Poetry Pairing: Thom Gunn

Selected Poems – Thom Gunn “Thom Gunn was an Elizabethan poet in modern guise, though there’s nothing archaic, quaint, or sepia-toned about his poetry. His method was dispassionate and rigorous, uniquely well suited for making a poetic record of the tumultuous time in which he lived. Gunn’s dozens of brilliantly realized poems about nature, friendship,…

1980s Reading List

Ready Player One is generating a lot of 80s nostalgia. And we’ve got the solution. Fiction King, Stephen Cujo Summary: Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole –…

Poetry Recommendation: Calling A Wolf A Wolf – Kaveh Akbar

“This highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind. Poems confront craving, control, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, and the questioning of the self and its instincts within the context of this never-ending fight.” Kaveh Akbar shares and recommends poetry on Twitter,…

The Month Ahead: April Young Adult Fiction

These new titles and many more will be available in the Teen Room. Dread Nation – Justina Ireland “Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the…

Poetry Pairing: Elizabeth Bishop

Poems – Elizabeth Bishop “Elizabeth Bishop is one of America’s greatest writers, and her art is loved and admired by readers and fellow poets alike. The poems that make up Bishop’s small and select body of work display honesty and humor, grief and acceptance, observing nature and human nature with painstaking accuracy. Her poems often…

So You Want to Write (or Understand) Poetry…

A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry – Robert Haas “From the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner, an illuminating dissection of poetic form, traditional and modern, for students, enthusiasts, and newcomers alike In addition to his magisterial poetry, Robert Hass is beloved for his…

The Month Ahead: New History Books Coming in April

A small sample of the many new history book titles arriving at the library in April Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers. “Nearly three years ago, journalist Lauren Hilgers received an unexpected call. Hello, Lauren! a man shouted in halting Mandarin. We might be seeing you in New York again soon! The voice belonged to…

Genre Blending: Historical Fiction + SciFi/Fantasy

Genre Blending (also called Genre Crossing, Genre Mixing, Cross-Genre) is when an author mixes together aspects of two or more genre styles in the same work. In this case Historical Fiction, SciFi or Fantasy. That’s my rather simplistic definition of Genre Blending. I can’t decide if there have been more of these books coming out…

Today In History Reading List

In our Today In History Reading List feature, we take the events of a particular day in history and try to give you a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction relating to those events. 44BC Julius Caesar Murdered Yes it is the Ides of March! Julius Caesar, then dictator of Rome after the…

Michelle Recommends: Dreadful Young Ladies – Kelly Barnhill

“From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning first collection of acclaimed short fictions, teeming with uncanny characters whose stories unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original. When Mrs. Sorensen’s husband dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate in “Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch.” In…

Women’s History Month Reading List

In honor of Women’s History Month we offer a selection of books of Historical Fiction and History featuring women. These books are located on our Read This Book Display in the library and many others in our Fiction and Non-fiction collections. Historical Fiction Jump to Non-Fiction History Thomas, Sherry A conspiracy in Belgravia Summary:Being shunned…

Patrick Review: Avengers of the Moon – Allen Steele

One of my main literary pleasures is pulp fiction, the serialized magazines from the early 20th century. Printed on cheap paper, pulps comprised one of the larger popular literature movements in the United States. At only ten cents an issue the demand for these periodicals far outstripped the supply. While they touched on most genres,…

The Month Ahead: March Young Adult Fiction

These new titles and many more will be available in the Teen Room. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi “Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders…

The Month Ahead: February Young Adult Fiction

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza – Shaun David Hutchinson “Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth. This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a…

Jim Reviews: Outcasts of Time – Ian Mortimer

It’s the 14th century. Two brothers, William and John, are walking home through the hellscape that is the Devon countryside in the grip of the black death. As they walk past piles of bodies, it becomes clear that they too are dying. They are given a choice, by who they don’t really know, go home…

The Month Ahead: February New History Titles

Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens: A History of Ancient Greece by Robin Waterfield In his latest book, independent scholar and translator Waterfield (Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece, 2014, etc.) sets a daunting task: to cover in one compact volume roughly 750 years of history, in an area from Sicily to Syria, through three eras:…

