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Reviewed by Micah, Shively Branch

 

Every Day is a New Day

Have you at any time woke up in the morning or during the day wished you could start the day over again and not recall anything?  It may be due to something as simple as the water heater is broken, spilling coffee in your lap on the daily commute, or planning dinner.  What if it were truly possible we could wake up the next morning with our minds cleared of all previous events of the past  day, days, or even years?

This is the obstacle faced by Christine, the protagonist, in S.J. Watson‘s first novel Before I Go to Sleep.  The book opens with Christine waking up in a bedroom.  She is unable to recollect what has happened and unable to determine who is the person sleeping beside her.  Christine is told by the stranger, who turns out to be her husband Ben, that she has was in an accident  and suffers from amnesia.  Each day, she is left not knowing what occurred the previous day.

Afterwards, she sees a cell phone in her small bag and notices a Dr. Nash is calling her.  Christine begins to regain some of her composure through their conversation where it is suggested she keep a diary of what happens each day.  As a result, she will have an artifact to look back on past days in the hopes of recovering from her amnesia.  Christine hopes to figure out what triggers these episodes of not remembering. Essentially, will she be able to live her life with purpose or not?

This novel is the product of Watson’s participation in the first Writing a Novel course at Faber Academy.  It contains drama, action, suspense, and an emotional thrill ride that can be enjoyed by readers from varied backgrounds and interests in genres.  For those who might be interested, Watson’s second novel, Second Life, was recently release and is available at the library.

Formats Available:  Regular Print, Large Type, eBook, Audiobook, Downloadable Audiobook

Reviewed by Micah, Shively Branch

 

Redeployment by Phil Klay

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German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk talks about books as “thick letters to friends” which  Phil Klay mentioned in his acceptance speech for his recent National Book Award winning title for Redeployment. Drawing from his own deployment with the Marines on the front lines, Klay follows the life of one soldier and the daily routine of survival in the Anbar Province where the Islamic State is attempting to takeover.  Readers looking for a tale filled with horrid violent scenes and moments of combat will be disappointed.

For Klay, the real battle exists  in answering the question of, “Who am I as a human being?”  Filled with grit, laughter, sadness, and contemplation, this work lured me in as I tried to understand how one individual resettles after being deployed overseas. I found myself meditating on what personal challenges I would have dealt with if I were the soldier who survived deployment.

Formats Available:  Large Type, Audiobook, Regular Print, Book Discussion Kit, and Downloadable EBook.

Reviewed by Micah, Shively Branch

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Here are some titles, similar in first person point of view and military orientation. that you can check out from the Library.

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‘Tis the Season for Sleeping

The holidays and winter are amongst us and with the recent first snow of the season, staying indoors or exploring outside are exciting ways to pass the day.  However, after exerting all of the energy, a time for napping sounds splendid, whether short power naps or “hibernation naps” lasting for hours and hours.

Here is a list featuring some parodies of children’s titles, now revised for adult audiences:

Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown

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Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés

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Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation by Ann Droyd

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All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

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If You Give a Kid a Cookie, Will He Shut the F**k Up? by Marcy Roznick and Miranda Lemming

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The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody by Shrill Travesty and Lucy Ruth Cummins

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If you find yourself bored, needing to escape the world before falling asleep, check out one of these titles from your local library or have it requested to be sent from another branch.

 

Formats Available:  Book (Regular Type)

Reviewed by Micah, Shively Branch

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Times are rough for Clay Jannon.  As a single male, he finds himself desperately trying to survive in San Francisco’s lackluster job market.  Working as a social media specialist for New Bagel Company, he attempts to draw more people in, to little avail, by offering coupons.  As things go wrong the company folds and the owners are off to another country.

Now, following in the footsteps of other unemployed workers, he searches through the online newspaper classifieds, in the hopes of finding employment and becoming a successful, accomplished young adult.  Walking around the streets keeping a vigilant eye out for stores with HELP WANTED signs displayed.  Clay spots a bookstore with a sign in the window:

HELP WANTED
Late Shift
Specific Requirements
Good Benefits

Thus begins a new chapter in Clay’s employment career as Mr. Penumbra, a little old shop keeper, reminiscent of Mr. Magoo sans visual impairment, hires him on the spot.  Filled with adventure and secret societies, the bookshop isn’t your typical bookstore, People from the community visit it to take out a book without ever having to pay for it.

While the late night shift turns slowly, one after the other, Clay decides to make a model of the bookstore, down to the exact dimensions of its contents, using his laptop.  When he finally completes the 3D blueprint of the store, secrets are revealed, which lead not only himself, but his friends and Penumbra on a through-provoking adventure.

Though this book may be labeled as Science Fiction, disregard the genre and immerse yourself as a fellow bibliophile ready to see what happens next in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

Formats Available:  Book (in both Regular Type and Large Type)

Reviewed by Micah, Shively Branch