Wanna Read with Us? Summer Reading and Beyond!

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Keep your eyes on the blog – we have some great titles picked out for our Reading Music series, this summer and beyond!


Read with us in July – The Book of Woe

Read with us in July - The Book of Woe

In July, the Main Library Book Discussion will be reading “The Book of Woe: The Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry” by Gary Greenberg. Come talk about it July 17! Need to put a copy on hold? Click here.

In Cold Blood: in real life

The Lawrence Journal-World & News has published a photo gallery of images related to the murder of the Clutter family, Truman Capote and his work on In Cold Blood, if you’re interested. Pictures include yearbook photos of Nancy and Kenyon Clutter, what the Clutter home looks like today, and various locations featured in the book.

As far as the subtitle of Capote’s book, “a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences,” what, if anything, do you think the author might add if the book were reissued today?

Read with Me in November: In Cold Blood

A little more than 50 years ago this month, four members of the Clutter family were shot and killed in their Kansas farmhouse. Truman Capote’s book, In Cold Blood, chronicles the crime and its aftermath, including the criminal investigation, trial and later hanging of the men responsible. In Cold Blood is considered a classic of the true crime genre and one of the first examples of narrative nonfiction so popular today.

Click here to read an excerpt of the book; you can pick up your copy at the Main Library’s Circulation desk or reserve a copy online.

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!