Looking for something good to read? If you’ve signed up for Summer Reading you’ve probably seen the Recommended Read postcards (if you haven’t, it’s not too late to sign up or start filling out cards!). On the cards, simply let us know what you’re reading and why you would/would not recommend it. You can drop these off at the Information Desk and we draw winners every week for additional Summer Reading prizes. You’re reading anyway; why not try to win? Here’s a sampling of the book suggestions and comments your fellow readers have submitted in the first few weeks.
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Although she is now best known for being Ernest Hemingway’s third wife, Martha Gellhorn was a writer and a war correspondent in her own right, covering dangerous events from the Spanish Civil War to the D-Day invasion.
You can learn about her fascinating life in any of the following books.
In some cases, the definitive version of a song is the cover version. Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” is inarguably the definitive version, despite the fact that it’s a Bob Dylan cover. Some artists, notably Nina Simone, possess an uncanny ability to make every song they performed feel like an original. There is also the equally rare gift of incorporating a known song into an original composition, and making something completely new.
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of chef Anthony Bourdain on June 8th. He was one of my favorite food writers and television personalities. A drug addict early in his cooking career, Bourdain turned his life around and became one of the most successful food personalities in America starting with his memoir Kitchen Confidential published in 2000. With his success, Bourdain frequently advocated for the underdog.
Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet? We have an additional Reading Challenge, just for teens and adults, this year. In honor of the theme ‘Reading Takes You Everywhere,’ if you read a book set in a country other than the United States, and fill out a Recommended Read postcard, you’ll be entered in a special ‘Where Has Reading Taken You?’ drawing.
Dinosaurs are one of those subjects you might get interested in as a kid but never get too old or too cool to stop loving. When I was young, I was a self-proclaimed expert on all things dino. Unfortunately, as much as my passion for Jurassic Park remains, over the years I've forgotten many of the facts I used to cram my brain with.
Most of the classic novels I have read came to me as assigned reading in high school and college, which skewed heavily towards an American author bias. Which is why, despite loving all the Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala adaptations of Forster’s work, I hadn’t ever read one of his novels. However, the recent BBC adaptation of H
Join us on Tuesday June 26th from 7 to 8 pm for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how a historical mystery series is created. Author Victoria Thompson will discuss her bestselling Gaslight Mysteries, set during New York City’s Gilded Age. Books will be available for purchase, or bring your own copies for her to sign!
Whether you’re interested in notorious murderers and serial killers or just into the Gaslight Era in general, we’ve got a great program for you. Devils in the White City and Beyond will explore some of the most notorious personalities from the 19th century. Register here to attend this Saturday, May 12. If you can’t make it, we’ve got you covered with some suggestions to read and watch.