Thank you East Lansing High School Marching Band!

A big thank you to the East Lansing High School Marching Band for their birthday wishes.  ELPL loves you!


At Home by Bill Bryson

Occasionally, I try a book I know nothing about.  A "cold" read.  My latest attempt at this was At Home, by Bill Bryson.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The author takes you through all the rooms of his house, and weaves in history, curious facts, and historical details about things we take for granted.  Most of what we can't live without today is a surprisingly recent acquisition to our world.  Our creature comforts have not had much time in our collective lives.  From the parlor/living room to the bathroom to the garden, you will find lots of interesting tidbits to add to the current trivia in your head.

New Music Tuesday on Hoopla - May 19, 2015








Upcoming New Releases

May 26:

  • Alesso - Forever
  • The Oak Ridge Boys - Rock of Ages Hymns and Gospel Favorites
  • Dizzy Wright - The Growing Process
  • Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
  • Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest - Sylva
  • Larry Hernandez - Vete Acostumbrando


June 2:  

  • Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  • Jason Derulo - Everything is 4
  • Barenaked Ladies - Silverball
  • Billy Currington - Summer Forever
  • Gloriana - Three
  • Indigo Girls - One Lost Day
  • The Tenors - Under One Sky
  • Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands

Skink No Surrender

Carl Hiaasen has done it again...and for the young adult audience this time!  I have enjoyed all of his books for kids - Flush, Hoot, Scat and Chomp.  The books he writes for adults are entertaining as well.  This is his first YA novel, and it contains all of the elements of classic Hiaasen- engaging dialogue, characters that are a little off base (at least one!), environmental issues and a fast paced storyline.  Skink No Surrender tells the story of cousins - Richard and Malley - and what happens when Malley goes off the grid.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown



Drama, developed and evolving characters, class consciousness, politics writ large with detail and awareness. On my "would not want to die without having read it" list.

Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham


Ok, I'll admit that I've been a secret Veronica Mars fan since the beginning. I watch all the reruns every weekend. This book, the second in the series lived up to my high expectations. The characters from the TV series show up after Ceronica has completed a law degree and elects to continue working with her father in Neptune CA. The case she's working on is well organized and kept to page turning. Thus is a great read for other VM fans!

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

The plot itself, in a nutshell, is about a big, bad corporation that completely removes, distroys all future possibility of life and habitation, because they mine a relatively primitive planet for its incredible rich resources, time and time again.
For Jack and his trusty dog, Carl (whom Jack has taught to detonate explosives), their task is to survey a given planet for the next big mineral deposit to be explored, and exploited for copious amounts of profit. And in one of these so called new planets, Jack and Carl discover these adorable creatures inside their home, coined "fuzzy," considered the highest form of intellience of this planet. My favorite part of this book was the relationship between Jack, the dog, and these little creatures, the "fuzzy." So much fun, this book, about this evil corporation not willing to understand lesser forms, or allow them to exsist upon taking control of these lesser known planets for their resources. Spoiler alert...these fuzzies are very intelligent and, can communicate.

Books on Tap - June 2015

On June 9 at 6:30pm we will talk about the book Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

"Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy's one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is "Yes Please!" then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All" Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous,Yes Please is full of words to live by."

Review from Amazon.

Books on Tap - May Follow Up

One way or another, I will keep sneaking science fiction into Books on Tap meetings! The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, explored the world of fantasy science fiction. Many people were intrigued by the descriptive qualities of the book. Morgenstern has a way with words that bring the images of the circus to life. Overall, people enjoyed the book and were interested by the fact that this was Morgenstern's first book. We discussed the connections between this work and the works of William Shakespeare, as well as how it was different from other books in the manner in which the storyline switched around in time. 

Come to Jimmy's on June 9th at 6:30pm to discuss Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

Hoopla adds comics and ebooks!

Hoopla just got even better.  In addition to great new music, audiobooks, TV series and movies, you can now check out eBooks and eComics, all from the Hoopla app.  The eComic selection is huge and has great titles for kids, teens and adults.  If you haven't yet tried Hoopla click here to get started.

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Upcoming Releases

May 19:

  • Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface
  • Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
  • Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
  • Jeff Beck - Live +
  • Brnatley Gilbert - Just As I am Platinum Edition
  • The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey
  • Silverstein - I am Alive In Everything I Touch
  • Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear - Skeleton Crew

May 26:

  • Boosie Badazz - Touch Down 2 Cause Hell
  • Alesso - Forever
  • The Oak Ridge Boys - Rock Of Ages Hymns And Gospel Favorites
  • Dizzy Wright - The Growing Process
  • Joshua Redman - & The Bad Plus - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
  • Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest - Sylva
  • Larry Hernandez - Vete Acostumbrando