KDL Blog ‘Guys Read’ Category

Meet the Author: Josh Malerman

Monday, May 12th, 2014

BirdBoxJosh Malerman (who, mark my words, will soon be bestselling author Josh Malerman) will be at Schuler Books & Music on 28th Street in Kentwood at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 16. Go. Please, go.

From time to time I sneak into our assistant director’s office and borrow a few of her LibraryReads hopefuls. That’s how I got ahold of Bird Box.

It was several months ago, but I haven’t stopped thinking about this post-apocalyptic, stark and terrifying-in-broad-daylight novel by Detroit’s Malerman (also the lead singer of rock band The High Strung). The clipped dialogue and short, tight sentences matched the book’s “frantic in a sort of hopeless way, really” pace. It’s crazy-original, and just wicked, wicked good fiction.

Universal Pictures has already optioned the movie rights — of course they have, and it has the potential to be a terrific flick. But to get the full effect, read the book.

Need more convincing before you go to Schuler on Friday? Here’s a recent article.

 


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Exciting New Youth Book Lists

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

           

Get your child ready to write with great picture books that inspire writing. Have your child hold a crayon and scribble a picture just like Harold in the classic book, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.

Enjoy historical fiction? Imagine a trip to space with the book Racing the Moon by Alan Armstrong.

Connect your child with the perfect book this spring with these exciting book lists!

 


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New Teen eBook / eAudiobook Site

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Good news for Teens (or those of us whose teen years may be behind us but who still enjoy reading Teen books :) ) — our OverDrive eBook & eAudiobook site now includes a Teen eReading Room that collects all Teen titles into one place! If you enjoy reading teen materials and don’t want to wade through steamy adult romances or books aimed at the toddler crowd, just go right to ebooks.kdl.org/teens to find your favorites (including the newly-added Hunger Games series!)

 

Teen OverDrive Site

 

Like our Kids eReading Room, the Teen site allows you to easily browse by subject (genre), collection (eBook or eAudiobook) or level (including ATOS and Lexile reading levels that are used by many schools). Try it out today!

Happy Downloading!

 


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Hunger Games eBooks Now Available!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

At long last, this crazy-popular series has been released in eBook format.  Click here to check out or place a hold on a copy today — we know you’ll think it was worth the wait!

The Hunger Games           Catching Fire           Mockingjay

In addition, Scholastic has made many other popular titles from classic series like Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitters Club available for public libraries. Visit our eBook site today to check them out!

 


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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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New Fantasy Series at KDL

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Emperor's BladesNeed a new fantasy series to get you hooked?  Have you waited long enough for the new George R.R. Martin novel?  Try these new series of fantasy and adventure!

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley is the first book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series.  When the emperor of Annur is assassinated by an unknown enemy, his daughter and two sons work to reveal the assassin and survive the new world.

Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn’s new novel is Children of Fire.  This epic fantasy focuses on three magical talismans that were lost and a protective magical barrier that is fading with time.

Stormdancer

Speaking of George R.R. Martin, fans of the Song of Ice and Fire series will enjoy Scottish author Anthony Ryan’s debut novel, Blood Song.  The first in the Raven’s Song trilogy, Blood Song is about Vaeliln Al Sorna who has trained his whole life to be a warrior in the Brothers of the Sixth Order.

Australian fantasy author Jay Kristoff’s The Lotus War series is not as new as the others on this list, but is just as imaginative.  Check out Stormdancer and Kinslayer for novels of Japanese-influenced steampunk fantasy.

 

 

 

 


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Game of Thrones Is Back!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Game of Thrones started back up on TV — are you watching it?  If you are a fan, we have many materials to help get your Thrones fix.

We have the Song of Ice and Fire series, the book series the TV show is based on.  If you are behind in the TV show or want a refresher on what happened last season, we also have HBO’s Game of Thrones available for checkout.

A Game of Thrones     A Clash of Kings     Game of Thrones

While you are waiting for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, we have some good options that we think you’ll like.  Try The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

The False Prince     His Majesty's Dragon     The Name of the Wind

We also have some great titles to supplement the Game of Thrones universe.  If you like to cook, check out A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook to Game of Thrones. For the Tyrion Lannister fans, you’ve got to check out The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones would be a great companion for anyone watching the TV show.

A Fesst of Ice & Fire     The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister     Inside Game of Thrones

 


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Sports Books to Try

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The Olympics are over, Spring Training is in full swing and March Madness is coming up.  It’s always a good time for sports books.

The Perfect MileAn older book to try if you are a fan of running or history is The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb.  Until May of 1954, no one had run a sub-4-minute mile.  There were three milers in the world, Roger Bannister of Great Britain, John Landy of Australia, and Wes Santee of the United States, who were trying to be the first.  While this book tells primarily of the attempts of these men to race a mile with a record time, what stayed with me was realizing how difficult life still was in England as a result of WWII, even though the war had been over for a decade.  The title of the book comes from a later race between Bannister and Landy, after each had broken four minutes earlier that summer.  They met for the first time that year at the Empire Games in August of 1954. (This race can be seen on YouTube.)

 

Where Nobody Knows Your NameFrom a classic race to a classic sports writer: John Feinstein has a new book out, Where Nobody Knows Your Name.  In this book Feinstein highlights Triple A baseball.  Players, managers and unpires are evaluated while working in this transition league.  Are they looking to break into the majors? Are they rehabbing to get back to the majors? Have they been cut from the major leagues and are on their way out of sports?

 

 

The BirdStaying with baseball is another title worth a look.  One of this year’s Michigan Notable Books is The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych. That hair, the grooming of the mound, the talking to the ball… Doug Wilson brings back the excitement that Fidrych brought to baseball in his brief career.  From the epilogue of the book: “He was the most charismatic player we had during my time with the Tigers,” said Ernie Harwell, whose time with the Tigers spanned almost fifty years.

 

The Boys in the BoatA final new sport book to consider is The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown.  The 1936 Olympics most commonly bring to mind Jesse Owens, but rowing was another competition where the Germans were supposed to defeat all comers.  The “boys” in the title came not from New England and the schools with a strong rowing tradition, but from the Pacific Northwest — the University of Washington.  These farmers, fishermen and lumber workers had to first take on the best in the US and then the best in the world to pursue a gold medal. Reviewers have compared this book to those of Laura Hillenbrand.

 

Even though the weather is cold, travel with these books to someplace warm and enjoy the pursuit of excellence.

 


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Pirates and Star Wars Teen Booklists

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

What could be more fun to read about than Pirates and Star Wars?  (Unless maybe you combine the two!)  To help you get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day in September, check out the great Pirates for Teens Booklist, which includes Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle and Fish by Gregory Mone.

And don’t forget the ever popular Star Wars Day in May along with KDL’s If You Like Star Wars Booklist.  This booklist includes books from all ages but features graphic novels for Teens and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

Hurricane Dancers   Fish   Star Wars   Star Wars Encyclopedia

 

 


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Review Brandon Mull’s New Book and Win a T-Shirt!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

If you like Brandon Mull’s Beyonders, you’ll love his new book, Sky Raiders, the first in his Five Kingdoms series.

It is the story of 6th-grader Cole, who just wants to have fun with his friends (and his crush, Jenna) on Halloween. But when a haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much more sinister, Cole finds himself in a magical world called The Outskirts, surrounded by some pretty bad dudes.  This awesome new book doesn’t come out until March 11, but you can place your hold on the print or audio version now!

Submit a review of the book on our Guys Read page, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a baseball t-shirt with the book logo on it.  Are you ready to answer the call of the Five Kingdoms?

Sky Raiders

 


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