Read Dangerously: Top Banned Books of 2015

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This week is Banned Books Week where we celebrate the freedom to read. Established in 1982, Banned Books Week draws attention to books that are banned and challenged across the country and stresses the importance of ensuring differing opinions and viewpoints are available to all who wish to read them.

Every year, The American Library Association provides a list of the top banned books from around the country. Here are the most recent list:

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

Check out one of the titles above today and read dangerously.

Read a National Book Award Nominee!

The longlist for the National Book Awards is out! The winners will be announced on October 13. The mission of the National Book Awards is to “celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.”

FICTION

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The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet 

Miss Jane by Brad Watson

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson 

 

NONFICTION

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America’s War for the Greater Middle East by Andrew J. Bacevich

The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship by Patricia Bell-Scott

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

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Booked by Kwame Alexander

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Reading Challenge: Books Written About or By a Person with a Disability

readingchallenge150We’re getting close to the end of the year! Have you finished the DCL 2016 Reading Challenge? One of the challenge items is to read a book written about or by a person with a disability. This can range the gamut from dyslexia to blindness. Here are some moving fictional and nonfictional accounts that would fit this category:

 

 

 

 

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Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius

They all thought he was gone, but he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years—Ghost Boy is the true story of Martin Pistorius, a 12-year-old boy who fell inexplicably sick, losing first his voice and appetite, then over the course of 18 months most of his other abilities. Doctors told his parents that Martin had an unknown degenerative disease that left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. But they were wrong. Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy’s return to life through the power of love and faith. Martin’s emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

 

 

 

 

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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison has crafted a novel of the heart, a novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape, and most of all, a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to truly care for another person. Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this bighearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards.

 

 

 

 

 

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How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move?:  Inside My Autistic Mind by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay

This memoir offers an astounding look into the mind of a nonverbal autistic man. Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, though unable to communicate as others do, reveals his observations for others to understand—how he sees, hears, and reacts to such mundane objects as a mirror, a lightswitch, a staircase. These objects represent much more to him. In a lightswitch, he sees opportunity, struggle, life defined in one single action—the difference between life and death, between light and darkness. Tito’s impressions of a world we take for granted will open your mind to a new way of perceiving your surroundings and the hidden stories all around you.

 

 

 

 

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The Autistic Brain:  Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin

When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, and our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime. Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn’t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions. From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrumThe Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.

 

 

 

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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write. Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it—somehow.

 

 

 

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructed universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

 

 

 

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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.  So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learn to read, and watch for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

 

 

 

 

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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

From the time of the ancient Greeks through the present time, this historical overview of cosmology is told by one of the most famous and fascinating scientists today. Since the publication of Stephen Hawking’s landmark volume in scientific writing, extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic worlds have confirmed many of Professor Hawking’s theoretical predictions.

 

 

 

 

 

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.  In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.  Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

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Wonder (Book 1 of Wonder series) by R.J. Palacio

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”—August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?  R.J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

 

 

 

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school—in the hallway, in the teacher’s lounge, in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different—and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend? This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super-embarrassing moments along the way.

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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

An American classic rediscovered by each generation, The Story of My Life is Helen Keller’s account of her triumph over deafness and blindness. Popularized by the stage play and movie The Miracle Worker, Keller’s story has become a symbol of hope for people all over the world.  With an extraordinary immediacy, Keller reveals her frustrations and rage, and takes the reader on the unforgettable journey of her education and breakthroughs into the world of communication. From the moment Keller recognizes the word “water” when her teacher finger-spells the letters, we share her triumph as “that living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!” An unparalleled chronicle of courage, The Story of My Life remains startlingly fresh and vital more than a century after its first publication, a timeless testament to an indomitable will.

It’s Time to Celebrate Hobbit Day!

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Both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins celebrate birthdays on September 22, which is observed as Hobbit Day by the American Tolkien Society.

How do you celebrate a Hobbit’s birthday? “The Fellowship of the Ring” opened with a celebration of Bilbo’s birthday. The entire Shire had a large party complete with food, fireworks, dancing and merriment. Don’t have time to throw a giant shindig?

Eat like a hobbit. Serve breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by second breakfast at 9 a.m. Elevenses is naturally at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 1 p.m. Afternoon tea should be taken at 3 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by supper at 9 p.m.

Go barefoot! Or wear these Hobbit Feet Socks.

