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47-40 CENTER BLVD., LIC
The brand-new Hunters Point Library
was 15 years in the making, and it was
so worth the wait. Its bright lighting and
shelves teeming with all types of books
and media make this one of the most
sought-out libraries in Queens. But even
more important than the architecture are
its librarians, like Jo-Ann Wong.
“For me, I love that reading transports
me to different places and experiences.
By being able to see the world through
another character’s eyes, reading has
helped shape my view of the world and
made me a better person,” Wong said.
Wong gave us the scoop on what
books she’d put into the hands of someone
looking for a good read:
• “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk:
“This is a book that is witty, a biting satire
and a fun delve into the absurd,” Wong
said. “The story can derive so many
different interpretations, that part of
the fun is talking to other readers, and
seeing what they think the book means.”
• “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E.
Schwab: “This is the first book in the
‘Shades of Magic’ trilogy, and the worldbuilding
creates an intriguing universe
of four overlapping Londons — their
differences are based on each London’s
level of magic. This fast-paced series,
combined with adventure, danger, spells
and romance, will get the attention of
any reader,” Wong said.
• “Lost At Sea” by Bryan Lee O’Malley:
“This is the first graphic novel published
from the creator of the now-famous Scott
Pilgrim series,” Wong said. “A story about
a young woman who believes her soul has
been stolen by a cat, might sound strange.
However, it is something more, as it delves
into deeper insights about anxiety, feeling
alone and finding yourself. Also, the cats are
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