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Local Author Spotlight J. A. Devereaux

Long Running Series Author Recently, local author J.A. Devereaux sat down with Adult Services librarian Becca Skau to chat about being a local author in Jackson County. Devereaux is author of the Requisition For: A Thief series and expects to release Book 8 of the series in late Spring or early Summer of 2019. She…

Two Directors Make Strong Debuts in These New Release Movies

October’s new release movies showcased two great new talents in directors Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You) and Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade). Riley, who made a name as a rapper with the group The Coup, has directed one of this year’s most original movies. Titled Sorry to Bother You, the film follows an African-American telemarketer…

Get Scared in a Hurry with These Spooky Short Stories

Casual horror readers might associate the genre with Stephen King’s thousand-page tomes, but some of the most satisfying scary reads can come in the short story format. King has published a few great short story collections, as well as writers like Bentley Little, Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, and more. Check them out below: Stephen King…

Nico Walker: Veteran, Bank Robber, Prisoner, and Now a Lauded Novelist

Nico Walker — the debut author who is making waves with his novel, Cherry — did not follow a traditional track to publishing his first novel. At the age many young authors would attend writing classes or workshops, Walker served as a medic in Iraq. Later, he’d return to the United States with PTSD and…

Michael Pollan Weighs the Therapeutic Value of Psychedelic Drugs in How to Change Your Mind

Psychedelic drugs like LSD and “magic” mushrooms tend to stir up a particular association with the rebellious youth of the late ‘60s. But Michael Pollan, the respected journalist who deconstructed American eating habits in books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma, has started a psychedelic conversation that has nothing to do with rebellion. In How to Change…

In Enlightenment Now, a Harvard Professor Calls on Raw Data to Argue Positive Worldview

Newspapers have never been go-to sources of comfort for Americans, especially while utilizing the mantra “if it bleeds, it leads.” But Harvard professor and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker has a counter-argument for those negative headlines—and any person who argues that society is headed toward a complete collapse. Pinker’s latest book—Enlightenment Now: The Case for Science,…

Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage Explores Commitment Under Duress

Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage is one of the few 2018 titles generating buzz among critics and readers alike. The novel, which is the latest installment in Oprah’s Book Club, follows two young professionals in Atlanta: Celestial and Roy. The newlyweds face a nightmare scenario when Roy is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 12 years…

Check Out These Grammy-Winning Albums Today

The 2018 Grammys came to a close recently, with Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar taking home the top prizes. Whether you’re a fan of pop, rock, rap, country, or jazz, JDL has a wide selection of offerings from the 2018 Grammy winners. You can place holds on some of the winning albums below: 24K Magic…

Place February’s Hottest New Movies on Hold Today

It just got easier to stay up to date on JDL’s hottest DVD and Blu-ray releases. Starting this month JDL patrons may place holds on the newest movie titles, which now circulate for a full week. This means that you can place holds on your favorite new movies, even before they’re available at your branch….

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