Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Old, but good

As we reflect this month on teen novels for adults to read, I offer this item from the teen collection. Actually it isn't a novel, but a collection of short stories, so it does count as fiction. It isn't specifically directed toward a teen audience either, but it's one teens would enjoy. When I was a sophomore in high school, one of the assigned readings from our literature text was 'Cask of Amontillado' by Edgar Allan Poe. I remember being captivated by the tense horror of the story, so I later bought a paperback so I could read more of Poe's work. When I arrived at WMU as a freshman, the first English class I took read 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' Other favorites of mine were 'The Pit and the Pendulum,' 'Fall of the House of Usher,' and 'Descent into the Maelstrom.' It has been many years since I read any of these, so perhaps it's time for me to revisit them.


Complete stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe
David D.


I loved the Tell-Tale Heart. My fourth grade teacher had a cartoon movie of it. 20 years later, I can still picture that EVIL EYE open when the narrator opened the door and turned on his lamp!
I used to watch the old Vincent Price movies when I was a child, then I found out they were based on Poe books. I got a collection of his work and started reading it when I was in middle school. My teacher was both frustrated (because I wasn't doing my homework) and amazed (that a child of 12 or 13) was reading the book from cover to cover. I loved it!!!
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