Download of the Day: July 30

Argus Eyes For Victory

Ann Arbor's Argus Camera goes to war!

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TV Spotlight: Space Ghost Coast to Coast

In Space Ghost Coast to Coast volumes 1, 2, and 3, Space Ghost, a 1960s superhero, now goes by Tad Ghostal and hosts a late night talk show. Though an animated character, he interviews real people, alongside his keyboard playing praying mantis sidekick Zorak, and director Moltar. It is seriously the most ridiculous thing I saw on television (thank you Adult Swim and Cartoon Network!) in the late 1990s and it definitely helped shape my warped sense of humor. There are some crazy interviews!

In these seasons he interviews folks such as Bob Denver, Ashley Judd, Weird Al, Thurston Moore, Alice Cooper, Matt Groening, Adam West, Jim Carrey, Michael Stipe, and many, many more. I’m excited to watch these again now!

I’d rather watch these than the 1960s series Space Ghost and Dino Boy episodes, but either way – good stuff!

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced!

The 13 books nominated for the prestigious Man Booker Prize were announced yesterday, July 29th. This is the second year in which authors of all nationalities are eligible for the award - previously only authors from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth were considered. The award is given for an outstanding work of fiction, and is selected by a panel of five judges.

The list of nominees includes 5 Americans, up from 4 in last year's list. They include:
Bill Clegg - Did You Ever Have A Family? (release date September 8, 2015)
Leila Lalami - The Moor's Account (release date September 9, 2015)
Marilynne Robinson - Lila
Anne Tyler - A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara - A Little Life

You can find copies of all of the finalist books published so far that are owned by AADL on this list. The shortlist will be announced on September 15, revealing the final 6 titles under consideration. The winner will be announced October 13, 2015, so stay tuned!

Download of the Day: July 29

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow

This futuristic tale features a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the magic of DisneyWorld, even if they have to go to war to do it.

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NPR Books' Summer Of Love

The hottest month of the summer is almost upon us and in honor of their Summer of Love theme this year, NPR Books has just released a list of 100 swoon-worthy romances to keep you occupied during August and beyond. Readers and authors alike voted on their favorite romance novels, and then the votes were tallied and divided into categories to produce the final list, which you can check out here!

I love the diversity of the list: it includes historical, paranormal and LBGT romances, classics such as Pride and Prejudice, and entire series. There's even a YA category! Even readers who don't consider themselves readers of romance novels will be able to find something that catches their eye. Look for any of the books that interest you from the list in our catalog!

PreK Bits - "K" is for kangaroos and Katy

Ms. Rachel brought baby kangaroos to Storytime.
POUCH! has two baby kangaroos who are uncertain whether ‘tis better to be inside or outside mama's pouch.
Mr. Beau DeLoach played guitar while Ms. Rachel led the music & motion to "Walk, walk, walk ... until we stop!".
You can do this song with Raffi from the CD RISE And SHINE
KATY NO-POCKET was born without a pouch. Her baby Freddy keeps getting left behind. Katy sets out to solve the problem.

For more famous kangaroo stories try these favorites:
Boing ... boing ... boing ... boing.

Focus on Folktales: Jessica Souhami

London born author Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhamiand Co, a travelling puppet company using colorful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and storyteller. By the early 1990s she stopped touring, but still wanted to tell stories, yet through books. Her first was The Leopard’s Drum.

She has adapted and illustrated numerous folktales for children, and her books are absolutely delightful! You might recognize some of the stories from attending preschool storytimes at the library.

Here are more of Souhami’s books that AADL owns that are worth taking a look at – the illustrations are wonderful, and with her cut-out illustration style with characters leaping across pages, you can absolutely visualize her work done in shadow puppet form.

Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin


The Little, Little House


No dinner!: The Story of the Old Woman and the Pumpkin

Rama and the Demon King: An Ancient Tale from India

Her newest, Honk Honk! Hold Tight!, is coming out soon!

