Norman Public Library
This month's "Staff Selections" guest columnist is Lindsay, an Administrative Assistant in the Pioneer Library System's Development Office. The Development Office works closely with the Pioneer Library System Foundation.
"Originally an Army brat, I've lived all over the country and overseas. My first library job was as a clerk in military library in Germany, doing everything from circulation to story times to painting walls," says Lindsay. "I have a natural love of stories that followed me into college, when I studied journalism and film studies at the University of Oklahoma, focusing on writing and critique. It was, however, in my part time job as a clerk at PLS that I found my home six years ago."
Lindsay plays a pivotal role in the PLS Foundation, which provides advocacy and financial support to enrich the present and enhance the future of the library system. She says, "Working for libraries gives me a great feeling every day when I go home - that I did something great for my community."
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Lindsay: "Jones, the uber-popular author of Howl’s Moving Castle, wrote this book as a parody of what was quickly becoming a formulaic genre - fantasy. In the novel, the misunderstood wizard Derk is chosen to play the annual part of the “Dark Lord” for interdimensional tourists. His friends and family - including several griffin children and flying horses - quickly rise up to help him fight against the tourism giant Mr. Chesney, and possible save their world from destruction and Hawaiian t-shirts. Not only is this a quick-paced and funny adventure, but you’ll feel immensely smart noticing all the fantasy tropes and cliches cleverly turned on their heads."
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Lindsay: "I never thought I’d be recommending a book where the plot rests on the intrigues of contract law, but, well, here we are. Gladstone’s debut novel mixes fantasy and courtroom drama together in an intriguing world unlike any I’ve ever seen. His rich tale focuses on Tara, a new associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, and her first case: the murder of a god. The book’s slow pace quickly picks up when they reach the city of Alt Coulumb, and more complete explanation of its massive mythos is given. You won’t be disappointed in this inventive mystery that defies expectations."
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Lindsay: "Kinsella’s latest was everything I was looking for in a summer read - light, breezy, and effervescent. Poppy Wyatt is having the worst day of her life when she loses both her engagement ring and her cell phone, and thinks she may have been saved when she finds another cell thrown in the trash. A comedy of errors ensues as she confiscates the phone as her own, juggling both her turmoil and the life of its previous owner, the assistant of Sam Roxton. The characters are relatable, and their conversations sparkle with wit and sass. If you’re looking for an enjoyable romantic comedy with little-to-no guilt involved, this is it."
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Lindsay: "I’m always on the lookout for a great strong female character, and Katsa is strong like no other. She is “graced” - gifted with an extraordinary and savage talent. After being used as a thug by her uncle, the king, Katsa strikes out on her own to make something good of herself and her Grace. This enchanting story of survival and revolution is a great read, and just the first of the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, so don’t fret too much when you race to the end and still want more from Katsa, Po and Bitterblue. "