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Come discuss the best books you haven’t heard of yet! October’s selection is Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. Join... more
The Adult Readers' Blog
In 1895, Alfred Nobel specified that upon his death most of his wealth would fund a series of awards, which became known as the Nobel Prizes. He specifically set aside funds for “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction” to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Unlike other awards, this award recognizes a body of work, not a specific work.
The Swedish Academy traditionally announces each year’s award(s)—typically during the first or second week in October. Since its inception in 1901, 107 Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded; in four years, prizes were shared by two authors. No prizes were awarded in seven years—primarily during World Wars I and II. The Swedish Academy received 259 proposals and winnowed the list to 198 nominations for the 2015 prize. The following were written by previous Nobel Laureates in Literature:
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Mexico and...Read More
The Martian : a novel by Andy Weir
Engineer-botanist Mark Watney is presumed dead and left by his crew mates on Mars as a dust storm forces them to abort their mission. Logbook style narratives describe Watney's efforts to extend his life until the next scheduled mission arrives in 4 years. Watney exemplifies the “never say die” attitude we associate with heroes but he is facing tough odds while trying to stay alive on Mars. Part astronaut primer and deep space survival guide, The Martian is an interesting sci-fi yarn!
Dark Sparkler, by Amber Tamblyn
Poet and actress Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men; House, MD; 127 Hours) takes on the subjects of fame, death, and memory in thirty poems inspired by the lives of actresses both famous and obscure. From Brittany Murphy (“They say good things about the body. / How bold her eyes were, bigger than Hepburn’s.”) to Jayne Mansfield (“Your neck was a study of the asterisk, / the silken shape of Sanskrit, / the sucker punch of succulents.”), she turns an unflinching eye on the pressures and perils faced by women who make careers on camera. Raw, haunting, and powerful.
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
This is the time of year when I start lamenting the fact that I didn't get to go on an extravagant trip to an exotic location, leading me to find books that allow me to escape (even if just for a little bit!). Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett helped me to do just that. Bonnett visited floating islands, hidden cities, and places not recorded on maps, reminding readers that there are still uncharted territories out there. Even if you don't get to travel outside of your hometown this summer, this book is a great reminder to put down distractions and realize that there is so much more to be seen and learned in our world.