The Dog Stars

How you would fare in a post-apocalyptic world? Would you be able to find food, shelter and security? If you were one of a few survivors would you be able to endure the loneliness, boredom and solitude? The Dog Stars, a debut novel by Peter Heller, explores the response of one man to catastrophe. Following a flu epidemic which claimed the life of his wife and most of the world, Hig survives with the help of his neighbor, Bangley. But where Hig is compassionate Bangley is callous. And despite Hig’s compassion, he must…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: A City of Broken Glass

Journalist Hannah Vogel is in Poland covering the 1938 St. Martin festival when it comes to her attention that thousands of Polish Jews are being deported from Germany. Her reporter instincts kick in and while investigating the death of a deportee she finds herself abducted by SS agents and taken across the border to Berlin. Before they reach Berlin, however, she is rescued by her son, Anton, and her former lover, Lars. Now unable to return to their home in Switzerland without proper identity papers, Hannah begins investigating the deportation of Polish Jews…continue reading →

Featured Fiction: Keeping the Castle

Ready for some fun, light reading? Fans of Jane Austen or Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle may have a new favorite in Patrice Kindl’s Keeping the Castle. Like Elizabeth Bennett and Cassandra Mortmain before her, Althea Crowley is a young, attractive gentlewoman in reduced circumstances looking to marry well in order to secure her financial future. It won’t surprise anyone that, like Elizabeth, Althea  gets happily squared away in the end. Living at the decrepit Crooked Castle in Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire with her widowed mother, brother, and step-sisters, Althea manages the running…continue reading →

Coming Up: Fall Literature Circles

The Fall Literature Circles are coming–and all students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Choose a title from the list, read it, and join the relaxed, insightful discussions. All books are owned by the library, but copies are limited and going FAST. Book Choices for the Fall 2012 Literature Circles Firefly Cloak by Sheri Reynolds Eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her toddler brother Travis are abandoned at a campground by their mother and her boyfriend.  They are left with their grandparents’ phone number written in black magic marker on Travis’s back and their…continue reading →

While you register for class…

The Midlothian campus library will be open this week Monday through Thursday until 7 PM. We are here for late registration, but we also have a great selection of popular books for a fun read before classes start. Wife 22 Melanie Gideon Dissatisfied with her relationship with her husband, Alice Buckle signs up for a university study on marriage. Insurgent Veronica Roth Sequel to Divergent: for fans of dystopian, young-adult fiction—like The Hunger Games. Unholy Night Seth Grahame-Smith From the author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; a new, very alternative take on the…continue reading →

Beach Reads 2012

Looking for something to read by the pool or on the sand? The John Tyler libraries have got you covered. Kick back with these recent releases: 11th Hour: The Women’s Murder club back for the –you guessed it – 11th installment. Art of Fielding: Not just a baseball novel but also a coming-of-age story about friendship and family—perfect for reading before or after your visits to the ballpark. Dead Locked: Book 12 in the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series, Sookie and Bill investigate yet another murder. Family Fang: When your parents involve you in…continue reading →

Hurricane Season and the Approaching Zombie Apocalypse

What do tropical cyclones and the walking dead have in common? Well, preparation for one. Because both are unpredictable, potentially devastating and socially disruptive (common mortals being unable to control the consequences) methods of preparation are amazingly similar. That’s why the Center for Disease Control—those jolly folks who broadcast warnings about epidemics—have created a site dedicated to the Coming Zombie Apocalypse. And what a deal—it’s a 2-fer! When you prepare for annihilation by zombie you will also be preparing yourself for disruption by hurricane! Of course, to really be prepared do your reading!…continue reading →

Now at the library: Books by JTCC faculty!

The John Tyler Community College library has recently acquired newly published works by our very own faculty. From Assistant Professor Jeff Landon we have Emily Avenue and Truck Dance. And from Lecturer Angela Vogel we have Fort Gorgeous.   Emily Avenue: a flash novel When Doug Figgens accidently causes a fatal accident he becomes a fugitive and spends the next year wandering around southern Virginia. Told from alternating points of view between Doug and his older brother, Sam, the story reveals the experience of both the leaving and the staying behind. Doug must…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: The Orphan Master’s Son

Hopefully, Pak Jun Do (phonetically, John Doe) is not the North Korean everyman. From his start in a North Korean orphanage selecting which orphans get food to his stint in the tunnels beneath the DMZ fighting in the dark to kidnapping Japanese citizens to mining uranium in Prison 33 Jun Do manages to survive the brutal, dystopian regime. Evoking George Orwell’s 1984, author Adam Johnson illuminates the struggle ordinary citizens endure to stay alive.  Moving quickly from one harrowing episode to another, the hero seems destined to outlast even the Dear Leader (Kim…continue reading →

May I Suggest? A paperback book with a side of questions?

Looking for books to interest your book club members? Is finding a book for your book club meeting an overwhelming task? Are you asking yourself: Will everyone like it? Will anyone like it? Will it generate discussion? Are copies available in the library? As for the first question—don’t worry whether or not all your members will like it. Often the best discussions come from books that some liked and some hated. After all, happy families are all alike, aren’t they? And where’s the drama in that? And as for the last question—John Tyler…continue reading →