Mixed Media: Vincent Van Gogh

Loving Vincent – Nominated for an Academy Award (Animated Feature Film) “On 27th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly.This was Vincent van…

Today In History Reading List

In our Today In History Reading List feature, we take the events of a particular day in history and try to give you a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction relating to those events. 1788 Sydney Australia Established by Arthur Phillip The British First Fleet under Governor Arthur Phillip arrived at Port Jackson…

The Month Ahead: January Young Adult Fiction

Cruel Prince – Holly Black “Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially…

THE POST – Jen’s Recommended Reading

Personal History – Katharine Graham “In this bestselling and widely acclaimed memoir, Katharine Graham, the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, tells her story—one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling. Here is the awkward child…

Rachel’s 2018 Wishlist

There are so many good movies, novels, and nonfiction works coming out in 2018! Here are my most anticipated… January 9 Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke After being expelled from high school, seventeen-year-old Jane signs up for a student-run reality show while attending a local community college. As the show grows from a…

2017 Staff Favorites

We asked our staff for the titles of books they read and loved this year. Here are the ones they shared. Happy reading! The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas “Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between…

Patrick Recommends: Marvel Comics Star Wars

In 2015 Marvel Comics began releasing a series of Star Wars comics under two core titles: Star Wars and Darth Vader. These have been expanded to cover characters from Star Wars Rebels and The Force Awakens. Star Wars: Darth Vader Taking place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, these graphic novels show…

As Seen On: Marvel’s The Punisher

Several books found their way into the hands of Frank Castle & company in Marvel’s latest Netflix offering. If you want to read along, here are the titles you’ll need to check out: Moby Dick – Herman Melville “Ignoring prophecies of doom, the seafarer Ishmael joins the crew of a whaling expedition that is an…

Jim Reviews: From A Certain Point Of View

Yeah it’s been 40 years since A New Hope premiered in movie theaters! I can’t believe it, either. But I am digressing from my digression. I discovered this book while listening to a podcast called Pop Culture Happy Hour hosted by Linda Holmes. For those of you who aren’t already fans, this show, as the name…

The Center Will Not Hold: A Reading List

“We tell ourselves stories to live…” It’s a boon if you’ve dipped into Joan Didion’s oeuvre prior to watching The Center Will Not Hold (directed by Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne), but is it necessary? In my opinion, no. As a journalist or in her essays, Didion covered several impactful events in recent history, and this documentary…

Jim Recommends: The Elizabethan Espionage Edition

As anyone knows who frequents this blog I love reading all things spy related. But I have a particular soft spot for Elizabethan espionage. So here are some fiction and non-fiction titles that I have either read or am looking forward to reading. Fiction A Column of Fire by Ken Follett. In 1558, the ancient…

Bite-Size: A Reading List

Archer, Jeffrey And thereby hangs a tale Summary:Fifteen short pieces are set in various world regions and include “Members Only,” in which a young man’s life is transformed by a Christmas cracker. Barry, Kevin Dark lies the island Summary:This is a collection of stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope from the man…

It’s Teen Read Week!

What better way to celebrate than with a new YA novel, but if you’re not sure which to pick up next, we have a few suggestions: Reserve John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down and we’ll let you know when a copy is available for you. “It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the…

Rachel Reviews: Spill Zone – Scott Westerfeld

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who Addison provides for by photographing the Zone’s twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. When an…

A Few of Amy’s Favorites: A Reading List

Amy, one of our junior pages, really enjoyed these books (especially the first one on the list!), and thought that a young reader in your home might, too. Trumpet of the Swan – E. B. White “Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis…

Today In History Reading List

In our Today In History Reading List feature, we take the events of a particular day in history and try to give you a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction relating to those events. 1282 Peter III of Aragon Intervenes in the War of the Sicilian Vespers In 1266 a French Army under…

