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What’s a Momoir you ask? Well, a Memoir, as you know, is essentially a personal account of memories—it’s narrative nonfiction. A Momoir is a personal account of memories from a mother’s perspective. We invite you to enjoy another collection deep-dive with Gregg as he hosts a discussion with Kelsey and Caitlin about a subgenre worth your time and attention: Momoirs!
Our Momoir Recommendations:
Charles’ Choices: I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins and The Alpha Female Wolf: The Fierce Legacy of Yellowstone's 06 by Rick McIntyre.
Dave’s Double-feature: visit the streaming video section of our eLibrary and check out Kanopy where you’ll find "Lady Bird." And, pop into our DVD section for the 1999 film by the acclaimed Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar: "All About My Mother.”
Booklist from our guests: Momoir Collection Deep-Dive
Booklist from Caitlyn: Humorous Momoirs
There is a lot of good in Johnson County. Our schools, libraries, parks, cultural diversity and community. Those things don't happen without the vision and hard work of unsung heroes who fight the good fight and overcome odds. On this episode of the JoCoLibrary Uncovered podcast, Andrew Gustafson—Curator of Interpretation, Johnson County Museum, Arts and Heritage Center—presents the fascinating stories of three individuals who truly helped make this little corner of the world that we call home, better.
Learn about the contributions from:
Their stories are intriguing, and yet, they are Unsung Heroes!
Our Unsung Heroes Recommendations:
Charles’ Choices: Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt Beyer and DNA: Secret of Photo 51
Dave’s Double-feature: Everything Everywhere All at Once (a Kanopy offering) and Underdog
From our catalog: Unsung Heroes Reading and Website Link List
Did you know that Romance is the most popular fiction genre out there? It's true! According to WordsRated—a research group that focuses on the book industry—romance novels sold 39 million volumes from 2022 to 2023, bringing in $1.44 billion.
This is probably not news to those readers out there trying to request some best-selling romance novels and finding long holds lists for authors like Colleen Hoover. Her books became a popular on TikTok last year, and though we now are doing a better job keeping up with demand, when it released in October of 2022 her book “It Starts with Us” already had nearly 900 people with it on hold through the Johnson County Library.
What draws people so passionately to this genre? For those who may have never picked up a romance novel, where should they start? Gregg is back with some friends who just might have the answer to those questions!
Our Romance Recommendations:
Charles’ Choices: The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen & Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston
Dave’s Double-feature: Pretty in Pink and High Fidelity
From our catalog: Romance Favorites!
Have you ever been confused by a word that looked like another word? You know, like bear and bare or idol and idle?
Today's episode of JocCoLibrary Uncovered isn't about homophones or false cognates. But it is about how words can seem like one thing but mean something else, particularly in Spanish, and especially the words "Biblioteca" and "Libreria."
We're a bit past the mid-way mark of Hispanic Heritage Month, so it's fitting that our Latino Services Librarians, Christine and German, are our guests today. They do the hard work of explaining cognates and how words that look like other words can lead to confusion.
We also discuss the confusion that comes when a person experiences a Library in one country and then moves or visits another place, and how that can sometimes influence perceptions of what Libraries are like away from home. To some, differing understandings of what libraries are and are not in other countries may affect their perception of what Johnson County Library offers patrons—and Christina and German help us clear that up.
Charles’ Choices: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Gótico) & Our America: a Hispanic History of the United States by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Dave’s Double-feature: visit the streaming video section of our eLibrary. On Kanopy you'll find "Guie’dani‘s Navel." And look for "Visiones: Latino Art & Culture." This is a series that explores visual art, performing arts, music and dance as a way to discover Latin American culture.
In his writing blog, Find Your Creative Muse, Dave Hood provides a great summary definition of Creative Nonfiction:
“A historical text presents the facts and causes and effects, and significance. Creative nonfiction does the same, but also adds narrative, including storytelling, dialogue, setting, character development. Writing Nonfiction History relies on an authoritative tone and is written in the third person."
In this episode, we interview Jim Cosgrove, author of the creative nonfiction title Ripple: A Long, Strange Search for A Killer. You may be familiar with Cosgrove as a nationally recognized, award-winning children’s entertainer known by young fans as Mr. Stinky Feet. He is also the author of three children’s books and Everybody Gets Stinky Feet, a collection of inspirational essays from his time as a parenting columnist for The Kansas City Star. Cosgrove spent his time during the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdown to finish his incomplete investigative work focused on finding the killer of a family friend, Frank McGonigle. His resulting book, Ripple, is Cosgrove's story about Frank's cold case. He uncovers connections to a ruthless local crime boss and the blunders by the threadbare sheriff's department.
“Our story is no different from what a lot of families have dealt with. A child, a brother, whoever. They got murdered in a violent way that didn’t make any sense.
~Ripple, A Long Strange Search for a Killer - Jim Cosgrove
We use Jim's book as an exemplar of creative nonfiction because he walks us through his experience researching and writing. We truly get the story behind the story! We also bring in Local History Librarian Amanda Wahlmeier who walks us through regional reference resources available so you too can research the next great creative nonfiction true crime novel!
