Thursday, January 9, 2014


Yesterday, the Internet* so kindly reminded us that rocker David Bowie turned 67 years old!  Ever wonder what books he would recommend for you to read?  Well, wonder no more... I give you Bowie’s booktrysts, in reverse chronological order:

1.      The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby (2008)

2.      The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)

3.      The Coast of Utopia (trilogy) by Tom Stoppard (2007)

4.      Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875–1945 by Jon Savage(2007)

5.      Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (2002)

6.      The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens(2001)

7.      Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler(1997)

8.      A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1890–1924 byOrlando Figes (1997)

9.      The Insult by Rupert Thomson (1996)

10.    Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (1995)

11.    The Bird Artist by Howard Norman (1994)

12.    Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir by Anatole Broyard (1993)



15.    David Bomberg by Richard Cork (1988)


17.    The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin (1986)

18.    Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd (1985)

19.    Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey(1984)

20.    Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter (1984)

21.    Money  by Martin Amis (1984)

22.    White Noise by Don DeLillo (1984)

23.    Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes (1984)

24.    The Life and Times of Little Richard by Charles White (1984)

25.    A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn(1980)

26.    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)

27.    Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester (1980)

28.    Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (1980)

29.    Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess (1980)

30.    Raw, a “graphix magazine” (1980–1991)

31.    Viz, magazine (1979–)

32.    The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels (1979)

33.    Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz (1978)

34.    In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan (1978)

35.    Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews by ed Malcolm Cowley (1977)


37.    Tales of Beatnik Glory (public library) by Ed Saunders (1975)

38.    Mystery Train (public library) by Greil Marcus (1975)

39.    Selected Poems (public library) by Frank O’Hara (1974)



42.    Octobriana and the Russian Underground  by Peter Sadecky(1971)

43.    The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll by Charlie Gillett (1970)

44.    The Quest for Christa T by Christa Wolf (1968)


46.    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)

47.    Journey into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg (1967)

48.    Last Exit to Brooklyn  by Hubert Selby Jr. (1966)

49.    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)

50.    City of Night by John Rechy (1965)

51.    Herzog by Saul Bellow (1964)

52.    Puckoon by Spike Milligan (1963)

53.    The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford (1963)

54.    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea by Yukio Mishima (1963)

55.    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)

56.    A Clockwork Orange  by Anthony Burgess (1962)

57.    Inside the Whale and Other Essays  by George Orwell (1962)

58.    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961)

59.    Private Eye, magazine (1961–)

60.    On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious  by Douglas Harding (1961)

61.    Silence: Lectures and Writing by John Cage (1961)

62.    Strange People  by Frank Edwards (1961)

63.    The Divided Self  by R. D. Laing (1960)

64.    All the Emperor’s Horses  by David Kidd (1960)

65.    Billy Liar  by Keith Waterhouse (1959)

66.    The Leopard  by Giuseppe di Lampedusa (1958)

67.    On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)

68.    The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard (1957)

69.    Room at the Top by John Braine (1957)

70.    A Grave for a Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno (1956)

71.    The Outsider  by Colin Wilson (1956)

72.    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)

73.    Nineteen Eighty-Fourby George Orwell (1949)

74.    The Street by Ann Petry (1946)

75.    Black Boy  by Richard Wright (1945)


*source: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/03/david-bowie-reading-list/

And as always, read at your own risk.  IFPL is merely offering a list put together by an outside source, a source that may have added material that may be inappropriate for all readers. Thanks!

Friday, November 1, 2013

E-Collection Requests

You can now make requests for the e-collection right on OverDrive!

This is how you can do it:

Search for the title... for example, I searched for "The Peach Keeper", and this is what OverDrive had to offer:


After I click on "Additional Titles to recommend", a new page appears with (hopefully) what I was looking for.  In this case, it did:

And now, you will have to be signed in with your library card number to recommend that the library purchase the book.  You will have the option to have the library just alert you when the title is purchased, or you can have the title put on hold for you when it's purchased.

Now you have made your recommendation!  You will be emailed as to when the title is purchased, and (if you requested it) when the book is ready for your download from your hold shelf.

Still have questions?  Please let us know...

See you in the library!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

book clubs...

Are you in a book club?  

Do you know that we have book club boxes--with each box containing 10 copies of a book and information/questions about the book?

Did you know that you can vote on the new 2014 collection?

Head over to the Book Club page, read through the titles up for nomination, and vote right there on the blog... or come down to the library for your paper ballot.  Either way, please have your choices made by October 31, 2013.

Also, plan on attending the Book Club in a Box Debut night on January 13 at 7pm in the conference room.  We will announce the winners, talk about each of the books and start checking the boxes out!

Contact Jenniffer if you have questions
jhentzen@ifpl.org  or  612-8462

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Reading is here

It's back and better than ever... SUMMER READING!!

This summer, we challenge you to read (or listen to) any book you want... really, anything... fluffy fiction titles, informational non-fiction books, whatever you like!

After you read your book, add it to your reading log and bring your reading log to the library where you will receive a weekly prize drawing ticket for every book you've read--yeah, every book you read gets you a drawing ticket for a fantastic prize!!

In addition to all of the weekly prizes, we're also giving you 10 chances to win a $75 dollar gift card to one of Idaho Falls' great restaurants.  Just come to the library during the 10 weeks of summer reading, and visit with the librarians on the 3rd floor for your grand prize entry ticket... super easy!

And wait... there's more! If you feel up to a real test of your reading skills, try our genre challenge!  When you read books from five different genres, you will receive an IFPL summer reading book bag!

With so many ways to win great prizes just for READING, you'll want to get signed up and start as soon as possible! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Do you know Zelda?

Zelda Fitzgerald was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1900 and was an American novelist and wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.  She was an icon of the 1920s, and was dubbed "the first American Flapper" by her husband. 

Her writings include:
Save Me the Waltz
The Collective Writings of Zelda Fitzgerald

But recently, three books have been written about her and her life:
Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler... a tale inspired by the marriage of F.Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Rivera

Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck... Fighting the forge an identity independent of her famous husband, Zelda Fitzgerald, committed to a Baltimore psychiatric hospital in 1932, finds a friend in a nurse Anne Howard, who, drawn into the Fitzgeralds' tumultuous lives, questions who the true genius is.

Beautiful Fools by R.Clifton Spargo... A meticulously detailed story inspired by the passionate but dysfunctional relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald

While those are fictional accounts based on actual events, here are some biographies:
Zelda by Nancy Milford
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: An American woman's life by Linda Wagner-Martin
Zelda Fitzgerald: Her voice in paradise by Sally Cline
and then the letters in Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The love letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

And if you're interested in more fiction-based-on-truth from this time period, try:
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck
The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields 
The Women by T.C. Boyle 

see you in the library!

Friday, May 10, 2013

New look...

Welcome to the updated Idaho Falls Public Library blog!   
We hope this page keeps you informed and aware of things going on at the library, as well as things happening in the world of books!  Want more information from us?  Like us on Facebook, be friends with us on GoodReads, and follow us on Pinterest... or you could leave us a comment here telling us what you want to know!

See you in the Library!!