Author Archives: Alicia James

Staff Recommendation “Exoplanets”

What we recommend: Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System by Michael Summers and James Trefil

What it’s about: Exoplanets is a fantastic exploration of planets that exist outside our solar system. This is a very relevant topic in the science community as the ongoing search for life or life-sustaining planets continues. Summers and Trefil discuss many of the exoplanets that we know about and highlight planets such as one with diamond rainstorms and one encased entirely in ice that may yet hold life below the surface. For more incredible and almost too cool to be true scientific phenomenon, check out Exoplanets.

Why we recommend it: Though there are details in this book that sound like they have to be fake, it is simply full of true scientific discovery. Exoplanets is a great book for anyone interested in science, space, or even just looking to learn some new facts. As an audiobook, it makes for a perfect option for readers on the go as well.

You can find full details for the book in our eCatalog.

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Nano Con: From Vision to Reality

Comic books are the bound collections of comic strips, which tell stories using illustrations and sequential panels. Popular since their debut in the 1930’s, comic books have gained fans of all ages around the world. The New York Comicon of 1964 is widely recognized as the first marketed, large scale comic convention. This particular comic con helped to pave the way for other large, recurring cons to form, many of which still occur today. The San Diego Comic Con is one of the largest in the world and even worked to find ways to continue to encourage fan activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Staff Recommendation: “By the Pricking of My Thumbs”

What we recommend: By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie

What it’s about: This book is from Agatha Christie’s series that focuses on the characters Tommy and Tuppence. In By the Pricking of My Thumbs, we get to see the couple in their later years where they have both gone into retirement from their sleuthing and spying days. Tommy and Tuppence visit with an elderly aunt at her nursing home and have several strange interacting, such as the woman speaking about the body hidden behind a fireplace. On a return visit, it is revealed that the strange woman from before has disappeared and it sets them on the path of a spine-chilling mystery as they attempt to figure out what happened.

Why we recommend it: Agatha Christie writes incredible stories that are at once both cozy mysteries and serious crime-solving cases. Her books make it so that you don’t immediately figure out exactly what’s going on or whodunit and By the Pricking of My Thumbs is typical of her style in that respect. With its haunting title and spookier connotations, this story embraces the creepier aspects of the mystery genre. Though the book does revolve around main characters Christie has written for before, it is considered a stand-alone and does not require reading the other stories to understand and follow this book.

You can find full details for the book in our eCatalog.

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Staff Recommendation: “Shades of Milk and Honey”

What we recommend: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

What it’s about: This book is the first in the Glamourist Histories series. The book is set in a Regency Era in which magic is real in the form of glamours. Shades of Milk and Honey follows Jane and Melody Ellsworth as they try to find their places in society. Jane is the eldest and highly talented with glamours, a skill which is considered essential for ladies to be considered accomplished, but she lacks the striking beauty of her younger sister. Continue reading

Did You Know? Spring 2021 Edition


The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:

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Staff Recommendation: “A Court of Mist and Fury”

What we recommend: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

What it’s about: The second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series picks up shortly after the first book ends. The storyline follows Feyre who is contending with the sudden expectations for her to fit into he role of a quiet, delicate lady despite having just proven her worth as a fighter. She is surprised to find that her supposed nemesis is the one most concerned for her well-being and more so that he’s the one arranging her escape. From there, Feyre starts on the path to finding her true potential and unlocking great powers

Why we recommend it: This book features incredible examples of character growth, epic fights, and forging strong relationships. Feyre faces many struggles in the beginning of the book but seizes the opportunity to overcome them and embrace her own abilities and strengths. Following along as she learns more about the people and world around her gives the reader the chance to watch as she grows and evolves into a powerful warrior capable of so much more than she ever dreamed. This is a great novel and would be a perfect choice for anyone interested in fantasy, strong female leads, and fey/fairies.

You can find full details for the book in our eCatalog.

Photo credit – Sarah J. Maas website

Staff Recommendation: “The Martian”

What we recommend: The Martian by Andy Weir

What it’s about: Weir’s debut novel is a thrilling science fiction story showcasing humanity’s ability to survive the impossible. The book chronicles Mark Watney’s time on Mars as he struggles to survive alone after being left behind during a terrible storm. Now the sole person on the planet, Mark must not only figure out how to get in touch with Earth, but creating the resources necessary to live long enough to get back home. Continue reading

LibGuide on Hot Topics: Gender

The Library’s “Hot Topics” series continues to grow with the addition of its third LibGuide, which covers the topic of “Gender.” This LibGuide features a wide selection of resources that cover the intricacies of gender.

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