Wednesday, May 18, 2016

[Book Review] Paper Towns by John Green

Each month library staff members learn about different book genres during "What's Your Flavor," a series of Reader's Advisory classes. After each session participants must select a book from that genre to read and profile.

The book below was selected by a staff member who attended the Young Adult fiction session.

Teen/Young Adult Fiction Genre Spotlight

PAPER TOWNS by John Green (Dutton Books, 2008)

Paper Towns by Green is a very quick read. What is interesting is that every line is important to the continuation of the story.
There are quick retorts and funny comments as the story is told from the perspective of a high school senior boy called Q. This mysterious adventure is driven by a sense of hope to find out who Margo Roth Spiegelman is for real. And since she has disappeared so quickly, yet leaves so many clues for Q to find her, is Margo still alive? Where is she and how can he and his friends find her? Why did she leave the clues for him specifically? Does she want him to find her?

Anna, Poplar White Station Library

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

[Library Events & Programs] Friends of the Library 2016 Spring Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale May 27 - 28, 2016.

Visit our Second Editions Book Store page 


Friday, May 06, 2016

[News and Notes] May 6, 2016

Memphis thrives when Spring arrives. Memphis in May is underway and some popular food festivals will take place this weekend.  Mother's Day is Sunday as well. 

Inspired by the upcoming event filled weekend, we've gathered few titles from the library catalog for you to request or reserve. 

Mother’s Day (May 8) - Poetry books

Poems for Mother: Loving Thoughts by Thorunn McCoy

Memphis Greek Festival (May 6-7)Greek Americans (Fiction and Non-fiction) and Greek Cookbooks

Food & Feasts in Ancient Greece by Imogen Dawson

Mid-South Food Truck Festival (May 7) - Food trucks

Southern Food Truck Cookbook: discover the South's best food on four wheels by Heather Donahoe


Thursday, May 05, 2016

[News and Notes] Book Awards Update

We are officially in the month of May, which is Mystery Month, but we want to update our readers on a few book awards announced last month.

2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

Winners of the Agatha Awards are selected by members of Malice Domestic. These novels are “traditional mysteries,” similar in nature to novels written by Agatha Christie.   
(View all Agatha Award nominees and winners)

Agatha winners available at the library:

Best Historical Novel
Dreaming Spies by Laurie King

Best Nonfiction
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

The Edgar Awards were announced by the Mystery Writers of America on April 28, 2016.
(View all Edgar Award Nominees)

Edgar winners available at the library:

Best Novel
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy

Best First Novel By An American Author
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Best Paperback Original
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

Best Fact Crime
Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully
by Allen Kurzweil

Best Critical/Biographical
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

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Monday, May 02, 2016

[News and Notes] May 7, 2016 is Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Visit to view this year's list of titles and to find participating locations in the Memphis area.

Don't forget the library offers free comic books to check out with a library card every day.

Search the library catalog under graphic novels or comic books.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

[Library Events and Programs] Bookstock at Central Library TODAY April 23, 2016

Today is the day we proclaim "Hats Off to Bookstock 2016: From Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss and Everything in Between"

Gather the family and make your way to Bookstock! 

From 11 AM - 3 PM, the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library is hosting 40 local authors, roaming Shakespeare monologues, activities and crafts for teens and children, and so much more. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Plan your day at Bookstock with the following: 

Bookstock 2016 events schedule

List of participating local authors

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Friday, April 22, 2016

[Book Review] Roby Reviews: Best Friends Forever


Johnnie reviews Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing, 2016)

For readers who expect this book to be a great lesson on true friendship, you are in for a big surprise. 

This book is actually about a husband (Keith Richardson) who is committed to leaving home for a woman on the side. Of course, he blames his cheating on his wife (Celine Richardson). Although Keith learns that his wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer, he is not worrying about leaving his wife and daughter at a time when his family needs him the most. 

After weeks of being the invisible family man, Keith decides it is time to ask his wife for forgiveness. But what are his real motives? Will Celine forgive her husband and allow him to come back home?  Or will Celine follow the advice of her best friend, Lauren, who is single and not happy about Keith's behaviors?

This book will play with your emotions. It will make you sad. It will make you mad. It is a book that should be made into a television series.
Johnnie Mosley, North Branch

We hope you enjoyed this week's Roby Reviews. 

Authors Thomas Christensen and Kimberla Lawson Roby will speak at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively.  

Bookstock Memphis Area Authors' Festival @ Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

April 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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[Book Review] Roby Reviews: The Ultimate Betrayal


Johnnie reviews The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing, 2015)

The Ultimate Betrayal is another drama in the Reverend Curtis Black series. More specifically, it is soap opera about the life of Alicia Black, the daughter of Reverend Curtis Black.

Four years earlier, Alicia married Phillips Sullivan, a good man and husband. However, Alicia messed up the marriage by engaging in a two-way love affair with Levi Cunningham, a drug dealer and thug. Four years later, after much prayer, Phillips decided to forgive Alicia and take her back. In the meantime, Alicia finds herself back in the arms of Levi who has convinced her that he is a different man. As Alicia goes through her self-inflicted problems, she learns that her friend, Melanie, is also dealing with her own drama.

Melanie is dealing with weight issues as well as problems with her husband, Brad. Because Alicia and Melanie are dealing with a number of personal issues, they find themselves turning on each other like enemies in World War III.

Will Alicia find true love in the arms of her husband or another man? Will Melanie come to grips with her weight problems? What surprises are yet to be revealed in the lives of Alicia, Phillips, Levi, Melanie, and Brad?

For first time readers of the Reverend Black series, this book will be a blast. For veteran readers of the series, this book will not disappoint.

Johnnie Mosley, North Branch Library

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