Monthly Archives: November 2008

For aspiring authors:

An essay on publishing to the Amazon Kindle.


Quiz: Literary Anecdotes.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I only knew the answer to one of these off the top of my head.

Coming soon…

icestormBook-to-Film Night is coming up!

On Monday (December 1st!), from 6-8pm, we’ll be showing a film based on the novel THE ICE STORMby Rick Moody.  The 1997 film was directed by Ang Lee, stars Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire and Elijah Wood (among others!), and is rated R. 

More information is available at our website.  The terms of our licensing agreement don’t allow us to publicize the title of the films we show, so give us a call at 985.2173 for more information.

If you’re on Facebook, check out our page for regular programming updates.

Reminder about library hours.

The library will be closing early today, at 5pm, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We’ll re-open Friday morning at 9:30am.

Popular books at the moment.

Most of the books people are clamouring for are relatively new:

againstmedicaladviceJames Patterson‘s Against Medical Advice: A True Story:
(excerpt at Good Morning America)

Against Medical Adviceis a true story that reads like the most riveting of pageturners. Read it and feel at gut-level what it’s like to be a child whose life is almost destroyed by a hellish array of nightmare medical symptoms. Best of all, watch what happens when an entire family stands together against all odds, armed with strength, perseverance, and love for one another.” —Lisa Scottoline

“A work of naked truth, as disturbing as it is important-Against Medical Adviceturns Tourette’s Syndrome inside out and shows us what it is like to be trapped inside a brain that has a nightmarish mind of its own. This true story of Hal Friedman’s son, Cory, is a gift of honesty, huge courage, and hope, and a reminder that against all medical advice and odds, human beings can prevail.” —Patricia Cornwell

americanlion2Jon Meacham‘s American Lion:
(excerpt at USA Today)

“Every so often a terrific biography comes along that shines a new light on a familiar figure in American history. So it was with David McCullough and John Adams, so it was with Walter Isaacson and Benjamin Franklin, so it is with Jon Meacham and Andrew Jackson. A master storyteller, Meacham interweaves the lives of Jackson and the members of his inner circle to create a highly original book.” –Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

“In magnificent prose, enriched by the author’s discovery of new research materials, Jon Meacham has written an engrossing and original study of the life of Andrew Jackson.  He provides new insights into Jackson’s emotional and intellectual character and personality, and describes life in the White House in a unique and compelling way. Scrupulously researched and vividly written, this book is certain to attract a large and diverse reading public.” –Robert V. Remini, National Book Award-winning historian

americanwife1Curtis Sittenfeld‘s American Wife:
(excerpt at Random House)

“A well-researched book that imagines what lies behind that placid façade of the first lady…Ms. Sittenfeld was not out to sensationalize but to sympathize. –Maureen Dowd, The New York Times

“With American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld has deftly crossed an extraordinarily high wire…I read American Wife in just two or three delicious sittings, struck by the granular clarity of the author’s descriptions and the down-to-earth believability of the story, bewitched by the charming, frustrating woman at the center of it: Laura Bush.” —Ana Marie Cox, The New York Observer

“The novel, Sittenfeld’s most fully realized yet, artfully evokes the painful reverberations of the past.”-–New Yorker

brassverdictMichael Connelly‘s The Brass Verdict:
(excerpt at Michael Connelly’s website)

The Brass Verdicthas the sneaky metabolism of any Connelly book. It starts slowly, moves calmly, hides pertinent bits of information in plain sight and then abruptly ratchets up its energy for the denouement… In the midst of this new story, Mickey rebounds with a vengeance… Like Harry Bosch’s mojo, Mickey Haller’s is liable to work well for a long time.” —New York Times, Janet Maslin

“If at first encounter Connelly seems primarily an exceptionally accomplished writer of crime novels, at closer examination he is also a mordant and knowing chronicler of the world in which crime takes place, i.e., our world… A terrific ride.” —Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley

“The answer to every Connelly fan’s dream: Hieronymus Bosch meets the Lincoln Lawyer… By turns wary, competitive, complementary, cooperative and mutually predatory… Connelly brings his two sleuths together in a way that honors them both” —Kirkus Reviews

chainsLaurie Halse Anderson ‘s Chains:
(excerpt at Simon and Schuster)

Anderson (Speak; Fever 1793) packs so much detail into her evocation of wartime New York City that readers will see the turmoil and confusion of the times, and her solidly researched exploration of British and Patriot treatment of slaves during a war for freedom is nuanced and evenhanded, presented in service of a fast-moving, emotionally involving plot. —Publishers Weekly

This exceptional book pulls in readers from the first sentence and keeps them engaged through the last with its gentle pacing and gripping portrayal of a young woman struggling to stay true to herself and fighting for her freedom in any way she can. The layers of complexity, detail, and rich imagery found within these pages allow more mature readers to delve deeply while still giving younger middle school readers a story and characters they will appreciate. Through the graceful simplicity of dialogue and narration, even brief side characters are deftly drawn and believable. Thought-provoking and emotional, Isabel’s story will linger long after the last page has been read. —VOYA

As always, feel free to give us a call at 985.2173 if you’d like to place an item on hold.

Go! Explore!

David Gutowski of Largehearted Boy has created a list of his Top Ten Literature Blogs.

Details on new Pynchon novel…

A description of Inherent Vice from Penguin’s Summer 2009 catalog:

It’s been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists.

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there . . . or . . . if you were there, then you . . . or, wait, is it . . .

(via Jacket Copy)