Happy Spring UGL’ers! (let’s ignore the fact that it is still freezing). Spring time is not only time for blooming flowers, but also a time for a new reader’s advisory post. We have gathered the favorite books from the UGL graduate assistants just for you.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tiny British orphans living in a dreary manor discover a secret garden on the premises and bring its plants and animals (and themselves) back to life. Perfect for reading as the world theoretically thaws and things start growing again. There’s also a movie ver??
How to live safely in a science fictional universe
How to Safely live in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
Want to escape into a new world but never leave your couch? Meet a fellow lazy man in Charles Yu’s fantastic novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe. Bringing the love of machines before Her became famous, this novel follows the story of a young man who loves his operating system, fixes time machines, and lives in a very small universe indeed. Travel the universe, begin to understand paradoxes, and never leave your bed.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Lily recommends…Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of food and life by Barbara Kingsolver.
A newer work by a beloved writer, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle details the author’s journey with her family into a lifestyle of gardening, local produce, and organic ingredients. Far more than a how-to book, this work combines journalism, food culture insight, narrative, humor, and recipes into an extremely readable exploration, written collaboratively by several members of the Kingsolver clan. It’s liable to make you want to spend some time outside, assuming things warm up around here (or inside cooking if they don’t). Check out “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” for an instant taste!
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Ira recommends…The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Spring means the return of baseball. Get ready for the season with this fantastic debut novel about a slick-fielding college shortstop named Henry Skrimshander, as he strives for perfection on the field. Littered with allusions to Melville, this novel is doubly recommended for those who like both Moby Dick and the national pastime.
Claude Monet: Springs in the Field
Quetzalli recommends…Claude Monet: Springs in the Field by, Claude Monet
Spring is almost nearing (well, at least, it’s supposed to). Although there might be snow and ice on the ground, that doesn’t mean that we can’t prepare for the spring. Let this book take you into the world of impressionist painter, Clause Monet. With paintings of beautiful spring scenery, this book is sure to leave you wanting for Spring!
Linsy recommmends….Watership Down by Richard Adams
Watership Down is a tale of an epic adventure undertaken by rabbits. After surviving a mass genocide of their warren, rabbits Fiver, Hazel and Bigwig must set out on their own to establish a new home. Their adventure contains many near-death experiences as this band of survivors tries to “make it” in this unknown world (South-central England). Richard Adams has anthropomorphized these animals, giving them their own language, proverbs, poetry and mythology. Reading about these rabbits adventures will transport you to warmer weather until Illinois is able to catch up.
Other recommendations:Chasing Spring: An American Journey Through a Changing Season by Bruce Stutz
Join author Bruce Stutz as he journeys through the United States in the changing season of Spring. A good read for those wanting to have a good book and some black coffee. The author will journey through the dry desert, Alaskan Arctic, and other places throughout the country. In this book, you will find a wonderful story that will eagerly leave you waiting for Spring.
Well, there you have it folks! All of these books are available through the library catalog. Happy book hunting!