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First off, it’s because her name is “Rainbow.” How cool is that? How could you ever get mad at someone named “Rainbow?” You’d just end up smiling every time you said her name!b2ap3_thumbnail_RR-1.jpg

Second, her books are outstanding. Along with authors like John Green, she’s leading the trend in young adult fiction away from vampires and dystopian worlds and into realistic fiction, with fully-fleshed, relatable characters. (Thank goodness.) She doesn’t rely on complicated plots or action scenes – she just tells b2ap3_thumbnail_rowell-books.jpgsimple stories that go straight to the heart. Her books Eleanor & Park and Fangirl delve into teen insecurity, broken families, and the betrayal of friends with compassion, wit and heart. They’re young adult books that adults will also relate to and love.

Rowell is publishing her first adult novel in July, called Landline. (Thanks to the publisher for providing our library with an ARC.) Georgie McCool, the main character, is a writer for a TV comedy, and she and her writing partner/best friend, Seth, have just gotten the break of their lives – a network executive wants a pilot for their new series. The problem is that they have to get it done in ten days, right over the Christmas holidays, when Georgie is supposed to visit her husband’s family in Omaha. Her husband takes their daughters and goes to Omaha, while Georgie stays behind in LA for a week that transforms her attitude about her career and her marriage.

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June weddings are a great tradition, and weddings have been at the heart of some wonderful movies over the years.  Weddings always seem to generate an emotional response, whether it be laughter, tears, or even heartbreak -- and movie weddings are no exception. This week we'll feature a sampling of films where getting to the altar proves to be something of a challenge! 

 

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For adults who are interested in reading some great Young Adult books, I have put together a list of some of the best books by the best authors writing YA. I know that some people’s favorite books and authors may not be on this list, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I tried to select a list which included several different  titles in several genres, and have intentionally left out anything with sparkly vampires or zombies.Click on the title to check our catalog.

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_johngreen_20140613-181938_1.jpgRecently, Slate columnist Ruth Graham suggested that we adults who read young adult literature ought to be embarrassed for doing so. She shamed us grown-ups who enjoyed John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars for stooping to read this simplistic, immature and maudlin piece of escapist tripe. And, apparently because she didn’t enjoy TFIOS, she extends her condemnation to include any adult who reads any YA. According to Graham, YA “books consistently indulge in the kind of endings that teenagers want to see, but which adult readers ought to reject as far too simple ... These endings are for readers who prefer things to be wrapped up neatly, our heroes married or dead or happily grasping hands, looking to the future.” Wow.

Ms. Graham does not mention any other YA titles she might have read recently, so I have to assume that her actual experience reading YA literature is limited to what her own adult friends are talking about. To Graham’s annoyance, many of them are enjoying YA books and she thought we all needed to be scolded and set right.  I am going to suggest that there are several very good reasons for adults to read YA literature these days -- including Ms. Graham.

b2ap3_thumbnail_judyblumesm_20140613-182348_1.jpgFirst, a definition and a clarification. YA literature is comprised of those books written specifically for teens between the ages of 12 and 17 and is a relatively new marketing category. Judy Blume is the acknowledged godmother of this form and her groundbreaking novel Forever, which deals openly with teen sexuality and pregnancy, was first published in 1975. YA is NOT a genre, like mystery, romance or science fiction are genres. YA contains all genres, including sci fi, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror and romance. YA literature has become widely known since Harry Potter and even more popular since the Twilight and Divergent series. Recently TFIOS has taken off and there will be more to come as many adult authors jump on the YA bandwagon.

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Last week marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the massive Allied invasion of Normandy during WWII, which liberated France and helped turn the tide of the war against Germany.  The human toll resulting from the largest sea-borne invasion in history was staggering, with casualties among Allied forces exceeding 10,000, and over 4,400 confirmed dead.

 

LongestDay200How better to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day than by showcasing both the book and movie versions of The Longest Day.  Author Cornelius Ryan's bestselling, narrative account of the first day of the historic invasion of Normandy was published in 1959 to critical acclaim, and remains an authoritative work on the subject today.  Producer Darryl F. Zannuck was determined to bring Ryan's work to the screen, and in 1962 he succeeded in creating what is still considered one of the best movies ever made about the historic battle.  John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, and Sean Connery are among the many stars of the classic film, which chronicles the events leading up to and following the invasion from both the Allied and German points of view.  Both the book and the movie are available at the library.

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