Beyond Bestsellers: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

By Jennifer K.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was one of the big bestsellers of 2015. And why not? It’s a terrific read.

The novel tells an epic story of courage and endurance in World War II France, focusing the complicated relationship between two women. One is Vianne, a farm wife and mother who just wants to survive; the other is Isabelle, her sister, a fiery rebel who doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut. As the war grinds on, and their valley is occupied by German troops, Vianne and Isabelle adopt different very strategies.

There’s a film version of the book in the works, starring Dakota and Elle Fanning. It’s currently scheduled to hit theaters in 2021.

If you loved The Nightingale and want to read more books like it – or if you want to read The Nightingale and are stuck in holds queue limbo – we have some recommendations for you.

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J.A. Jance Zooming @ Sno-Isle Libraries

by Marie B.

New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance is coming to Sno-Isle Libraries (virtually) on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Click the green Register button under the photo of Jance on the event page to register for this program.  If you’d like assistance with registration, contact your local library.  We are here to help!

Adrenaline-pumping action, intricate plots, and well-drawn characters readers want to know better are hallmarks of Jance’s mysteries and thrillers. She is currently touring to promote Credible Threat, the fifteenth entry in the Ali Reynolds series. one of the four series by Jance.  Check out these firsts for each of her four series. Continue reading »

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Quarantine Sweat Routine

by Marina M.

Besides for the health of ourselves and others, much of quarantine seems to be finding an outlet to maintain a small piece of normalcy in a world turned upside down. (Yes, I’ve watched Hamilton too many times to count.)

We’ve discussed the baking or crafting accomplished during quarantine (I am now an expert at bagels). But, in the midst of our staff Get Moving Challenge, I wanted to share another aspect of my quarantine life. And that’s keeping fit, both mentally and physically. Luckily, they can go hand-in-hand. Multi-tasking for the win!

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All You Knead is Love

By Hannah K.

Romance and food make the perfect pairing. Especially romance novels about food. There’s nothing like a well-cooked meal and a well-written happy ending to warm your heart.

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90’s Offbeat Animated Series

By Isaac H.

Imagine a time when cable television reigned supreme. An era of video rentals instead of streaming services. A time of skip-prone compact disc players the size of dining plates instead of digital audio playing smart devices. When cellular phones were the size of a brick, and when contact lists meant memorizing the number of every person you knew. A strange era that doesn’t seem that long ago to many of us who lived through it, the 1990’s were also a time of off-beat, oddball animated television programs. What follows are three animated television shows from that era, each with their own unique attributes that stand out in their time. Continue reading »

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Best Served Cold

by Lisa C.

Best friend stab you in the back? Romantic partner stepping out on you? Two-faced co-worker steal the Henderson account? What are you going to do? Well, in real life you might try to address these injustices in a positive manner that allows you to heal and move on. However, if you are a character in a movie or novel, you are definitely going to make the dastardly foe pay! Yes, I’m talking about sweet, sweet revenge.


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Adult Pairings for Childhood Favorites

By Kristi S.

What’s your favorite childhood book? I am often asked this question, and I have the hardest time answering. My mom got me a Sno-Isle library card for my second birthday, and I never stopped reading. I loved flipping through picture books, devoured any children’s mystery series, and escaped to so many worlds. Every book felt like something magical. Now, as an adult, I find myself looking for books that give me the same feeling. I want something that feels nostalgic while also offering a new perspective. If you are also looking to recapture that nostalgia, then try one of these adult pairings for childhood favorites.

If you liked Where the Wild Things Are try…
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

If you loved following mischievous Max and the slightly scary Wild Things, then you might like following Lundy as she travels through an impossible door into the Goblin Market. Both stories are atmospheric with well-developed characters and an intriguing setting, but In an Absent Dream turns more sinister as Lundy deals with the consequences of her decisions. Continue reading »

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We’re All Chum Now, at the Aquatic Horror Show

By Julie T.

Minimally fast on land and in the water (minus the Olympians among us), we land-based organisms enter oceans, rivers, and lakes primarily for fun, profit, and exploration. Our lack of claws and jaws puts us at a further disadvantage when pitted against predators of the deep blue sea (or lakes or reasonably deep mud puddles).

classic movies shark GIF by Coolidge Corner Theatre

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Top 10 Stephen King Movie Adaptations

by Craig B.

I was nine years old in the summer of 1980 when my mother took me to see The Shining. I know this might spark some debate about proper parenting techniques, but you really should consider it water under the bridge. I’m still here, I’m reasonably functional, and since Mom had already taken me to see Jaws when I was six, it’s really just a moot point. I’m glad I could address your concerns.

Anyway, The Shining was glorious! I was jealous of Danny. He had an endless supply of chocolate ice cream. He took a tour of a walk-in freezer (something I had to endure a birthday at McDonald’s to get.) He had a carpet that was the perfect highway for Matchbox cars. He had a real live hedge maze. He even had his own indoors Big Wheels racing circuit, complete with a set of creepy twins around turn five.

The Shining was my introduction to Stephen King adaptations, and there have been oodles of them. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count them all. Unfortunately, a great deal of those adaptations have been…how shall I put it…value suspect (I’m looking at you, Maximum Overdrive). Still, there’s more than enough nominees to make a pretty amazing Top 10 list. There’s even leftovers to argue about! If you want to see my entire list, click my link or check it out in our catalog. So, without any further ado, here’s my top three…

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Beyond Bestsellers: Colson Whitehead

by Marina M.

Colson Whitehead was publishing long before the critical acclaim and runaway success of his book The Underground Railroad (soon to be in production as a limited series for Amazon). And with the follow up of The Nickel Boys you might assume that Whitehead’s back catalog consists solely of historical fiction with African-American characters. But that is definitely not the case.

I’m not sure that I’ve seen a more eclectic writer. At least one that writes everything under the same name. He’s written more than one historical literary novel, a couple that fall under the satirical humor genre, a poker-centric memoir, a novel featuring Afrofuturism (for a frame of reference), and even a post-apocalyptic zombie novel. But he remains fairly consistent as an Own Voices writer. Exceptions made for the zombie book. Because I don’t think Whitehead is actually a zombie hunter. Or a zombie.

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