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“Gods of Jade and Shadow” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own. This new life seems as distant as the stars — until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.
“Wild Beauty” by Jana Blankenship: Just like chemical additives in our food, synthetic ingredients in our hair and skin care can wreak havoc with our bodies. “Wild Beauty” is an inspiring and highly usable guide to harnessing the miraculous power of plants to make your own face oils, body balms, hairspray, bath salts and more. With gorgeous photographs and tips on creating a meaningful self-care regimen, this is the only book you need for true, holistic beauty.
“Little Woods”: Writer-director Nia DaCosta’s debut feature film has been described as a “modern Western” about two sisters who, out of financial desperation, turn to crime in North Dakota. One of them (Tessa Thompson) decides to smuggle painkillers across the Canadian border to prevent her pregnant and penniless sister (Lily James) from becoming homeless.
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
“Motor Mouse” by Cynthia Rylan: Meet Motor Mouse. He is a mouse on the move! Enjoy the stories “The Friday Cake Day”, “Going for a Look-About” and “Front Row at the Picture Show”.
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
“What to Do with a String” by Jane Yolen: Snag the spirit of adventure and lasso the limitless horizons of imagination to discover all the simple yet fantastical things one can make out of a string — from slingshots to sails, swings to phone lines.
Did you know?
Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and Illinois College have a longstanding partnership in which students from overseas come to Jacksonville and vice versa. Illinois College student Lauren Leischner studied in Kyoto this summer. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the library will host a travelogue program during which she will discuss her immersive experience in Japan, including the culture, points of interest, her work and more.