Finally, you could watch the movies or read the book.

Happy Hobbit Day!

Arr, Matey! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

As you’re out and about on September 19, don’t be surprised if you hear “Ahoy, Matey,” “Avast!” or “Aye, aye, Cap’n!” being thrown about. It is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Brush up on your pirate slang by taking a pirate language course through Mango Languages, an online language learning platform available with your library card.

Or check out some fun pirate books.

Or spend the afternoon making some fun pirate crafts with your kids:

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Make Your Own Spy Glass (via Living Chic on the Cheap

Materials needed: paper cup, toilet paper roll, cardboard roll from plastic wrap/aluminum foil/etc., paint, clear plastic, marker, scissors, ribbon/rope, and glue

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Treasure Box Egg Carton Craft (via Red Ted Art

Materials needed: egg carton, paint, and a marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pirate Hat (via Sand in My Toes

Materials needed: black and white craft paper, card stock, gold glitter, scissors, tape and glue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Perfect Parakeets (via Pop Goes the Page

Materials needed: toilet paper tube, construction paper, dot stickers, feathers, pipe cleaner, scissors, tape, markers, and a hole punch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Handprint Pirates (via Crafty Morning

Materials needed: paint, black sharpie, a googly eye, and paper

Cooking Globally in Your Kitchen

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Travel the world without leaving the comforts of home with these tasty globally inspired cookbooks.

EUROPE

51piluxeqslLidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking 

Lidia Bastianich has a long series of accomplishments: Emmy award-winning public television host of several series including, Lidia’s Italy and Lidia’s Family Table, a best‐selling cookbook author, and restaurateur of four acclaimed New York City restaurants (Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto).

In this beautiful cookbook, she lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips–from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. Whether it’s Citrus Roasted Veal or Rustic Ricotta Tart, each recipe is a tangible feast.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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American pastry chef and professional cook David Lebovitz moved to Paris in 1999 and has been delighting the world with entertaining stories and recipes on his blog ever since.

In My Paris Kitchen, David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You’ll find Soupe à l’oignon, Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as Smoky barbecue-style pork, Lamb shank tagine, and Dukkah-roasted cauliflower. The stories and photos that accompany the recipes reveals the quirks, beauty and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

 
 
 
 
 

ASIA

614xlkpbvqlVegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen

Richa Hingle grew up in India, where everyday food was vegetarian, with a focus on legumes, grains, nuts, and vegetables. Eating fresh, local, wholesome foods was a way of life. Today, she is the prolific and award-winning recipe developer, blogger, and photographer behind the very popular VeganRicha.com.

From delicious dals to rich curries, flat breads, savory breakfasts, snacks, desserts and much more, this book brings you her collection of plant-based Indian recipes inspired by regional cuisines, Indian culture, and local foods.

 
 
 
 
 

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Harumi Kurihara is a Japanese cooking star (think Japan’s Rachel Ray). Created expressly for Westerners, this cookbook shows Americans how they can incorporate Japanese styles, flavors and techniques into weekday meals. You will be able to crank out fare such as Rice with Sea Bream, Ginger Pork or Tonkatsu in no time at all.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

AFRICA

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A journey through the culinary history, traditions and techniques of Africa in 75 mouth-watering recipes.

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

The imaginative children’s author would have turned 100 years old on September 13 this year. If you haven’t read any Dahl yet, what are you waiting for?! Here’s a list of 10 of our favorite Dahl novels that are hilariously fun reads that are great for kids of all ages.

To celebrate in a whizzpopping way, we have some crafts and snacks you can do at home.

CRAFTS

CRAFTS

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BFG Dream Jars (via Disney Family)

Materials needed: mason jars, glitter, tissue paper, glow bracelets, sticker labels, glow-in-the-dark paint, paintbrush and a pen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bubble Wrap Tortoise from Esio Trot (via Crafty Kids at Home)

Materials needed: paper plate, cardboard, bubble wrap, green paint, googly eyes and glue or sticky tape.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lollipops from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (via Make and Takes)

Materials needed: craft pipe cleaners, scissors, patterned straw, glue gun, fancy satin ribbons, and a pencil

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Paper Plate Fantastic Mr. Fox Craft (via Artsy Craftsy Mom)

Materials needed: orange paper plate, scissors, glue gun, black pom pom, pair of googly eyes and cream craft paper

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SNACKS

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Snozzcumber Sandwiches from The BFG (via Chef Messy)

