May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month. We worked with the South Central Mental Health Counseling Center to create a display in the Children’s Library to assist patrons with postpartum concerns and provide local community resources.
Below are several books in our collection that speak on postpartum depression, loss, and mental health issues, which you can find on display in the Children’s Library:
There is so much to like about a book that combines comic books, mystery and mayhem, romance, and geek culture. Not your standard Cozy Mystery, The Frame-Up follows MG as she navigates life as a no-nonsense, passionate comic book writer.
When MG discovers a potential comic book link to a series of local crimes, she teams up with hot cop Matteo to try to find the connection. Like any good cozy mystery, MG soon branches out on her own and fun and quirky hijinks ensue.
Part of what makes this a great read is Molin’s depiction of MG. Her decisions and actions throughout the story don’t always make sense to the reader and at times she bumbles things and obstructs the investigation. In her excitement, MG places herself and others in dangerous situations without fully thinking through the consequences. She’s flawed. She’s a real person. She’s relatable to the reader.
The Frame-Up has just a hint of romance — more of a will-they-or-won’t-they scenario — and sets up the storyline between MG and Matteo for future installments. Molin’s writing is light and funny, with just the right amount of pop culture references to not feel trite. The Frame-Up is a fun, easy read for when you’re not looking for something serious – great for a lazy afternoon or weekend.
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
I chose this book initially because like most of the country I had fallen under the spell of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Surprisingly, this book turned out to be one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. My Dear Hamilton gives us a glimpse into the life of Eliza Schuyler before she became Mrs. Hamilton.
As with most historical fiction the authors embellished some of the characters and events. I did appreciate the extent of the authors’ research into the actual people, places and events that took place during Eliza’s lifetime.
I love historical fiction, especially the Revolutionary War era. If you are a fan of Hamilton the musical you will really enjoy this book. Perfect mix of historical facts with great imaginative writing.