Graphic Memoirs and Biographies

Graphic memoirs and biographies at OPL.

Lately I've been reading graphic memoirs and biographies. I like the experience of reading both words and images. I find that the images deepen the story and help to complete the text. Listed below are a few newer titles that I've read or that are on my to-read list. All are available for check-out.  

The Best We Could Do     Poppies of Iraq     Fetch     

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Frankenstein at 200: the Creature Lives

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is 200 years old.

You think you know Frankenstein? The green-hued creature of the 1931 movie? Peter Boyle singing and dancing in Young Frankenstein? Think again, and take a dive into the novel that started it all.

First fun fact: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was 18 years old when she came up with the story. While staying in Geneva in 1816 with her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friend Lord Byron, Byron challenged the party to come up with the best ghost story. Mary Shelley was the only one to complete hers. She turned her story into a novel and published it anonymously in March, 1818, as Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. It wasn’t until the 1822 second edition of the book that Mary Shelley was credited as its author.

Shelley was the daughter of the philosopher William Godwin and the feminist and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Her mother died of infection shortly after Mary’s birth. At fifteen she met Percy Shelley, a married man, and ran

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2018

Get in line for some of April's best fiction offerings.

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New Nonfiction

Spring nonfiction releases.

New spring nonfiction titles are arriving at OPL. Here are some that will soon be landing on the shelves and can be placed on hold. 

Look Alive Out There     What Truth Sounds Like     The Gift of Our Wounds     


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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2018

Here are ten of the many great books headed to the library this month.

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New Nonfiction

Check out new nonfiction at OPL.

This month we received some exciting new nonfiction books. Here are a few that I look forward to reading. I hope you enjoy them, too!

Eloquent Rage      This Will Be My Undoing       When the Call You A Terrorist      

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February 2018

If you're a fiction lover, here are ten great February arrivals for you to drool over.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2018

What better way to say Happy New Year than with a list of great novels being released this January? Here's our monthly list of great fiction titles arriving soon.

Cover of Halsey StreetCover of The Wedding DateCover of WinterCover of A State of Freedom

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Our Favorite Books of 2017

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2017.

When the new year prompts you to look back on the previous twelve months, at least you can always count on good books. Here are a few of our favorites published in 2017.

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Books for Living

The book that keeps on giving.

Books for Living

I'm currently reading Books for Living by Will Schwalbe. For me, the experience of reading this book is similiar to first reading the essays in Alice Walker's In Search of Our Mother's Gardens in college. I remember learning about authors I'd never read -- Zora Neale Hurston and Jean Toomer among others -- and the thrill of searching for their books and reading them for the first time. As a book lover, books that lead me to more books are my favorite type of books. And since many people who come to the library are also people who love books, I wanted to share this one with you.

Schwalbe divides his book into brief chapters such as "Searching," "Trusting," "Connecting," "Disconnecting," "Embracing Mediocrity,"

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