If I've got my intel right, NoveList is in the process of changing the format and delivery system from the NextReads newsletters, so the current Durham County Library's NextReads subscription page and NextReads archive page may or may not be working. If anything changes, I'll be sure to post new directions and links here. In the meantime, enjoy this month's list.
New @ Durham County Library
Secret Identities and Alter Egos
And of course, identity issues aren't limited to books in the superhero genre. Give these a try if capes and tights aren't your thing.
by Gelatt and Crook (spy fiction): An Irishman working for
British intelligence infiltrates both Tsarist and anarchist circles in
pre-revolutionary Russia. (Editor's pick!)
- Phoenix Without Ashes by Ellison and Robinson (science fiction): A member of an isolated community defies his elders to explore the edges of his world, causing him to doubt their teachings and his own identity.
- Good Dog by Chaffee (period realism of a sort): Stray dog Ivan goes on a journey of self-discovery without leaving town in an attempt to find where he belongs -- on the streets, in a pack, under the care of humans, or somewhere else entirely.
- Fun Home and Are You My Mother? by Bechdel (memoir): Bechdel relates a series of recollections about childhood with her closeted gay father and repressed but artistic mother.
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Parker (science fiction): This expert adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel (which was inspiration for the film Blade Runner) explores what it means to be human, particularly in comparison with the androids that the main character is paid to track down and "retire".
- City of Glass by Karasik and Mazzucchelli (crime/mystery): In this Paul Auster adaptation, a mystery writer adopts the persona of writer Paul Auster (!) to solve a mystery. Existential crisis ensues. (Editor's pick!)