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Take Ten: “June” Reads

We’re about halfway through June – whether that’s good or not may depend on whether you have school-aged children at home, am I right? In case you do have some time to spend reading – on top of all the other fun summer stuff – here are a few “June” titles that might help see you through (at least until school starts on August 20th!).

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Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash – John Carter Cash

Presents a life of the country music musician and songwriter, from her childhood performances as part of the Carter family singers to her relationship and marriage to Johnny Cash.

Goodnight June – Sarah Jio

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown-and steps into the pages of American literature.

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Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin – Anais Nin

An account of Anais Nin’s sexual awakening, this book describes her friendship with Henry Miller and his wife, June, and the fiery affair with Henry that liberated her sexually and morally, undermined her idealized marriage, and led her into psychoanalysis.

June Fourth Elegies – Liu Xiaobo

A bilingual edition of human rights activist Liu’s poems, written across twenty years in memory of fellow protestors at Tiananmen Square, as well as poems addressed to his wife, Liu Xia. (Annotation from goodreads.com)

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A June of Ordinary Murders – Conor Brady

Just days before Victoria’s eldest grandson, Prince Albert Victor, and his younger brother, Prince George, are due to arrive in Dublin to represent the monarch, a man and a young boy are shot to death and their faces badly mutilated – Dublin Detective Sargeant Joe Swallow investigates.

Seven Days in June – Howard Fast

The week before the Battle of Bunker Hill, Evan Feversham, an English surgeon living in Connecticut, is at the center of the action.

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The Summer After June – Ashley Warlick

Overwhelmed with grief over the violent death of her sister, willful Lindy takes off for Galveston with her dead sibling’s child but discovers life on the Texas coast is not the peaceful retreat she had hoped for.

Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th – August 25th, 1944 – John Keegan

Chronicles the 1944 invasion of Normandy, from D-Day to the liberation of Paris. At the same time, the author furthers his exploration of the “role which warfare and its institutions play in social life” by showing how each of the six armies, while resembling one another in purpose and authority, is a mirror of its own nation’s values.

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To the End of June: An Intimate Life of American Foster Care – Cris Beam

An intimate, authoritative look at the foster care system that examines why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and what can be done to change it.

A Sunday in June – Phyllis Alesia Perry

Grace, Mary Nell, and Eva Mobley–three African-American sisters who can “see” into the past and future–grow up in the Deep South backwoods of early twentieth-century Alabama in a world still haunted by the ravages of slavery.

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Take Ten: Strike Up the Band!

Twin Falls City Band in 1944

Our Summer Reading Kickoff is tonight at 6:30 PM at City Park – the Twin Falls Municipal Band will be on hand prior to their concert at 8 for a “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.” They’ll show off their instruments, answer questions, and hopefully inspire some of you to start playing!

To get you in the “band” mood, here are ten awesome marches to encourage you to move. Click on the titles for access to the songs through Freegal, where you can download 5 songs free each week.

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British Grenadiers

March of the Toy Soldiers – Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky

Pomp and Circumstance – Edward Elgar

Radetzky March – Johann Strauss

Semper Fidelis – John Philip Sousa

Seventy-Six Trombones – Meredith Wilson

Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa

Turkish March – Ludwig Van Beethoven

Washington Post – John Philip Sousa

The Wedding March (Lohengrin) – Richard Wagner

Summer Reading – Listening Edition

Need to read but don’t have time to stop moving? We’ve got you covered this summer! If you haven’t tried an audiobook, now’s a good time to try one out. Whether you’re taking a road trip, working in the yard, or doing housework, you can get all the enjoyment out of reading without stopping what you’re doing. It’s like “storytime” for adults!

