And you thought your family had issues

Spoonbenders-book-coverMeet the Telemachases. They’re a family of gifted people – mind readers, psychics, magicians, you name it – but between run-ins with the CIA and with the local mob, they can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Their exploits and misadventures are the subject of Dary’s Gregory’s new novel, Spoonbenders. A Nebula Award Finalist and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017, this book should be a fun read.

We’ll be meeting in Napper Tandy’s left-hand-side bar (still too chill for the back deck I think!) on Tuesday March 26 at 7:30 pm to discuss Spoonbenders. Copies of the book and book on CD are available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and ebook and audiobook copies are available to borrow digitally through Overdrive. Abra cadabra!

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We’ll be meeting on Tuesday February 26 at 7:30 pm to discuss one of the run-away hit books of 2018, “The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” by Stuart Turton. Welcome to Blackheath House…

The Rules of Blackheath

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.

There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.

We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.

Understood? Then let’s begin . . .

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others . . . The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave listeners guessing until the very last second.”

Reminiscent of Twin Peaks and books by the great Agatha Christie, this debut novel is already winning awards. Join us in the left-hand-side bar of Napper Tandy’s in Norwood on Tuesday 2/26 at 7:30 pm to eat, drink, be merry, and discuss. Copies of the book are available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and BOTH the ebook and e-audiobook are available instantly through hoopla!!

Okaaaaaaayyyyyy………

…..so I let the blog go for a bit. We’ve been meeting right along on schedule but updating the blog fell by the wayside, because things have been very busy at the library and:

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a quick recap of what we read in 2018, starting in May:

All Our Wrong Tomorrows by Elan Mastai

 

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

 

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

 

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

 

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

 

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyazi

 

In January 2019 we met to discuss the first book in N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning Broken Earth series, “The Fifth Season.”

Lone Star State and an ancient vampire couple

Bluebird-bluebirdJoin us tonight at 7:30 pm in the left-hand-side bar of Napper Tandy’s to talk about a modern crime thriller set in rural East Texas. Bluebird, Bluebird is the latest novel by the authorial powerhouse, Attica Locke. This first novel in the Highway 59 series will soon be turned into a TV show on FX.

 

Vampires-in-the-lemon-groveCan’t make it tonight? Come to our next meeting on Tuesday April 24 at 7:30 pm, again at Napper Tandy’s – maybe on the back deck if it’s warm enough??? We’ll be discussing Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a collection of off-beat short stories by the bestselling author of Swamplandia!, Karen Russell. Copies of the book and audiobook are available at the Reference Desk, and the ebook and audiobook are available through Overdrive. Happy spring!

Welcome back!

Orphan-master's-son-book-coverOur annual holiday hiatus is over! Titles on Tap will meet again on Tuesday January 23 at 7:30 pm in the left-hand-side bar at Napper Tandy’s to discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson. There are copies or the book and audiobook available to pick up at Reference Desk, and ebook copies are available for instant download from Overdrive. Grab a copy and join us, it should be a good discussion!

Changeling-book-coverCan’t join us in January? Then get a jump on February’s title, chosen by one of our group members. We’ll meet on Tuesday February 27 to discuss a dark modern fairy tale, “The Changeling” by Victor LaValle. This novel was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2017. Copies will be available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and the ebook and audiobook are available through Overdrive. Cheers!

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

Orphan-master's-son-book-coverWhen I’d just begun,
To read for Titles on Tap, “The Orphan Master’s Son.”

Winning the vote in our last meeting, by a landslide, was “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson. We don’t meet in December and will instead meet again on January 23 to discuss this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about deceit, violence, coming-of-age, and romance in North Korea. We have copies of the book and audiobook available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and the ebook and audiobook are available through Overdrive. Pick up a copy and join us – we could all use a good book discussion after our long winter’s nap (ha! nap…).

Winter Reader’s BINGO returns to the library! Any books you read in December, January, February, and early-March can be counted on your BINGO sheet, and every completed row equals one entry in the prize drawing in March 2018. Prizes are being donated by local businesses. Find all the contest details here – happy reading!

Hungry, anyone?

Girl-with-all-the-gifts-book-coverWhen you’re good, you’re good – and M.R. Carey is really quite good. Titles on Tap will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 10/24 @ 7:30 pm, to discuss his book, “The Girl with all the Gifts,” which was made into a movie last year. This sci-fi/horror/thriller is a very well-told story with engaging characters and fast-paced plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. With all the twists, I can’t say much for fear of giving something away, but you should definitely join us at Napper Tandy’s for a fun discussion.

Dark-matter-book-coverCan’t join us in October? Then we’ll see you in November! One of our group members chose “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch as our next title. What if you’re knocked unconscious, and when you wake up your life is not your life? Maybe this new life is better in some ways, but you’ve also lost those people and things you loved in your other life. Which life is the dream? And how can you go back? This sci-fi thriller takes the audience through questions of choices made, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to reach the lives of our dreams. Copies are available to pick up at the Reference Desk. See you Tuesday November 28 at 7:30 pm!