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Friday, May 8, 2015

MLC Reads: May 8, 2015

Each week, the Mississippi Library Commission staff share some of the books that we've been reading. Last week, we read:

Under the Dome
Stephen King

five stars

Stephen King's novel Under the Dome follows a small town in Chester's Mill, Maine, that has been sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Now it's a race against time to find a way out of the dome, but some citizens don't want to leave. With the dome comes power and some will stop at nothing to keep this power. A strong offering from Stephen King, but you don't have to be a Stephen King fan to enjoy this novel.

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
John Bradshaw 

three stars

Do you love cats? Cat Sense explores the evolution and history of cats, from their earliest encounters with humans to the present day. Bradshaw also discusses cat psychology--just why does your cat do the things he does? An enjoyable read, a bit redundant in sections, that will satisfy any cat lover's need to learn more about their feline friends.

The Last Days of California
Mary Miller
five stars

The family road trip is a quintessential American experience. Moms, dads, brothers, and sisters sit cramped together in cars for days on end, passing America by while attempting to bond as a family unit. What if, however, the family road trip you're on isn't just a visit to the Grand Canyon, or the mountains, or the beach? What if it's a race to California to beat the Rapture? (They want to be the last one chosen, don'tcha know.) Miller examines a family of fundamental Christians who are fundamentally flawed; each grapples with his or her problems while they draw nearer and nearer to their final destination. The family dynamics are exquisitely drawn, as are the characterizations of the two teenage daughters. There are some scenes containing sex, underage drinking and drug use, and language, so if you object to these, you probably won't like this book as much as we did.

Tune in next week to find out what MLC staff thought about the books they're reading now:

  • The Buried Giant written by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel written by Madeleine L'Engle, illustrations by Hope Larson
  • Revolution written by Deborah Wiles
Happy reading!

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