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Bone Season

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 2:35pm
author:  Shannon, Samantha

In an alternate history clairvoyance is unnatural and a crime. Clairvoyants have to hide their power or risk being consigned to The Tower. It turns out there's something even worse than The Tower, an alternate government in Oxford, run by Rephaim, which Wikipedia and other sources define as giant spirits from the netherworld.

reviewdate:  Dec 17 2013 isn:  978-1-62040-140-8

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Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 12/15/2013 - 7:45pm
author:  Crawford, Lacy

She was already the daughter of a celebrity; an alumni connection could help only so much more. Why on earth hire an independent consultant, too? But then, there were Anne's clients: the parents who left nothing to chance. They refused to play with a deck that wasn't stacked. They'd raise a child unvaccinated before they'd consider letting him apply to college unaided.

Anne helps privileged (and one unprivileged) students get into college, mostly by working with them on their applications essays, but also a little bit by handling their families.

reviewdate:  Dec 11 2013 isn:  978-0-06-224061-3

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Zines

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 12/15/2013 - 1:26pm

This is a listing of my zines, made and distributed by me.

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Dark Currents

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 12/08/2013 - 5:01pm
author:  Carey, Jacqueline

Carey's new paranormal series has a wide variety of magical creatures, including mermaids, norns (?) and your run-of-the-mill vampires and werewolves. The protagonist is a halfie, herself, a hell-spawn doing her best to not invoke her birthright and thereby destroying the world. She's also a file clerk at the local PD, doing supernatural detective work on the QT.

reviewdate:  Dec 6 2013 isn:  978-0-451-46478-1

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Unbearable Lightness: a Story of Loss and Gain

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 1:54pm
author:  de Rossi, Portia

If you want to know what it's like inside an eating disorder, this is your chance. It's hardcore, but reading it, you understand how it happens. At least I could see it.

De Rossi (not remotely her real/given name) is a serious overachiever from childhood, the kind of kid who goes undefeated in classroom times tables challenges for years because she's drilled them so hard, even though she's not especially adept at math.

Quotations: 

Also, I was scared of lesbians. In fact, I would cross the street if I saw one coming toward me. One time I didn't cross the street and I ended up sleeping with a lesbian because I felt sorry for her.

reviewdate:  Nov 30 2013 isn:  978-1-4391-7778-5

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If You Could Be Mine

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 1:22pm
author:  Farizan, Sara

Did you know it's easier to be transsexual in Iran than homosexual? According to the novel and Wikipedia, the only country in the world that does more sex reassigngment surgeries than Iran is Thailand, and many of the surgeries are subsidized by the government. Being born the wrong gender is an ailment, being queer is a sinful aberration. So that's what our heroine Sahar is dealing with as her best friend, who she has wanted to marry since the girls were six years old, gets engaged to a dude.

reviewdate:  Nov 28 2013 isn:  978-1-61620-251-4

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Night's Edge: Dancers in the Dark, Her Best Enemy, Someone Else's Shadow

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 12:47pm
author:  Harris, Charlaine Shayne, Maggie Hambly, Barbara

I plugged the word "dance" into a search of ebooks available for checkout from NYPL, and this was the first result. Charlaine Harris's story, about a survivor of a brutal sexual assault trying to distance herself from her past is readable (as in fuckable). It's set in the same universe, or at least with the same rules about vampires as the Sookie Stackhouse novels. The protagonist is similar to Sookie, personality-wise, but doesn't have her mind-reading ability. Her vampire dance partner is a still-waters-run-deep Irishman.

Quotations: 

Special thanks got to Doris Ann Norris, reference librarian to the stars, who can look up the inner dimensions of a sarcophagus faster than I can whistle "Dixie." (Charlaine Harris)

reviewdate:  Nov 27 2013 isn:  978-1-4603-0265-1

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Not My Small Diary #17

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 12/01/2013 - 12:26pm
author:  Green, Delaine Derry

Cartoonists who are not Delaine depict their miserable high school years that were miserable. There's angst about popularity, getting beaten up, horrible teachers, bad hair, and more than I expected about boys' libidos. I mean, as a woman, I understand from pop culture that adolescent boys are sex-obsessed, but I didn't fully grasp that the arty nerdy guys are just as strung out as meathead future frat boys.

reviewdate:  Nov 25 2013

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Attitude!: Eight Young Dancers Come of Age at The Ailey School

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 11/24/2013 - 7:52pm
author:  Fishman, Katharine Davis

