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Finding the Center by Rebecca

Coming of age novels are often relegated to the tween/teen set, and many are classified as young adult fiction. Still, many of my favorite novels are coming of age novels. Maybe it’s because of the extended young adulthood of my generation or perhaps it’s the realization that coming of age isn’t typically a one-time occurrence. Revelation and recognition occur throughout our lifetimes at the most unexpected and, sometimes, inopportune moments. I’m drawn to young adult fiction for this reason, but many adult novels deal with these universal themes, too.

Brushing Up on Your Zombie-ology by Nick

AMC’s season finale of Mad Men paved the way for another great, original series The Walking Dead. Originally a comic book by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead just might be the best, smartest zombie story since Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. Kirkman’s series is less macro, more micro.

Lackolibraphobia by Rebecca

These days I’m suffering from a serious condition known as lackolibraphobia. Yes, it is a word. Okay, it is a made up word. Nancy Pearl announced this official term for “the fear of having nothing good to read” at the Public Library Association Conference this past March. This is a very real condition which may lead to fidgeting, sweating, irritability, a sense of hopelessness, and increased consumption of reality television. Fortunately, there are treatments.

Books People Are Talking About by Lynette

Lynette facilitates the book discussion group at the Helmerich Library. At each meeting they read books on a particular topic or books by the same author and share their opinions. Below is thenewsletter she shared with her group after their October meeting.

Not Your Normal Slew of Comics/Graphic Novels by Nick

Comic books and graphic novels aren’t supposed to be mediums for mopery (that’s for indie rock and Stephanie Meyers books, right?). They revel in the strong and the superhuman. Men with shirt ripping muscles, women with self-confidence to match their kung fu skills. Machines that defy space and time and logic and hand held gadgets that perform any kind of bidding thy will wants it to. And I guess they have Peter Parker, too.

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