Tag: Dusty Books

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini!

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini!

Cindy: Today, March 24th, is the anniversary of Harry Houdini’s birth. Yesterday, we blogged about a new book for young magicians, and today we feature Brian Selznick’s magical art in his reissued book, The Houdini Box (originally 1991). My sixth grade students are crazy about The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck and keep asking me for […]

Dusty Book: Erasure
By November 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: Erasure

Here’s one that begs another read. In Percival Everett’s Erasure (2001), a black author, sick and tired of no one reading his uber-literary historical novels, (he reaches his breaking point when he discovers his books—including his latest novel, which involves Greek philosophers—on the “African American Studies” shelves at Borders) writes a ridiculous spoof of contemporary street lit called My Pafology. He […]

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Dusty Book: Through a Glass Darkly
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Dusty Book: Through a Glass Darkly

Karleen Koen’s Through a Glass Darkly (1986) is one of my go-to historical fiction finds. It has a strong female protagonist, rich historical detail, and both a prequel and a sequel, to boot, for if the patron enjoys it. Set in eighteenth-century England, it’s the tale of headstrong Barbara Alderley, who was born into a rapidly declining noble […]

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Dusty Book: Women’s Fiction for Readers of All Ages
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Dusty Book: Women’s Fiction for Readers of All Ages

Laura Moriarty’s The Center of Everything (2008) is a sensitive and moving portrait of a precocious girl and her single mom living just shy of real poverty in 1980s Kansas. Evelyn is a gifted 10-year-old but risks failing school because her home life is chaotic. Her mother, Tina, just can’t catch a lucky break. The […]

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Dusty Book: Our Kind, by Kate Walbert

Dusty Book: Our Kind, by Kate Walbert

Kate Walbert’s novel in stories, Our Kind (2004), moves from collective to individual voices as country-club housewives from the 1950s pass through the ’60s to the ’70s, transitioning from newlyweds to empty-nesters, from selfless to independent. A dark, brave, sad humor can be found in many observations in the book. The women accept but secretly lament lost loves […]

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Dusty Book: A Drink Before the War, by Dennis Lehane
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Dusty Book: A Drink Before the War, by Dennis Lehane

In A Drink Before the War (1994), Boston P.I.s. Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired by a senator to find an African-American cleaning lady he suspects of stealing sensitive documents from his office. When she’s gunned down by an Uzi, Kenzie and Gennaro realize that the congressman’s been lying about who the woman was […]

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Dusty Book: Cocktails for Three
By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: Cocktails for Three

Last week’s news that Shopaholic Becky Bloomwood is coming back this fall has chick lit fans in a frenzy. But did you know that author Sophie Kinsella also writes chick lit (of the slightly less fluffy variety) as Madeline Wickham? (Well, perhaps you do know, since her last few Wickham books have blatantly advertised that […]

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Dusty Book: Writ of Execution by Perri O’Shaughnessy

Dusty Book: Writ of Execution by Perri O’Shaughnessy

(OK, so it takes place in Lake Tahoe rather than Las Vegas . . .  but this Dusty was inspired by the upcoming ALA conference in Vegas.) In Writ of Execution, Jessie wins a mega-jackpot on a slot machine. When she goes to collect her winnings, however, she is too frightened to reveal her identity […]

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Dusty Book: The Storyteller by Arthur Reid

Dusty Book: The Storyteller by Arthur Reid

In The Storyteller by Arthur Reid, aspiring author Steve King (oh, to be saddled with that name . . .) discovers a trunk of fantastic novels left behind by a talented dead friend.  He decides to pass them off as his own—and quickly becomes a mega-bestselling author.  Trouble is, there may be a few people who know […]

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Dusty Book:  Slammerkin

Dusty Book: Slammerkin

Emma Donoghue’s latest, Frog Music, received a starred review in Booklist.  And 2010’s Room was a blockbuster.  Don’t forget to steer patrons to her 2001 gutsy historical, Slammerkin.  It’s the story of a young English girl in the 1760s who falls into a life of prostitution and lies–which reminded me quite a bit of Moll Flanders.  Based on […]

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