Season of Giving

Season of Giving

‘Tis the season of giving! Help us decorate the library’s Mitten Tree for the annual Westbrook Festival of Trees ( https://www.westbrookfestivaloftrees.com/ ). Starting now until December 2nd, we are collecting new or homemade mittens, hats, socks, and scarves to fill the Mitten Tree. After the Westbrook Festival of Trees (December 7 – 14), we will be distributing the goods to

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Books in the Spotlight: Young Adult Books Focusing on Family

Books in the Spotlight: Young Adult Books Focusing on Family

With the Holidays upon us, most of us think about spending time with our family. Here are some young adult titles that focus on family stories and prove how important familial bonds are. The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake The premise: A modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the novel chronicles the story of a wild,

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Starred Review: We

Starred Review: We

Even though the term dystopian was first coined in the 1740s by historian George Claeys, dystopian fiction novels did not become fully defined until the turn of the twentieth century. Written in 1921, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s social satire We laid the foundations for the genre that is now ubiquitous: dystopian fiction. Zamyatin’s We imagines a future devoid of free-will and individuality. The ruler of OneState,

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited

This is the second book from the creators of The Adventure Zone roleplaying game podcast, the McElroys. The first one was set in a middle earth type environment and this one is now on a train (still with wizards and elves, but now there are trains involved). The first book was a hilarious send-up of D&D type games and this

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Suspense and Thrillers

Suspense and Thrillers

Autumn days are for atmospheric books. With the right blend of thrilling mysteries and spine-chilling tensions, suspense and thrillers are perfect for those foggy mornings and chilly nights. Here are some of our recommendations.

Starred Review: Implosion

Starred Review: Implosion

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 Garber was a Modernist and adherent of the French architect Le Corbusier. His designs were flat roofed, and glass walled, making

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Starred Review: Diary of a Murderer

Starred Review: Diary of a Murderer

Kim Young-ha is an acclaimed writer in Korea. His works have been translated into English and other languages. Diary of a Murderer is a collection of four short stories ranging from suspenseful thrillers to ruminative explorations of human nature. The book opens with a thrilling titular story about a seventy-year old man, Kim Byeongsu, who is a former serial killer

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Exploring Non-Fiction Stories Author Series

Exploring Non-Fiction Stories Author Series

The non-fiction genre is a broad literary landscape that covers a whole spectrum of stories from memoir to history to travel writing. To learn more about the process that goes into writing non-fiction, we have invited various Maine writers to discuss their craft. SCHEDULE: Pilgrimage to Paris: the Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived ThereTuesday,

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WML Recommends

WML Recommends

It’s almost the season where a good book paired with a strong, hot cuppa sounds terribly enticing. Here is a list of books we recommend when you feel like curling up and staying indoors. Jessica Francis Kane’s Rules for Visiting combines a dose of wit with a plethora of botanical facts as gardener May Attway undertakes a journey to reconnect

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