The Vanished Birds

Simon Jimenez’s sweeping space opera, “The Vanished Birds,” starts out small, with what could be a stand-alone novella: a boy is born with an extra finger, and his father declares that he will be special. He lives on a Resource World: a planet that is used to grow a crop that is harvested, saved and exported off-world every fifteen years by cargo ships.

Getting Weird in Los Angeles

The history and mystique of Los Angeles lends itself to many works of fiction, songs and movies. These are some of my favorite movies tinged with (or steeped in) oddness, the kind of oddness that can only play out against the background of Los Angeles.

Independence Day Nonfiction for Adults

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a wide selection of print and digital titles to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. Make sure to include some reading time in your 4th of July celebration plans.

Beyond Pride Month

These titles focus on LGBTQIA+ history and experience through the stories of the people in the community and the images and video captured by the community.

Depolarizing From Within

The following titles are a mixture of liberal and conservative views, with the aim of providing a balance of contextual information to address the challenges of political polarization.

Dexter-ous Reads

As Showtime continues to tease the upcoming new season of ”Dexter,” my sister and I have been reading to curb our impatience. If, like us, you’re waiting to see what the ambiguously moral killer will get up to–or just feel like rooting for the bad guy–try these books in the meantime.