Tuesday, December 12, 2017

First Novels: 2017 Debut Authors

I really enjoy reading debut authors as they often bring something fresh and new to fiction. Here are a few from the class of 2017. Happy Reading.

American War by Omar El Akkad
In the near future, the United States is again at war with itself. Fossil fuels, which have devastated the environment, are banned, but the states rich in them refuse to comply with the Federal government and thus secede from the union. Biological warfare, drones as killing machines, and state against state fighting contribute to make this a prophetic novel.  Multiple narration and clashing viewpoints combine to make this an engrossing and        shocking read.

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Narrated by autistic, newly adopted Ginny Moon, who, at thirteen can't forget her birth mother or sister, Ludwig's novel is an unforgettable page-turner about family and how special-needs children are treated.

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Living with her parents in a counterculture commune, 14-year-old Linda finds her perceptions changed by the scandal-marked arrest of a teacher and the secrets of a new neighbor family as she copes with the consequences of actions and failures in the name of love.

No One is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
A story inspired by The Great Gatsby is set in the contemporary South and follows the difficulties suffered by an extended black family with colliding visions of the American dream.

The Gargoyle Hunters by John Freeman Gill
Enlisted into his estranged father's illegal architectural salvage business in 1974 Manhattan, young Griffin is given to steal 19th-century gargoyle sculptures while traversing the trials of his father's growing demands and his own changing views.

Monday, December 11, 2017

After THE SHAPE OF WATER, Try...

The latest film from Guillermo del Toro is now in theaters. If you liked this fantasy romance, you might also like these films:





Amélie: A quirky romance saturated in warm colors and lush sets - visually similar to The Shape of Water, but more grounded in the real world.


Creature from the Black Lagoon: The amphibious man at the center of The Shape of Water bears a great resemblance to this classic Universal Monster, and is one of the primary sources of inspiration.


The Lure: A horror flavored retelling of The Little Mermaid. More gruesome than The Shape of Water's romance, but similar in its treatment of music, color, and nautical romance.


The Red Shoes: Cited as an inspiration for the film, and a classic not to be missed (coincidentally, also similar to The Lure in that it is an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale).


The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: The Shape of Water constantly references the works of Jacques Demy - start here, then try Donkey Skin.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mistletoe Meet 'n' Greet - New Holiday Love Stories

Enjoy GPL's new holiday love stories - perfect for the fireside easy chair accompanied by a mug of steaming hot cocoa on a cold snowy night.




Our top pick is -
Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer
While in Charleston for business, Yankee CEO Deacon Banks needs someone to line up some dates, but when he asks Macy Frost, part-owner of Two Love Lane  Matchmaking Agency, for help, Macy tells him she is going to find Deacon the love of his life. It's an engaging and heartwarming contemporary romance full of fast-paced fun. Brimming with sassy southern charm and an abundance of deliciously dry wit, this debut entry in Kramer’s Two Love Lane  series is a festive treat.

A sizzling spicy story -
Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow
When her best friend NHL star Asher Westmore, sidelined from the ice due to an injury, returns home for the holidays, physical therapist Emma Callaway, while helping him heal, must keep her feelings in check after they add benefits to their friendship. The romance of the Christmas holiday season is enhanced by the backdrop of small-town Colorado. It's a steamy and engaging sports romance with well developed characters.

As sweet as a holiday treat -
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
With her family, the holidays, and  her difficult, by-the-book  boss all demanding her attention, Merry  Knight, a temp at a consulting firm, has no time for a social life. Her mother and  brother take matters into their own hands and  sign her up for an online dating site (under a pseudonym, with the family dog as her photo), leaving Merry  annoyed, then curious, and  finally amazed when she connects with a kindred spirit. But her cyberbeau is none other than her overworked, difficult boss Jayson Bright , something neither of them knows until they have almost fallen in love. It's a mildly sensuous and tender holiday delight and sure to please romance lovers of all ages.

Expect to shed a tear or two -
Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase
Ben Tanner is happiest alone in his woodworking studio, but he needs help writing a book . A friend suggests Darcy Shaughnessy, and they are instantly attracted but unable to act until a huge snowstorm forces them to face their concerns, including Ben’s difficulties with celebrating Christmas.
It's highly engaging and one of the strongest in Chase’s (A Sky Full of Stars, 2016) excellent Shaughnessy Brothers series. Though it's light and fun, it's an emotionally complex contemporary holiday romance.

