Category Archives: fiction

APLreads – Frankenstein

frankensteinSeveral of us are reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this month – join us over in our GoodReads group to talk about the book or leave your thoughts in a comment here or on Twitter (use #APLreads).

Need a copy of the book? You can place a hold here or download an ebook copy or an audiobook copy.


Twilight: Bella and Edward

How would you describe Bella and Edward’s relationship? Would the story still work if the roles were reversed? Why doesn’t Edward take Bella at her word and turn her into a vampire at her first request?

On her website, author Stephenie Meyer says that to her, the apple on the book cover represents choice; what choices do Bella and Edward have?

Twilight: what’s the appeal?

Twilight’s appeal has bloomed beyond young adult readers to their moms and beyond. What is it about Stephenie Meyer’s book that resonates so strongly with readers? How might the appeal factors differ among teenagers and adults? Men and women?

Read with Me in October: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Read with me in October — this month’s book is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. It’s the first book in the 4-book series. While it may be labeled “young adult,” the book addresses some far-reaching themes that make it great for reading and discussion among readers of many ages. Maybe you’ve already read it or maybe you’ve seen your kids read it and wondered what all the fuss was about — you’re always welcome to read with me.

About the book, briefly: When Bella Swan moves out of her mother’s sunny home in the Southwest and in with her father in rainy Washington State, she figures that being the new girl in town will probably be stressful. But she never bargains on meeting vampire Edward Cullen, much less falling in love with him and all the danger that entails… for both of them.

Copies of the book are available at the Main Library’s Circulation Desk!

Wrapping up The Grapes of Wrath

Thanks for reading The Grapes of Wrath with me! If you’d like to read similar books, you  might be interested in:

The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl by Timothy Egan

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

An Introduction to the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, written and produced by Dan Stone and the National Endowment for the Arts (audiobook on CD)

The Grapes of Wrath and Banned Books Week

This week marks Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read and supported by booksellers, librarians, journalists and writers, publishers and many, many readers.

The Grapes of Wrath has been challenged (reasons given include language, indecency and vulgarity) many times since its publication, so much so that Rick Wartzman wrote a book about it, Obscene in the Extreme: the burning and banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Was this book assigned to you as a student? Was it available to you at your library growing up?  Would you object to your kid reading it? How do you feel about someone else telling you what you can and cannot read?

Steinbeck in the news; or at least, his summer home is…

Have you seen the article in today’s New York Times about the legal battle over control of John Steinbeck’s Long Island summer home? The Sag Harbor, NY, home was left to John Steinbeck’s sister-in-law by his widow; his oldest son and granddaughter believe the Steinbeck family should have it.

Some of the photos accomanying the article are fascinating, like the one showing where Steinbeck marked guests’ heights on the kitchen wall.

If you’re interested, you can also read his essay “Conversation at Sag Harbor” online.