LibraryReads May 2016

britt-marie was here

The May LibraryReads list features a irresistible novel by Fredrik Backman about a woman who leaves her cheating husband and settles down in a town of misfits—and finding a second chance along the way.

Once Upon a Utopia | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

oneida

Four riveting accounts that explore some of the many communities in America that have set out over the years to find a new way of life, away from it all, by setting up their own personal utopias and communes. Some, needless to say, worked out better than others.

Equal Rites | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

love unites us

Two fascinating looks at the fight by members of the LGBTQ community for the freedom to marry in America

Boomer Memoirs | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

old age

Three new memoirs from boomers address in different perspectives the final frontiers of old age, illness and death, and what has happened along the way. Which approach works best, looking back, analyzing the present, or gazing forward?

Professional Media | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

making the most of digital collections

Two helpful handbooks on digitizing your library’s collection and a useful guide for time-strapped staff seeking an effective strategy to designing and evaluating programs and proving their library’s worth

Growing Up Literary: Coming-of-Age Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2016

you should pity us instead

Coming-of-age stories are an indelible part of literature; from Huckleberry to Scout, the characters that fill their pages are iconic. Here are six debuts that explore, through a wide range of mode and method, the painful path to maturity.

Seductive Teens | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2016

drowning girls

A perfectly-paced novel that breathes new life into the well-worn tropes of young seduction, romantic obsession, and affluence; a well-written but bleak novel about teenage friendship and the emotional land mines of high school

Homes for Moms | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2016

house for happy mothers

An interesting novel that explores the history of Melbourne through the eyes of a series of single mothers; a poignant novel from two difficult perspectives that spans several complex and often controversial topics; an absorbing modern family saga about a 48-year-old Indian-American woman who becomes a surrogate with her younger lover

Garenq’s “Financial Thriller,” Sollett, Meyerhoff, & Newcomers Morano, Piet | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, April 15, 2016

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A true incident that had far-reaching political fallout; Sollett’s big-screen drama rises above its made-for-TV aesthetics; Meyerhoff’s visually arresting feature debut mixes old-school Super-8 and 16mm film; Piet has crafted a sneakily suspenseful low-key thriller

Puzzle It Out | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, April 15, 2016

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The popularity of mobile games such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush has shown that simple-to-learn puzzle play can be a powerful tool for bringing video games to the masses.