Hope you find that these new romances can warm even the coldest heart!



Monday, December 4, 2017

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

When we typically think of time travel, we envision hulking machines (or maybe just hulking Deloreans), blinking lights, and beeping alarms.  But sometimes, time travel isn't all whirring motors, blinking lights, and science fictional leaps through time and space.  Sometimes, you just happen to accidentally find yourself traveling through time, no extra equipment required.

Below are some of my favorite books dealing with unconventional time travel.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell














As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless.

TV writer Georgie McCool can't actually visit the past -- all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up.
And hope he picks up.
Because once Georgie realizes she has a magic phone that calls into the past, all she wants to do is make things right with her husband, Neal.
Maybe she can fix the things in their past that seem unfixable in the present. Maybe this stupid phone is giving her a chance to start over ...

Kindred by Octavia Butler














Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

11/22/63 by Stephen King















Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town.  Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke…Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis















After Kivrin Engles, a twenty-first century Oxford University history student, is accidentally sent back through time to medieval England during the time of the Black Death, she becomes stranded in the past.

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
















Waking up in a modern London hospital 200 years after meeting his death on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott is indoctrinated into a time-traveling society and returned to the side of a woman he loves to reclaim a vital talisman, a mission that places the fate of the future in his hands.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger















The love story of Henry and Claire whose lives are punctuated by Henry's disappearance to different points in time--sometimes even back to visit Claire as a young woman. When Henry meets Claire, he is twenty-eight, and she is twenty. He's a hip, handsome librarian; she is an art student with Botticelli hair. Henry has never met Claire before; Claire has known Henry since she was six...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mysteries for Christmas Part 1

Some folks like their mysteries all year round. Here are some suggestions for some newer Christmas titles.


When her holiday float is sabotaged, Merry Wilkinson, the owner of Mrs. Claus's Treasures, must discover who the Scrooge is in Christmas Town after the dead body of a reporter is found and the evidence points to her best friend, Vicky.


Death by Eggnog by Alex Erickson

When a murder halts the production of the local holiday musical extravaganza, bookstore-café owner Krissy Hancock, deciding to investigate, is faced with a pageant of suspects and must find the its curtains for someone else.


While serving as an assistant to the hostess of a large Christmas house party in Tiddleton-under-Lovey, Georgie gets the attention of her retired detective grandfather after dead bodies begin showing up. 





Thursday, November 30, 2017

Good Reads, Offbeat Characters

One of my favorite reads of the reads of the year thus far has been Eleanor Oliphant  is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

"Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy."






She was such an enjoyable character that I sought out some other novels with other unique characters.  If you enjoyed Eleanor here are some other books with interesting and quirky characters you might also enjoy:

The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr: A Novel  - Frances Maynard
 "Elvira Carr believes in crisp schedules, clear guidelines, and taking people at face value. She lives at home with her overbearing mother, who has deemed her unfit to interact with the rest of society. But when her mother has a stroke, Ellie is suddenly forced to look after herself. She quickly comes up with an ingenious way of coping with the world: the seven social rules spreadsheet. Unfortunately, Ellie soon discovers that most people don't live their lives within a set of rules. As she experiences social missteps and awkward encounters, Ellie continues to learn - about herself, and the people around her. And she'll need this new knowledge if she hopes to pave the way to living life on her own terms."


Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is a socially awkward, fussy busybody who is used to being organized. When she walks out on her cheating husband and gets a job as caretaker of the dilapidated recreation center in Borg, she is woefully unprepared for the changes. But as she takes on the task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory, she just might find a place she belongs.







Courting Greta - Ramsey Hootman
A tender, cheer-inducing debut novel about two lonely people who don't believe in romance, but who finally decide to give love a chance.












This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! - Jonathan Evison
With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover through a series of revelations that she's been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back.

Monday, November 20, 2017

After the Movie Theater, Try...

Now in theaters:


After checking out the latest hits at the movie theater, try something similar listed below.


