What We're Reading: November 2023

Created on April 6, 2024, 5:49 pm

Last Updated April 17, 2024, 1:02 pm

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"A comedienne's memoir detailing "Hot Dog Summer," a 2021 cross-country road trip touring America's best hot dog offerings. Along the way she digs into the history of the small businesses and big industries surrounding the beloved food, in all their gory absurdity and injustice, especially in the concessions made during the pandemic's economic turmoil. Her own personal entanglements in pursuit of hot dog truth are told in a raunchy, self-deprecating, and staunchly anti-capitalist millennial voice. For fans of Broad City and similar comedies by women (even if you don't like hot dogs!)" - Louis B., Edgewater Library
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"This book is about a serial killer who is never mentioned by name just called "The Defendant". This is to direct your focus to the women who were his victims and those that loved them. Focusing on the victims gives this book a fresh feel and kept me reading long after I normally would have put it down." - Mary S., Deale Library
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"I picked this book up unsure if I even wanted to read it, but I ended up reading the entire thing in a day. It was very interesting to get Britney’s perspective on the life she’s lived thus far, especially regarding her childhood and early career, the #FreeBritney movement, and the conservatorship she was under for 13 years. Britney stan or not, this is a quick read with lots of piping hot tea!" - Taylor S., Library Headquarters
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"Penny’s life is a little off course to put it nicely. After leaving her husband and quitting her job, she packs a bag and travels to check in on her divorced grandparents, adding more stress to her already zany life. This story is funny and quirky and just when you think the worst has come for poor Penny, you'll turn the page to find her story continues to get more outrageous. It was a fun read overall. Anyone looking for a good laugh or wanting a read to make your spiraling life seem better, check this one out! I really loved Penny’s upbeat and positive perspective while juggling the lemons she’s been dealt." - Cortney G., Odenton Library
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Legends & lattes volume Prequel
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"A recently released prequel to the popular Legends & Lattes, Bookshops & Bonedust is another adorable, cozy high fantasy read featuring a charmingly gruff Orc warrior named Viv during her mercenary days. Sidelined from the fighting while healing from an injury, Viv gets dropped in a small town and ends up discovering a love of reading in the local bookshop (amongst other things). Full of heartwarming characters and a gentle plot, this book feels like a warm therapeutic hug. Sometimes we just want to read about happy, wholesome stories that tug sweetly on our heartstrings, and this one is perfect for that. If you enjoy low-stakes, cozy fantasy, slice-of-life stories, add this one to your list." - Katia H., Library Headquarters
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Lockwood & Co volume 1
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"Set in alternate modern-day England where “the Problem” has caused ghosts to run rampant and upset the lives of the living, the first book of this series chronicles the efforts of Anthony Lockwood, Lucy Carlyle, and George Cubbins to rid the notoriously haunted Combe Carey Hall of its gruesome and evil spirits. All three characters are out for redemption as they enter this mysterious mansion, and the steps they take to stay alive and figure out the mysterious source of the haunting will leave you wanting to stay up late and read chapter after chapter. This is a great YA book for anyone who loves suspense, mystery, and horror." - Liz K., Library Headquarters
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