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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."
from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy
Reader's Link - Find a Good Book!
Looking for a good read? In addition to the SCPL genre booklists (see categories in sidebar) and staff picks, you might want to check out some of these websites.
- "If You Like..." — A handy reference guide to authors and genres
"If you like..." is compiled and maintained by the librarians at Hennepin County Library. You can search their files by author to find other authors you might like. You can search by subject to find fiction on a particular theme or genre. Or you can browse their lists.
- American Booksellers Association — News from independent booksellers
Includes the "Indie Next List", which previews bookseller-recommended favorites--the next bestsellers and undiscovered gems. You can also browse indie bestseller lists by region or specialty.
- Books and Authors — Title recommendations, plot summaries, & awards information
Search by author, title, series, awards and other criteria. An "if you like" search connects readers to themes and genres. Also includes author information, themes and origins, ideal for reading groups and book clubs. To access this resource from home, login using your SCPL Library Card and PIN
- EarlyWord — Bestseller lists, Media Tie-ins, Upcoming Releases
EarlyWord's mission is to bring publishers and public libraries together to meet the demands of readers. It brings together bestseller lists, publisher information, and book reviews from many newspapers and magazines. The site's blog covers everything that is new and interesting from Chick Lit to memoirs.
- Novelist — Your Guide to Fiction
NoveList assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Readers can use a favorite author or title to locate other authors and titles of interest. Users can also browse over 1,200 theme-oriented booklists, 150 award-lists and 1,000 fiction related websites. To access from home, login using your SCPL Library Card and PIN
- Reader's Robot — Book reviews by genre
Created as a forum for readers to share information about books they've enjoyed. With about 5,000 reviews, in 21 genres, most readers will find something new and interesting. Browse by category, or search by keyword or by "appeal," which allows you to choose from a list of characteristics within a genre (e.g., "mystery novels where the focus of the story is on people and the psychology of characters and the author's style is elegant and 'literary'"). Any reader may submit reviews for consideration. From a Canadian library system.
- What's Next? — Helps you search adult fiction in series
"What's Next?" allows you to enter a title, author or series name to get a list of titles in that series. A "series" is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits. Produced by the Kent Michigan District Library.
To help your book discussion group, we've gathered a collection of popular paperback titles and sorted them into kits which can be sent to you upon request.Learn more... Browse titles...
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