Shelf Life

What are we having for dinner?

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Being a reader almost inevitably means forging relationships (at least in our own minds) with favorite authors. Once upon a time, as a nine-year-old hardcore "[Little House on the Prairie][1]" fan, I was devastated when at last it dawned on me that I would never, ever meet Laura Ingalls Wilder ...

Fancasting my favorite rom-com reads

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Like many people, I love a good romantic comedy. I’m always in the mood for a meet-cute, a tale-of-friends-to-lovers, a happily-ever-after (or at least for now). Luckily, as a reader of romance, I usually have a stack of rom-coms sitting on my bedside table. The only downside to my rom-com ...

World music mixtape

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Since last November’s [Luaka Bop][1] spotlight, I’ve disgracefully neglected my world music search. Hoping to make up for lost time, I asked my coworkers to share some of their favorite albums from our world music collection. Here are their responses: http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2018/feb/05/322964/ Dom La Nena’s "[Ela][2]" is a hauntingly beautiful debut ...

On "American Heart," the latest from Laura Moriarty

Lawrence Public Library Staff

I’ve been a longtime fan of Laura Moriarty’s writing since I first heard her talk about "[The Center of Everything][1]" in the tiny cafe of the now defunct Borders bookstore in 2004. Her fully fleshed characters and well-developed plots often have me reading into the wee hours of the morning. ...

An erratic start to 2018

Lawrence Public Library Staff

One month into 2018 and I find myself in a very erratic reading mode, so much so that I couldn't settle on trying to feature one book in depth, so I thought I’d take you, dear reader, on a stroll through some books I’m really enjoying — but haven’t finished ...

"Deep" thoughts

Lawrence Public Library Staff

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2018/jan/23/322551/ Thanks to the discovery of a book called “[Deep][1],” while it was below zero here in Kansas, I was immersed below sea level in a warm and magical aquatic world where the rules of life are tweaked and a different language is spoken. Hundreds of feet down and more, ...

A new book on Kansas LGBT pride

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Kansas Day is almost here, and I’ve got an inspiring way to celebrate! A new book pays tribute to the Kansans who are advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. In "[No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas][1]," author C.J. Janovy shares the recent compelling ...

Never trust a librarian carrying a dog book

Lawrence Public Library Staff

[Sounder][1], [Old Yeller][2], [Old Dan, and Little Ann][3]: children’s literature is littered with corpses of dogs who died too young and made us cry harder than we wanted to. Luckily, our parents burst into tears, too, which helped distract us from our own sorrow, since they looked so weird crying ...

What to read while you wait for Obama's favorite book

Lawrence Public Library Staff

While Barack Obama was president, he started an annual tradition of sharing his favorite books and music from the previous year, and he’s graciously kept with this tradition for 2017. At the top of his list this year? A new “dystopian” novel with some radical feminist themes called "[The Power][1]" ...

Read Across Lawrence 2018: the heartfelt middle-school story of "Wonder"

Lawrence Public Library Staff

“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.” -Auggie, "[Wonder][1]" Whenever I’m handed a book with the promise “This will make you cry,” I’m always a little skeptical. A montage of dogs seeing their owners after they ...

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