This month’s recommended read is Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God.
Ian Stade of LibraryReads provides a summary: “From the author of the National Book award-winning novel The Round House comes an exploration into the possibility of evolution reversing and is told from the perspective of a pregnant woman who is writing a journal to her unborn child. Along the way we meet her adoptive parents, her birth mother, and she reports on society unraveling and detaining pregnant women. Erdrich provides compelling characters and a strong storyline about a near future in this piece of innovative dystopian fiction.”
Or, as the New York Times puts it, ‘What if evolution stopped, and then start running backward?”
Click here to read an interview of Louise Erdrich by Margot Atwood, author of A Handmaid’s Tale. If you like this title, we definitely suggest reading (or re-reading) this modern dystopian classic.
Other readalike authors to try: P.D. James, Sherman Alexie, Isabel Allende, Ian McEwan, Megan Hunter
If you like Future Home of the Living God, you may also like the following three books available for checkout:
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
The Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solmon
Click here to download our flyer with a list of readalike books and authors.
Photo by erik forsberg; shared under the Creative Commons license
The PSC Library now offers several books in audio format. Using the Cloud Library app (the same app used to read ebooks), you can download audiobooks using your computer or mobile device so that you can listen to your book anytime/anywhere – such as on a long drive, while doing laundry, cooking dinner, etc. You’ll have 21 days to listen to the book and you don’t have to worry about returning it – the app will take care of that for you!
The only information you need to start checking out audiobooks is your 14-digit barcode number located on your ID card, which begins with “22783.” But, please note that you must have a library account set up in order for the app to work. So if you’ve never checked out a book before, please stop by the Circulation Desk to set up your library account.
By the way, signing up for a library account and checking out an audiobook are two challenges you can easily complete in order to enter our Library Challenge contest! Suggest an audiobook that you think the library should have and you’ll complete another challenge.
Below are just a few of the titles we offer in audio format. If you have any questions about using the Cloud Library app or accessing audiobooks, please ask us. Happy listening!
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
Book / Ebook
noun rev·e·nant \ˈre-və-ˌnän, -nənt\
: one that returns after death or a long absence
The Revenant, staring Leo DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, tells the story of a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s who must fight for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. It is based on the book The Revenant by Michael Punke, which itself is based on the story of an actual man named Hugh Glass.
There is very little about Hugh Glass that actually known outside of the fact that he was one of the “mountain men” who, during the turn of the 19th century were drawn out west in pursuit of the lucrative business of fur-trapping. Now, when Europeans came over from the new world, they found themselves awash in animals which they could use for fur trade (mainly beavers). From the boom in resources was developed a new trade of people named “mountain men”. The mountain man was a rare bred (there was usually only about 200-300 total) of person who braved the wild, hostile Native Americans, and the elements for months at a time before they returned to civilization. They even had their own system of medicine, called “frontier medicine, to deal with any injuries that may occur. Sure enough, though, by the 1800s they had hunted the beaver population in the Eastern portion of the country to near extinction. But luckily the United States had just invested in the Louisiana Purchase, which opened up St. Louis to the Rocky Mountains to these trappers. Hugh Glass was one of the men who ventured west to seek his fortune.
The Story of the Revenant (do not continue reading if you want to avoid spoilers …. of American History)
Continue reading “Mountain Man Hugh Glass: The History of the Revenant”
Need something to read between classes? The Prairie State College Library is always acquiring new books for our patrons. The selections below, and many others, can be found on the shelves located outside our Quiet Reading Room.
Set in 1970s Jamaica, author Marlon James’s third novel explores crime, corruption, and the attempted assassination of Reggae music legend, Bob Marley. This epic tale is narrated in several voices: from the young street hustler to the most powerful in Jamaican politics, from woman to man, and from Jamaican dialect to English. James crafts a powerful tale that is sure to capture the reader’s imagination.
Check out this novel and other new books in our collection:
The Library now has the complete collection of the Scott Pilgrim series by Brian Lee O’Malley. If you are unfamiliar with the comic or the 2010 Edgar Wright movie, Scott Pilgrim features Scott, a 22 year old, unemployed slacker, who falls in love with Ramona Flowers, a rollerblading message delivery girl. Unfortunately for Scott, to date Ramona means that he has to defeat her 7 Evil Exes.
Great for anyone who loves video games, anime/manga, or just pop culture in general. Stop by the Library and check them out. You can also find articles and more information on Scott Pilgrim by using OneSearch.
The latest novel in the Divergent series from bestselling author Veronica Roth will be sure to satisfy Divergent fans. Four is a companion novel that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes all as told from Tobias’s point of view. If you’re a fan of the series or a have just discovered the novels, you’ll be sure to enjoy this companion novel that takes you further into the character’s experience.
Check out this novel and other books new to our collection:
In this new book from science writer Michael Bond, you’ll find a compelling read that investigates recent breakthroughs in social psychology that reveals how our behavior is influenced far more by others that we think. Bond uses examples of “groupthink” from teenage cliques, army units, football players and even terrorist cells… and teaches us how to guard against it. He argues how on the surface each of these groups might seem exceptional, but the forces that bind and drive them can affect us all.
This is an interesting read because Bond explains how in recent decades, psychologists have uncovered how and why our innate social urges hold control over how we think and act, either for good or for bad. He argues that it’s like we are indebted to our peers, even when we think we are in control.
Also, if you enjoyed reading Malcolm Gladwell, then this book won’t disappoint!
Have you ever wondered why exactly you can see through glass? Or which crystal structures in chocolate lead to the best taste? In this book, Mark Miodownik provides witty answers to these questions and more about materials and the science behind them.
From concrete and steel, to paper, and even chocolate, Miodownik breaks down the everyday materials that surround our lives into easily digestible stories. You need not be a scientist to appreciate Miodownik’s words, but they will help you to look at the world around you in a new light, while simultaneously providing you with facts and tidbits to impress any of your friends.