Jessica Chung

Reading Interests: 
fiction, history, mysteries, cookbooks, eaudiobooks
What I'm Reading Now: 
"The Lost City of the Monkey God" by Douglas Preston

Blogs by this Author

cover image for "The Hamilton Affair: A Novel" by Elizabeth Cobbs
Like most musicals, Hamilton has produced an original Broadway cast soundtrack . However, the show's influence and creative output has continued since 2015--drawing a parallel to the musical's subject, the hardworking Alexander Hamilton. The latest instance of the musical's influence appears to be Hamildrops , a website featuring a new song to be released each month in 2018. (The first track, "Ben Franklin's Song" by The Decemberists , fittingly debuted in December 2017.) January's track is "Wrote My Way Out Remix" featuring Royce Da 5'9" , Joyner Lucas, Black Thought, and Aloe Blacc . Another recent addition to the Hamilton...Read more...
Best. State. Ever. by Dave Barry
As the weather turns colder, staying indoors becomes more appealing, but you can still travel without leaving your home by getting lost in a book! Check out these items that take place in different parts of the U.S. and/or international locations. Best. State. Ever: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry Author Dave Barry takes readers to various sights in the state of Florida, where he has lived for years, and gives us his first-hand impressions and views of the state as written in his humorous style. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (translated by Alexander...Read more...
Book cover image for "Could It Be Forever?: My Story" by David Cassidy
Recommended titles in honor of the life of singer and actor David Cassidy who died November 21, 2017.Read more...
Jodie Whitaker portrait
Catch up on Jodie Whittaker's past work. Whittaker will be the new Doctor in Doctor Who.Read more...
Cover image for "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen
After I wrote my first post about authors who write for children and adults , fellow librarian Rory Dougan very kindly recommended some more authors to me. Thank you, Rory! Check out his suggestions below. Judy Blume Prolific children's author Judy Blume has written a book for adults too! . For Adults For Children Michael Chabon Among his works, Chabon is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay . Try requesting his recent book Moonglow: A Novel for free through LINK+ with your San Jose Public Library card if we don't have a copy available. For Adults...Read more...
Album cover for "The Very Best of The Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer"
Every summer vacation needs a soundtrack. Search our catalog for CDs you can borrow from your local library or listen to music on-the-go by streaming albums with Hoopla . Whether on the road or in the air, on a staycation or a destination abroad, try these tunes for your summer activities! Song of the Summer and More "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi , Daddy Yankee , and Justin Bieber According to Mashable , "Despacito" has been named 2017's song of the summer by being in the top spot on the charts and setting a record for most-streamed song. Find it on...Read more...
Cover image for "The Misadventures of Adam West Omnibus"
Adam West passed away on June 9, 2017. Perhaps best known for his role as "Batman" in the television series of the 1960s, West also had an extensive career in film and voiceover work that can be seen on his official website and on . Here are a few items from the San Jose Public Library's catalog that feature the actor as well. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is an animated movie featuring West as the voice of Batman with Burt Ward, his co-star in the live-action series from the '60s, voicing Robin. The two heroes face off...Read more...
Book cover for "I Funny: A Middle School Story" by James Patterson
With our Summer Reading Challenge just around the corner, now is a great time to find books for the whole family. Here are a few authors who write for both adults and children. David Baldacci Check out these suspenseful novels for adults or children by David Baldacci . Adult Fiction Children's Fiction John Grisham Grisham is author of The Firm and other legal thrillers. Try these titles. Adult Fiction Children's Fiction More in the Theodore Boone series James Patterson Creator of the character Alex Cross , some of Patterson's novels have also been adapted into movies. Adult Fiction Children's Fiction...Read more...
Book cover for "Shutter Island"
Are you a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio? Here are a few literary works that were the basis for some of his films. Body of Lies Check out this exciting, page-turning novel by David Ignatius before or after you see the DiCaprio film of the same name. In the movie, DiCaprio plays Roger Ferris, a CIA agent working in the Middle East with Russell Crowe as his supervisor at the CIA. Catch Me If You Can The movie Catch Me If You Can is based on the book of the same name by Frank William Abagnale, Jr and Stan Redding. Among...Read more...
Murder on the Orient Express e-audiobook narrated by Dan Stevens
Dan Stevens won fans' hearts with his portrayal of Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey . See some of the actor's other work relating to literary adaptations below. And Then There Were None Listen to Stevens narrate and perform character voices for this mystery about 10 strangers lured to a remote location who then start getting killed off. If you enjoy this e-audiobook, Stevens also performs Christie's Murder on the Orient Express , starring sleuth Hercule Poirot. Both titles are available for free with Hoopla and your SJPL library card . Beauty and the Beast Stevens stars as the Beast in...Read more...