to say about the novel: “Artificial intelligence meets the questing of the human heart in an ambitious, accomplished debut.  Hutchins’ impressive if overlong first novel hinges on an ironic setup that delivers multiple layers of cherishable …

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Scary Movies

Scary Movies

To keep you in the Hallowe’en mood a little longer, here are a few of KFPL’s newest horror movies, plus a handful of TV series and a couple of made-for-TV movies — guaranteed to tingle spines and keep a night-light burning after bedtime.  Please note that these titles are intended for adults and include scenes of graphic violence and horror.  Viewer discretion is strongly advised.  Click on any title to place a reservation.

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