Spokane looked a little bit like a Bob Ross painting this morning thanks to the gray and snowy weather.
See? I told you.
Nothing goes better with snow than a blanket, hot chocolate, and a tall stack of books. The library can't help you with the first two things, but we've got you covered when it comes to books. Here are some suggestions that are perfect for snowy days!
AFTER THE SNOW BY S. D. CROCKETT: "Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows created a new ice age, searches for his family, who mysteriously disappeared from their frozen mountain home, and encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl along the way."
FROZEN PLANET: A WORLD BEYOND IMAGINATION BY ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL AND VENESSA BERLOWITZ: "Frozen Planet captures extraordinary views of vast frozen landscapes and animal behavior impossible to see from the ground, including the remote interior of the Antarctic continent and the migration of whales to the polar regions. The Frozen Planet team also takes us under the ice, into the heart of glaciers and inside volcanic ice-crystal caves."
THE SNOW CHILD BY EOWYN IVEY: "Homesteaders Jack and Mabel struggle to survive in the harsh Alaskan wilderness, but the couple's quiet life of hard work and routine suddenly changes when a small girl named Faina magically appears on their doorstep."
THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD BY DAVID LASKIN: "Describes the deadly 1888 snowstorm in the Great Plains that killed more than five hundred people including numerous schoolchildren, describing how the storm devastated immigrant families and dramatically affected pioneer advancement."
SILENT SNOW: THE SLOW POISONING OF THE ARCTIC BY MARLA CONE: "In a journey across the Arctic to find out why it is toxic, an environmental journalist reports on the dangers of pollution to fragile ecosystems, how Arctic cultures are adapting to pollution, and what solutions will prevent this crisis from getting worse."
ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON'S INCREDIBLE VOYAGE BY ALFRED LANSING: "Provides an account of the voyage undertaken by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew aboard the Endurance in 1914-15, telling how the men survived after their ship became locked inside an island of ice and drifted for ten months before being crushed."
If you’re a fan of horror or mystery novels, you’ll probably enjoy Gothic novels too. Gothic literature can be defined pretty broadly, but this definition from Goodreads summarizes it nicely: “Making its debut in the late 18th-century, Gothic fiction was a branch of the larger Romantic movement that sought to stimulate strong emotions in the reader - fear and apprehension in this case. Gothic fiction places heavy emphasis on atmosphere, using setting and diction to build suspense and a sense of unease in the reader. Common subject matter includes the supernatural, family curses, mystery, and madness.”
Below you’ll find ten recommendations, a mix of classic and modern novels. They'll be waiting for you in the library!
FRANKENSTEIN BY MARY SHELLEY: "Presents the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature."
NIGHT FILM BY MARISHA PESSL: "When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death."
DRACULA BY BRAM STOKER: "A dreary castle, blood-thirsty vampires, open graves at midnight, and other Gothic touches fill this chilling tale about a young Englishman's confrontation with the evil Count Dracula. A horror romance as deathless as any vampire, the blood-curdling tale still continues to hold readers spellbound a century later."
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES BY KAMI GARCIA AND MARGARET STOHL: "In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday."
WUTHERING HEIGHTS BY EMILY BRONTE: "Forced by a storm to spend the night at the home of Heathcliff, Mr. Lockwood uncovers a tale of terror and hatred on the Yorkshire moors."
THIS DARK ENDEAVOR BY KENNETH OPPEL: "Victor and Konrad Frankenstein are inseparable twin brothers who stumble upon The Dark Library, where secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are housed, but after their father forbids them to ever return to the library Konrad falls gravely ill and Victor seeks out a cure for his brother beyond traditional medicine."
REBECCA BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER: "A timid young girl marries a widower, only to find her new home haunted by the memory of Rebecca, his first wife."
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN BY RANSOM RIGGS: "Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive."
THE WOMAN IN WHITE BY WILKIE COLLINS: "Marian and her sister Laura live a quiet life under their uncle's guardianship until Laura's marriage to Sir Percival Glyde. Sir Percival is a man of many secrets. Hence, Marian and the girls' drawing master, Walter, have to turn detective in order to work out what is going on, and to protect Laura from a fatal plot."
IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS BY CAT WINTER: "In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns."
If you've been dreaming the library would start a Pinterest board, your dreams have come true! Congratulations!
You can find us here. Pinterest can be a lot of fun, but it can also be useful. While you can find and pin all the cat pictures you could ever want, you can also find things like helpful studying advice, tips on grammar and writing, and, of course, all sorts of bookish goodness.
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Today is World Science Day, which is “an internationally celebrated day to highlight the importance of science in and for society and that science, peace and development are interlinked.” If you’re interested in science, the books listed below are for you.
HEADSTRONG: 52 WOMEN WHO CHANGED SCIENCE—AND THE WORLD BY RACHEL SWABY: “Collects 52 profiles of history's brightest female scientists and mathematicians.”
