Love Is in the Air on Sweetest Day!

Books—Sweetest Day is coming up. What better way to spend the day than catching up on stories of star-crossed lovers!

An adventure in fake-dating gone viral is the premise of Take a Hint, Dani Brown. In The Bride Test, Khai’s autism prompts his mom to go to Vietnam and find him a wife. Neurosurgeon Dr. Trisha Raje’s family inserts themselves into her would-be love life in Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors.

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics is replete with a tale of old lovers and sabotage. A tumultuous love affair is brewing in The Girl He Used To Know, where we find Annika, an English major at the U of I, who eventually moves to Chicago to live as a librarian.

In the titular The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, Amy confronts gut-wrenching choices. Things heat up in Red, White & Royal Blue amid a transcontinental secret affair! A small town’s renaissance faire is the setting of Well Met, where Emily and Simon wonder if they will find one another interesting after ditching the costumes and cosplay.

Help yourself to these great finds on Hoopla! A romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist? Check out The A.I. Who Loved Me. Fans of Shall We Dance will be charmed with Finding Your Feet. Find out if a secret relationship is more dangerous than a derby track in Roller Girl. Hoopla and OverDrive downloads are free with your WPLD library card.

Come in to browse for your next romance read during Grab & Go hours or place a hold for pick up in the library or through Curbside Pickup service. Need a suggestion? Stop by, call or email the Adult Services Desk. 630/393-1171 x121 adultservices@warrenvillecom.

Magazines…A Little Light Reading

When you’re looking for a little light reading, pick up a handful of magazines at the library. Our Magazines section covers a variety of interests from contemporary black women’s experiences in Essence, to organizing your home in Real Simple, to medical science developments in the Mayo Clinic Health Letters. You’ll find The Economist has the latest in international news, politics, business and finance. We also carry the oldest, continuously published monthly magazine in the U.S.—Scientific American—to which many famous scientists, including Albert Einstein, have contributed. Starting an exercise program? Refer to Health, Shape or Runner’s World for tips on current trends. For musical coverage, look no further than Rolling Stone. Have the travel bug? Pick up Condé Nast. Whatever your interests, we have you covered!

You’ll find current magazines in our Adult Services Department near the window area. Current and back issues are available for check out for 14 days. Can’t get to the library when you want a little light reading? Use your WPLD card for free access to RBdigital eMagazines under the Reading tab at warrenville.com.

We’re happy to help you search for a magazine title or get you started with downloading an eMagazine. Stop by, call or email the Adult Services Desk. 630/393-1171 x121 or adultservices@warrenville.com.

The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth L. Cline

Cover image for The conscious closet : the revolutionary guide to looking good while doing goodBook-  Forget what you knew about clothes. Elizabeth L. Cline’s The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good is an important read for the socially, environmentally and economically-conscious and those aspiring to be. Moved to change my retail-consumption ways, I sought out this book thinking it would help me revamp my wardrobe. I grossly underestimated the author’s breadth of knowledge. My clothes were made in China (these days Bangladesh, Thailand or Vietnam). This didn’t mean much, so I cared even less, because they were cheap and came from that online warehouse or Target. Fabric? Unless it was wool or cashmere, meh. Microplastics in clothing and laundry? What’s to think about? Lots, it turns out.

I realize how embarrassingly uninformed I was about my clothing and the people in faraway places making them, least of all how my ignorance that perpetuated a cycle of wasted (literal watts of) energy, money, and environmental pollution. Cline’s extensive research and statistical data on the garment industry, labor practices and carbon emissions do not overwhelm, or obscure the book’s readability. Quite the contrary, they bolster her credibility.

We are not lectured to, or made feel bad out our previous wayward ways. Cline equips readers with information, such as fashion-conscious companies who source materials ethically and uphold the Support Living Wages pledge. This book will change your perspective on practices you thought were simply ordinary, such as doing your laundry.

Missing A Wedding This Summer?

DVDs and eVideos – The pandemic upended many happy couples’ would-be nuptials this summer. If you are staying indoors to beat the heat, check out one of our wedding movies guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. While dramatizations will never replace the experience of witnessing friends and loved ones exchange vows at a wedding, or commitment, ceremony they do provide much-needed escape and entertainment from the stresses of every day life, especially during these times.

Rivalry and romance between college friends set the tone for The Best Man Holiday; Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are forced to reconcile with life’s realities after getting married in Love Is Strange; adventures of love abound Chicago-style in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Best Friend’s Wedding; love goes international to Greece in Mama Mia and Ireland in Leap Year; it’s all about the fun in Bride Wars and Bridesmaids; things heat up in Miami for Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in The Bird Cage, and life gets apocalyptic for Kristen Dunst in Melancholia.

An Italian-style reunion stirs up trouble in Kiss The Bride. One of the partners of a Manhattan is forced into a marriage of convenience in The Wedding Banquet, directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi, Gemini Man). Both films are available on Hoolpla.

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Book– One critic described The Other Americans and National Book Award Finalist work as, “the next great American classic.”

