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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.

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.

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.

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Cover of "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award for journalism and arts in the U.S., were announced today. Named for newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the awards began in 1917 and are announced every April. Winners of 21 awards are chosen by the Pulitzer Prize board and announced by the President of Columbia University. Winners of 20 of the categories receive $10,000 and a certificate.

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