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Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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The Westworld Finale: A Reading List for Dolores

The Westworld Finale: A Reading List for Dolores

Warning: this post contains spoilers for and will mean nothing to those who haven’t watched the season finale of Westworld. Proceed at your own risk! Ready to wake up, Dolores? There’s a reason Arnold named you Dolores, you know. Dolor means suffering in Latin. But it can also be interpreted as resentment—and you have a lot […]

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Clownpocalypse Now! Creepy Clown Books

Clownpocalypse Now! Creepy Clown Books

The other night, I heard my neighbors talking underneath my window. They were talking, of course, about the likelihood of running into a clown while out. (I locked my windows.) At the store, I overheard a mother and son arguing over a clown costume: she was anti, he was pro. So what’s with the clown […]

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A Book for Every Season: American Horror Story

A Book for Every Season: American Horror Story

Are you watching the sixth season of American Horror Story? Did you hear about the theory that claims each of its first five episodes calls back to the corresponding season of AHS? I think it seems pretty plausible, considering Ryan Murphy has long claimed that, at some point, the show will converge on itself. Perhaps that point is Roanoke! Even if that […]

Five Twin Stories for Those Who Loved TWINSTERS

Five Twin Stories for Those Who Loved TWINSTERS

Actress Samantha Futerman’s documentary, “Twinsters” (available on Netflix), explores the strange, uniquely 21st century turn of events that leads Futerman to discover she has a twin. Twins often inspire stories of the mysterious, the slightly creepy, and the otherworldly connections twins may share—and these books won’t disappoint. Chang and Eng, by Darin Strauss This novel reimagines the lives of the world’s […]

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Go has taken the nation by storm—you can’t help but run into swarms of people on the streets looking for adorable pocket monsters to collect, power up, and play—even at the library. A not-so-recent phenomenon: books about games that bleed into the real world, which authors have been dreaming up for a very long […]

Three Books to Read in Memory of Futurist Alvin Toffler

Three Books to Read in Memory of Futurist Alvin Toffler

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” —Alvin Toffler 2016 has been a terrible year for creative, brilliant minds. Sadly, we must add Alvin Toffler, futurist, to an ever-growing list of past-tense heroes. To whom can we turn for ideas about […]

Swearing! Scatology! Burnt Sienna! The Adult Coloring Book Craze is Off the Chain

Swearing! Scatology! Burnt Sienna! The Adult Coloring Book Craze is Off the Chain

Libraries, pubs, and other gathering places have embraced adult coloring as a therapeutic activity, one that relaxes the mind and encourages the creative spirit. Perhaps, once they’ve colored in the pictures of Chuck Palahnuik’s newest short story collection being released this fall, they will need professional therapy. The author of American classic Fight Club has written […]

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Watching the Asian Detectives: Three Series You Should Try

Whether it’s the long shadows cast by Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe or some other factor, most U.S. mystery fans are more familiar with American and European sleuths than they are the gumshoes of other continents. But readers looking to broaden their horizons should consider a journey to Asia—literarily if not literally. These three titles prove we’ve come a long […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Broadchurch

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Broadchurch

Title: Broadchurch Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Arthur Darville, Matthew Gravelle, David Bradley. First Aired: ITV, March 2013 – present Where you can watch it: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, YouTube (dependent on region) Small town, big crimes. That’s the premise of Broadchurch, a mystery set in small-town England where the young Danny Latimer is found murdered […]

The Magicians, Episode 13: Season Finale! Have You Brought Me Little Cakes?

The Magicians, Episode 13: Season Finale! Have You Brought Me Little Cakes?

And the season ends with both bangs and whimpers. Quentin has always been on a quest—at first, that quest was to save his own bleak life through magic, and then through magic to save his childhood fantasy of Fillory from itself. In fact, the whole thing reminds me of the Disney version of Hercules. Remember […]