Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Odd, interesting, and generally very very new books on the Evanston Public Library shelves! Reserve them today and be the first on your block to be in the know!
You know you’re curious. Aside from answering the question, “Why would you mount an octopus head anyway?” this quirky crafting guide is definitely made for a very specific kind of patron: The kind with a sense of humor.
“I thought I had seen most of the interesting bits of the world. Atlas Obscura showed me that I was wrong. A joy to read and to reread.” – Neil Gaiman. Based on the website of the same name that aimed to crowdsource descriptions of intriguing, off-the-beaten-path places all over the world, sites include Kiev’s death masks, Singapore’s Thieves Market, Villisca Ax Murder House in Iowa, and a boiling lake in Dominica (a three-hour hike from the nearest road).
I first heard this story on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and if you haven’t listened to this episode of the podcast I highly recommend that you do so. It’s called 23 Weeks 6 Days, which is considered the edge at which a preemie is considered viable. Which is to say, you can’t be born any earlier. Juniper was born right on the edge and this book follows her parents’ struggle to do the right thing, whatever that thing could be. Harrowing and gripping and ultimately fascinating.
I just stare at that cover, knowing in my heart of hearts that librarians and booksellers everywhere will be unable to search for it by name unless they just happen to know how to (mis)spell it. This book is all about the valid misuses of common words and phrases. We all have some. For example, I like to say “suffice it to say” rather than “suffice to say”. No idea why. Maybe this book will explain it.
What’s that you say? You said you wanted MORE Bill Murray books in the library? Well why didn’t you say so before?
One year my dad declared that the only thing he truly wanted for Christmas was an ugly Christmas sweater. We’re talking gaudy city, baby. For whatever reason, the ugly Christmas sweater has sort of become an underground movement. But how do you know that your sweater is ugly enough? This book can help! Get ideas for creating your own and celebrate the season in style. Eye-blindingly horrific style, but style nonetheless.
Clearly I’m all about the crafts today. And no, I’m not telling you what all the crafts in here are. You’re just gonna have to find ’em all yourself.