Alex is the lone boy on staff...'better come in and wish him luck! (Actually, Alex has been a longtime Saturn customer and is a prolific reader with a good eye for what young guys like to read, he has quite a following among our customers...) He was the 2016 St. Mary Valedictorian, and is off to study at NMU, returning to us on breaks - because that's just what our staffers do!
When a massive solar storm renders modern technology useless, the only people who are not immediately affected by the catastrophe are the Amish. Their larders are stocked and their farms have been operated by hand for hundreds of years. However, as the English (the Amish phrase for non-Amish Americans) society collapses, bands of looters begin to leave the cities in search of supplies.
Told from the perspective of an Amish farmer named Jacob, When the English Fall is a story of maintaining faith in the face of extreme violence and hardship.
Inspired by the twitter account @jonnysun, Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too is the story of Jomny Sun, a little alien with a big heart who was sent to Earth to observe humans. While he doesn’t meet any humans, Jomny does meet an introverted Hedgehog who wants to succeed as an artist, an egg that is anxious over what it will hatch into, an owl who is worried he isn’t wise enough to be an owl, and many other quirky creatures.
The spelling in this book is awful, but the writing is beautiful. Told in over 300 pages of simple illustrations, Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too discusses complex topics including the importance of friendship, what it means to be an artist, mortality, and how to make a difference in your own life, to name but a few.
Richard Mayhew is an average guy living an average life. He has a typical corporate job in London and a girlfriend who is way out of his league. That all changes when he stops to help a young woman whom he finds unconscious on the sidewalk. This event quickly drags Richard into a world that exists just below his, a world populated by people who fell through the cracks of London and into magic and mystery.
Neverwhere is the first novel by Neil Gaiman that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I’m positive it won’t be the last. The poetic prose and air of mystery in this book kept me turning pages until I was out of pages to turn.
In 1986 Christopher Knight walked out into the wilderness of Maine with nothing except for a desire to be alone. He did not re-enter society for 27 years. In that time, he spoke only one word and had no physical contact with other human beings. Over the course of nearly three decades, he broke into cabins roughly 1000 times in search of food and other essential supplies. This is his story, told for the first time by Michael Finkel, based of of numerous interviews with Knight himself, as well as with the law enforcement officers who eventually apprehended him.
The Moth is a storytelling group based in NYC that holds a wide range of themed storytelling events across the country and abroad. All These Wonders is a collection of some of these stories from figures including comedian Louis C.K., former child soldier and human rights activist Ishmael Beah, and many others you’ve never heard of. Funny, heartwarming, haunting, and thought-provoking, All These Wonders is a book that will be at the forefront of my mind for quite some time.
Have you ever been watching a movie or television show and there’s a scene where someone gets sucked out of a plane window, or struck by lightning, or buried alive, and have you ever wondered, “Is that really how that happens?” Well, I have. I ask that question all the time. That’s why I loved And Then You’re Dead, by Cody Cassidy and Dr. Paul Doherty, because this book has all the answers. In each chapter, you’ll learn exactly what happens when you get sucked out of a plane window, or struck by lightning, or buried alive, or any number of implausible scenarios. Far from being as grim and gruesome as you would expect this book to be, And Then You’re Dead is gleeful and fun to read. I recommend this book if you’re like me and you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you were struck by a penny that was dropped from the top of the Empire State building. Spoiler alert: if it’s a penny you’ll live, but if it’s a ballpoint pen…
Turn on any news station for longer than ten minutes and you will likely see and hear a politician give his or her opinion on a scientific issue. Generally, these opinions are loaded with logical fallacies designed to promote a policy. In Not a Scientist, David Levitan dismantles the most prominent of these fallacies using numerous, real-world examples that are hilarious until you realize that they actually worked. Read this insightful book and be ready the next time you hear the words “I’m not a scientist, but…”
Full of perplexing puzzles, riddles, and math-based challenges, Can You Solve my Problems is the ultimate challenge for anyone who prides themselves on being a rational thinker. With nearly 200 pages of brainteasers, this book is guaranteed to bring hours of fun (and more than a few hours of frustration as well). If anyone else would like to read the book, I need help with the one on page forty…
This book feels less like a scientific text and more like a personal conversation with a friend. Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson does a fantastic job educating readers about complex cosmological concepts using simple analogies in a way that is approachable for everyone. I recommend Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to anyone who has ever wanted to know more about where we came from, where we’re going, or who just enjoys looking up at the night sky.
This book has been compared to The Fault in our Stars with a liberal heaping of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. While that comparison is accurate, it doesn’t really do The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko justice because this novel is more than capable of standing on its own merit.
Told in the first person through Ivan’s journal, this is a story of love, loss, and humanity in the darkest of settings. Deeply moving and haunting… I’m sure I will be thinking about The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko for a while to come.
Jason Dessan is a brilliant man in a mediocre position teaching physics. He's also a family man who is happily married to the love of his life. On his way home from the grocery store one evening, Jason is attacked, drugged, and taken somewhere else. When he wakes up, he finds that nothing is as it was. Somehow he is one of the world’s leading physicists, his home is empty, and his wife does not know him. The world seems to be playing a convoluted prank on him, until Jason realizes that the truth is even more complicated.
I very much enjoyed Dark Matter, a novel that explores the multiverse theory in an approachable way. The action is tense, well paced, and left me wanting more by Blake Crouch.