The theme for Summer Reading this year is “Libraries Rock” – so we’ve put together a list of  music-related audiobooks for you to start with. So, switch from jammin’ out to your favorite tunes and rock out to a great story instead…

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FICTION:

Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

Jazz – Toni Morrison

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom

The Piano Tuner – Daniel Mason

The Song of the Lark – Willa Cather

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

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NONFICTION

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

The History of Opera – Richard Fawkes

The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love, and Faith of an American Legend – Steve Turner

More than Mozart: Listening to and Appreciating Classical Music – Richard Freedman

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine – Joe Hagan

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music – Judy Collins

May is Mystery Month

It doesn’t take too much sleuthing to find a mystery novel – at our Library it’s probably the most circulated literary genre. But finding the right one might take a bit more digging. Depending on whether you want hard-boiled or cozy, contemporary or historical, there are a number of choices to make before your narrow down a suspect. Since this is Mystery Month, here’s a quick list of a few authors you might want to investigate.

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HARDBOILED

(Professional detective or police investigator; usually a little grittier, with language, violence, and sex to match)

Lawrence Block                    James Lee Burke

Harlan Coben                    Michael Connelly

Robert Crais                         James Ellroy

Steig Larsson                      Walter Mosley

Sara Paretsky                   Robert B. Parker

Louise Penny                    Mickey Spillane

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COZY

(Amateur detective; warmhearted humor and romance are priorities; less violence and extreme language)

Susan Wittig Albert                          Donald Bain

M.C. Beaton                               Laura Childs

Joanne Fluke                             Dorothy Gilman

Jane Haddam                              Carolyn G. Hart

Leslie Meier                                  Nancy Pickard

Alexander McCall Smith                      Josephine Tey

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TRADITIONAL

(Not hardboiled and not cozy)

Nevada Barr                            Agatha Christie

Loren Estleman                            Elizabeth George

Dashiell Hammett                                P.D. James

Faye Kellerman                            Laura Lippman

Marcia Muller                            James Patterson

Dorothy L. Sayers                            Stephen White

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HISTORICAL

(Set before the author’s birth)

Tasha Alexander                            Alan Bradley

Barbara Cleverly                           Charles Finch

Ariana Franklin                                    C.S. Harris

Philip Kerr                                      Laurie R. King

   Elizabeth Peters                            Deanna Raybourn

    Charles Todd                                 Victoria Thompson

It’s Back – Summer Reading 2018!

Summer is just around the corner which means Summer Reading for all ages is back! This year our theme is LIBRARIES ROCK and we’re gearing up for a rollicking good time with reading challenges and cool programs, including a Family Street Dance in July. Plus, we’ve got some great prizes this year – including some rockin’ tees and totes.

In addition to the Street Dance, we’ll be hosting a concert featuring Mark Kroos, who plays a double-necked guitar, and an Adult Music Trivia Night. Factor in our Family Karaoke Day and our annual Midsummer Night Family Party, and you’ve got summer made in the shade, right?

The official start isn’t until June 4, but you can get a peek at all the fun here. Stop in at the Reference Desk to get more info.

 

Take Ten: Female Photographers

May is National Photography Month, which makes it a great time to share some of the most fascinating images from that creative format. And, with a couple of new publications this year, it’s also a good time to look at the careers of women who’ve had an impact on the art. A glance through these titles will give you an appreciation of their talent.

Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field – Anne Whiston Spirn

Julia Margaret Cameron’s Women – Sylvia Wolf

Imogen! Imogen Cunningham’s Photographs 1910-1973

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs – Sally Mann

Margaret Bourke White: Moments in History

Annie Leibovitz at Work

Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife – Pamela Bannos

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer – Arthur Lubow

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography – Julia Van Haaften

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War – Lynsey Addario

Great Online Resource – Literature Map

Back in March, we shared a great website to help you discover new music based on artists you already know and like. Well, we’re happy to report that there’s a site for reading that operates the same way.

Drift over to literature-map.com and enter in a favorite author. A new page will generate, populating with the names of other writer – the closer the distance between your entry and another, the greater likelihood you’ll enjoy that author. It’s a fun, interactive way to find readalikes – and watching the names float around is rather mesmerizing. Yay!