Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:55am by ngop
You've probably seen the memes and videos that end with "We'll Be Right Back." The origins of both of these viral hits are from the legendary series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure! Coming soon in the spring, AADL will have the complete first season for you to watch.
In the meantime, check out the manga series. Taking Japan by storm since the 1980s, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure follows the Joestar family whose fate involves taking down supernatural foes. In Phantom Blood, we follow the first Joestar, Jonathan, as he struggles to find peace with his adopted brother, Dio Brando.
Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:02am by krayla
If you're looking for a heartwarming story wrapped in a cozy blanket of metaphor that might make you cry into your figurative (or literal) tub of ice cream, this is it. Neither, a picture book by Airlie Anderson, features a little green critter dubbed Neither who doesn't fit in a world of This and That. Neither goes in search of Somewhere Else, but finds the patchwork Land of All. The last page is both breathtaking and adorable, and readers will enjoy looking at all of the unique characteristics of a diverse cast of creatures. If you know someone who feels like they aren't enough or wants to be a supportive friend, this book might be the perfect place to start a meaningful conversation.
Mon, 03/19/2018 - 6:59pm by Lucy S
In her exciting yet frightful new novel, The Perfect Nanny, Leila Slimani reveals a ghastly crime in the very first sentences, challenging us to come along for the ride. The big question here is not what happens between a nanny, Louise, and her two charges, but why? Slimani parcels out clues to Louise’s motives in small bits, twisting her story back and forth through time. Alternating chapters, narrated by Myriam, the mother, take us into the mind of a woman struggling with the part of motherhood that asks her to relinquish her identity. This is not a new problem, a working mother beset with guilt, missing her children, but really enjoying her work, where she feels she is her best self.
Louise experiences extreme loneliness in the house of Myriam and her husband, Paul, never knowing when she will be brought into the family fold. Paul and Myriam include Louise when it is convenient for them to think of it, confusing and blurring the boundaries of their working relationship.
The psychological complexity adds to the shock and horror that unravels on these pages. Though it provides no easy answers, no tidy lesson, The Perfect Nanny is a thrilling and thought-provoking read.
Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:21am by -alex-
Great nonfiction for kids! Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover tells the story of NASA's Curiosity Rover and it's 2011 unmanned mission to mars.
Told from the perspective of the Rover itself, Curiosity lays out the science and engineering behind space exploration in a way that is both accurate and entertaining. You'll find this little jem of a picture book in our Youth Nonfiction section.
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 10:56am by -alex-
She-Wolves: the women who ruled before Elizabeth draws upon the lives of six fascinating women, and explores the volatile history and the painfully obtuse gender politics of Medieval and Tudor England. Each of Castor's subjects face intense personal challenges in an era where gender determined every aspect of a person's life - and where a person's gender had everything to do with how much they were the master of their own fate.
Helen Castor writes vividly, and does a fantastic job of breathing life into these long-dead (and often poorly documented) historical figures. She Wolves highlights the strength and determination of some of history's most remarkable women. While she does not directly those dots, Castor invites an easy comparison between their stories and those of modern women in politics. You'll find this page-turner of a book in our Adult Nonfiction section.
Fri, 03/16/2018 - 7:30pm by ngop
Do you need an excuse for getting a new dog or puppy? National Puppy Day is on Friday, March 23, 2018. It's the unofficial day to celebrate the happiness that puppies (and older dogs) bring to our lives!
If you have some puppies of your own, give them an extra treat and some cuddles to show them how much you love them. For those with cats, Hug Your Cat Day is coming June 4th.
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:12pm by ngop
At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Maia and Alex Shibutani took bronze in ice dancing and Yuzuru Hanyu won gold in men's singles. Figure skating takes strength, flexibility, endurance, and artistry. Before you have a chance to grab tickets for the 2018 Stars on Ice show with our favorite Olympic figure skaters, why not watch Yuri!!! On Ice?
Coming soon to AADL, Yuri!!! On Ice revolves around a Japanese figure skater Yuuri Katsuki and his challenges as he becomes unsure of whether or not he wants to continue his skating career. After a devastating defeat at the Grand Prix finals, he decides that he might retire. But with a run-in with rising star Yuri Plisetsky and skating legend Victor Nikiforov deciding to be his new coach, Yuri Katsuki is once again renewed with an ambition to skate.
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:48am by Lucy S
I was delightedly surprised by The Sky is Yours. Chandler Klang Smith is a first-rate writer with a vast and colorful imagination who has created a work that is speculative fiction as much as it is a strong social satire, a romance, and a dystopian fantasy.
Most of the action takes place on Empire Island, Smith’s fusion of a world, where dragons circle above wastelands and cities filled with “futuristic” technology that has “crept inside the human form and become inseparable from it, ghost hearts beating in human chests, baby skin growing on old bones.” Countering this is the seedy underbelly of a scorched land inhabited by crime lords, drug lords, and burning buildings, the “backstage in a vaudeville house at the end of the world.” And though they are a constant presence in the sky above, it is not only the dragons that have laid waste to these cities, but their inhabitants themselves.
Be prepared for a wild ride through Smith’s dazzling genre mash-up with an infantile reality tv star; his fiance, a spoiled, self-loathing heiress; and his recently discovered girlfriend, a wild, landfill-residing orphan. The Sky is Yours is entertaining, shrewd, and impossible to put down.
Mon, 03/12/2018 - 6:15pm by PizzaPuppy
The newest adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time was released in theaters last weekend. Although it has received mixed reviews, it's based on one of the most well-known and classic children's books of all time, in which siblings Meg and Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin embark on an epic journey through time and space to save the siblings' scientist father and defeat an evil being.
At AADL, this classic story also comes in other formats, including the graphic novel, large print edition, audiobook, and on Ebook through Overdrive. The library also carries a copy of the first Disney DVD film adaptation.
A Wrinkle in Time has several companion novels to go with it. These "not quite sequels" further the story of the Murray family but don't follow the events of the first novel consecutively. The companion novels include A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
Mon, 03/12/2018 - 4:09pm by manz
A few weeks ago the American Library Association announced winners and honors in books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. One of my favorite awards in this group is the Alex Award. The Alex Award is given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
One immediate standout in this year’s group of winners is Eve L. Ewing’s book of prose and poetry, Electric Arches. Ewing is a sociologist of education and grew up in Chicago. She is an academic, a scholar, essayist, and visual artist with skill and knowledge beyond her age. She studies racial inequality in public schools, particularly in Chicago, and has such a strong voice. This is not just another collection of poetry and essays – her words exist to engage, inspire, and move the reader. Interspersed with visual art, her poems hum on about such things as 1990s Chicago, growing up a black female, art, politics, hair, Prince, and Lebron James.