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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

The popularity of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and its movie has lead to the revival of an old genre in teen literature: Sick Lit. As the story goes, beautiful but terminally ill teens find The Meaning of Life, True Love and other Very Important Things  before shuffling off this mortal coil.

This is not one of those books.

First, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (MEDG) is hilarious. Antihero Greg Gains and his bawdy friend Earl have some of the most hilarious exchanges in teen lit. Second, MEDG defies every Sick Lit stereotype. The narrator befriends Rachel, the dying girl, only because his mom guilts him into it. Greg doesn’t fall in love with Rachel or vice versa. Earl is a bad best friend. No one delivers a monologue that sounds like a PhD. philosophy thesis. No one achieves existential transcendence.

But MEDG is much more than an anti-Fault in our Stars. By shunning the Sick Lit script and easy characterizations, author Jesse Andrew delivers an honest sketch of teens on the edge of the next (or final) stage of life.


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Two Titles to Get Your Blood Boiling

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Looking to add a little rage to your life? Take your blood pressure medication and check out these new titles.

The Divide                  Flash Boys

Veteran Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi is your tour guide into The Divide — the bizarro-America where a joint in a man’s pocket lands him in Rikers but money laundering $850 million for a drug cartel earns not a single day in prison. Taibbi traces the history of Too Big to Jail and criminalization of poverty. Taibbi’s biting wit and fierce insight is at full strength in his latest work.

“Stock market’s rigged,” declared Michael Lewis in his 60 Minutes interview. In Flash Boys, Lewis shines a light on the dark world of high-frequency trading (HFT) — buying and selling stock at rates 100 times faster than the blink of an eye. The story focuses on Brad Katsuyama, an investor at a Canadian Bank who wonders why it seems like the market reads his mind. Why does the price spike immediately before he buys shares? The answer is that HFTs are front-running, beating investors to the punch and selling them inflated stock. Master storyteller Lewis makes financial reporting a thrilling page-turner.


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Book Shuffle

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Exciting things are happening at KDL! (Exciting in a librarian sort-of way.) We’ve dumped the Dewey decimal system (hooray!) and switched to a more common sense approach. Instead of scribbling down some secret number from the catalog, you can just walk to your area of interest. It’s easy. Check out this video below from our Kentwood branch to see how:

Why the change? We hope it makes looking for a book easier and more enjoyable. Also, you might find other books in your subject area that catch your eye.

For example, let’s just say you’re pregnant. (Congrats, by the way.) You want a baby name book. Where do you go? You’re about to be a parent, so let’s try Parenting. Makes sense. You follow the alphabet. . .  and you’re there. You grab some baby name books. Oh, look at these. Books about pregnancy. Take a few of those. On the same shelf are books about parenting infants. It all flows together.  Browsing is easy. You find what you’re looking for and discover new things too. Happy browsing!



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