Lady Bird: "Lady Bird" McPherson, a teenager in Sacramento, tries to make her own way in the world. 
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl: A 15-year-old aspiring comic book artist comes of age in 1970's San Francisco. Based on the novel. 
  • Frances Ha: Greta Gerwig, director of Lady Bird, stars as the title character in this black-and-white comedy about an aspiring dancer trying to work her life out in New York. 
  • The Edge of Seventeen: Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other's older brother. 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A mother rents three billboards to send a message to the police after her daughter's murder goes unsolved. 
  • In BrugesDirector Martin McDonagh demonstrated his knack for black humor in this crime caper set in Belgium. 
  • FargoFrances McDormand is determined to catch the criminal in both Three Billboards and Fargo. 
  • PrisonersA darker take on the conflict between parents of victims and the police, from director Denis Villeneuve. 
  • Flannery O'ConnorThree Billboards borrows from O'Connor's Southern Gothic style. 
The Killing of a Sacred Deer: A teenager's attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family take an unexpected turn. 
  • The Lobster: Director Yorgos Lanthimos also directed this surreal science fiction romance, which also stars Colin Farrell. 
  • Blue Velvet: Is Lanthimos the new David Lynch? Both mix the surreal with the everyday, and offer little in the way of explanation. 
  • Funny Games: Two psychotic young men take a family hostage in this sadistic thriller that also plays with reality. 
  • Eyes Wide Shut: Nicole Kidman also stars in this dream-like drama. 

Murder on the Orient Express: A brilliant detective investigates a murder aboard a stalled train in this adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie novel.
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974): Compare director Branagh's modern take to acclaimed director Sidney Lumet's take from the 70's: both feature star-studded casts! 
  • Henry V: Try another film from Branagh's directing filmography - this acclaimed Shakespeare adaptation shows his attention to lush detail. 
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot: Need more Agatha Christie, or Poirot? David Suchet's performance of the famed detective is iconic. 
  • L.A. Confidential: A twisting mystery unfolds as three detectives unravel the conspiracy behind a killing at a diner. 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Morocco in Fiction

Full of mystery and mysticism, here are some reads that take you back to one thousand and one nights!

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
After being robbed of her wallet and passport while on a mysterious trip to Morocco, a woman feels a strange freedom of being stripped of her identity and soon begins pretending to be a well-known film star.

The Blue Hour by Douglas Kennedy
Reluctantly agreeing to accompany her artsy intellectual husband during a month-long trip to Morocco, meticulous accountant Robin delights in regional culture and hopes to become pregnant only to be wrongly implicated in her husband's disappearance.

The Forgiven by Lawrence Osbourne
A couple in a deteriorating relationship are involved in a fatal car accident on their way to an annual wild party at a friend's house deep in the Moroccan desert and must deal with the repercussions.

The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun
The story of one couple - the husband, a painter in Casablanca, has been paralyzed by a stroke at the very height of his career and becomes convinced that his marriage is the sole reason for his decline. Walled up within his illness and desperate to break free of a deeply destructive relationship, he finds escape in writing a secret book about his hellish marriage. When his wife finds it, she responds point by point with her own version of the facts, offering her own striking and incisive reinterpretation of their story.

The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
Each year, Hassan, the storyteller, gathers listeners to the city square to explore the mysterious disappearance of a young foreign couple through recollections and witness descriptions in the hope of finding new details that absolve his brother of the crime.

Secret Son by Laila Lalami
Follows Youssef El Mekki's journey from a childhood in poverty with his mother on the streets of Casablanca to a life of luxury with his father and back again.

Monday, November 6, 2017

After THOR: RAGNAROK, Try...



Marvel's latest offering handily dominated the post-Halloween box office this last weekend. If you loved Ragnarok's blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and humor, you may be interested in checking these items out.

Big Trouble in Little China - a clueless trucker finds himself in the middle of an occult ritual and a supernatural battle between good and evil. Plenty of magic and weirdness, and tons of laughs.

Midnight Run - After an accountant steals millions from the mob, he's sent on a cross-country journey to evade the mob, the FBI, and bounty hunters. The director of Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi) listed this buddy crime comedy caper as one of his inspirations for his film.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Another intergalactic road trip full of goofs and gags, this classic book was also turned into a film.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Check out the director of Ragnarok's previous feature film. This coming of age story features a wild chase through the New Zealand bush.

Norse Mythology: Looking for the source of Thor's adventures? Check out Neil Gaiman's latest take on retelling the old Norse myths. This bestseller is a fun, quick way to bring ancient mythology back to the present.

Thor Comics : Or why not check out some actual Thor comics? This series in particular is referenced quite heavily in Ragnarok - especially volume 3.

Stop by the Reader Services or Audiovisual desks for even more suggestions. You might also love our "On the Road" list of films located here.

For Your Sweet Tooth

Candy is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes by Jami Curl, the owner of the Quin Candy Company in Portland, Oregon, is passionate on the subject of candy, and her cookbook promises to teach readers the behind-the-scenes sleight of hand necessary to make great candy at home. Curl uses real ingredients (such as fruit flavorings that come from actual fruit) in gumdrops, caramels, and lollipops. People who are timid about candy-making will find Curl’s detailed instructions encouraging. Her lesson on making caramel—a task that can put fear into the heart of even the most stalwart cook. Take a look at Candy is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes by Jami Curl

Readers can learn to make lollipops, gumdrops and marshmallows, all using fruit purees made from scratch. And on days when candy making seems like too much, there are simpler recipes, including homemade colored and flavored sugar sprinkles, peanut butter hot fudge sauce, and a pan of s’mores made with homemade marshmallows. Balancing kid-friendly lollipop flavors (peach, caramel) are Pinot Gris and Rosé, ones for those with more mature palates. Unique flavor combinations can be found throughout the book, and include coffee, orange, and smoked salt caramels, and iced tea and lemonade gumdrops. Curl’s enthusiasm for her craft makes this cookbook a pleasure to read; she is the ideal coach for would-be candy makers. These homemade treats would make great gifts. Here is an NPR review of this deliciously sweet book.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Raising Bertie


We're screening the film Raising Bertie this Sunday, November 5 @ 1:30pm. Not only that but we're fortunate to have the film's director, Margaret Byrne, here to introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward. We feel lucky to have this relationship with the outstanding Chicago based Kartemquim Films as Raising Bertie is a powerful documentary that follows three young African-American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, North Carolina. The film offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity and race. The library has a good collection of other Kartemquin films on DVD that you can borrow in the AV ROOM and watch some of these other filmmakers great work:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 

Life Itself 

Trials of Muhammad Ali 

The Homestretch 

The Interrupters 

Prisoner of Her Past 

At the Death House Door

Stevie 


Opera Lecture Series II - Fall/Winter

Glenview Public Library Opera Lecture
Given by the Opera Lovers Lecture Corps
Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm




Turandot by Giacomo Puccini (November 30) (Community Room East)
The story is set in China and involves Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry her, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any wrong answer results in death. Calaf passes the test, but Turandot still refuses to marry him.

I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini (January 18) (Multipurpose Room)
I Puritani takes place in 17th-century England, in which a passionate couple find themselves caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.

Cosi Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (February 8) (Multipurpose Room)
Subtitled “The School for Lovers,” it starts out with a cynical philosopher’s (Alfonso) bet with two of his friends (Ferrando and Guglielmo) that their fiances (Dorabella and Fiordiligi) can’t remain faithful for 24 hours.

Faust by Charles Gounod (February 22) (Multipurpose Room)
Bored with life, the aging philosopher Faust would give anything to be young again. Enter the devil’s disciple with the answer to his prayers. He falls in love with the innocent Marguerite, with disastrous consequences.



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Lisa Lutz

Looking for something light, humorous, and a little mysterious? Try author Lisa Lutz. Her mystery series, starting with The Spellman Files, features 28-year-old Izzy Spellman, unlucky in love and working for the family detective agency. Izzy wants to strike out on her own, but first must solve a fifteen-year-old cold case. She also must avoid the surveillance from her offbeat and sometimes snoopy family. Fast-paced and zany, these books are just the thing to help lift your mood.

Monday, October 30, 2017

A not so-scary Halloween and fun for the whole family





Having a 19 and 10 year old in the house means never being able to agree on a movie. Here is a list of flicks with fun Halloween scenes and themes. Not too scary and perfect for family movie night. So after trick or treating, sit back with your candy, relax and watch. Enjoy the time together!

