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Readers Place: Celebrating Gay Pride Month

Reflecting the enormous variety of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community we celebrate in June, this month’s Readers Pace features a biography, a novel and a collection of short stories.

Darling Days: a memoir by iO Tillett Wright, 2016 BIOG WRIGHT
Raised in the East Village during the 1990’s by a mother who wasn’t able to put her child’s needs before her study of ballet and consumption of drugs, iO passed as a boy for much of his childhood because doing so afforded more freedom, and the clothes were far more practical. Loved but lacking supervision, he managed to get an education and forge an existence as a photographer. He now identifies as male.


Juliet takes a breath by Gabby Rivera, 2017 FIC RIVERA
Juliet Palante, a Puerto Rican teenager from the Bronx, writes to the author of a manifesto calling for women’s sexual liberation: Can a badass white lady like you make room for me? Should I stand next to you and take that space? Or do I need to just push you out of the way? Juliet sets off cross-country to meet the author as a way to put off coming out to her parents. Can these two women from different worlds learn from each other?


The refugees  by Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 FIC NGUYEN
Among the short stories collected here is The Other Man,” in which Liem, a refugee from the fall of Saigon in 1975, is sponsored by a couple of gay men in San Francisco. Liem is torn between his duties as an oldest son and his need to explore his strange new world.



Compiled by Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 13 Jun 2017 | Comments Off on Readers Place: Celebrating Gay Pride Month

Post-Election Parenting Reading List

Post Election Parenting


The presidential election left many children with questions about racism, sexism, and basic civility. The library’s Post-Election Parenting Program earlier this month discussed such issues as: How do we address our children’s fears and concerns? How do we raise them to be thoughtful, kind, and wise adults? One tool for doing this is books.  Here’s a reading list that can help start a conversation with your child about government, race, social justice, protests, violence against women, empathy, standing up for what’s right, and more!

Post Election Parenting Reading List

Posted by Barbara | 15 Feb 2017 | Comments Off on Post-Election Parenting Reading List

Readers Place: Good for a Laugh

A peacekeeping mission in Haiti, a job loss on top of several upheavals, fraught relationships between fathers and sons, unrequited love and a road trip with a rock star: only the last situation seems ripe for comic treatment, but these titles will surprise you.

were-all-damagedWe’re all damaged by Matthew Norman   2016. 
We’re All Damaged begins after Andy has lost his job, ruined his best friend’s wedding, and moved to New York City, where he lives in a tiny apartment with an angry cat named Jeter that isn’t technically his. But before long he needs to go back to Omaha, where he is confronted with his past, which includes his ex, his ex’s new boyfriend, his right-wing talk-radio-host mother, his parents’ crumbling marriage, and his still-angry best friend, and an entirely new complication: Daisy. She has fifteen tattoos, no job, and her own difficult past. But she claims she is the only person who can help Andy be happy again, if only she weren’t hiding a huge secret that will mess things up even more.

willful-disregardWillful disregard: a novel about love by Lena Andersson   2016.
Ester Nilsson is a sensible person in a sensible relationship. Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on famous artist Hugo Rask. The man himself is in the audience, intrigued and clearly delighted by her fascination with him. When the two meet afterward, she is spellbound. Ester leaves her boyfriend and throws herself into an imaginary relationship with Hugo. She falls deeply in love, and he consumes her thoughts; in her own mind she’s sure that she and Hugo are a couple. Slowly and painfully Ester comes to realize that her perception of the relationship is different from his.


peacekeepingPeacekeeping by Mischa Berlinski 2016.
In Haiti, intrigues surround the meteoric political career of Johel Celestin, a reform-minded judge with U.S. legal training and a soft but tough demeanor. With the encouragement and security detail of Terry White, a gruff-but-earnest Florida cop-turned-U.N. official, Celestin wages a populist senate campaign against a powerful incumbent, and for a time it looks like the impoverished coastal town of Jérémie may get the road its people need to sell their goods in the capital. But White falls hard for Celestin’s beautiful wife, Nadia, whose singing career in the States was cut short by domestic abuse and deportation, and Celestin’s rise to power is complicated by jealousy, corruption, and natural disaster. In Haiti there are always multiple versions of the truth, some we can bear to tell ourselves, and others we cannot.

inherited-disordersInherited disorders: stories, parables & problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs 2016.
In a hundred and seventeen shrewd, surreal vignettes, Sachs lays bare the petty rivalries, thwarted affection, and mutual bafflement that have characterized the filial bond since the days of Davidic kings. A father bequeaths to his son his jacket, deodorant, and political beliefs. England’s most famous medium becomes possessed by the spirit of his skeptical father–who questions, in front of the nation, his son’s choice of career. In West Hollywood, an aspiring screenwriter must contend with the judgmental visage of his father, a respected public intellectual whose frozen head, clearly disappointed in him, he keeps in his freezer. Keenly inventive, but painfully familiar, these surprisingly tender stories signal the arrival of a brilliant new comic voice–and fresh hope for fathers and sons the world over.

vexation-lullabyeVexation lullaby by Justin Tussing     2016
When Peter Silver—his ex-girlfriend called him a “mama’s boy” and his best friend considers him a “homebody”- receives an unexpected request for a house call, he obliges, only to discover that his new patient is aging, chameleonic rock star Jimmy Cross. Soon Peter is compelled to join the mysteriously ailing celebrity, his band, and his entourage, on the road. The so-called “first physician embedded in a rock tour,” Peter is thrust into a way of life that embraces disorder and risk rather than order and discipline.

Compiled by Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 8 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Readers Place: Good for a Laugh

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