What’s New at the Library?

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See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are ten new bestsellers, three new movies, and six other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “The Reckoning: A Novel,” “Dark Sacred Night,” and “Elevation.” The new movies this week are “Crazywise,” “Fight Hate with Love,” and “Tomb Raider.”

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Book Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

61xfs2xcw3l-_sx345_bo1204203200_This is the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy. In this world, the Stillness, there is great concern over earthquakes and the devastation they can bring to the entire world. These events are called a Season. Orogenes have the ability to sense the earth and to cause or still quakes. They are considered very dangerous, and generally treated like witches. At the Fulcrum, Orogenes are trained to use and control their abilities. The Guardians watch over them and basically govern them.

This story is about Essun, a woman who keeps her orogeny a secret from her entire village, who comes home from work to find her son dead, obviously at her husband’s hands, for having been an orogene. Her daughter is nowhere to be found. It also about Damaya, a young orogene who is being brought to the Fulcrum for training. And finally, it is about Syenite, an ambitious orogene who is paired with a highly skilled and possibly mad orogene to work an assignment far from the Fulcrum.

The story starts with an enormous earthquake that starts what may be the worst Fifth Season in history. We then follow Essun, Damaya, and Syenite at different points of time in the Stillness. Throughout, we discover what really happened, why, and who was involved. We learn so much about these three women and their very different lives as orogenes in the Stillness.

This book won a Hugo award and so did both its sequels, making for the first time ever that an author received a Hugo award three years in a row. I finished this book and immediately started the second one in line, The Obelisk Gate. It’s a story that pulls you in quickly and doesn’t let go. I want Essun to find her daughter and to learn more about the travelers she meets along the way. I want to see how people intend to survive this Fifth Season, if they even can. Those who enjoy either dystopian or apocalyptic stories will certainly find this book enjoyable. As a person not generally drawn to those sorts of stories, I can attest that this book certainly has a wider appeal. Give it a try and you’ll be sucked right in.

Review by Jessica A.

Friday Reads: NaNoWriMo

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Participating this year or contemplating it for next year? Have a look at these creative writing resources available at Danville Public Library. For a complete list of NaNoWriMo programs, visit our website at DanvillePublicLibrary.org.

71anfe4a0mlJust Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life by James Scott Bell

“Half intensive craft workshop and half practical advice on building and sustaining a successful writing practice, Just Write marries craft and technique with encouragement and insider advice. Featuring the best posts written for the Kill Zone blog (a thriller writers’ blog that has appeared on WD’s 101 Best Websites for Writers multiple times) as well as brand-new material, the book will serve as a guide for all fiction writers on mastering the craft and “keeping at it,” no matter what their chosen genre.”–provided by Amazon.com.

10222794Creative Writing Demystified by Sheila Bender

Whether for high school, college or pleasure creative writing, you need to know the basic elements of the craft. Creative Writing DeMYSTiFieD gives you helpful suggestions for evaluating your work for freshness and originality and offers scores of exercises, techniques, samples and websites to access more. The book introduces you to general creative writing terms and craft as well as genre specific terms and craft elements.*

* Description source: Goodreads.com

51l-bkjpixl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness by Edward A. Charlesworth and Ronald G. Nathan 

In language that is easy to understand and in specific steps that are easy to follow, this book presents virtually all the essential ingredients that promote mental and physical well-being.

 

 

 

51slt2qxagl-_sx332_bo1204203200_Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.

 

 

51gq79q85bl-_sx383_bo1204203200_Moe’s Cafe: 48 Decidedly Different Creative Writing Prompts by Mark H. Larson and Robert S. Boone

GY-9781596470880 So begins Moe’s Cafe, one of 48 innovative and intriguing prompts for student writing. These classroom-tested prompts put students in a place or in front of a character and ask them to describe what they “see.” The thinking, writing, and scribbling they do for the prompts inspires them to create their own stories and poems. After writing 90-word mini-stories, students read a short story or watch a film scene to help them expand on their own creative works. A section of longer readings models writing strategies.*

* Description Source: Goodreads.com

y648Word After Word After Word by Patricia McLachlan

Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class—bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories—word after word after word.*

* Description source: Goodreads.com

51nnv8kilml-_sx258_bo1204203200_Write Fantasy Fiction in 5 Easy Steps by Laura Lee McKay

“Divides the creative writing process into five steps, from inspiration to publishable story, and includes in-depth treatment of the fantasy fiction genre with writing prompts”–Provided by publisher.

 

 

41z6e3u2bmkl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours by Robert C. Pozen

“In Extreme Productivity, Pozen reveals the secrets to workplace productivity and high performance. His book is for anyone feeling overwhelmed by an existing workload-facing myriad competing demands and multiple time-sensitive projects. Offering antidotes to a calendar full of boring meetings and a backlog of e-mails, Extreme Productivity explains how to determine your highest priorities and match them with how you actually spend your time.

 

Note: All book covers are from Google Images and all descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog, except where otherwise noted.

Book Review: Flower Net by Lisa See

flower netI am not a big fan of mysteries. I find them to be easy to predict and in many cases formulaic. But, Lisa See kept me interested. The fact that this mystery was set both in China and LA was a delightful contrast of two cultures. I found the juxtaposition for the two governments and the two legal systems a fascinating look at the differences in how these two countries do business and relate to their families.

Review by Leslie B.

What’s New at the Library?

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See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are six new bestsellers, eight new movies, ten new children’s books, and ten other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “The Library Book,” “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life,” and “My Love Story: A Memoir.” The new movies this week include “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again [Blu-ray],” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Book Review: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

61i4Ln83sjL._SX360_BO1,204,203,200_All month long in October, we will post reviews of books with spooky themes, whether outright horror or just uncanny.

I found this title on a list of films that were recommended for the Halloween season. Since it was based on a book, I decided to forego the movie and build a visual myself based on Bradbury’s own words, which is probably best where he is concerned. It’s a children’s book with a grade-school reading level. That isn’t to say that it isn’t appropriate for people of all ages, as is shown by the fact that my septuagenarian father borrowed the book from me after I had finished it.

In the story, eight boys approach a haunted house and find a tree with Jack O’Lanterns all throughout its branches. The spooky owner of the house, Mr. Moundshroud leads the boys on a tour of the history of Halloween, which is not a mere history lesson but a means to rescue their friend Pipkin who has been taken away by a dark spirit as he approached the tree late. They go back to Ancient Egyptian burial chamber first and end in modern Mexico on Dia de los Muertos, and several places/times in between. At each point on their journey, the boys see Pipkin but are unable to catch up to him until the end. Mr. Moundshroud guides them every step of the way and offers assistance and advice so that they never completely lose track of Pipkin.

The book is terrific and ideal for the season. Bradbury’s well-known love of Halloween really shines through in this book. The illustrations by Joe Mugnaini are excellent. Go read it now!

Review by Jessica A.