Becca’s Spotlight on The Science of Self-Care

The Armchair Scientist: A quarterly roundup of the latest updates to our science collection with a spotlight on: The Science of Self-Care. Are You Getting Enough Sleep? The mystery of sleep: why a good night’s rest is vital to a better, healthier life Written by Meir Kryger, M.D., The Mystery of Sleep offers an up close and personal look…

Sarah Reviews: New People – Danzy Senna

In many respects the world that my generation grew up in has changed for the better. Gone are the days of enforced segregation, slavery, and Jim Crow laws. And while the society we have created is not nearly close to perfect, it is a far cry from the social injustices that people of color have…

Coming Soon To Your Library: The History Edition

Everyone loves new books! Here are some new titles in history that will be showing up in the library’s New Books Room over the next couple of months. Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocked Paris by Tom Sancton Liliane Bettencourt is the world s richest woman and the eleventh wealthiest…

Today In History Reading List

In our Today In History Reading List feature, we take the events of a particular day in history and try to give you a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction relating to those events. 1553 Jane Grey Deposed as Queen of England Jane Grey was a great-granddaughter of Henry VII and a cousin…

In the Meantime: Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz’s ode to Golden Age detective novels handily lends itself to a long list of readalike titles. Whether you’re in the mood for another mystery, one with a similar tone to tide you over until Magpie‘s queue turns in your favor, or for a little background information on the authors who excelled in visiting…

Patrick’s Academic Corner: Newspaper Archives

Need primary or secondary material for a presentation or paper? The Research section in the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers website is here to help. Danvers residents and patrons using our public computers or Wi-Fi have access to databases covering a wide range of topics: e-books, peer reviewed journals, news archives, and more. These online…

Wonder Woman Reading List

Seen the movie? Now read about it! Graphic Novels, Non-fiction and more… Also check out the Read This Display next time you are in the library. The Graphic Novels Bennett, Marguerite Bombshells. Allies Volume 2, Summary:“Based on the hit DC Collectibles product line! As World War II rages across Europe, the Allied forces issue a…

Jen Recommends

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon – Jeffrey Kluger “In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the…

Today In History Reading List

In our Today In History Reading List feature, we take the events of a particular day in history and try to give you a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction relating to those events. 1431 Joan d’Arc Is Burned At The Stake Born a peasant in rural France during the later part of…

American Gods: A Reading List

Some books to for you to read before, during or after watching American Gods More From Neil Gaiman Gaiman, Neil Anansi boys : a novel Summary:Charles Fat Charlie Nancy leads a normal, boring existence in London. However, when he calls the U.S. to invite his estranged father to his wedding, he learns that the man…

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City | Reading Intersections

Start Here: Lauren Elkin. Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London. 2017. “The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the flâneuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin. In her…

Lets Go For A Walk: A Reading List

As we move (all too) slowly into spring and summer my thoughts, like many, turn to long walks in interesting places. With that in mind I thought our section of hiking books could use an upgrade. Check out the GV section of the New Books Room for the result. In the mean time check out…

Jen Recommends: Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

“In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic…

A Few Favorite Poetry Collections

National Poetry Month is drawing to a close, but there are many more days left in the year to appreciate and celebrate poetry. Here are two collections that I’ve recently read and thought were knockouts: Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds “In his haunting and fearless debut, Ocean Vuong walks a tightrope of historic…

Becca’s Reading List: The Armchair Scientist

The latest updates to our science collection with a spotlight on: Physics Everyday Physics Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (October 2014) Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, one of the founders of quantum loop gravity theory, breaks down some of the most basic laws and theorems acknowledged by contemporary physics. Not bad for a tiny volume that,…

Today In History Reading List

In our Today In History Reading List feature, we take the events of a particular day in history and try to give you a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction relating to those events. 1653 Oliver Cromwell Dissolves the Rump Parliament At the end of the English Civil War in 1648 the Long…

Recommended by Fran

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (a local author; she also wrote The Good Thief) “Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back.…

Jen Recommends: Victoria: The Queen

About Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire: “When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe’s monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public’s expense, and republican sentiment…