I’m trying to start a new tradition of devouring books today, rather than… well, you know.

The Library will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen for normal business hours on Saturday, November 30.


43798285Stephen King is truly a legend of the horror genre. He has been publishing horror novels steadily since the release of Carrie in 1974, alongside countless shorts stories and novellas, and at this point it is impossible to imagine the modern horror genre without him. He has been the inspiration for, and in many ways a mentor to, dozens of horror authors. Even with his prolific output, however, sooner or later the devoted reader is going to run out of Stephen King novels they haven’t read. So if you’re stuck in between last month’s The Institute and King’s next release (If it Bleeds, May 2020), now might be the perfect time to branch out and try something new.

Now, putting together a list of authors like Stephen King will always be a subjective exercise, if only because everyone has something different that draws them to his book. But what is exciting to me about all the authors on this list is that while their work will appeal to King fans, each is still doing their own thing and making their own mark on the genre…

Go to BookRiot to see the full list.

Books to Read If You Love The Crown on Netflix

If you adore the series, these books are the perfect companion for any royal fan.

Books Like The Crown

Excited that Season 3 of The Crown is finally out on Netflix?

We’ll miss Claire Foy’s portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, but we’re so excited to watch Oscar-winner Olivia Colman step into the hallowed role. If you adore the Netflix series, these books are the perfect companion for any royal fan.

See the list on Read It Forward.

Machines Beat Humans on a Reading Test. But Do They Understand?

A tool known as BERT can now beat humans on advanced reading-comprehension tests. But it’s also revealed how far AI has to go.



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In the fall of 2017, Sam Bowman, a computational linguist at New York University, figured that computers still weren’t very good at understanding the written word. Sure, they had become decent at simulating that understanding in certain narrow domains, like automatic translation or sentiment analysis (for example, determining if a sentence sounds “mean or nice,” he said). But Bowman wanted measurable evidence of the genuine article: bona fide, human-style reading comprehension in English. So he came up with a test.

Read the article at quantamagazine.org.

Books to Read If You Loved Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A list for those who adored the book that captured the hearts of so many readers.

Books Like Where the Crawdads Sing

When I heard all of the praise about Where the Crawdads Sing, I was skeptical—could it be that good?

The short answer: Yes. It is that good. 

If you, like me, loved Where the Crawdads Sing, I hope you’ll also love these books.

See the list at readitfoward.com.

The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library: Something for everyone

There aren’t many truly public places left in America. Most of our shared spaces require money or a certain social status to access. Malls exist to sell people things. Museums discourage loiterers. Coffee shops expect patrons to purchase a drink or snack if they want to enjoy the premises.

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Pratt Library President and CEO Heidi Daniel reads at story time.
—Enoch Pratt Free Library


Nurse Daniel Lopez takes the blood pressure of homeless man, Jim Truitt.
—© Pima County Public Library

One place, though, remains open to everybody. The public library requires nothing of its visitors: no purchases, no membership fees, no dress code. You can stay all day, and you don’t have to buy anything. You don’t need money or a library card to access a multitude of on-site resources that includes books, e-books and magazines, job-hunting assistance, computer stations, free Wi-Fi, and much more. And the library will never share or sell your personal data.

That commitment to inclusivity, along with a persistent ability to adapt to changing times, has kept public libraries vital in an era of divisive politics and disruptive technological change. But it has also put pressure on them to be all things to all people, and to meet a vast range of social needs without correspondingly vast budgets.

Read the rest of the article on Humanities: The Magazine of the NEH.

Books to Film: Holidays 2019 Edition

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

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When it comes out: November 15
What the book is about: Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. When Roy meets a wealthy widow online, he can hardly believe his luck. Just like Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, Roy is a man who lives to deceive—and everything about Betty suggests she’s an easy mark. He’s confident that his scheme to swindle her will be a success. After all, he’s done this before. But who is Roy, really? Spanning almost a century, this stunning and suspenseful feat of storytelling interweaves the present with the past. As the clock turns back and the years fall away, long-hidden secrets are forced into the light. Some things can never be forgotten. Or forgiven.


Monster by Walter Dean Myers

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When it comes out: November 15
What the book is about: Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of “the system,” cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life.


I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt

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When it comes out: November 15
What the book is about: The first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran were, “I heard you paint houses.” To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself.


Earthquake Bird by Susanna Jones

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When it comes out: November 15
What the book is about: Lucy Fly — an English expat who translates “tedious” technical manuals — has agreed to help a new arrival, Lily Bridges, navigate her first confusing weeks in Japan. Like Lucy, Lily has also fled an unhappy life in Yorkshire, but as Lily insinuates herself into Lucy’s life, Lucy finds that she has gained a friend but lost her sometime lover, Teiji. When Lily disappears and her body is found dismembered in Tokyo Bay, Lucy becomes the chief suspect and the focus of an intense police interrogation, through which she narrates her life story. From her unwelcome birth through her painful Yorkshire childhood, Lucy illuminates her growing fascination with music and language, both of which helped provide her means of escape. But Lucy now must struggle to prove her innocence in the murder of Lily. Alas, the first person she must convince is herself.


Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant

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When it comes out:
November 15
What the book is about:
Naoufel, nicknamed “Nafnaf,” is a dunce and a scapegoat who lost his parents very early. Taken in by his Uncle Samir, he is in love with his cousin Sheherazade and believes anything she tells him. Later, he lives in a maid’s room rented to him by carpenter Philippard and becomes his apprentice. After he cuts off his hand during a horrible accident with a circular saw his hand will experience many adventures attempting to find its way back to Nafnaf.


“Can You Say… Hero?” in Esquire by Tom Junod

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When it comes out:
November 22
What the book is about:
Once upon a time, a long time ago, a man took off his jacket and put on a sweater. Then he took off his shoes and put on a pair of sneakers. His name was Fred Rogers. He was starting a television program, aimed at children, called Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He had been on television before, but only as the voices and movements of puppets, on a program called The Children’s Corner. Now he was stepping in front of the camera as Mister Rogers, and he wanted to do things right, and whatever he did right, he wanted to repeat. And so, once upon a time, Fred Rogers took off his jacket and put on a sweater his mother had made him, a cardigan with a zipper. Then he took off his shoes and put on a pair of navy-blue canvas boating sneakers. He did the same thing the next day, and then the next…until he had done the same things, those things, 865 times, at the beginning of 865 television programs, over a span of thirty-one years.


“The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” in The New York Times Magazine by Nathaniel Rich

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When it comes out:
November 22
What the book is about:
Rob Bilott was a corporate defense attorney for eight years. Then he took on an environmental suit that would upend his entire career — and expose a brazen, decades-long history of chemical pollution.


A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

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When it comes out:
December 6
What the book is about:
Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, this is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice.


In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw

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When it comes out:
December 6
What the book is about:
On a chilly November afternoon, six-year-old Luke Nightingale’s life changes forever. On the playground across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he encounters Daniel. Within hours, Luke and his mother, Claire, are welcoming Daniel into their Upper East Side apartment — and their lives. Daniel and Luke are soon inseparable. With his parents divorcing, Luke takes comfort in having a near-constant playmate. But there’s something strange about Daniel, who is more than happy to bind himself to the Nightingales. As Luke grows from a child to an adolescent to a young man, he realizes that as much as his mother needs him, Daniel needs him more. Jealous of Luke’s other attachments, Daniel moves from gestures of friendship into increasingly sinister manipulations. In the end, Luke finds himself in a daily battle for control of his own life.


Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

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When it comes out:
December 20
What the book is about:
A collection of whimsical light poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology. It is the basis for the musical Cats. Eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s, and included them, under his assumed name “Old Possum”, in letters to his godchildren. They were collected and published in 1939, with cover illustrations by the author, and quickly re-published in 1940, illustrated in full by Nicolas Bentley.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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When it comes out:
December 25
What the book is about:
Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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When it comes out:
December 25
What the book is about:
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.


The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

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When it comes out:
December 25
What the book is about:
Martin Simmonds’ father tells him, “Never trust a musician when he speaks about love.” The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmonds’s care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are closer than brothers. But on the day he is to make his official debut, Dovidl disappears. Only 40 years later does Martin get his first clue about what happened to him.


Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellström

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When it comes out:
January 10
What the book is about:
Piet Hoffman, a top secret operative for the Swedish police, is about to embark on his most dangerous assignment yet: after years spent infiltrating the Polish mafia, he’s become a key player in their attempt to take over amphetamine distribution inside Sweden’s prisons. To stop them from succeeding, he will have to go deep cover, posing as a prisoner inside the country’s most notorious jail.

Thursday Ditto!

Are you a fan of chaotic and suspenseful films about military history? This one is for you.

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The battle for the future of e-books is happening at your local library.

People are flocking to free e-books and streaming movies at their public libraries, but in the age of digital media, it’s hard to own and lend a digital book.


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If you haven’t visited your local public library lately, you might not realize that you no longer need to physically drop by to check out a book or a movie.

Thousands of public libraries now let their members check out e-books they can download on their smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. They also lend digital audiobooks anyone can listen to as they commute and streaming online movies to view on a computer, phone, or smart TV. Like other public library materials, they’re generally available for free to anyone with a library card.

But whether you’re a library or an individual fan, you can’t truly own digital materials the way you can own a printed book or a movie on DVD or VHS…

Read the rest of the article at fastcompany.com.