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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

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World War II Stories

A perk of working at the library is getting to talk to everyone about what they are reading and loving, which often leads to what a person should read next. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah has been one of the most raved about books at Meinders Library in the past couple years, and inevitably, readers want more books like it. Here’s a list of some of our newer titles set during World War II.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Grenade by Alan Gratz
  • Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
  • The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
  • Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
  • Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

Young Adult Fiction

  • Lovely War by Julie Berry.
  • The Girl in the Blue Coat & The War Outside by Monica Hesse
  • The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
  • Code Name Verity & Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • White Rose by Kip Wilson

Adult Fiction

  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  • Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker
  • We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  • The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
  • The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
  • At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino
  • The Huntress by Kate Quinn
  • The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Nonfiction

  • Symphony for the City of the Dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
  • The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neil Bascomb
  • The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History: the Story of the Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
  • The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
  • Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Little Minnesota in World War II : The Stories Behind 142 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota’s Littlest Towns by Jill A. Johnson and Deane L. Johnson
  • The Perfect Horse: the Daring Rescue of Horses Kidnapped by Hitler by Elizabeth Letts
  • A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein

-Emily

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Books about Town Festivities

As Pipestone gears up for the Water Tower Festival later this week, we’ve got a list of books featuring town celebrations and festivities. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you are in luck, because we discovered no one loves a festival setting like cozies.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Summerlost by Ally Condie
  • Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott
  • The Maple Festival by Poppy Green
  • All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Young Adult Fiction

  • Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
  • Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
  • The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Adult Fiction

  • Silence of the Llamas by Anne Canadeo
  • Chocolate Falcon Fraud by JoAnna Carl
  • Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle
  • Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanna Fluke
  • Spiderweb by Earlene Fowler
  • Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  • The Cats Come Back by Sofie Kelly
  • Playing with BonBon Fire by Dorothy St. James

-Emily

 

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It’s Showtime at the Library

Ventriloquist

The summer reading program is in full swing at Meinders Community Library. This Wednesday June 12th, we have our first special event with ventriloquist James Wedgwood. In honor of our visiting performer here’s a list of books about the performing arts from ventriloquists to the circus to theatrical productions.

Picturebooks

  • Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin
  • Ella Sets the Stage by Carmelo D’Amico
  • Elmer and Wilbur by David McKee.
  • If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! by Elise Parsley
  • Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

Middle Grade Fiction

  • My Seventh Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin
  • Finding Stinko by Michael de Guzman
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  • Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Night of the Living Dummy by R. L. Stine

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker
  • Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
  • Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
  • Ready to Fall by Marcella Pixley
  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Adult Fiction

  • The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

-Emily

 

 

 

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Books in Bloom

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After a beautiful weekend made for long, meandering walks, puttering around the garden, and lazing with a good book in the backyard, I have flowers on the brain. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I cannot resist a book with a fetching floral cover. Thankfully, we have many books with gorgeous blossoms and verdant foliage on the cover at Meinders Library.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
  • Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
  • Cucumber Quest: The Flower Kingdom by Gigi D. G.
  • Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr
  • First Class Murder by Robin Stevens

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
  • Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera
  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Adult Fiction

  • Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
  • The Waking Land by Callie Bates
  • Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
  • The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble
  • Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
  • The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Nonfiction

  • On the Origin of Species: Young Readers Edition by Charles Darwin, Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff
  • The Gardener’s Color Palette by Tom Fischer
  • She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems by Caroline Kennedy
  • Paper Flowers by Jennifer Maker
  • Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World by Jennifer Potter
  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

-Emily

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Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Books

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Nest by Esther Ehrlic
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  • Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
  • The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
  • Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
  • It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Adult Fiction

  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Nonfiction

  • Obsessed by Allison Britz
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  • Life Inside My Mind edited by Jessica Burkhart
  • Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone : A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb.
  • (Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen
  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
  • A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness by Ton Mak

-Emily

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“STEAM”y Reads

STEAM Books

This Saturday, May 18th is Meinders Community Library’s third annual Full STEAM Ahead. Patrons of all ages can come and tinker with us from 10:00am-3:00pm. A free lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm courtesy of the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, Coborn’s Hank’s Foods, and Pepsi.

For those of you who may not know, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineer, Arts, and Math. To commemorate our favorite annual event, here’s a list of books divided into STEAM categories. In these books Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math may permeate the entire plot of the book or just be a character’s passion. Many of these books could even fit under multiple STEAM categories.

Science

  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (Adult)
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (Middle Grade)
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (Young Adult)
  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez (Picturebook)
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Young Adult)

Technology

  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Middle Grade)
  • Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (Middle Grade)
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve (Young Adult)
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Young Adult)
  • The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson (Adult)

Engineering

  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Picturebook)
  • Genius by Leopoldo Gout (Young Adult)
  • Dreaming Up by Christy Hale (Picturebook)
  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by John Scieszka (Middle Grade)
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Young Adult)

Arts

  • Fiber & Brimstone by Laura Childs (Adult)
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Young Adult)
  • The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby (Young Adult)
  • Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light (Picturebook)
  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (Middle Grade)

Math

  • Counting on Katherine by Natascha Biebow (Picturebook)
  • Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani (Picturebook)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Middle Grade)
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Young Adult)
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Adult)

STEAM Nonfiction

  • Recycled Scince by Tammy Enz and Jodi Wheeler-Toppen
  • STEAM Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Radioactive: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed The World by Winifred Conkling

-Emily