What goes bump in the nights gets smacked by the hand- Thomas Alsop Volume 1: The Hand of the Island.

What would you do if you were "the Hand of Manhattan" a man with psychic abilities and charged with the responsibility for looking after an entire island from the evils that lurk in the dark. Thomas Alsop becomes an internet and reality TV sensation. This story is John Constantine meets Jersey Shore (maybe more like American Ninja Warrior). This volume will introduce you to "The Hand" and show just how dangerous his life is. Not only does he have to deal with the day to day saving the world (or at least a small part of it) he has a publicist and a TV studio to handle.

This is a gritty story of a modern day warlock with modern day problems and it intense at times. The artwork is superb and really reflects the underlying nature of the world that Thomas lives in.

So check out Thomas Alsop!

Cupcakes and Cashmere

I just can’t resist the allure of a stylish “how-to” book! In her books Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease and Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home, popular lifestyle blogger Emily Schuman offers unique tips for styling your wardrobe and home with an emphasis on DIY projects. The books are small in scale, but packed full of elegant decorative solutions. High style meets old-fashioned hands-on, do-it-yourself know how. Cupcakes and Cashmere is organized by season; the Fall section includes ‘tips on tights’ and ‘a haunting halloween,’ in which Schuman provides suggestions for finding the perfect pair of Autumn legwear and hosting a pleasantly ghoulish party with themed cupcakes and inspiring costumes. If you’re like me, and love browsing a book for for elevated style ideas, but prefer simple suggestions – give these a try!

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #544 - “Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.” ~ Walter Scott

If you are still waiting around for The Girl on the Train (or just looking for the next good thriller), then I suggest you try The Truth and Other Lies * * by German screenwriter Sascha Arango. Right now, this debut is flying somewhat under the media radar but I cannot guarantee that for much longer.

Henry Hayden, best-selling author is often praised for his thrillers of "strange happenings, dark secrets, dangers lurking everywhere, and really brilliant villains". Little does the reading public know fiction resembles the truth, and that this charming, modest and generous man is a carefully constructed facade. With his mistress/editor pregnant and his wife Martha's (who is the actual writer of the novels) untimely death; his past which he has painstakingly kept hidden, is finally catching up with him. Ingeniously weaving more lies and half-truths into a story as the police close in, Henry might just survive.

"A cross between James M. Cain and Patricia Highsmith, with a wide streak of sardonic humor, this is one wicked tale."

The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich, a pseudonym adopted by Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment, for their collaboration on a book their dying friend Katherine Russell Rich didn’t have time to write.(EW reveals the real story in an interview with the authors).

Morgan Prager, a criminal justice grad student returns to her Brooklyn apartment to find the mutilated corpse of her fiancé, Bennett, splayed across her bed and her beloved dogs, a Great Pyrenees, and two pit bulls, covered in blood. When she tries to locate Bennett's parents, she discovers that everything she knows of him is a lie. As the dogs face court mandate destruction, Morgan's research into Bennett's identity has taken on an urgency, especially when she finds herself on a trail littered with the bodies of other women engaged to Bennett.

"Sexy, disturbing, and highly suspenseful, this is a brilliant collaboration between two outstanding writers... who have created an emotionally and erotically charged thriller that vibrates with tension and passion."

Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant, a dark psychological thriller that is a departure from her chick lit. novels.

On the first anniversary of her husband Zach's death in a car crash, school librarian Lizzie Carter visits the accident scene in Cornwall for the first time only to find that someone named Xenia has left a bouquet and a love letter for Zach. Then things start being moved around and vanishing from their London house, she becomes convinced that Zach, always unstable and controlling, has faked his death and is just waiting for the right moment to kill her.

"The suspense builds with each page as secrets are revealed and the sense of menace grows at each turn. Durrant's fast-paced psychological thriller will satisfy readers who enjoyed Elizabeth Haynes's Into the Darkest Corner."

* * = 2 starred reviews

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