Ingredients: rye bread, boursin cheese, cucumber slices, chopped dill

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Best Bruce Bogtrotter Cake from Matilda (via Delish)

Ingredients: flour, Devil’s Food cake mix, instant chocolate pudding, Greek yogurt, eggs, water, heavy cream and chocolate chips

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Frobscottle from BFG (via JustJenn Recipes)

Ingredients: vanilla ice cream, raspberry sorbet, ginger ale, whipped cream, fresh raspberries and pop rocks

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lickable Wallpaper from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (via Meri Cherry)

Ingredients: Fruit roll ups, cookie cutters, parchment paper and a sock.

Take Home an Emmy Nominee Tonight!

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TV fans–it’s time to celebrate the best of the small screen. The 68th Emmy Awards are happening Sunday, September 18 at 5:00 PM. There are so many great nominations this year! Looking for a new show to binge watch? These nominees are a great place to start.

DRAMA SERIES

The Americans (nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series)

Pulse-pounding drama featuring undercover KGB spies during the Cold War is a critical darling. Critics call it “the best show on TV.”

Game of Thrones (Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)

This popular fantasy drama based on George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels has already received 26 Emmy wins! It is sure to rack up a few more wins this year. If you haven’t seen this watercooler television, what have you been waiting for? Get started today and get caught up before the next book is published.

House of Cards (Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

Ruthless political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex and corruption in modern D.C..

Downton Abbey (Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)

Round up some tea and scones and sink into this compelling British saga set in the early 1900s.

Better Call Saul (Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

This Breaking Bad spinoff is a quirky, dark character study that manages to stand on its own, but also won’t disappoint fans of the original series.

Mr. Robot (Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series)

This suspenseful cyber-thriller has an intriguing premise and perfectly captures the hacker world.

Homeland (Best Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series)

A roller coaster ride of tension this addictive spy thriller features riveting characters.

Ray Donovan (Best Actor in a Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

This show about a LA troubleshooter who is brought in to solve problems for powerful clients, but he can’t seem to fix the problems caused by his own family. It’s stylishly shot and it won’t take you long before you’re hooked.

How to Get Away with Murder (Best Actress in a Drama Series)

Masterful, suspenseful legal thriller features a captivating lead, charismatic Professor Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis) who will have you plowing through the episodes.

Empire (Best Actress in a Drama Series)

A music mogul plans for the future of his empire as his three sons and his ex-wife battle each other to become the next heir apparent to the hip-hop throne. This series is heavy on the melodrama; it’s a must-watch for soap lovers and music fans.

Orphan Black (Best Actress in a Drama Series)

An orphan gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy after learning that she is a clone in this wild sci-fi show. You will burn through the first four seasons trying to puzzle it out.

The Affair (Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)

This series explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. It’s a bewitching exploration of truth and desire.

UnREAL (Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)

This show reveals what is happening behind-the-scenes on a fictionalized popular reality dating show that is remarkably similar to The Bachelor. The hijinks the producers pull are so outrageous that you won’t be able to stop watching once you start.

COMEDY SERIES

Veep (Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

This show follows the public and private lives of the US vice president Selina Meyer and her incompetent staff. The jokes are smart and hilarious; it’s a refreshingly witty approach to DC politics.

Silicon Valley (Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series)

This series set in North California high-tech mecca is a satirical take on the follies of the tech industry.

Modern Family (Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)

A mockumentary-style sitcom chronicling the unusual kinship of the extended Pritchett clan. The show is starting its eight season and it hasn’t lost steam yet.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)

A woman who lived in a cult for 15 years starts life anew in New York City in this hilarious series.

Black-ish (Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series)

A successful family man worries that his four children are losing touch with black culture because they are growing up in an affluent, mostly white neighborhood.

The Last Man on Earth (Best Actor in a Comedy Series)

The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: Phil Miller, who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors

Shameless (Best Actor in a Comedy Series)

This outrageous family drama features a working class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six kids headed by the eldest sibling who keep the home afloat while their dad is out drinking and carousing.

Getting On (Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

A comedy set in an extended-care wing of a rundown hospital in Long Beach, Cal. is adapted from a British series by the same name.

Inside Amy Schumer (Best Actress in a Comedy Series)

A series of sketches, interviews and stand-up routines featuring comedian Amy Schumer.

