My summer of 2014 was defined by an audacious split-personality, explosive soap, journeys through support groups, and a hatred for the system. Many people are familiar with the 1999 film adaptation of Fight Club, starring the recognizable Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter, and the firestorm surrounding it and that marvelous tune by The Pixies. Few, however, are familiar with the craftfully written novel by Chuck Palahniuk, which embodies the disillusion of what it means to truly “live” in our modern society. The story follows the life of a middle aged man merely known to readers as “The Narrator”, and his growing problems with insomnia, IKEA furniture, and his quickly degrading life. As more and more interesting characters enter his life, notably the confidently chaotic Tyler Durden, his life makes a self-destructive change. The duo quickly form a fight club in the basement of their favorite bar to inspire other men to change their lives in the same way, yet the Narrator is unaware that one of the “best decisions” of his life may have been fueled by something much more sinister.
Fight Club is also available as an audiobook on CD
–Erica Irish, Southport Branch Teen Advisory Board
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The Things They Carried is not only a novel, but could be considered a collection of short stories. Tim O’Brien makes each chapter unique by using powerful diction and tone. He keeps the reader interested by making each chapter a different account from the Vietnam War. These war stories vary from serious and sentimental to quite comical. This book is very powerful and exciting and recommended for anyone interested in the Vietnam War and what being a soldier is truly like.
The Things They Carried is also available as a downloadable e-book and an audiobook on CD
–Haley Kibby, Southport Branch Teen Advisory Board
Welcome Back to School, Teens!
Now that school is back in session, don’t forget that the library is here to help with all of your research and study needs. Check out our printable guide on how to access our databases from home using your library card, and stop by our Homework Help page for some great resources. When you are ready for a break, stop by our new tumblr and follow us there!
I’m always excited about new book releases and there are a bunch of new titles coming out soon to be excited about. Here’s a selection of new books that the library has on order that you can place a request for right now!
Which new books are you going to read?
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
“Kyra, a highly skilled seventeen-year-old thief, joins a guild of assassins with questionable motives. Tristam, a young knight, fights against the vicious Demon Riders that are ravaging the city”– Provided by publisher.
Zom-B Clans by Darren Shan
“While saving the town of New Kirkham, B’s old friend, Vinyl, is kidnapped by the Ku Klux Klan. The Angels are prepared to do what it takes to save him, but B will have to make some very hard decisions about her loyalties”– Provided by publisher.
In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy
“A competitive swimmer gets in over her head as she plays a wicked cat-and-mouse game with her wild best friend and a hot new college swimmer”– Provided by publisher.
Wild by Alex Mallory
“When Cade, a boy who has lived in the forest his whole life, saves a regular teen from a bear attack, he is brought into modern civilization for the first time”– Provided by publisher.