Jennifer Boyer is an adult services librarian with an interest in science fiction, fantasy and graphic novels.
Love Library Style (co-author)
Friendship Bread by Darien Gee
There are many kinds of love including filial love, the love between siblings, romantic love, and the love of friends. Friendship Bread by Darien Gee touches on all of these themes. We meet Julia Evarts, who is dealing with the loss of her son by pulling away from her family. She has removed herself emotionally from her husband and daughter, as well as her formerly close sister, whom she blames for the tragedy. One day, she finds a loaf of Amish friendship bread on her porch with some starter and instructions. Since friendship bread is the culinary equivalent of a chain letter, she soon has a surfeit of starter. Through the magic of the bread, Julia meets widow Madeleine Davis, who owns a tea shop, and Hannah de Brisay, a concert cellist who is dealing with a crumbling marriage. Slowly, with the love and support of her family and new friends, Julia begins to come out of her self-imposed isolation. As she is opening herself up to love and life, Hannah and Madeleine find themselves on a journey of self discovery. The two friends find they are braver than they thought, and they manage to find the courage to carry on in the face of adversity.
If you enjoy Friendship Bread, then you might consider checking out the sequel, which is titled The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society, and has been winning rave reviews from critics and crowd alike.
Scared Witless (co-author)
There’s no need to worry if you’re jonesin’ for more Joe Hill after you’ve finished Heart Shaped Box. As it turns out, Mr. Hill, much like his father, is apparently possessed by the spirit of prolific. Even better, he’s not just a hard worker, my man’s got game. And although all his works are worth taking a stab at, super librarian Jennifer “I Love Graphic Novels” Boyer wants to recommend the Locke and Key series. As she ominously enthuses:
“Dark. Atmospheric. Chilling. This graphic novel series by acclaimed horror novelist Joe Hill will stay with you well after you turn the last page. In volume 1, Mr. Hill introduces the reader to the Locke family, who relocate to the family estate in fictional Lovecraft, Massachusetts after tragedy strikes. Tyler, the eldest, along with his sister Kinsey, and their little brother Bode encounter a house filled with mysteries, including hand forged keys with mystical properties, and an ancient evil dying to get out. Volumes 1 through 5 in a projected six volume series have been released, so check them out, and immerse yourself in this Eisner award winning series.”