Book Review: Matrix by Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the sort of author who has such a flawless command of language that a reader can easily find themselves turning pages well into the night just for the sheer pleasure of experiencing their writing.

Best of 2021: Staff Picks

A look at the favorite books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, video games, albums, and more of many members of our staff.

Picture Book Reviews with Emily and Shannon

Welcome to our new feature: Picture Book Reviews with Emily and Shannon. I am Shannon, a grown-up, and Emily is my five-year-old daughter. I ask Emily questions about the new books we read from the library then present her point of view and mine.

Book Review: My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

The latest from the author of the 2020 hit The Only Good Indians.

Book Review: Billy Summers by Stephen King

The title character of prolific author Stephen King’s latest book is a hitman who only takes jobs in which the target is a “bad” person. Having fallen into the profession after serving in Iraq, he has grown weary of it when he is contacted about a job that offers a large enough payout for him to retire.

Book Review: Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So

Great literature can expose us to the lives and experiences of people we otherwise wouldn’t encounter on our own, helping to foster empathy and understanding with our fellow humans, while still keeping us entertained. In his debut collection, Anthony Veasno So sets out to do just that

Book Review: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Author Grady Hendrix aims to repeat the success of last Summer’s The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires with his latest.

Book Review: Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon

I recently read somewhere that a trope isn’t really “done” until every community has had their go with it. So it is this year that seems to be happening, as many of the buzzier thrillers revolve around previously unseen perspectives within the genre, like P.J. Vernon’s Bath Haus, which puts a queer spin on things.

Book Review: The Storm Is Upon Us by Mike Rothschild

It is not often that a conspiracy theory manages to spill out of the fringes of our society and become so large that it threatens the very fabric of a nation, which is what makes QAnon so dangerous, and so fascinating.

Book Review: Yearbook by Seth Rogen

Some people really enjoy Seth Rogen’s brand of amiable stoner humor, while others find him annoying. If you are in the latter camp, it is unlikely that this book will do much to sway your opinion, but if you are in the former you will find much to like here.