Sarah Kishler

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Beware! cover
It's October and readers of all ages are in the mood for spooky books to read. Here are some age-appropriate, Halloween-appropriate suggestions for school kids who are in the approximately third-to-sixth grade age range. Beware: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories The perennially popular author of the creepy Goosebumps series shares stories by Ray Bradbury, Shel Silverstein, Bram Stoker, Edward Gorey and more. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of a Mystery by James and Deborah Howe This was one of my own favorites when I was about 9 years old. I still have vivid memories of reading about 8-year-old Toby Monroe...Read more...
Reading reviews of the documentary Life Itself on is, well, indeed a “meta” experience. The reviews are about a movie about someone who wrote movie reviews. The new documentary’s source material is largely based on film critic Roger Ebert’s memoir, called Life Itself itself (there’s another meta moment for you). It can be checked out in print or audio CD format from the library. Here are other books about the lives of well-known critics, all available in SJPL's catalog: Film Critic Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark by Brian Kellow "The most powerful, loved and hated film critic...Read more...
Aerial View of Downtown San Jose
It's great fun to read a book set in a location you know. Here are some books you'll find at the San Jose Public Library that are either entirely or partially set in San Jose and/or the surrounding valley: The Setup Man: A Novel by T.T. Monday Johnny Adcock is a relief pitcher for the San Jose Bay Dogs baseball team. To fund his retirement, he begins moonlighting as a private investigator for his teammates. Good Grief : A Novel by Lolly Winston 36-year old Sophie Stanton leads a high-pressure Silicon Valley life in San Jose. But after she loses...Read more...