WHO: Marissa Meyer
WHAT: Young adult novelist known for The Lunar Chronicles
WHEN: Born February 19, 1984
WHERE: Born in Tacoma, Washington, where she still resides
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Cinder: "Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle."
Scarlet: "Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood."
Cress: "Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they are plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she is being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she has just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice."
Winter: "Princess Winter, admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, teams up with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, to defeat Queen Levana and find their happily ever afters."
Fairest: "Queen Levana is a ruler who uses her 'glamour' to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told . . . until now."
Heartless: "In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester."
“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” (from Cress)
“'But hoping,' he said, 'is how the impossible can be possible after all.'” (Heartless)
“She would be brave. She would be heroic. She would make her own destiny.” (Winter)
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time set aside to spread the word about the importance of mental health. Below are some books that deal with different aspects of that subject, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. William Nicholson once said, "We read to know we are not alone." For those of you who struggle with mental health, you're not alone. Keep reading for some book recommendations that prove it.
FINDING AUDREY BY SOPHIE KINSELLA: "Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum."
DR. BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS BY EVAN ROSKOS: "A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house."
THE NATURE OF JADE BY DEB CALETTI: "Seattle high school senior Jade's life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo."
FIG BY SARAH ELIZABETH SCHANTZ: "In 1994, Fig looks back on her life and relates her experiences, from age six to nineteen, as she desperately tries to save her mother from schizophrenia while her own mental health and relationships deteriorate."
SCHIZO BY NIC SHEFF: "A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing."
MILES FROM ORDINARY BY CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS: "Thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the reality of what life with her mother means for both of them as her mother's mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control."
HOW I MADE IT TO EIGHTEEN: A MOSTLY TRUE STORY BY TRACY WHITE: "The author shares her struggles with self-esteem, drug addiction, and depression; and describes how she admitted herself to a mental institution after she put her fist through a window. Presented in graphic novel format."
THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY BY LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON: "Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a 'normal' life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives."
LINCOLN'S MELANCHOLY: HOW DEPRESSION CHALLENGED A PRESIDENT AND FUELED HIS GREATNESS BY JOSHUA WOLF SHENK: "A dramatic reassessment of the life and era of Abraham Lincoln argues that America's sixteenth president suffered from depression and explains how Lincoln used the ailment and the coping strategies he had developed to deal with the crises of the Civil War and personal tragedy."
REASONS TO STAY ALIVE BY MATT HAIG: "In a moving and entirely relatable account, an internationally best-selling author shares his struggle with depression and, helping those who are confused or daunted by the illness, reveals how he was able to triumph over the disease on order to live again."
April 29th was Independent Bookstore Day. One of the ways Auntie's celebrated was by hosting a book drive for LC's library. We received all of the great books below thanks to our partnership with Auntie's and the generous Spokane community. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! Come by the library and check out some of these new arrivals.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
Godforsaken Idaho by Shawn Vestal
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Misery by Stephen King
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Lumberjanes #2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel by Nancy F. Castaldo
The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Naked by David Sedaris
New and Selected Poems: Volume One by Mary Oliver
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
Startalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know about Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond with Neil deGrasse Tyson
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Click here to browse our catalog and read summaries of the books. Happy reading!
WHO: Sherman Alexie
WHAT: Novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, screenwriter, and WSU grad
WHEN: Born October 7, 1966
WHERE: Born in Wellpinit, Washington; currently resides in Seattle
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: "Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot."
Blasphemy: "A collection of thirty-one new and selected short stories by Native American author Sherman Alexie."
The Business of Fancydancing: "This collection of poems and stories was Alexie's first book."
Indian Killer: "A murderer, dubbed the Indian Killer, is stalking and scalping white men in Seattle, and John Smith, a Native American man who was adopted by a white couple at birth and who is slowly descending into madness due to his alienation from either the white or Indian culture, seems to be a likely suspect."
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven: "Contains a collection of twenty-four short stories that chronicle the daily life on a Native American Indian Reservation on Spokane, Washington."
Reservation Blues: "Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in 1931, and was murdered seven years later. He reappears in 1992 on the Spokane Indian Reservation and meets Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who starts Coyote Springs, an all-Indian Catholic rock-and-roll band."
“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the four hugest words in the world when they're put together.
You can do it.” (from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian)
“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?” (Flight)
“I used to sleep with my books in piles all over my bed and sometimes they were the only thing keeping me warm and always the only thing keeping me alive. Books are the best and worst defense.” (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven)