Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:21am
If you like Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon) by Becky Albertalli

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity—and that of his pen pal—will be revealed. 

Love, Simon is an upcoming American romantic teen comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti. The film stars Nick RobinsonKatherine LangfordAlexandra ShippJorge Lendeborg Jr.Miles HeizerKeiynan LonsdaleLogan MillerJennifer GarnerJosh Duhamel and Tony Hale. Robinson stars as Simon, a closeted gay boy in high school who is forced to balance his friends, his family, his email pen pal Blue, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school. The film is scheduled to be released on March 16, 2018. See the trailer below.

If you're looking for more teen LGBT romantic and comedy, check out the titles below.

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:42am
Cover to The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by C. Alan Bradley

Have you met Flavia de Luce? The girl genius/sleuth, whose adventures began with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, finds her young and eventful life in discord after the events of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd. In the latest mystery, The Grave's a Fine and Private Place, Flavia, her family, and her faithful, brilliant, and PTSD-stricken family retainer Dogger, whilst taking a lengthy boating outing complete with picnic hamper, snag something utterly unlike the fish they hoped to enjoy for dinner. No, indeed, their catch is a young man—or, was a young man—dressed in tights and wearing one red silk slipper.

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:41am
Cover to The Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language

Is your child Deaf or does your family know someone who is Deaf? Are you or your family simply interested in learning basic sign language? American Sign Language (ASL) is the native language for thousands of Deaf* children and adults in the United States. Gallaudet University, a four-year liberal arts college focusing on deaf students, has produced materials to help people of all ages learn ASL for years. The new Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language is a welcome resource for the Deaf community and those who love them and work with them.

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:38am
Cover to King's Fool: A Notorious King, His Six Wives, and the One Man Who Knew All Their Secrets

Will Somers was nobody’s fool—until he became the King’s Fool. Born in the medieval English countryside, he should have led the rest of his life unremarkably, as an undersized farmhand who happened to be able to read and write and add figures—and tell jokes, which there wasn’t much need for on his uncle’s small farm.

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:02am
The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood.
Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak . . .

William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Salem, Massachusetts, is already a town filled with rich and terrible history. But, little does anyone know, for 28 years a notorious cold case has haunted Salem's residents more than the infamous 1692 witch trials.

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:31pm
If you like The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” ― Offred, The Handmaid's Tale

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules. 

The Handmaid's Tale is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It was ordered by streaming service Hulu with a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes, with the production beginning in late 2016. The first three episodes of the series premiered on April 26, 2017, with the subsequent seven episodes added on a weekly basis every Wednesday. In May 2017, it was renewed for a second season to premiere on April 25, 2018. The Handmaid's Tale received widespread critical acclaim and won eight Primetime Emmy Awards from thirteen nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, becoming the first series on a streaming platform to win an Emmy for Outstanding Series. It has also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Drama and Best Actress for Elizabeth Moss, who plays Offred. Check out the season 2's trailer below.