Usually we spend a lot of time reading book reviews in professional journals like Library Journal, School Library Journal, and Booklist, but there’s a lot of satisfaction in perusing the book shelves and reading the blurbs and descriptions on dust jackets. There are always surprises to be found. Especially in Chop Suey.
Here’s what we picked up:
Atlas Obscura collects curious and unusual destinations and happenings around the world. This book is a collection of some of their oddest, wonderful places around the world.
All things Richmond and food from Sauer’s seasonings and Sally Bell’s to lunch counter sit-ins and
This book has nothing to do with the Netflix show Stranger Things. Or does it? Perhaps the Duffer brothers are huge fans of Kelly Link. Maybe this 2001 short story collection inspired them just as much as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. If you’re unfamiliar with Kelly Link, you should remedy that soon.
Leigh Calvez does for owls what Sy Montgomery did for octopuses. Calvez sheds new light and perspective on these mysterious, amazing animals.
And have you seen the owl gifs on the Internet?! GAH!
Michael Branch takes us through his adventures in the hostile environs of the Great Basin Desert in Nevada. Branch is a humorist, environmentalist, and captivating storyteller.
Talk about the Virginia State Penitentiary may not make for the best Thanksgiving, but the history of the prison, which sat along Belvidere, Spring, and 2nd Streets, is interesting all the same. The penitentiary was demolished in the early 90s.