There was a lot going on this year, but that didn't stop our patrons from enjoying the various offerings from our collection! Lets take a look at the most popular titles this year at the Meredith Public Library.
Most Popular Check Outs of 2016
There were a lot of great titles out this year! "Check out" the most popular picks of our patrons after the cut!
Darktown by Thomas Mullen.
Grappling with race issues, Atlanta hires its first black officers. They are then faced with a crime where a black woman goes missing and was last seen in a car with a white man. The description compares the tone of the novel to Dennis Lehane. It is "a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice" .
The Meredith Public Library benefits from a wide collection of digital titles via Overdrive. All you need is a library card with us and you can plug in and take your reads on the go. Our ebook collection also has many titles that we do not have in our building.
So, whats new for ebooks and eaudio books this month?
Looking for a classic that has fallen into public domain? Free ebooks? There are lots of great ways to read books for free right on the internet! Lets look at just some of the options:
"Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. "
"The World's classic literature at your fingertips. Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available. "
Google Books is a great resource! One I use all the time. It has many searchable books, excerpts, etc. A great resource when researching or looking into a topic you would like to know more about.
Do you have a favorite short story? I have a few! Most of mine fall into the realm of Science Fiction, but not all of them. I'm here to talk about my favorites today, feel free to share yours with us as well!
1. "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" by James Tiptree, Jr.
This is my ultimate favorite short story -- the story I think about when I think of the short story format. It means many things to the Science Fiction realm and many things to gender studies in literature as well -- but it means a lot of things to me personally that I can't even begin to discuss.
In the story, a young girl living in an unspecified future time period leads a lackluster life and becomes chosen to be a "god" like creature in the eyes' of her society -- a celebrity. In this future, everything is controlled by corporations, and P. Burke (the protaganist) is eventually chosen to become a "remote," using a much more "beautiful" body via a link in her brain (which remains in the original P.Burke).
She leads a whole knew life where she is worshiped and finds love -- everything she couldn't possibly imagine. But what happens when her two worlds collide? There are lots of echos of the future cyberpunk scene as well, this story is highly recommended by me!
Trivia: James Tiptree Jr. was actually the alias for Alice B. Sheldon. She won the Hugo award for Best Novella in 1974 for this piece.
I am a huge fan of the 1940s-50s film genre Film Noir. I love the dark chiaroscuro lighting, gritty themes, and especially the alluring femme fatale! Now, I'm not an expert by any means, but I'm going to go through some of my favorites with you in case you want to start delving into the deep dark world of Noir.
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