Queen of the Tiles
Staff review of “Queen of the Tiles” by Hanna Alkaf.
Staff review of “Queen of the Tiles” by Hanna Alkaf.
Read our staff review of the debut novel “Small Game” by writer, musher, and adventurer Blair Braverman.
An enchanting tale of secrets, lost souls, lonely strangers, and how the right flock can guide you home.
Two new books out this October that feature very different murder mysteries in outer space.
A C-SPL staff review of “In the Dream House,” a revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by award-winning author Carmen Maria Machado.
by Ryan Banks, Adult Services Are you a fan of “A Song of Ice and Fire” and eagerly anticipating the long awaited sixth volume, “Winds of Winter”? The bad news is that fans have been waiting over a decade for the next installment of Martin’s […]
by Sarah Smith, Adult Services I tore through “Like a Sister,” the latest novel by Kellye Garrett, in a single weekend and it kept me guessing right up to the end. I highly recommend this stand-alone story to anyone who enjoys a mystery packed with […]
by Ryan Bankson Looking for a good mystery? Here’s one librarian’s take on the five best mysteries that C-SPL has to offer.
Staff Book Review By Sarah Smith, Adult Services It’s a little odd to describe a book about a serial killer as a light read, but Helene Tursten’s pair of “An Elderly Lady” books about the evil deeds of Maud, a respectable senior citizen (in most […]
Staff Book Review by Ryan Bankson, Adult Services Are you looking for a book recommendation to get you through this burgeoning winter weather? I’m your huckleberry. I admit it, I’m obsessed with the 1993 cinematic masterpiece “Tombstone.” I’ve watched the shootout at the O.K Corral […]
By Ryan Bankson, Adult Services Experience an otherworldly presence, a family overcome with unimaginable anguish, and a séance gone awry. To make things even more unsettling, this all takes place in the White House, and is supposedly based upon real events. Happy Spooktober, one and […]
By Ryan Bankson, Adult Services Move over Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg: here comes Will Parker. The year is 2011, and Parker is the CEO of CastorNet, a billion dollar tech company turning heads in Silicon Valley. Still in his 20’s, Parker is considered […]
By Sarah Smith, Adult Services In March of 2020 the world very suddenly became a place of confusion, uncertainty, and more than a little fear. The Covid-19 pandemic changed almost everything very quickly, and none of us really knew what might happen next. It was […]
By Ryan Bankson, Circulation Services What do you think of when you hear the name Robin Hood? An accomplished archer? A scoundrel with a merry band of thieves robbing passersby on the King’s Road? How about that guy in the funny costume in Robin Hood […]
By Sarah Smith, Adult Services In 1993, a book featuring two teen girls falling in love created a controversy in the town where I lived, and copies of the books were removed from libraries and even burned in protest. This incident left an impression on […]
By Sarah Smith, Adult Services “The Boyfriend Project” by Farrah Rochon was one of my favorite reads over the last year, and I am genuinely excited that on Thursday, May 20, Farrah Rochon herself will have a virtual event for Carnegie-Stout Public Library! You can […]
By Ryan Bankson, Circulation Services For nearly 20 years, the War in Afghanistan has been producing a substantial body of work. Whether it be fiction, nonfiction, prose, or even artwork, Operation Enduring Freedom, America’s most enduring war to date, has inspired a generation of war […]
by Ryan Bankson, Circulation Services Horror novels are like pizza; even when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good. Cheap, dated thrills that were horror tropes back when horror fiction was in its infancy still resonate with those of us readers that just can’t get enough […]
I was going through my ever growing “to be read” list recently, when I came across the ominous sounding The Devil all the Time, by Donald Ray Pollock. As with most of the titles on that doughty list of mine, I couldn’t remember what initially attracted me […]
Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rat race? Yeah, me too. RX: a graphic memoir by Rachel Lindsay explores the rat race of corporate America from the viewpoint of a woman stuck in a vicious cycle. This quick read pairs Lindsay’s basic, yet poignant drawings with her no-nonsense, […]
All My Colors by David Quantick is the story of Todd Milstead. Described as an egotistical a-hole— he’s a wannabe writer who talks a great deal more about writing and writers, than actually doing the work. His eidetic memory makes him able to quote books […]
Simon Muchat bares this telling sentiment near the beginning of the newly translated graphic novel Portugal by writer and artist Cyril Pedrosa, which follows the character’s journey to reconnect with his past, present, and place in the world. Simon, a fictionalized version of Pedrosa, is an aloof art […]
Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory made me laugh more than any other book I’ve read lately. Gregory’s story about the Amazing Telemachus family has clever dialog and plot, interesting characters, a tight-knit riotous family, and suspense. All these varying elements come together in a cohesive and enjoyable read. […]
If you’re looking for a fun, romantic read for Valentine’s Day, I suggest you check out I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. This book is a sweet and goofy look at first love that will remind readers of the fun of watching a romantic […]
By Amy Muchmore, Adult Services Librarian What do I do when it is really cold out and I have some free time? I hang out with my cat, Gizmo, and read cozy mysteries by the fire. Lately I’ve been on a library mystery kick and […]
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is approaching its one-year anniversary on the New York Times bestseller list. Having just finished it, I can attest that it deserves every week it has spent there. For the crime of being an aristocrat after the 1917 Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Ilyich […]
What a trilogy! Wow. It is dark. It is brutal. There are shameful deeds, shocking betrayals, and blood feuds. Wars and reconciliations. Violence and tenderness. This trilogy really covers all areas of human emotion. A friend says it’s a cross between Game of Thrones and Hunger Games. I […]