Nora, a jazz composer, returns to her small desert town of Mojave, California following the news that her father Driss was killed. She informs Detective Coleman she doesn’t believe his death was an accident. An undocumented witness’s reluctance to come forward causes complications. Maryam, Nora’s mother, still pines for another life, while her sister struggles to keep up the facade of the successful daughter, living the “good” life. Nora’s encounters with former school mates, one a former Iraq War veteran, lead to unexpected consequences.     

Written by Laila Lalami in first-person perspectives The Other Americans is a timely, brilliant novel of fiction and mystery, giving depth and voice to characters as diverse as the people of this country. I am kicking myself for not having read this sooner. You will, too.

Celebrating LGBTQIA+

eBooks and eAudiobooks–June is a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. We have a diverse array of titles from these authors to choose from!

Released earlier this March, The Amber Garden is the last installment in the The Alchemist’s Council trilogy. Adults, now is a great time to lose yourself in these books featuring an ancient manuscript, bees, secrets, a Rebel Branch and the anti-heroine, Jaden navigating the complex world of otherworldly dimensions and of course, fighting evil.

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Young adults will be swept in Abdi Nazemian’s Like A Love Story. It’s 1989 and Reza is living in the queer community of NYC. The story of his friendships leaves us feeling hopeful, amid the hate and discrimination of the times.

 

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The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy features 12-year-old Rahul trying to fit in and doing so takes courage. This eAudiobook will touch, and inspire, you; make you laugh and have you rooting for Rahul all the way!

 

Check out these titles and much more with your Warrenville Public Library Card, available on Hoopla and Overdrive!

Celebrating Asian and Pacific Heritage Month

eBooks— May is Asian and Pacific Heritage Month and to celebrate, I have goodies!

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In these strange and uncertain times, there is no shortage emotions of what we feel from one day to the next. Reconnecting with life outside of our self and our devices to the natural world is now a driving need. Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil  is a collection of free and formal poems that appeal to our different moods especially, as we vigorously seek to fulfill a desire for connectedness. She uses simple, but alluring imagery, observing life’s details.

TheseCover image for Go Home! times have also set off waves of of anti-Asian xenophobia, discrimination and violence amid cities and communities where generations of Americans have long held jobs, businesses and homes. Go Home! is a anthology featuring fiction, memoir and poetry from a diverse group of Asian writers who explore what home is and what it means in the 21st century. This dynamic work meaningfully and poignantly reflects how we identify ourselves in the world and at home.

Oceanic and Go Home are available on Hoopla.

I Am A Filipino and This Is How We Cook by Nicole Ponseca

Cover image for I Am a FilipinoBook – I would have picked up I Am A Filipino and This Is How We Cook-even if I wasn’t Filipina, because beautiful cookbooks are a weakness of mine. But because I am Filipina, I was Asian-duty honor-bound to check it out, especially since I cannot claim to have cooked a Filipino dish that would pass as edible. I blame my father, who just so happens is an amazing cook. He dominated the kitchen. Growing up, when I attempted “cooking,” Helicopter Dad With The Ever-so-critical Eye surfaced when I was at the stove like a slow-moving, creepy shadow. Asian men are not known for their communication skills and even less so for their patience.The cooking gods must have felt for me, because lo, here is a book for me and those who love to cook and/or eat Asian food!

Most of the recipes are simple! The cookbook includes the traditional Filipino dish Pansit (similar to Chinese Lo Mein), lumpia (spring rolls) and adobo dishes that the kitchen-challenged like myself, can make!

I Am A Filipino and This Is How We Cook is available for check out in print and on Hoopla in eBook format.

Quiet Space and a Fireplace

Need a digital detox, breather or place to enjoy blissful silence? You’ll love the Quiet Room nestled behind our Adult Services Desk near our magazine section. Here we have cozy reading chairs and desks for studying and working (if you must!). Come for a short retreat to read, meditate or write in your journal. Or, stay for a long while to ponder the marvels of the universe. Complementing the space is our beautiful dual-sided fireplace, which we operate during the colder months. Keep Calm and Quiet On!

Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon

Book – Speaking of Summer is the character driven story by Kalisha Buckhanon told from Cover image for Speaking of SummerAutumn Spencer’s perspective of her missing twin sister, Summer. Autumn embarks on a lonely, determined, and obsessive journey to discover the truth of what happened. We learn of the sisters’ upbringing in small town Illinois and their eventual journey to New York and the unsettling reality of what happens and doesn’t happen, to missing women.

When news of a serial killer who once lived in her Harlem neighborhood surfaces, Autumn delves deeper into whether Summer was one of his victims, or if she fled, wanting to leave love and loss behind her forever. Broken up into four seasons, Speaking of Summer goes by quickly if you are not paying attention. Who survives and how, are a few of the questions revealed in this intriguing tale. Despite minor and easily forgettable literary lapses, Buckhanon writes a beautiful, compelling and poignant story.

Tired of Winter? Check out Speaking of Summer on Hoopla.