Things Fall Apart

By Chinua Achebe

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Anchor Books, c1959, 1994

Genre: General fiction, historical fiction

ISBN: 9780385474542

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 209

Setting: Umuofia & Mbanta, Africa (now Nigeria)

Time period: Not stated – the transitional period between traditional village life and colonization (1890’s)

Plot summary: Okonkwo tries to live a traditional life in his home village of Umuofia where he is a respected warrior and farmer.  When an accident occurs, Okonkwo and his family must seek refuge in another village for many years.  During this time, changes occur in Umuofia and Okonkwo is driven to despair. Continue reading

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Dead and Gone

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2009

Genres: Mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, faerie tale, paranormal, paranormal mystery, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse); 9

ISBN: 9780441017157

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 312

Setting: Bon Temps, LA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Werewolves and shifters have finally come out to the rest of the world about their existence, which sparks fear and violence in various parts of the world – including Bon Temps, where a werepanther is found crucified in the parking lot at Merlotte’s.  Meanwhile, trouble brews amongst the fae, which has significant repercussions for Sookie. Continue reading

The Night Bookmobile

By Audrey Niffenegger

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Abrams, 2010

Genres: General fiction, short stories

Format: Graphic novel

Series: The Night Bookmobile is the first installment of a much larger work, The Library, which has its origins in a dream I had as a teenager” (from the first page of “After Words” at the end of the book).

ISBN: 9780810996175

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: Unpaginated

Setting: Chicago, IL

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Alexandra relates her experiences with the Night Bookmobile and how she came to work at The Library. Continue reading