Tuesday, May 26, 2015


In June, our Antemeridians Book Club will be reading The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver.  This is Elizabeth Silver's first novel, and she has a memoir that is scheduled for publication in 2017.

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton tells the story of a woman on death row, just a few months away from her execution date.  Noa receives a visit from the mother of the victim who wants to see the execution delayed.  Only if Noa will reveal her motive.

If you are a fan of this work or of psychological thrillers, you may enjoy some of these other works:

In the Moon of Red Ponies by James Lee Burke
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
True Crime by Andrew Klavan
Suspicion of Vengeance by Barbara Parker
Beach Road by James Patterson
Conviction by Richard North Patterson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Brethren by John Grisham
The Green Mile by Stephen King
That Night by Chevy Stevens
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Dinner by Herman Koch

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Monday, May 18, 2015


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes follows Charlie on his journey to becoming a genius.  When we first meet Charlie we learn that he was born with a well-below average IQ, and he has the opportunity to become a genius.  He is only slightly aware of what will happen to him, but he does understand that knowledge, reading, and writing are important.  Charlie's journey parallels that of Algernon, the mouse who was part of a similar experiment.

Daniel Keyes' novel was turned into the movie Charly in 1968 which won an Oscar for Best Actor (Cliff Robertson).

If you enjoyed Flowers for Algernon, you may like some of these as well:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Awakenings by Robert Sacks
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer

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Monday, May 11, 2015


The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley is a great story based on folklore.  In this book, Louisa Brody's father is accused of stealing and locked up in jail.  She is forced to live with the Smirches, the neighbors who accused her father of the crime.  Then, she discovers a magical secret.  It is up to Louisa, her friend Jessamine, and her secret to save her father from a guilty verdict.

Melissa Wiley is also the author of the Inch and Roly series, Fox and Cow Are Not Friends, Little House in the Highlands, and Little House by Boston Bay.  For more information on Melissa Wiley, visit her website.

For similar reads to The Prairie Thief, try one of the titles listed below!

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wiggins by Lesley L.L. Blume
The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi
The Seven Tales of Trinket by Shelley Moore Thomas
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White

Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Remember you can place holds on these titles by calling the library, or by clicking on the links in this blog.  The links will take you directly to RockCat, and you can request the items from there.

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Monday, May 4, 2015


In May we will be reading (and watching) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for our Book to Movie Club.  John Green is a bestselling author and has won the Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in YA literature) as well as the Edgar Award (presented by the Mystery Writers of America).  For more information on John Green, his novels, and his video blog, visit http://johngreenbooks.com/

John Green's Novels:
Looking for Alaska- Miles Halter is leaving behind his safe and boring life and leaves for boarding school.  He makes new friends, friends whose lives are definitely not safe and boring.  At the center of this group is Alaska, and Miles falls in love.  When tragedy hits, it is only by facing death that Miles learns the value of life and love.

An Abundance of Katherines - After being dumped by another girlfriend in a long line of girls named Katherine, Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend in order to find some direction in his life and to create a formula to help explain his relationships.

Paper Towns - Quentin Jacobsen is enjoying the his last days of high school until his classmate and neighbor, Margo, takes him on an adventure and then disappears.

Will Grayson Will Grayson - Two teens accidentally meet and discover that they have the same name.  Their lives become intertwined and one even begins to date the other's best friend.

The Fault in Our Stars - Hazel has cancer, and she has accepted her diagnosis.  That is she has accepted it until she meets a boy at cancer support group, and he makes her examine her thoughts on love and life.

John Green Read Alikes:
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Every Day by David Levithan
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

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