Fishman follows eight high school dancers studying at The Ailey School, trying to discern what exactly talent is and what makes it go. She doesn't separately profile each student. Instead it's one narrative with themes (like eating disorders and weight, sexuality, race and friendship) explored by chapter. Although you can tell Fishman cares about her subjects, she manages not to get too sucked in. I like her researched but relatively casual approach.

reviewdate:  Nov 24 2013 isn:  1-58542-355-6

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My Life as a Silent Movie

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 11/24/2013 - 6:06pm
author:  Kercheval, Jesse Lee

A three-years-orphaned college professor loses her husband and daughter in a car accident, finds out she was adopted and goes off to find her roots. I don't want to give anything away, but I should warn you, everything in this novel takes forever. And if you're sensitive to misspellings and typos, stop being petty, but in case you can't, brace yourself. (What's up with the lax proofreading Indiana University Press?)

reviewdate:  Nov 18 2013 isn:  978-0-253-01024-7
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Bats or Swallows

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 11/17/2013 - 5:58pm
author:  Vlassopoulos, Teri

Canadian zine maker Teri's short stories are so good, and I don't even like short stories. (I can call her Teri because we're social media friends, and I've read most of her zines.) Her protagonists come from a variety of backgrounds. Most are young, but there's also a mother (of a stripper in his 20s), and one of them is male. I found all of narrators relatable and real.

reviewdate:  Nov 15 2013 isn:  978-1-926743-07-3

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Witches of East End

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 11/17/2013 - 5:22pm
author:  de la Cruz, Melissa

I put this book on hold at NYPL after watching the first episode of the TV series. I only made it through one and a half more installments of the show, but when my copy of the book became available, I figured I'd see how it compared. It's better, but not great. Some major plot points are surprisingly different.

reviewdate:  Nov 12 2013 isn:  978-1-4013-2390-5

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LC: teenaged fathers affect kids, too

Lower East Side librarian - Sat, 11/16/2013 - 9:26pm

I recommend adding terminology to http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh97008221 "Children of teenage mothers" to: "Children of teenage parents."

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Dear LoC, Pregnancy, Unwanted is an unwanted subject heading, Love Laura Crossett

Lower East Side librarian - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 2:38pm

My friend Laura Crossett suggested terminology to the nice folks at LC.

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Ghost Bride, the

Lower East Side librarian - Sun, 11/10/2013 - 8:57pm
author:  Choo, Yangsze

It is the rare piece of literary fiction that I can get through these days, but I sailed through The Ghost Bride. It's literary, also historical and magical. The story takes place in 19th century Malaysia and in heavenly realms.

reviewdate:  Nov 7 2013 isn:  978-0-06-222732-4

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Off the Rag: Lesbians Writing About Menopause

Lower East Side librarian - Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:07pm
author:  Lynch, Lee Woods, Akia

My menopause book club with Kate Haas is about as regular as a perimenopausal woman's period, since we're on our fourth book since February. This mostly non-fiction anthology is my favorite entry so far. I liked one of the novels quite a bit, but Off the Rag is the first to get into what menopause is like, which is what drove Kate and me to start our club.

Quotations: 

I miss being a fertile woman about as much as I miss my wisdom teeth.

As a feminist I couldn't accept that I was a chemically-driven being!

It is my belief that a woman my weight (a little under two hundred pounds) could go into an emergency room with a bleeding stump and her detached leg in her arms and the doctor on call would prescribe a diet.

reviewdate:  Nov 3 2013 isn:  0-934678-77-4

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Alex #s 1-5

Lower East Side librarian - Mon, 11/04/2013 - 3:13pm
author:  Hays, Anne

On Friday I cataloged the first five issues of librarian Anne Hays' pretty gender and self-exploration zine. It started off as a compilation zine, focusing exclusively on gender. In number two, Anne shares a bunch of her friends' responses to questions about how they feel about bras, and the zine continues to evolve into a personal zine on multiple topics with each issue.


Cover image from Stranger Danger zine distro

reviewdate:  Nov 1 2013

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Hot Blooded

Lower East Side librarian - Mon, 11/04/2013 - 2:29pm
author:  Carlson, Amanda

In part two of Carlson's Blooded series, the only female werewolf in the world is on a mission to rescue her mate, a werecat (of an as yet unidentified genus) with barely a cameo role in this installment. She's fighting a powerful goddess and there are stakes beyond saving her dude, like preventing a war between supernatural sects.

reviewdate:  Oct 27 2013 isn:  978-0-316206396

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