All in a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World by Lori Alexander.

Written for young readers, Alexander's All in a Drop details the many accomplishments of Van Leeuwenhoek in an immensely enjoyable way. Without the benefit of any scientific training, Van Leeuwenhoek improved upon Robert Hooke's invention--the microscope. Van Leeuwenhoek was the first to observe living bacteria and protozoa. While Hooke and other scientists suspected a hoax, … Continue reading All in a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World by Lori Alexander.

July is Graphic Novels In Libraries Month

Historical comics, biographical comics, or science comics provide information in an appealing way. Pictured above, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Freiheit: The White Rose Graphic Novel by Andrea Grosso Ciponte, Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill and The Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson. If you are … Continue reading July is Graphic Novels In Libraries Month

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Imagine a ruined house, an inheritance, a mysterious set of feral twins, a topiary garden, a murder, a ghost--these are just some of the Gothic elements that permeate The Thirteenth Tale. Vida Winter, a successful novelist, contacts the bookish narrator, Margaret Lea, because she has one more tale to tell--the titular 13th tale. For years she has created falsehoods … Continue reading Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Book Review: Look Me In the Eye by John Elder Robison

 Robinson who has written other books about autism has a difficult start in life. He grew up feeling different and not knowing why or how to label it. He was frequently told he needed to look people in the eye. Ostracized by kids, he turned to adults who were more forgiving of his lack of social … Continue reading Book Review: Look Me In the Eye by John Elder Robison

Book Review: Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen

Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen  In one of the best novels of 2014, Rebecca Rasmussen describes both the joy and the loneliness of the Minnesota wilderness. Eveline, joins her German husband, Emil, in a hardscrabble existence in Evergreen. Unbeknownst to her, Emil doesn't own the cabin they relocate to. When his father becomes sick, Emil goes to Germany, leaving … Continue reading Book Review: Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen