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Book Bingo: Biographies and Memoirs, and Science Fiction or Fantasy

Cover image of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? There are two weeks left, so there's still plenty of time to play. If you're not sure what you're going to read, or you're just looking for suggestions, we have them here! Below you'll find two shelves: Women's Memoirs and Magical Reads. Any titles on the Women's Memoirs shelf will work for the Biography or Memoir space, and if you're interested in other topics, there are additional recommendations here.

Book Bingo: Nonfiction and World Fiction

Cover image of "One Summer: America, 1927" by Bill Bryson

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? If you've picked up a Book Bingo form, you've seen the variety of reading challenges to complete. If you're not sure what you're going to read, or you're just looking for suggestions, we have them here. Below you'll find two shelves: Bestselling Nonfiction and World Fiction. The Bestselling Nonfiction shelf includes past and present bestsellers, and if you're looking for other suggestions for the nonfiction Bingo space, take a look at these shelves.

Read Women 2014

Read Women 2014 by Joanna Walsh

Have you heard? 2014 is the Year of Reading Women. Information released last year from VIDA, an organization dedicated to women in literary arts, highlighted the disparity between how male and female authors and book reviewers are treated. For example, in 2012 at The New York Times Review of Books, only 22 percent of the books reviewed were by female authors, and 16 percent of the reviewers were women (The Guardian, 2014).

Book Bingo: Iowa Authors and Book to Movie

Cover image of "Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie" by Beth M. Howard

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? If you've picked up a Book Bingo form, you've seen the variety of reading challenges to complete. If you're not sure what you're going to read, or you're just looking for suggestions, we have them here. Check out these two Iowa Interest shelves: Contemporary Iowa Fiction Authors and Iowa Memoirs and Bios.

Book Bingo: Short Stories and Mysteries

Cover image of "Thunderstruck & Other Stories" by Elizabeth McCracken

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? If you've picked up a Book Bingo form, you've seen the variety of reading challenges to complete. If you're not sure what you're going to read, or you're just looking for suggestions, we have them here. Below you'll find a shelf of Short Stories, as well as a shelf for Crime Thrillers and Detectives & PI's, which are part of the Mystery genre.

Book Bingo: Chunksters and DMPL Staff Shelf

Cover image of "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? If you've already picked up a Book Bingo form, you've seen the variety of reading challenges to complete. If you're not sure what you're going to read, or you're just looking for suggestions, we have them here. Below you'll find a shelf of "Chunksters" (what we lovingly call books with 500 or more pages), and our very own DMPL Staff Picks shelf. Each of these is a space on the Book Bingo form, and hopefully you'll find something that sounds interesting and can fulfill one of your Bingo spaces.

Artificial Intelligence: Humankind's Future or Our End?

DVD cover of the John Badham film WarGames

The pace of technological change and the ongoing development of artificial intelligence could quickly create a world barely recognizable from the one we currently inhabit. Futurist Ray Kurzweil envisions untold benefits from what he predicts will be the next stages of humankind's evolutionary progress, the melding of man and machine, followed by wholly intelligent machines. Many scientists scoff at Kurzweil's predictions, while others fear that those predictions may actually come true. In the meantime, Hollywood has used those fears to produce a number of terrifying sci-fi thrillers featuring runaway robots and run-amok computers.

Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Reading Program poster

Happy Summer! Here at the Des Moines Public Library, the start of summer is official when the Summer Reading program begins. This year, in addition to the children's and teen programs, we're also offering a program for adults. The Book Bingo Challenge begins today (June 9) and is a Bingo card with 25 reading challenges. To participate, pick up a Bingo card and complete one vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line (that’s five spaces), fill out the form with your information and the books you read, and turn the form in to any DMPL location.

Comfort Reading

Cover image of "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin

We all — well, most of us — have a go-to comfort food. Mine is macaroni and cheese. But what about comfort reading? For me, comfort reading is being able to sit down with a particular book that makes me feel good.

It's OK to Like Gilligan's Island (and Other Gimmicky Sixties Sitcoms)

Here is the DVD cover for season one of Gilligan's Island.

The decade of the sixties was a golden age for sitcoms. There were plenty of standard, family-oriented comedies, but many of the most popular were those with a gimmick. From Gilligan's Island to Hogan's Heroes to The Beverly Hillbillies, here's a look at a few notable titles.

Blurbs from the Backlist

Cover image of "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Beth and Jennifer, coworkers at an Omaha newspaper, know that their office email is being monitored. But that doesn't stop them from messaging each other regularly about personal issues and gossiping about their coworkers. They tell each other almost everything.

Sherman Block - Historic Tour #8

F.M. Hubbell

On the northeast corner of 3rd and Court was the Sherman Block, built in 1855 by Hoyt Sherman.  B.F. Allen was a banker here and it was also the first home of Equitable of Iowa. Equitable was founded by F.M. Hubbell who arrived in Des Moines on May 7, 1855, with $3 in his pocket.  His father demanded he give the money back to him so he could buy land in Dallas County. Young Hubbell walked the streets until he found a job as a clerk in the land office with Phineas Casady.