A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING BY BILL BRYSON: "Nature and science writer Bill Bryson examines some of mysteries of science, and attempts to understand not only what scientists know, but how they know it. Covers the creation of the universe, the size of the Earth, the origins of life, and other topics."
THE AGE OF WONDER: HOW THE ROMANTIC GENERATION DISCOVERED THE BEAUTY AND TERROR OF SCIENCE BY RICHARD HOLMES: "Discusses the influence of discoveries by astronomer William Herschel and his sister Caroline; chemist and poet Humphrey Davy, and explorer Joseph Banks on the Romantic Age as elements of religious faith and scientific truth combined to form a new cultural paradigm."
THE GREATEST SCIENCE STORIES NEVER TOLD: 100 TALES OF INVENTION AND DISCOVERY TO ASTONISH, BEWILDER, AND STUPEFY BY RICK BEYER: "Contains one hundred anecdotes about a variety of inventions, such as the push-button phone, the stethoscope, and the space suit."
ALPHA & OMEGA: THE SEARCH FOR THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE UNIVERSE BY CHARLES SEIFE: "Explores the latest cosmological discoveries and discusses how they have influenced what scientists believe about the beginning and end of the universe."
THE HIDDEN REALITY: PARALLEL UNIVERSES AND THE DEEP LAWS OF THE COSMOS BY BRIAN GREENE: "The author draws from the fields of quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory to explore the possibility that the universe in which Earth resides is just one of many universes that populate outer space."
One of our goals in the library this year is to add more books to our graphic novel section. It's one of the most popular sections, so expanding it is one of our top priorities. We've added several new books already, and have more on our wish list.
Take a look below at a few of this year's new additions. If you're a fan of graphic novels, leave a comment and let us know what titles we should get.
ROLLER GIRL BY VICTORIA JAMIESON: "For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school in short, strong enough to be a roller girl."
THIS ONE SUMMER BY MARIKO TAMAKI: "Rose and her parents go on vacation to Awago Beach like they do every year, but this year Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting and she turns to her friend Windy for help dealing with her troubled family life."
ANYA'S GHOST BY VERA BROSGOL: "Anya, embarrassed by her family and lacking confidence in her body and her social skills, finally finds a friend after falling down a well, but quickly learns there are drawbacks to having a ghost for a friend."
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY EARTH BY ISABEL GREENBERG: "A fictionalized account of the lives and adventures of the people who lived on early Earth before human history began is illustrated in a series of interconnected tales and fables."
ROMEO AND JULIET ADAPTED BY GARETH HINDS: "A graphic novel adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy about Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, two young people whose love for one another is doomed by the long-standing feud between their families, with characters recast as multiracial individuals."
GRANT VS. LEE: THE GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR'S GREATEST RIVALS DURING THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR BY WAYNE VANSANT: "In graphic novel format, relates the events and battles that occurred during the final year of the Civil War in Virginia."
RESISTANCE BY CARLA JABLONSKI: "Although their father is in a German P.O.W. camp, Paul and Marie are barely touched by World War II in Vichy, France, in 1942. But, when their friend Henri's parents disappear, the children decide to hide their Jewish friend from the Nazis and soon find themselves involved in the French Resistance."
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."
November is Native American Heritage Month, which you can learn more about here. To celebrate Native American writers and stories, come by the library and check out one of these great books, some of which are brand new to our collection.
THE ROUND HOUSE BY LOUISE ERDRICH: "After Geraldine Coutts is attacked on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, her husband Bazil, a tribal judge, tries to find justice for his wife, and their teenage son Joe tries to help his mother heal."
BLASPHEMY BY SHERMAN ALEXIE: "Combines fifteen of the author's classic short stories with fifteen new stories in an anthology that features tales involving donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, and marriage. In these comfort-zone-destroying tales, including the masterpiece, War Dances, characters grapple with racism, damaging stereotypes, poverty, alcoholism, diabetes, and the tragic loss of languages and customs. Questions of authenticity and identity abound."
CEREMONY BY LESLIE MARMON SILKO: "Follows Tayo, a young Native American, after his release from a veteran's hospital following World War II as he searches for meaning and sanity in his life."
COUNTING COUP: A TRUE STORY OF BASKETBALL AND HONOR ON THE LITTLE BIG HORN BY LARRY COLTON: "Presents a study of the girls' basketball team at Hardin High School on the Crow reservation in Montana, focusing on talented young player Sharon LaForge, and examines the social conditions that prevent her and other Native American athletes from reaching their potential on and off the court."
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN ANTHOLOGY BY LAWANA TROUT: "A collection of more than one hundred poems, short stories, essays, and memoirs written by Native Americans from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries."
SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER: THE EPIC LIFE AND IMMORTAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF EDWARD CURTIS BY TIMOTHY EGAN: "Edward Curtis was dashing, charismatic, a passionate mountaineer, a famous photographer-the Annie Liebowitz of his time. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rain forest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance-six years alone to convince the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise-his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements."