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October 15, 2014

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Since Netflix is streaming Gilmore Girls and I've been watching it for the first time since the early oughts, I thought I'd share the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. There are 339 books on the list, ranging from Anna Karenina to Eloise.

This is a really brilliant idea. This TV show is special for the quick wits of its characters and the insanely long scripts; the actors had to memorize an incredible amount of dialogue. The show is known for its widely varied cultural references, from low to high and obscure to mainstream. One character boasts of bookshelf containing everything from Wuthering Heights to Valley of the Dolls, "a true classic."

The young protagonist of the show is attractive and well liked, but the most important thing to her is knowledge and academic success and unlike a so-called writer like Carrie Bradshaw, Rory was actually seen reading many times and books were hugely important to the plot.

Here's one of my favorite book related exchanges in the show, one that is frighteningly evocative of my own habits:

LORELAI: Just take your schoolbooks and leave some of the other books.

RORY: I need all of my other books.

LORELAI: You don't need all of these.

RORY: I think I do.

LORELAI: Edna St. Vincent Millay?

RORY: That's my bus book.

LORELAI: Uh huh. What's the Faulkner?

RORY: My other bus book.

LORELAI: So just take one bus book.

RORY: No, the Millay is a biography, and sometimes if I'm on the bus and I pull out a biography and I think to myself, 'Well, I don't really feel like reading about a person's life right now' then I'll switch to the novel, and then sometimes if I'm not into the novel, I'll switch back.

LORELAI: Hold on. What is the Gore Vidal?

RORY: Oh, that's my lunch book.

LORELAI: Uh huh. So lose the Vidal or the Faulkner. You don't need two novels.

RORY: Vidal's essays.

LORELAI: Uh huh. But the Eudora Welty's not essays or a biography.

RORY: Right.

LORELAI: So it's another novel, lose it!

RORY: Unh uh. It's short stories.

LORELAI: Ugh. This is a sickness.

RORY: Ha! I made it all fit. Edna, Bill, Gore and Eudora, all safe and sound.

LORELAI: Cool. That's your French book.

RORY: Hmm? Oh, I know. I'm carrying my French book.

LORELAI: Mm hmm. You so thought that French book was already in there.

RORY: I did not.

LORELAI: You have a problem.

RORY: No I don't.

LORELAI: You're gonna tip over from the weight of that backpack.

RORY: No I'm not.

LORELAI: I'm gonna have to buy you a forklift. Bye.

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September 09, 2014

LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

Teen Fiction:

Bray, Libba - Beauty Queens

Cameron, Peter - Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You

Chbosky, Stephen - The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Danforth, Emily M. - The Miseducation Of Cameron Post

Dole, Mayra - Down to the Bone

Franklin, Emily and Brendan Halpin - Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom

Garden, Nancy - Annie On My Mind

Green, John and David Levithan - Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Horner, Emily - A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend

Katcher, Brian - Almost Perfect

King, A. S. – Ask The Passengers

Levithan, David - Two Boys Kissing

Lo, Malinda - Adaptation

Moskowitz, Hannah - Marco Impossible

Myracle, Lauren - Shine

Peters, Julie Anne - Between Mom And Jo

Peters, Julie Anne - Luna

Rapp, Adam - Punkzilla

Saenz, Benjamin Alire – Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secret Of The Universe

Sanchez, Alex – Rainbow Boys

Woodson, Jacqueline — The House You Pass On the Way

Teen Nonfiction:

Alsenas, Linas - Gay America: Struggle for Equality

Bass, Ellen and Kate Kaufman - Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth - and Their Allies

Kuklin, Susan - Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Moon, Sarah - The Letter Q : Queer Writers' Notes To Their Younger Selves

Newman, Leslea - October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepherd

Pollack, Rachel and Cheryl Schwartz - The Journey Out: A Guide for and about Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens

Setterington, Ken - Branded by the Pink Triangle

Sutton, Roger - Hearing Us Out: Voices From the Gay and Lesbian Community

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Reminder: Special LGBTQ+ Awareness program at the library on September 16th.

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August 26, 2014



Flush by Carl Hiaasen
Reviewed by Olivia

The book Flush by Carl Hiaasen is just one of his four funny eco-adventures about Florida. It was a perfect mix of hilarious comedy and a good message that made me enjoy the book so much.

Noah must go to extremes to stop the Coral Queen from illegally dumping sewage and waste into the ocean but he needs the help of many of his friends to do it. The quirky, oddball characters are the perfect people to do the job.

I really enjoyed both the humor and action of the book and the important message it teaches. I highly recommend Flush along with all the other books by Hiaasen to anyone who likes a funny plot and a sense of action.
Flush is definitely a must read.

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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
reviewed by Oliva

I loved the book The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, the first book in an amazing fantasy sequence. The book gives a glance at the fairytale world of the classic stories that we all know and love and introduces you to plot and character twists that you would never otherwise know. It's so interesting to see all the old characters like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Evil Queen, and more in new stories as the twins Alex and Conner land in their world and must find a way to get back to their home.

The book is filled with action and adventure and is a great book to read for fantasy and magic lovers of all types. This by far one of my favorite books for the suspense and action as well as the magic and the new look at classic characters.

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Love Story

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli
reviewed by Olivia

Jerry Spinelli has done it again. Jake and Lily is another must read for any reader that loves a good story of modern day kids in the real world. I really liked how you could really relate to the struggles and triumphs of both Jake and Lily as they try to deal with growing up and growing apart. The twins have always had a connection and had never been apart but now that's starting to change and Lily just might not be ready for it.

The book is funny and interesting with a plot any kid can easily relate to. SuperGoobers and Goombla take center stage in this funny story. I really recommend this book for kids of all ages because it has a little something for everyone.

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August 25, 2014

The Elephant House or the Gorey House

"O is for Olive run through with an awl." "L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks."
Visiting the Gorey House was the surprising highlight of my vacation. Edward Gorey, of course, was a master of the mopey and witty in his black and white illustrations and elliptical, rhyming wordplay.

Gorey is one of those artists, like Raymond Briggs, who has an unclear audience. Are his books for adults with a connection to their childlike selves, messy and alienated, with a love of the macabre and droll, or precocious children with impressive vocabularies?

There were many kids at the museum, doing their best to complete the Gashlycrumb Tinies' Scavenger Hunt.
Visitors were invited to find "A is for Amy who fell down the stairs" and 25 more.


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