Category Archives: Books

Crossing Borders

By Kristi S. I’ve written before about the power of fiction to both educate and entertain. Obviously, nonfiction is incredibly important, giving voice to real experiences, but fiction adds extra emotion for me. For that reason, I turn to fiction when I am looking to take a deep dive into current events. I want to be […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: If You Like The Goldfinch

By Jennifer K. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was one of 2013’s big bestsellers. A new movie based on the book, starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman, is coming out this month. It’s about Theo Decker, whose life changed explosively one morning when he was thirteen. Theo now has a huge secret, the possession of […]

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Stars! They’re (Kinda) Just Like Us!

By Julie T. Less tabloid, more tell-all! Celebrity memoirs are a dish best devoured audiobook-style. Up close and personal with your speakers or headphones, you’ll often feel connected with these performers in a way that transcends print. It’s like they’re sharing their childhood foibles and adulting struggles with you over a cup of coffee. Jane […]

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You Might be a Word Nerd if…

by Melleny T. Have you looked up a word in the dictionary just to learn its etymology? Are you entertained by anagrams, pangrams, lipograms, isograms, and especially ambigrams? Do you have a strong opinion about the Oxford comma? I hate to tell you, but you might be a word nerd. It’s okay though – you’re […]

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Infernal Adaptations

by Lois H. Every summer, I look forward to packing a perfect picnic and settling in to enjoy some Shakespeare in the park. Recently, I attended performances of the three plays in the Island Shakespeare Festival’s tenth anniversary season. I cried through The Winter’s Tale. Cried with laughter through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the […]

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Eating Weeds

by Karen A. Sometimes I miss the big, beautiful views when I am out hiking because I am looking down at the ground.  Why, you ask?  Because even when I am hiking I am thinking about food, and I don’t want to walk right over something tasty!  There is something deeply rewarding in the process […]

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Great Worldbuilding

By Jennifer K. One of the things I love about science fiction and fantasy is the worldbuilding. It’s hard to explain what good worldbuilding is, but you know bad worldbuilding when you read it. What if the world is exactly like our world, except everyone has magic powers? Then it wouldn’t be exactly like our world […]

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Mind Hacks and Occipital Jacks: Cyberpunk Books and Media

By Isaac H. Before you think it, this blog post is not about the Borg from Star Trek. Sorry fellow Trekkies and Trekkers. It’s also not about the Cybermen, fellow Whovians. In all fairness it could’ve been about either. It might ‘kinda’ be about either. You know what, it probably will be at some point […]

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New Book Discussion Kits!

Hey people who like to talk about books (that’s definitely you)! We have a new batch of book discussion kits available for reservation. Whether you belong to a private club, a Sno-Isle Library book club, or you want to start your own, these kits are a great way to connect with your community and spark […]

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Summer Thrills, Chills and Escapes

by Denise D.  It’s August. The dog days of summer. The good-luck-finding-a-fan-nevermind-an-air-conditioner-in-the-store days of the year. Some people live for these days of relentless sun and heat. It makes them yearn to get outside: hike, swim, picnic, get sand between their toes. As much as I enjoy the long days and air of laziness the […]

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