Popular books being checked out at the Lincoln Public Library District


Wondering what the people of Lincoln read? Here are some of the most popular titles of the month in the Lincoln Public Library District.


“The Library: A Fragile History” by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen

Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen retrace the history of the library. The Library: A Fragile History travels through time, from the days when libraries were private collections accumulated by wealthy elites, to being the exclusive holders of esoteric knowledge only for the most curious of scholars, to its status now as a public place for anyone to learn and have fun. To. In addition to covering the history of the library, this book also touches on prominent philanthropists and reading fanatics who helped shape libraries, cultural shifts in popular and unpopular types of reading material, and crimes committed to valuable books and manuscripts.

“The Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky and the Murderous Gentleman Who Inspired a Masterpiece” by Kevin Birmingham

The Sinner and the Saint is the true story of how an upper-middle-class born French poet, Pierre François Lacenaire, became an ax-murdering and suffocating “political activist” from his mother, and how he inspired Fyodor Dostoyevsky to write Crime and Punishment. The Sinner and the Saint also enters Dostoevsky’s life before and during the writing of Crime and Punishment, from his life in Serbian exile surrounded by criminals, to his time out of exile in St. Petersburg where he fought his gambling addiction and struggled to support himself as he wrote. Crime and Punishment began the heyday of Dostoyevsky’s career, and The Sinner and the Saint tells the story of the writing of this literary achievement.

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"The Wolf and the Lumberjack ”by Ava Reid

Ava Reid’s “The Wolf and the Lumberjack”

The Wolf and the Woodcutter is a fantastic story about two outcasts. Evike (a cursed helpless human woman) and Gaspar (a disgraced prince) must team up and work together to defeat the monsters and prevent Gaspar’s ruthless family from seizing power in the country and turning it into a tyrannical state. These two outcasts must work together to save a country that treats them like foreigners.

“Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead

From the author of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning The Underground Railroad and Nickel Boys, here is Harlem Shuffle, a heist story full of ruthless gangsters, stolen jewelry, and crooked cops, all set in Harlem in the 1960s. Harlem Shuffle focuses on Ray Carney, a furniture salesman whose cousin Freddie mixes him up in a hotel heist. Ray is torn between his life as an honest, hard-working salesperson and his other life as a thief. Being a criminal can make Ray’s life a lot harder, but it opens his eyes to who’s really pulling the strings in Harlem and who really are the biggest criminals.


“Six purple cranes” by Elizabeth Lim

Shiori may be a privileged princess, but she has secret magical abilities that she must try to control and arranged marriages that she cannot escape. On her forced wedding day, she panics and loses control of her powers, revealing them to everyone. As punishment, Shiori’s mother-in-law banishes Shiori and magically turns his brothers into cranes. She casts a curse on Shiori that for every word she speaks, one of her brothers will die. Shiori, now without money, voice and family, must find his crane brothers and fight a plot to seize the throne.

Star Wars: Galactic Baking: The Official Tatooine, Hoth, and Beyond Cookbook of Sweet and Savory Treats Cookbook by Insight Editions

Star Wars: Galactic Baking: The Official Tatooine, Hoth, and Beyond Cookbook of Sweet and Savory Treats Cookbook by Insight Editions

A galaxy-spanning cookbook filled with interstellar instructions on how to prepare Star Wars-themed foods, such as Sith Cookies, Cloud City Marshmallows, and Mustafarian Molten Lava Cake. This cookbook contains over thirty Star Wars related recipes for readers of all skill levels. Why not take this book for some easy to do ideas for the holiday season? Especially if you are a Star Wars fan or are going to cook for some.


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The Beatles: The Yellow Submarine

The Beatles: The Yellow Submarine

Embark on the trip of a lifetime! Once upon a time … or maybe twice, a supernatural paradise called Pepperland. A place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all of that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent their army led by a threatening flying glove to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humor, their songs and, of course, their yellow submarine, the Fab Four take on the rough seas in an effort to bring down the evil forces of the blues.

The Haunting of Bly's Mansion

The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion

Death does not mean gone. An au pair delves into an abyss of spooky secrets in the gothic novel from the creator of “The Haunting of Hill House”. This 3-disc collection takes you deeper behind the scenes with exclusive reporting and in-depth audio commentary, including with series creator Mike Flanagan.

This article and previous articles can be found on their website www.lincolnpubliclibrary.org ● Other reading recommendations can be found under “Don’t know what to read” ● Still confused? Call the annex traffic office for more suggestions (217)732-8878


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