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Broader Bookshelf

Posted On November 9, 2020

Richland Library challenges readers to discover titles they might not otherwise pickup through their Broader Bookshelf Challenge

“Dear Mister Rogers, Does It Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood?”
By Fred Rogers
Prompt: Read a book of letters or a diary

Fred Rogers replied personally to all his mail, and he got a lot of letters from curious children. This charming book collects some of them, along with his responses, on a variety of topics from the amusing (many children evidently thought Mr. Rogers lived inside the television set) to the intensely serious. The answers are full of Rogers’ trademark sincerity, kindness, empathy and understanding of the needs and minds of children. This is a small book, but it’s full of big ideas and thoughtful answers.

–Sara McBride, Richland Library Main



“My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories”
By Stephanie Perkins
Prompt: Read a YA Novel

If you are looking for the nostalgia of the first blush of love, look no further than this YA title. Join these protagonists as they experience the first touch of a hand and a first kiss from their true love. These twelve short stories cover the magical to the mundane, and you can never tell whether you’ll be down the street or thrust into a different world from their beginnings. They all have the brightness of winter and its surrounding holidays to infuse a little bit of magic into the heart of the story.

--Mahogany Skillings, Richland Library Main



“In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash”
By Jean Shepherd
Prompt: Read a funny book, fiction or nonfiction


“In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash,” the memoir-like novelization of Shepherd’s popular radio stories and the inspiration for the film “A Christmas Story,” follows an adult Ralph as he returns home to Indiana and reminisces with his old buddy Flick about growing up during the Depression in a Midwest mill town. Shepherd’s sardonic observational humor and masterful storytelling makes for a laugh-out-loud reading experience. A small caveat: the book was published in 1966 and contains language common to that time that isn’t acceptable today but is still worthwhile and thoroughly enjoyable.

– Sarah Cameron, Richland Library Main



“Winter’s Tale”
By Mark Helprin
Prompt: Read a book that has a season in the title


In this whimsical modern classic, set in turn of the 20th Century New York City, Peter Lake is on the run from a street gang when he is rescued by a mysterious white horse who becomes his protector. Still on the run, Peter attempts to burgle the fantastical Penn house, but in the process, meets and falls in love with the beautiful, but consumptive Beverly Penn. Their whirlwind romance transcends life and even wards off the dangers Peter continues to experience at the hands of the street gang. “Winter’s Tale” is a spell-binding saga interwoven with romance, magic, humor and a lot of heart.

–Megan Mathis, Richland Library Main


”Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors”
By Sonali Dev
Prompt: Choose a book based on its cover and read it

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the best romance novels are those in which the characters start off on the wrong foot… sparks fly… animosity turns into love, and there is great banter in between.

“Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” is the story of Dr. Trisha, a neurosurgeon from a prestigious family who is perceived as a proud, stuck-up snob by a chef named Darcy James, AKA DJ. Julia Wickham, a marvelous teller of lies and ex-best friend of Trisha, causes further misunderstandings while Emma, DJ’s sister, is battling a life-threatening brain tumor. Trisha savors the delicious flavors of DJ’s culinary creations while he is mesmerized by watching her eat the food with relish. They both must resolve the events of their past to move forward with the future.

–Mona Verma, Richland Library Main

For more information or questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email estoll@richlandlibrary.com.

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