Reader’s Lounge

by Jacob Reed

This month’s dynamic selections deal with relationships, grief, motivation and seizing opportunities.

Still Life with Woodpecker

by Tom Robbins

Princess Leigh-Cheri is an exiled cheerleader princess currently residing in Seattle with her royal parents. On a trip to Hawaii with her servant Gulietta, Leigh-Cheri meets charmingly unstable Bernard Mickey Wrangler, better known as notorious outlaw bomber The Woodpecker. The results of their meeting is more explosive than they could have ever imagined.

Robbins writes his with a signature, unabashed wackiness. Occasionally philosophical, often lyrical but mostly just plain fun, this unrelenting tale allows readers to witness a truly unique kind of love.

The Name of the Wind

by Patrick Rothfuss

Kote is the quiet innkeeper of a small rural village and knows how that the world is in a state of disillusionment. When a mysterious writer called Chronicler arrives at his inn, Kote reluctantly reveals himself to be Kvothe, the legendary adventurer, and thus begins a three-day recounting of his amazing tale.

Rothfuss writes with an intensely poetic prose. A healthy mix of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings with a dash of Harry Potter, The Name of the Wind is a fully engrossing fantasy experience that should not be missed.

Universal Harvester

by John Darnielle

Not many interesting things tend to happen in small Iowa towns. At least that’s how Jeremy, a 22-year-old video clerk at a dying video rental store, tends to feel. He has also had to deal with his fair share of tragedy that keeps him and his father clinging to the past. One night, one of the videos Jeremy brings home is spliced with a few seconds of mysterious and disturbing footage, the implications of which he just can’t seem to shake.

Universal Harvester is an unconventional horror novel that delves into the personal and profound, spinning a yarn about dealing with intense grief and the significant impact parents (or their absence) have on their children.

Under the Dome

by Stephen King

At precisely 11:44 a.m., the town of Chester’s Mill is separated from the outside by a mysterious and impenetrable invisible dome. With the government making no progress in remedying the situation, the town’s inhabitants are left to live with the repercussions. Seizing the opportunities offered by complete isolation, there are those within the town grabbing for power, those indulging in their own twisted natures and those who just want to survive the rising tension and diminishing resources.

Under the Dome is a story about how a small community might react in an unfamiliar situation when left to their own devices. King writes each character with riveting realism to create a living and breathing town that the reader easily feels a part of and, by the end of the book, will not want to leave behind.

Jacob Reed is a recent college graduate, Communications Assistant at KDL and proud resident of Grand Rapids. 


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