Karate Kid
ET
Mean Girls
American Splendor (rated R for language)
Never Been Kissed
Hocus Pocus
Mr. Mom

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Vietnam War Fiction

This fall, documentary filmmakers, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, aired a new PBS series about the Vietnam War. Their 10-year project has culminated in an excellent 18-hour, 10-part documentary. If you have been watching this documentary, you may be interested deepening your understanding of this war even further. Below is a selected list of fiction written about the Vietnam War and its legacy. Two of the authors listed below have featured interviews in the PBS documentary.


The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey in the heart of darkness.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
In a story by a decorated Marine veteran who fought in the Vietnam War, Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his fellow Marines venture into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and fight their way into manhood. They meet not only external obstacles but also internal ones, including racial tension, competing ambitions and underhanded officers.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

The Quiet American by Graham Green
The setting of this novel is Saigon in the violent years when the French were desperately trying to hold their footing in the Far East. The principal characters are a skeptical British Journalist, his attractive Vietnamese mistress, and an eager young American sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission.

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Helen Adams, an American combat photographer during the Vietnam War, captures the wrenching chaos of battle on film and finds herself torn between the love of two men, one an American war correspondent and the other his Vietnamese underling.

The Lotus and the Storm by Lan Cao
A tale set during the decades following the Vietnam War is told through the experiences of a Vietnamese-American family, including former South Vietnamese soldier Minh and his daughter, Mai, who move to a close-knit immigrant community in Virginia where they confront devastating secrets.


Friday, October 20, 2017

National Book Awards 2017: Fiction Finalists


On November 15, the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards will celebrate the best of American literature. Listed is the finalists for this prestigious fiction award.

Fiction Finalists:
Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman
A modern-day love story set on the Turkish border of Syria, where an Arab American with a conflicted past attempts to join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime before the plight of his host family reshapes his loyalties.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
One morning, eleven-year old Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant goes to her job and never comes home. Deming is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town. This is a moving story of a boy who struggles to find his way in a new world. It's an unflinching look at the difficult decisions a mother faces. This novel explores what it means to be a family and the duality of lives, especially through adoption. Jennifer Ohzourk for LibraryReads.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
In early 1900's Korea, cherished daughter Sunja finds herself pregnant and alone, bringing shame on her family until a young minister offers to marry her and move with her to Japan, in the saga of one family bound together as their faith and identity are called into question.

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
A wife refuses her husband's requests to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman narrates her sexual encounters as a plague slowly devours humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a shocking discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted house guest. And in the brilliant novella, "Especially Heinous," the author re-imagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we simply assumed had shown it all.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Living with his grandparents and toddler sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo traverses the challenges of his anguished mother's addictions and his grandmother's terminal cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Horror for Halloween - GPL's Scariest Movies of All Time!

Just in time for HALLOWEEN, check out the GPL collection of the 10 scariest, most terrifying, spine-tingling movies that have stood the test of time. Let the countdown begin:


10. Ringu (2002) A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

9. Paranormal Activity (2009) After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

8. Psycho (1960) A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

7. Don't Look Now (1973) A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

6. The Shining (1980) A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

5. The Exorcist (1973) When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

4. Halloween (1978) Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

3. Blair Witch Project (1999) Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

2. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

1. Funny Games (1997) Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

Be prepared for scared!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro


This week, we are celebrating our newest Nobel Laureate in Fiction, Kazuo Ishiguro.  In his nearly 35 year career, Ishiguro has written 8 novels, which have been translated into over 40 languages and have won numerous awards, including the Man Booker Prize, and is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, a title which denotes excellence in contributions to the arts and sciences.  The novelist was praised by the Swedish Academy as a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

Here are some of Ishiguro's works available at the Glenview Library, as well as some recommended read-a-likes.


The Remains of the Day (1989)

Cover image for The remains of the day

The profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman, " Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness, " and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.

Read-A-Likes:
-The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes
-Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbary
-Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
-Atonement by Ian McEwan


Never Let Me Go (2005)

Never Let Me Go

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Read-A-Likes:
-Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta
-Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
-And Again by Jessica Chiarella
-Smoke by Dan Vyleta


The Buried Giant (2015)

Cover image for The buried giant

A tale of lost memories, vengeance and war, The Buried Giant follows the experiences of a couple who journeys across a troubled land of mist and rain the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.

Read-A-Likes:
-The Mermaid's Child by Jo Baker
-The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
-Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
-The Chimes by Anna Smaill