2020 Virtual Adult Summer Reading

The Livingston Public Library invites you to join our VIRTUAL 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program, based around the theme “Imagine Your Story”. The program runs for six weeks, from June 22nd through August 3rd and is open to Livingston cardholders only. To register, click here! Once you fill out this form you are now registered. Once the program begins on June 22nd, you can use the link for “Logging” and enter a separate entry for each Adult or YA book, audiobook, or e-book/e-audiobook. Do this as many times for as many materials that you read! The more books you read and log, the more chances you have to win! Winners will be selected on a weekly basis. Winners will be contacted and a pickup time will be scheduled upon the library’s pending reopening. Two grand prize winners will receive Kindles! For any questions, please email ref@livingston.bccls.org. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gHseRfiLMA&w=560&h=315] -Katie, Head of Adult Services and Acquisitions & Jessica, Adult Services and Acquisitions Librarian

Strange Stories for Surreal Times

When the world seems even more bizarre and unsettling than usual, sometimes it’s helpful to retreat into comforting, light-hearted stories. Sometimes, though, it can be just as therapeutic to dive head-first into the surreal with stories like these– which are all currently available to Livingston Library cardholders through Hoopla or Overdrive. eBooks Lilith’s Brood: The Xenogenesis Trilogy (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago) – Octavia E. Butler Following a devastating nuclear war, human survivors are abducted, studied, and manipulated by aliens who hope to improve the lives of both species. Author Octavia E. Butler profoundly explores knotty topics like scientific ethics, race, and gender from various perspectives across this vastly absorbing and mind-bending literary epic. Mumbo Jumbo – Ishmael Reed Ishmael Reed’s 1972 novel blends magic, history, and satire into a spellbinding story about an epidemic that spreads frenzied, liberated dancing across Roaring Twenties America. Falling in Love with Hominids – short stories by Nalo Hopkinson Shopping mall ghosts; fire-breathing chickens; a post-apocalyptic world where adulthood means morphing into cannibalistic monsters… Nalo Hopkinson’s short fiction weaves centuries of folklore together with modern sensibilities to create unforgettably strange, uncannily familiar worlds. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami A Tokyo man’s search for his lost cat unfolds into an intricate, dream-like odyssey. Murakami masterfully balances the mundane and the weird in this monumentally engrossing novel. audio The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington (read by Justine Eyre) In addition to painting superbly surreal art, Leonora Carrington wrote the kinds of stories where, for instance, hyenas attend debutante balls. Justine Eyre’s lively yet disciplined narration is perfectly suited to make Carrington’s deadpan absurdity really pop. Movies Brazil Director Terry Gilliam brings a quixotic sense of adventure and his Monty Python-bred absurdism to this tale of a romantic daydreamer beset by Kafkaesque bureaucracy and Orwellian dystopia. Metropolis Brazil also owes a debt to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, a sci-fi film from 1927 with striking visuals and class-conscious themes that are still tremendously powerful almost a century later. Blue Velvet A young man investigates a ghastly mystery and discovers an alluring yet terrifying world in the underbelly of his white-picket-fence hometown. David Lynch is a paragon of surreal cinema, and Blue Velvet is one of his most seductive films. Color Out of Space After a meteorite crashes onto their farm, a family’s life slowly spirals into a demonic, hallucinatory nightmare. This film stars Nicolas Cage, and is based on a story from the deranged mind of HP Lovecraft, so brace yourself for some seriously twisted madness. Home Ursula Meier’s film starts as a fairly realistic drama about a close-knit family whose peaceful daily life is disturbed after a new highway opens beside their rural home. But as each family member becomes overwhelmed by all the added stress, their behavior takes a gradual turn toward the drastic and bizarre. – Joe O’Brien, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Let’s Go to Cape Cod!

Are you looking for your next coastal escape without leaving the comforts of your backyard?  The New England coast is the perfect setting for lazy summer beach days, and it’s also the perfect setting for so many great novels!  Here are a few of my favorite reads set in Cape Cod. The Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo Griffin took his childhood vacations in Cape Cod.  Years later, his honeymoon with his wife, Joy, also took place on the Cape.  Now, his daughter’s best friend’s wedding is bringing him back to the Cape once again, where Griffin, Joy, and their new respective partners will meet after so much time apart, causing Griffin to wonder how their lives got to this point.   The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess Travel back in time to the 80’s with this read that explores “the bohemian literary scene” of Cape Cod.  It’s 1987 and Eve Rosen is a 25 year old aspiring writer.  When she’s invited to attend a gathering at the summer home of a well acclaimed New York writer, she jumps at the chance.  Throw in a crush on the author’s son and uncovering truths of the publishing world, and you get this literary-esc Cape Cod read.   Fool’s Rush In by Kristin Higgins Millie Barnes may just have a perfect life.  She’s a doctor in Cape Cod and has an adorable dog.  I mean, what more can you ask for?  For Millie, life would be perfect if Joe Carpenter would just notice her and she  wasn’t constantly distracted by Sam Nickerson, a local police officer.  Sam was recently dumped by Millie’s sister and he needs a friend.  This book will have you making lists about what you want from life right along with Millie. -Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian