Category Archives: Walker’s Bookshelf

Book of the Day: Among the Shadows

Book of the Day: Among the Shadows

This is the first of Coffin’s Detective Byron Series based in Portland and Westbrook, Maine. The story of serial cop murders is lent great credibility by Coffin’s 12 years of experience on the Portland police force as a Detective Sergeant. He knows the procedures, staff relationships, necessary mental clarity, laws, dangers, and emotions of one engaged in ethical law enforcement.

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Book of the Day: Station Eleven

Book of the Day: Station Eleven

In Station Eleven, author Emily St. John Mandel creates a convincing vision of humans struggling to survive after the collapse of modern life. The narrative moves back and forth between two eras, the pre-pandemic world of the 21st Century and the broken aftermath, twenty years later.  Arthur is a successful actor playing King Lear in Toronto. He dies on stage from

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Travel the World with Walker: A Boat Passage from Japan

Travel the World with Walker: A Boat Passage from Japan

If it’s possible to encapsulate a story within one sentence, Julie Otsuka’s 2011 novel The Buddha in the Attic rises to the challenge. The short volume borders on prose poetry as a collective voice tells the experience of Japanese mail order brides coming to America in the early 20th century. Strung together with the pronoun “we,” every sentence seems to

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Book of the Day: Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Book of the Day: Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Do the seasons have minds of their own? When winter unleashes snow, does it contemplate the transience of its most transformative action? Or are such complexities merely the imposition of the human mind as it observes the landscape’s seasonal changes? In Winter, Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, best known for his multipart autobiographical My Struggle epic, deftly walks the thin

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WML Recommends

WML Recommends

Looking for a good book? Here’s what we recommend. Becky’s Pick : The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert A debut novel, I am in the middle of this YA page-turner and don’t want to put it down. The story hints at a dark fairy-tale world at the edge of our own world, and a young female protagonist who believes her mother was

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Implosion

Implosion

Search the Catalog Fascinating…disturbing…erudite…poetic…detailed…richly historical…painfully honest, and revealing all describe Garber’s memoir. I read her story with rapt attention as her brilliant, but often maniacal father, renown architect Woodie Garber relentlessly bent and enslaved his family to his will and whims. Woodie was a Modernist and adherent of the French architect Le Corbusier. His designs were flat roofed, nearly all

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The Door

The Door

Magda Szabo (1917-2007) was one of Hungary’s most celebrated authors. In 1949, she was awarded the Baumgarten Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Hungary.  Despite the literary acclaim, Szabo’s writing did not conform to the socialist realism of the Stalinist era and so her literary works were censured from 1949 to 1956 and Szabo was subsequently labeled

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To those who are in need of assistance, here are some helpful resources. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence Website: https://www.mcedv.org/get-help/ Phone number: 207-430-8334 Address: One Weston Court, Box #2 Augusta, ME 04330 Through These Doors Website: http://throughthesedoors.org/ Phone number: 1-800-537-6066 or 207-874-1973 Mailing Address: PO Box 704 Portland, ME, 04104 The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website: https://www.thehotline.org/ Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 For those who

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Today’s Staff Picks

Today’s Staff Picks

BECKY’S PICK A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal Don’t be turned off by the title—this is not a typical vampire novel. It reads like a secret dossier, or an FBI case file, of events leading up to the discovery of a new virus, and how the virus turns into an epidemic that threatens to transform culture,

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