Charles’ Choices: Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and The Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin & The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
Dave’s Double-feature: visit the streaming video section of our eLibrary: On Kanopy you'll find Capote—a biographical drama about the author Truman Capote and his writing of the non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. It details the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas. And, All the President’s Men—both the movie on DVD and the book by Carl Bernstein. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford star in this true story of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovering the White House involvement in the Watergate break-in.
From our guests: search for Jim Cosgrove in our catalog and you’ll find the title we discussed today: Ripple in print, eBook and downloadable audiobook formats. You’ll also see 12 other titles by Jim—music and books for kids—which just goes to show what a diversely talented individual Mr. Cosgrove is!
From our catalog: Creative Nonfiction
A Helpful Writing Resource: Find Your Creative Muse. Learn How to Write Poetry, Fiction, Personal Essays, and More, a blog by Dave Hood.
It’s National Preparedness Month which is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. So, get prepared:
And, make sure there's a good book in that kit! Can we suggest a Post-apocalyptic fiction title?
We welcome back Gregg Winsor and friends to take a deep-dive into Post-apocalyptic fiction—a subgenre of science fiction where some disaster has occurred, and we discover IF the characters were … prepared.
Charles’ Choices: The Passage by Justin Cronin & Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Dave’s Double-feature: visit the streaming video section of our eLibrary: On IndieFlix you’ll find a 14 minute Drama/Science Fiction film from 2022 called Riley. On Kanopy under one of our favorite categories—The Great Courses—learn about Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature.
From our catalog: Post-Apocalyptic Stories
Important Preparedness links:
We invited five staff members with very different behind-the-scenes jobs to answer three simple questions. You’ve heard the saying, “That’s like comparing Apples and Oranges” right? Well, Dave and Charles take it one step further with Apples, Oranges and Bananas. We picked staff with jobs that touch every part of the Library system—Josh: the Warehouse Manager, Patti: the Executive Assistant, Bryan: a Courier, Julie: a Training Specialist and Brian: a MakerSpace Facilitator. Hear what these individuals do and learn about the Library from unique perspectives. We even let them play Librarian and suggest great titles.
"Like most cities during Prohibition, Kansas City had illegal alcohol, bootleggers, speakeasies, cops on the take, corrupt politicians and moralizing reformers. But by the time the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed, Kansas City had been singled out by one observer as one of the wettest cities, as well as the wickedest.“
~ Prohibition in Kansas City, Missouri: Highballs, Spooners & Crooked Dice by John Simonson
Your history-loving hosts, Charles "T-Bone" Hower and the "Jackalope"—AKA Dave "Curtains" Carson—spill the beans and sing like canaries to reveal the darkside of Kansas City history. It's Kansas City True Crime on the JoCoLibrary Uncovered Podcast.
Join us as we explain how a lawless culture that began before the Civil War evolved into political and criminal empires that ultimately drew the FBI's focus as they fought to put an end to decades of crime and violence. We bring in special guest Erik Stafford who is a historian, storyteller and a Kansas City History Tour Guide to shed some light on stories that have lived in the dark for too long.
Booklist, websites and resources mentioned in the episode.
What is the difference between thrillers and mysteries? What are good recommendations in each of these genres? Readers Advisory Librarian Gregg is back with colleagues Piepie and Bet to do a deep dive into thrillers and mysteries and titles that are a good mixup of the two genres.
Our Thriller and Mystery Recommendations:
Charles’ Choice: Hell is Empty, Craig Johnson
Dave’s Double-feature: No Country for Old Men and Memento in Kanopy in our eLibrary
From our catalog: Thrillers and Mysteries
What is a hobby? Some say it's any activity you might engage in during your leisure time for pleasure. We disagree. Vehemently! We say it has to have some personal enrichment component. Why? Well mostly because we have so many great leisure time resources that we couldn't fit them into one episode!
Last month we talked about fun activities that bring you pleasure. This month, we're exploring how the library can help with your enriching leisure activities. The Librarians are back to provide a deep-dive into hobbies. Readers Advisory Librarian Helen Hokanson leads a discussion with librarian Jess Gilson, MakerSpace facilitator Lydia Perez and clerk Joyce Mitchell. They share their hobbies and introduce you to all kinds of Library resources.
Our Hobby Recommendations:
Charles’ Choice: Model Railroading in our eMagazine section
Dave’s video recommendation: go to jocolibrary.org/elearning, scroll down to the “Great Courses” section and click: “Go to Great Courses.” You will land on the Kanopy page with all of the Great Courses categories. Loh and behold, the second row is the category “Hobbies!” Learn how to draw, cooking techniques, dog training and more!
From our catalog—Hobbies
Come Celebrate Hobbies:
Discover a new hobby at the Community Connections Fair during the All Together Now Summer Celebration! Twenty-three local organizations will be on hand to share activities, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to connect. From fly fishers to jugglers to gamers to ukulele players, the library is bringing us all together!