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Gitchie Girl Uncovered

Gitchie Girl

Join us this Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 am for an event with Phil and Sandy Hamman, authors of Gitchie Girl and Gitchie Girl Uncovered. If you’ve read the Hammans’ books and want more true crime, Meinders Community Library has you covered.

Nonfiction

  • The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer by J. Reuben Appleman
  • In My Father’s House: a New View of How Crime Runs in the Family by Fox Butterfield
  • Adnan’s Story: the Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry
  • Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz
  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba—and Then Lost It to the Revolution by T.J. English
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • Burned: a Story of Murder and the Crime that Wasn’t by Edward Humes
  • Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • Final Harvest: an American Tragedy by Andrew H. Malcolm
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  • The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller
  • While the City Slept: a Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders
  • King Con : the Bizarre Adventures of the Jazz Age’s Greatest Impostor by Paul Willetts

Fiction That Reads Like True Crime

  • Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  • Sundown at Sunrise: A Story of Love and Murder, Based on One of the Most Notorious Ax Murders in American History by Marty Seifert
  • The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews

-Emily

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Teens’ Top Ten Voting

From now until October 12th, teens can vote for their favorite reads from 2018 in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten. Fifteen teen book groups from around the country curated the list of nominees, so these books are chosen by teens for teens. Peruse the list of nominees below, check out titles from Meinders Community Library, and vote for your top three.

  • #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  • Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • Frat Girl by Kiley Roache
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  • Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, Emily Carroll
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu

-Emily

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Survival Stories

Books about surviving in the wilderness have been classic reads for generations of children. I remember reading Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and more in elementary school. Here’s a list of survival stories to read if you grew up loving these tales of endurance or want to live vicariously through someone else’s harrowing adventure.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain
  • Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Hideout by Watt Key
  • A World Below by Wesley King
  • The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
  • Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr
  • Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
  • The Trap by John Smelcer
  • I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Memory Boy by Will Weaver
  • Horizon by Scott Westerfeld

Young Adult Fiction

  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
  • The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
  • The Goats by Brock Cole
  • The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
  • When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn
  • Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks
  • Lost in a River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
  • Switchback by Danika Stone
  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Adult Fiction

  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • Lord Grizzly by Frederick Manfred
  • The Revenant by Michael Punke
  • Midnight Sun by Elwood Reid
  • Winter World by A. G. Riddle
  • The Martian by Andy Weir

Nonfiction

  • Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
  • Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg
  • The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Lost in the Wild by Cary J. Griffith
  • Lost in the Amazon by Stephen Kirkpatrick
  • Into the Wild by John Krakauer
  • The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

-Emily

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Page to Screen Reads

Screened

There’s still time to assemble your team and sign up for Screened, our cinema-themed escape room. Here’s a list of books that inspired recent or upcoming screen adaptations that you can watch on TV, at the movie theater, or from your favorite streaming service.

Young Adult Fiction

  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Movie retitled Ashes in the Snow)
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Adult Fiction

  • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Nonfiction

  • Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom
  • Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  • Shrill by Lindy West

-Emily

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Home Run Reads

Few things feel as summery as a day at the ballpark. Here are some baseball books to read, whether you’re waiting for a game to start at the park or watching the Twins on TV.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Goodbye, Mr. Spalding by Jennifer Robin Barr
  • Soar by Joan Bauer
  • The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop
  • Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
  • The Big Field Mike Lupica
  • Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

Young Adult Fiction

  • Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
  • Battery Boys by Steven Carman
  • See No Color by Shannon Gibney
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Keannelley
  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
  • The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith
  • A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White

Adult Fiction

  • Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
  • The Kansas City Cowboys by Johnny D. Boggs
  • Calico Joe by John Grisham
  • The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  • One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

Nonfiction

  • Tony Oliva by Thom Henninger
  • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
  • Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King
  • Town Ball: The Glory Days of Minnesota Amateur Baseball by Armand Peterson and Tom Tomashek
  • Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure by Craig Robinson
  • Baseball in Minnesota by Stew Thornley

-Emily

 

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Classics Remixed

I watched the movie Clueless countless times before I found out that it’s based on Jane Austen’s Emma. This revelation completely blew my mind and made reading Emma a much richer experience. Retellings are a chance to explore familiar stories and beloved characters from a different angle, whether the retelling modernizes Shakespeare, looks at Frankenstein from a side character’s point of view, turns Sherlock Holmes into Charlotte Holmes, or sets Pride and Prejudice in a fantasy world with dragons.

If contemplating classic retellings sounds good to you, there is a list below. Or if you want to read the originals first, consider joining our new classic literature lunchtime book club. You can give us a call, stop by the library, or attend our introductory meeting at 12:00pm this Thursday, July 18.

Shakespeare

  • The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson (Much Ado About Nothing)
  • Exit Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (The Winter’s Tale)
  • Warm Bodies by Issac Marion (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Fool by Christopher Moore (King Lear)
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley (Macbeth)
  • Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew)
  • The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters (Hamlet)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
  • Unmarriagable by Soniah Kamal
  • Heartstone by Elle Katherine White
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
  • This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
  • Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by Larry Millett
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  • The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  • Splintered by A. G. Howard
  • A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer

More Retellings

  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens)
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling)
  • We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan (Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand)
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Dracula by Bram Stoker)
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)
  • Circe by Madeline Miller (The Odyssey by Homer)
  • Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins (The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer)

-Emily