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May 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for May 2016 These titles – from honored, established, emerging, new, and under-the-radar authors – are some of the most anticipated new releases of the month, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm.



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May 2  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone Oh em gee, this cover is gorgeous! Here's another straight-up book review all thanks to the power of advance reader copies from our publishers. Thanks, publishers!



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April 28  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
The rebirth of country music As I grew up in suburban western Washington, I developed a … strong hatred for country music. Perhaps because it was my parents’ music of choice, perhaps because it was uncool amongst my peers or perhaps because the country music created at that time was easy to hate.



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April 25  |  by Sarah, Everett Public Library staff
Seattle events in truth and fiction Here are two new book reviews from Sarah about events in the Emerald city. Make sure to check out our Facebook page for more reviews from Sarah and the latest happenings at Everett Public Library.



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April 21  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
The means of production Growing up, there was always one person on the block who made their own home brew. Usually it was something really appetizing like ‘wine’ made from cherries/dandelions/elderberries that you would be forced to taste, without making a gagging noise, when you visited their house. Nowadays, the creation of fermented beverages at home is no longer the purview of the neighborhood eccentric. In fact, the corporations are getting a run for their money with the masses producing a...

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April 18  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Listen up! April new music Warming temperatures must have me in the mood to dance, because this month's picks have a lot of electronic, rock, hip-hop and world offerings. Place your holds now at epls.org.



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April 14  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Most people have never sailed.  So when you take them out, they wear clumsy shoes and start calling you Ahab or Bligh.  Or if they're particularly nervous, they'll quote Whitman- Captain my Captain!- and shout Bon voyage! or talk like pirates, as if this were the freshest improv:  Arrrggh!  Keelhaul the Wrench!  They'll offer to help, but what they really want to know is where to sit and what to hold on to and when you'll get...

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April 12  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
She came in through the bathroom window Who came in through the bathroom window? That’s what I wondered. Local legend has it that an exuberant Beatles fan tried to sneak a peek of Paul McCarthy in his home, giving birth to the now famous song "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window." A lyric from that song is the title of Christine Reilly’s debut novel

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April 8  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Revenge rhapsody I have a brother who is two and a half years older than me. When I was in school, he was always 2 grades ahead of me. The older I get, the waters of my childhood get a little murky and I don’t recall things the way they exactly happened-just that they happened. But one thing sticks firm: the bus ride home from Lowell Elementary school, a bully named Sheldon, and my seemingly fearless brother.



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April 6  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for April 2016 These titles are some of the most anticipated new releases coming out in April, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm. This month’s top pick is Alice and Oliver by...

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April 4  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
The curious mind of Mary Roach Thank goodness for the curious mind of Mary Roach. Without it we would never have found out the hilarious peculiarities of applying the scientific method. I know the terms ‘hilarious’ and ‘scientific method’ are rarely used in the same sentence, but read one of Roach’s wonderful books and you will understand that in her world they actually fit quite well together. Also things can get a bit, well, gross and embarrassing. Throwing caution to the wind, she...

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March 31  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Catastrophic Happiness Want to hear something weird? I love reading parenting books, but I'm not a parent. How-tos, essays, memoirs, cartoons, pretty much everything except those photographic encyclopedias that help you diagnose your baby's latest rash. No. Thanks!



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March 29  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
The new Beatles? I’ve been thinking about the Beatles lately, specifically about recent bands that show an obvious Beatle influence.



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March 25  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did You know? Gold edition That the gold on earth came from asteroids?



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March 23  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Listen up! March new music We've got a lot of ground to cover this month, so let's get right to it! Place your holds now for these great new arrivals.



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March 21  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Hint Fiction standouts The results are in! What results you ask? Why, the results from our Hint Fiction Contest. It wasn't easy, but we have selected 20 of the most intriguing entries and are publishing them here on A Reading Life. If you aren't familiar with Hint Fiction, it is basically a story of 25 words or less that suggests a larger, more complex tale. So without further ado, here are the 20 entries selected by...

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March 17  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Scandinavian crime or not? Did you like the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books or the

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March 14  |  by Katie, Everett Public Library staff
My reading challenge Enjoy this post from our new contributor Katie:



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March 11  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
They sure look like ants from up here I have always wondered what it would be like to be so far down the rabbit hole of love that you don’t need to doubt it. I’ll admit it; I’ve never been in love. Not proper love, not the kind where you fall asleep at night assured that love is going to be there in the morning. I’ve also wondered what it would be like to be abducted by aliens and told I’m the deciding factor for whether the world ends or not.



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March 9  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 6:2 - The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas The Ice Palace is a story set in Norway about a girl, Unn, who has moved to a new town to live with her aunt after the death of her mother (her still-living father is someone she has never known). At school Unn is...

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March 7  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
Whiskey, Charlie and Lucy Barton Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith



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March 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for March 2016 These titles are some of the most anticipated new releases for March, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm.



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March 2  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Just regular Joes By the time you are reading this fascinating post, the following statement will not be true: Tonight I am going to see (and hear) The Tripwires, Girl Trouble and the Young Fresh Fellows. While I’ve never even heard of The...

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March 1  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
The Mad Woman Upstairs Enjoy my review of The Mad Woman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell which published today on March 1st.



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February 29  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
A Study in Charlotte I am notoriously bad at straight-up book reviews, but I'm going to try my darndest with this one, dear Reader, because it's so far the best book I've read all year.

No joke.



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February 26  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Reading lists of the disturbed Here is a shocking statement from someone who works in a library: reading lists are fun to keep. In addition to helping you remember exactly what you have read over time, they also produce a great sense of accomplishment. You can sit back in your chair, preferably an electric reclining one, and contemplate the many things you have read. If you have a tendency toward over analyzing what you have read, however, there can be a problem. While perusing my reading list, I recently noticed...

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February 24  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Listen up! 2016 Grammy winners Votes have been cast, the red carpet has been strutted, and the results have been revealed: the 2016 Grammy Award winners are here! You may be familiar with many of the awardees, but there are other names that perhaps are still to be discovered. Here's a short list of the best of the best; we have a carousel of even more winners currently in the EPL collection on our catalog site. If you don't see a title you're looking for...

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February 22  |  by Sarah, Everett Public Library staff
Smoke and miracles What do death rituals and miraculous births have in common? They figure prominently in the latest two books Sarah has read. Find out more about them by reading her reviews listed below. And as always, check out our Facebook page for more reviews from Sarah and the latest happenings at the Everett Public Library.



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February 19  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Great new films While on a long plane flight home last week, I watched every single film trailer to get the scoop on the latest movies for you. Oscar season is upon us and there are a lot of excellent titles that you can borrow from your library. For your benefit, I have also researched reviews of these films and have listed them in order of popularity with the critics and the public alike. Here goes!



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February 17  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Guard your heart Sometimes I read a book and think how I want to write about it on the library’s blog. Yes, I actually do think about what I’m writing. Kinda. It usually goes like this: "Book good. Book make Jennifer happy. Book make reality disappear. Jennifer tell about book." Evidently, I’m a Neanderthal in my head.

So I’m going to tell you about it.



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