Grace and Frankie (Best Actress in a Comedy Series)

Two nemeses become bonded jilted wives after their husbands reveal they have been having an affair with each other since the 1990s and now plan to get married.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)

A sitcom following the lives of a group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.

Key and Peele (Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)

This sketch comedy series leaves no stone unturned — whether satirizing the president or spoofing Nazis — in their search for laughs.

Mom (Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

A single mom whose newly found sobriety has given her the ability to see her life clearly… and she does not like the view. The leads (Anna Faris and Allison Janney) share a great comedic chemistry.

8 Hilarious Books about Office Life

We just celebrated Labor Day, a holiday created to celebrate the achievements of the American worker. If you’re a cube dweller combating the daily grind of passive-aggressive fridge stickies, office politics and water cooler gossip, it can be easy to fall into a depression of office malaise. Kick off the back to work funk by finding the brighter side of office life with these funny reads about work life:

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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Spending forty hours of week with the same people can lead to a pack mentality. Ferris’s novel about an ad agency during the economic recession captures that feeling perfectly as it is written in first person plural.  Amid the chaos of layoffs there is still office pranks, secret romances and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.

 

 

 

 

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The Assistants by Camille Perri

Described as the 9 to 5 for the student loan generation, this novel about office assistants features larceny and blackmail and a heavy dose of wry humor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes 

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app. It provides a fascinating insider’s look into the ever-changing world of the fashion industry.

 

 

 

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The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it–and themselves–afloat.

 

 

 

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Domestic Violetsby Matthew Norman

Tom Violet always thought that by the time he turned thirty-five, he’d have everything going for him. Fame. Fortune. A satisfying career. The reality, though, is far different. His career, such that it is, involves mind-numbing corporate buzzwords, his pretentious arch nemesis Gregory, and a hopeless, completely inappropriate crush on his favorite coworker. (*Via Hoopla which is only available to Douglas County residents)

 

 

 

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The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

In a windowless building in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. After a long period of joblessness, she’s not inclined to question her fortune, but as the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings-the office’s scarred pinkish walls take on a living quality, the drone of keyboards echoes eerily down the long halls. This book is for anyone who has had bureaucratic nightmares about work.

 

 

 

 

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Companyby Max Barry

This story of corporate revolt is told with comic timing and tongue firmly planted in cheek, making it a perfect audiobook to enjoy during your commute. (*Via Hoopla which is only available to Douglas County residents)

 

 

 

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Cubed by Nikil Saval

This book is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is–and what it might become. The author explores popular books, movies, comic strips ( Dilbert! ), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are–and how they might be better.

 

 

Enjoy the Tastes of Colorado with these Cookbooks

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Did you experience the Taste of Colorado this Labor Day weekend? The annual Labor Day festival in downtown Denver showcases tastes from the area’s restaurants. Bring Colorado cuisine to your kitchen this week by checking out one of these Colorado cookbooks, which features flavors of our great state:

Denver & Boulder Chef’s Table

This cookbook features a collection of the Front Range’s best chefs and restaurants. Local foodies will rejoice at learning the secrets behind their favorite Denver restaurant recipes. The author, Ruth Tobias is a Denver-based food and beverage writer who knows her way around the Rocky Mountain eating scene; her commentary provides great stories and backgrounds on each of the chefs.

Signature Tastes of Denver

From the Tres Leches Cake at the Appaloosa Grill to the Colorado Lamb Dip with Goat Cheese Rosemary Biscuits from Rioja, these are the restaurants, recipes and pictures that define the culinary tastes of Denver.

Tasting Colorado

This cookbook includes recipes from Colorado’s finest restaurants, lodges, guest ranches, and bed-and-breakfasts. From Bear Creek Smoked Trout Pate to Grilled Palisade Peaches, Serrano Ham, and Rocket Salad, this cookbooks captures the essence and variety of Colorado flavors. The author, Michele Morris is a Denver-based professional chef.

Recipes from Historic Colorado

Some of the best cuisine in Colorado can be enjoyed at a diversity of historic locales, from classic diners, to dude ranches, to old hotels, and even a former filling station. Please your palate as well as your appetite for historical trivia as you prepare chilled zucchini soup from Denver’s Castle Marne or seafood gumbo from the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

Colorado Bed & Breakfast Cookbook

This cookbook features scrumptious recipes from the state’s B&Bs, historic inns and mountain resorts. It is complete with travel information should the recipes inspire you to book your next long weekend getaway.