Multcolib Picks: Quick reads for harried parents

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane By Gaiman, Neil (Book - 2013 ) FICTION GAIMAN 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle By Jackson, Shirley (Book - 2006 ) FICTION JACKSON Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 6 copies

Annotation:Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, this is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family.

Dad Is Fat
Dad Is Fat By Gaffigan, Jim (Book - 2013 ) 814.6 G131d 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Comedian Jim Gaffigan, who's best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children.

Selected Stories
Selected Stories By Trevor, William (Book - 2010 ) FICTION TREVOR 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A marvelous collection from "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language" ( The New Yorker ).

The London Scene
The London Scene Six Essays on London Life By Woolf, Virginia (Book - 2006 ) 914.21 W913L 2006 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A collection of essays inspired by the celebrated writer's favorite walks.

Blankets A Graphic Novel By Thompson, Craig (Book - 2003 ) GN THOMPSON Available in some locations

Annotation:Loosely based on the author's life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.

Foreign Correspondence
Foreign Correspondence By Brooks, Geraldine (Book - 1999 ) B-Br7895f 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:As a young girl in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. Twenty years later Brooks, an award-winning foreign correspondent, embarked on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends.

The Final Solution
The Final Solution A Story of Detection By Chabon, Michael (Book - 2004 ) FICTION CHABON Available in some locations

Annotation:As fans of the great detective know, after retirement Holmes moved from London to Sussex, where he spent his days keeping bees. Chabon's story takes place during WWII, when Holmes is 89 and intent on bee-keeping only-until a mysterious boy wanders into town. The boy is remarkable for two reasons: he's clearly intelligent but is mute, and he keeps a parrot that mouths, among other utterances, numbers in German. (Publisher's Weekly)

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories By Maclean, Norman (Book - 2001 ) FICTION MACLEAN 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:From its first magnificent sentence, "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing", to the last, "I am haunted by waters", A River Runs Through It is an American classic.

Asleep By Yoshimoto, Banana (Book - 2000 ) FICTION YOSHIMOTO

Annotation:Three young women bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning for a lost lover, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, who has embarked on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself suddenly unable to stay awake. A third finds her sleep haunted by a woman against whom she was once pitted in a love triangle.

Ways of Seeing
Ways of Seeing By Berger, John (Book - 1977 ) 701 W358 1977 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Seven essays, three of which use only pictures examines the relationship between what we see and what we know.

Travels With Alice
Travels With Alice By Trillin, Calvin (Book - 1989 ) 641.01 T829ta Available in some locations

Annotation:This delightful book collects Calvin Trillin's accounts of his trips to Europe with his wife, Alice, and their two daughters.

Siddhartha By Hesse, Hermann (Book - 2000 ) FICTION HESSE Available in some locations

Annotation:This classic of twentieth-century literature chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha- a spiritual journey that has inspired generations of readers.

Walks With Men
Walks With Men By Beattie, Ann (Book - 2010 ) FICTION BEATTIE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:It is 1980 in New York City, and Jane, a valedictorian fresh out of Harvard, strikes a deal with Neil, an intoxicating writer twenty years her senior. The two quickly become lovers, living together in a Chelsea brownstone, and Neil reveals the rules for a life well lived. Neil's certainties, Jane discovers, mask his deceptions. Her true education begins.

Breeding in Captivity
Breeding in Captivity One Woman's Unusual Path to Motherhood By Bolt, Stacy (Book - 2013 ) 306.8743 B6942b 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Breeding in Captivity takes us on Stacy Bolt's journey to have a child at "advanced maternal age," first with the help of a Really Expensive fertility specialist, and then ultimately through a local adoption agency. But this isn't your typical serious memoir about struggling with infertility; it's an entertaining, witty read that perfectly balances humor with its more poignant moments.

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis By Davis, Lydia (Book - 2009 ) FICTION DAVIS 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 14 copies

Annotation:The art of "an American virtuoso of the short story form" ( Salon ).

Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day By Sedaris, David (Book - 2000 ) 814.5 S447m 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals.

The Best American Short Stories 2013
The Best American Short Stories 2013 Selected From U.S. and Canadian Magazines (Book - 2013 ) FICTION BEST 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 3 copies
The Uncommon Reader
The Uncommon Reader By Bennett, Alan (Book - 2008 ) FICTION BENNETT 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:"When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely ... and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. "

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Hey Parent! You'd love to get through just one good read, but let's face it - what with packing school lunches, changing diapers and preparing for bedtime, you don't have a lot of time to devote to reading before you fall into an exhausted sleep. Here are some short titles that can be read in one...well, maybe a few sittings.

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