Look Deep into Vonnegut

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Slapstick, Or, Lonesome No More! is Kurt Vonnegut’s self declared fictionalized autobiography, the story of a man who calls himself Dr. Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain.  He’s the king of Manhattan and the former President of the United States, writing us this story from a post-apocalyptic world in which the sky is yellow, gravity is inconsistent at […]

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Do you have to give up normalcy to be a genius?

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Would I, of my own sound and volition, willfully dedicate my time to reading this book?  Probably not.  Admittedly, the cover is super cool and features some pretty awe-worthy eyebrows, (thanks Perelman) and the summary makes the whole thing seem like some intense, gripping tale of a life-changing event—which I guess it kinda was—but still.  […]

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Crazy Road Trips with Mad Cows

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Going Bovine centers around Cameron Smith, a 16 year-old loser who doesn’t care about anything. He is perfectly happy to drift off in a teenage haze. That is, until he finds out he’s going to die of mad cow disease. *Cue the road trip music* As a story, it hits the right notes and tone perfectly. […]

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Banshees and Cozy Friendships

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With the recent return of BBC’s Sherlock TV show, there's nothing that warms the heart this winter season like snarky detectives and their underrated assistants. William Ritter’s Jackaby is the first installment about a man who can see the supernatural who teams up with a woman who can deduce from ordinary details. Jackaby and Abigail […]

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FREE Books for TEEN Readers!

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At the Dusenberry-River Library we have a Teen Advisory Board who loves to read. Over the past couple of years they have been writing reviews for our Picks by Teens section. The group decided to step up their game this year, and applied to be a galley group for Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Teen Top […]

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Try Reading it Again: Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is a must-read for everyone. It is one of the books that your high school teacher will force you to read, but also one that stays with you for a lifetime. Holden Caulfield, our "hero," is a 16-year-old boy with a very muddled mind. He is teetering on […]

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Enter Faulkner’s World

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As a preface to this review, I want to point out that this book was one of the most challenging novels I have ever picked up. Faulkner alone produces mind boggling stories, but in The Sound and the Fury, his literary skills outshine many other authors who attempt this style of writing. The Sound and […]

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In a Daze

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Kagerou Daze  is the first novel adaptation of the Kagerou Project, written and created by Jin, a Japanese sound producer, composer, and writer.  Okay, this might get a little confusing, so bear with me.  The Kagerou Project is essentially a multimedia story, a story that changes depending on which media form you so happen to […]

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Short Stories Matter

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Since its publication in 1937, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck has been adapted into many movies and plays. It's a fast-paced story that is both compelling and heartbreaking. The novella opens your mind to the fact that it is very easy to have dreams and chase them, and gives a look behind the scenes to […]

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Fall in Love with a Criminal: Crooked Kingdom, reviewed

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is the second and last book in the author’s Six of Crows duology. This series takes place in the the world of the Grisha, which is also where Leigh Bardugo’s older series, The Grisha trilogy, is set. The Six of Crows story tells the story of six criminal outcasts in […]

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