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Enter: Batwoman

by Dennis Cooper on December 5th, 2016
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Batwoman is one of the most high-profile LGBTQ super-heroes in comic books today.  She has become an interesting and integral part of the Batman Family.  In February 2017, she will be joining forces with Batman to co-lead a new squad of crime fighters to protect Gotham City in Detective Comics: v.1: Rise of the Batmen (Rebirth).  This is an excellent time to catch-up on her background and origin story in Batwoman: Elegy by the superstar creative team of Greg (Wonder Woman, Gotham Central) Rucka and J.H. (Promethea, Sandman Overture) Williams III.  Part super-hero epic, part military thriller, with elements of the supernatural and horror thrown into the mix, this book, with stunningly designed artwork by Williams, will have you clamoring for more, which fortunately there is.  Although Rucka does not continue writing Batwoman after this initial volume, Williams does a bang-up job of co-plotting as well contributing artwork starting with Batwoman: Hydrology.

The earth without “art” is just “eh”

by Melody Dworak on December 1st, 2016
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Every once in a while, I catalog an art book that is so beautiful it makes my jaw drop. Such was the case with Benjamin Grant’s Overview. Grant took satellite images of the earth and humans’ impact on it, and turned them into art. He has a website with such images, too. He captures the geometric beauty in these aerial portraits of landscapes. It’s the kind of book you don’t see everyday, perfect for art and earth lovers.

 

 

More Reviews
Postelection Therapy: View Swing States From Space from The New York Times
Earth from the Air from The Economist
You’ll Never See Earth from Space, but this Book is Close from Wired

Words on the Move

by Tom Jordan on November 30th, 2016

One of my favorite radio programs/podcasts is On Point with John Ashbrook.  A few weeks ago, Ashbrook had John McWhorter on his show to talk about his latest book, Words on the move: why English won’t – and can’t – sit still (like, literally).  McWhorter is a linguist and an English professor and he’s a delight to listen to.  He has his own podcast too.  The gist of McWhorter’s book is that English, and all languages, change over time and that, all things considered, it’s better that way.  Language is best viewed like a story, he argues, and we want a story to go new places.  Dictionaries are merely snapshots in time of those stories. words-on-the-move

As you may guess from the title, McWhorter makes a case for the frequent use and varied meanings of like and for using literally to mean figuratively.  He’s pretty convincing with these, I suppose, but I’ll be curious to see if those two words are still so prominent in ten or twenty years. Read the rest of this entry »

Fredrik Backman Books

by Kara Logsden on November 28th, 2016
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Swedish writer Fredrik Backman is my new favorite author. A friend recommended A Man Called Ove and I really enjoyed it. It was a feel-good heartwarming story that I couldn’t put down.

Recently an ICPL Friends Foundation Board Member recommended another of Backman’s books in a spread in an upcoming Library newsletter (you can see a preview here – look on page 6). The book, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, is a heartwarming story about a seven year old girl who goes on a journey of discovery after the death of her beloved grandmother. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a compelling story that shows there are many good people in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Read Like Rory Gilmore

by Stacey McKim on November 28th, 2016

I don’t have any news about the much-anticipated Gilmore Girls reboot, because I just started with season 1, episode 1 earlier this month.  I had barely heard of the show before the outpouring of excitement for last Friday’s release.  But I’m glad I’m giving it a try, because the show is both nonconformist and cozy, with the quick-witted sass of the characters offsetting the way each episode wraps up with someone doing the right thing.

roryRory – the daughter in the show – is an admirable reader, and a list has been compiled of every book she reads or someone references in the TV show.  See how you rank against Rory or, if you get totally bewildered by something Lorelai says, the show’s cultural references are all annotated here.  Then, come in to the library and look for our Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge display!

(Now, I’m off to the CD section to find something to dislodge the show’s theme song from my head.  ♫ Where you lead… ♫)

2016 National Book Awards

by Jason Paulios on November 17th, 2016

The 67th National Book Awards Ceremony was held last night, you can watch here and read the winning books from the Iowa City Public Library’s collection at the links below:

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

March (Book 3) written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell

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POETRY

The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky

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NONFICTION

Stamped From The Beginning : The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

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FICTION

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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Book Display: What does it mean to be transgender?

by Beth Fisher on November 14th, 2016
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What does it mean to be transgender?  Transgender people are people whose gender identity – their innate knowledge of who they are –  is different from the gender they were thought to be at birth. Transgender people are your classmates, your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends. With approximately 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States—and millions more around the world—chances are that you’ve met a transgender person, even if you don’t know it.

Being transgender means different things to different people. Like a lot of other aspects of who people are – like race or religion – there’s no one way to be transgender, and no one way for transgender people to look or feel about themselves. The best way to understand what being transgender is like is to talk with transgender people and listen to their stories.  For more information visit http://www.transequality.org/

The books below, and many more like them, can be found in the display on the first floor near the Help Desk. Read the rest of this entry »

Cool Books for Kids and Adults

by Mary Estle-Smith on November 10th, 2016

Polar If you’re not familiar with photicular books you should take a look at this one.   Photicular technology uses sliding lenses and video imagery to display realistic living motion in the pages of a book.

These have wonderful, realistic pictures that move when you turn or move the page.  Carol Kaufmann, a writer for National Geographic, writes a crisp descriptive of each image with information about size, habitat, and other interesting information geared to an older than toddler reader.

Polar  (6120 words) is owned by ICPL.  There are  3 other books in the series, Safari, Jungle, and Ocean that we do not currently own.

My toddler  grandson likes his a lot.  He usually pulls them out of his book shelf first for reading time.  He has many reading times so they are well used.  He likes the moving pictures and we grown-ups like the narratives with the pictures.  Everyone is well entertained.

Scanimation is a similar photo technology.    Peanuts (2550 words)  from the comics collection and Waddle (3060 words) from the children’s room are some examples  of scanimation books at ICPL.  The photos are different from the photicular books and they usually have less text.

Take a look at both, they are fun.   These make interesting and cool gifts.

Veterans Day Display – Biographies and Memoirs of Veterans

by Beth Fisher on November 8th, 2016
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Today the term Veteran encompasses a wider range of people than it ever has in the past. People of different races, genders and sexual orientation, all of whom have or had one thing in common – the willingness to serve and defend our country as a member of the Armed Forces.

Valor – unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front by Mark Lee Greenblatt.   Mark Lee Greenblatt interviewed Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine veterans of America’s most recent wars to gather their incredible stories in their own words.  Many of these soldiers have risked their lives multiple times for their fellow solideris and their country.  Until now, however their stories have largely gone unnoticed by the public.

Ssoldier girlsoldier Girls – the battles of three women at home and at war by Helen Thorpe.   Journalist Helen Thorpe tells the moving story of three women in the Indiana National Guard who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Video Staff Picks: New & Favorite Cookbooks for Fall 2016

by Bond Drager on November 7th, 2016




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