Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Happy Reading (and shopping!)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
- links to www.usa.gov's Government and Public Libraries page
- access to federal libraries
- presidential libraries
- the Library of Congress's Ask-a-Librarian page and more!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
*BookList Starred Review*
Colonel Francis F. X. Sands' wartime exploits made him something of a legend. He rose to the rank of colonel during World War II and joined the CIA in the 1950s, his background in Southeast Asia an asset as the U.S. replaced France in the Vietnamese war against communism. Enter Skip Sands, the colonel's nephew, a young intelligence officer currently a clerk in charge of cataloging his uncle's three footlockers full of thousands of index cards, "almost none of them comprehensible." The colonel enlists Skip in a secret operation involving a double, an agent ready to betray the Vietcong. Skip, an earnest patriot, nevertheless finds himself deep in the unauthorized world of renegade psychological ops, off the grid and outside the chain of command, an ethical quagmire where almost anything goes, where he encounters conflicts of loyalty between his family, his country, and his religion. Johnson (Jesus' Son, 1992) is a gifted writer with a knack for erudite and colorful dialogue, and his sense of time and place is visceral and evocative. With this worthy addition to Vietnam literature, he confidently joins the ranks of Tim O'Brien, Larry Heinemann, and Michael Herr. Segedin, Ben
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
*Publishers Weekly Starred Review*
Is the Central Intelligence Agency a bulwark of freedom against dangerous foes, or a malevolent conspiracy to spread American imperialism? A little of both, according to this absorbing study, but, the author concludes, it is mainly a reservoir of incompetence and delusions that serves no one's interests well. Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times correspondent Weiner musters extensive archival research and interviews with top-ranking insiders, including former CIA chiefs Richard Helms and Stansfield Turner, to present the agency's saga as an exercise in trying to change the world without bothering to understand it. Hypnotized by covert action and pressured by presidents, the CIA, he claims, wasted its resources fermenting coups, assassinations and insurgencies, rigging foreign elections and bribing political leaders, while its rare successes inspired fiascoes like the Bay of Pigs and the Iran-Contra affair. Meanwhile, Weiner contends, its proper function of gathering accurate intelligence languished. With its operations easily penetrated by enemy spies, the CIA was blind to events in adversarial countries like Russia, Cuba and Iraq and tragically wrong about the crucial developments under its purview, from the Iranian revolution and the fall of communism to the absence of Iraqi WMDs. Many of the misadventures Weiner covers, at times sketchily, are familiar, but his comprehensive survey brings out the persistent problems that plague the agency. The result is a credible and damning indictment of American intelligence policy. (Aug. 7)
Time and Materials by Robert Hass
*Publishers Weekly Starred Review*
The first book in 10 years from former U.S. poet laureate Hass may be his best in 30: these new poems show a rare internal variety, even as they reflect his constant concerns. One is human impact on the planet at the century's end: a nine-part verse-essay addressed to the ancient Roman poet Lucretius sums up evolution, deplores global warming and says that the earth needs a dream of restoration in which/ She dances and the birds just keep arriving. Another concern is biography and memory, not so much Hass's own life as the lives of family and friends. A poem about his sad father and alcoholic mother avoids self-pity by telling a finely paced story. Hass also commemorates the late Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, with whom he collaborated on translations; condemns war in harsh, stripped-down prose poems; explores achievements in visual art from Gerhard Richter to Vermeer; and turns in perfected, understated phrases on Japanese Buddhist models. Through it all runs a rare skill with long sentences, a light touch, a wish to make claims not just on our ears but on our hearts, and a willingness to wait—few poets wait longer, it seems—for just the right word. (Oct.)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
*School Library Journal Starred Review*
Grade 7–10—Exploring Indian identity, both self and tribal, Alexie's first young adult novel is a semiautobiographical chronicle of Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian from Wellpinit, WA. The bright 14-year-old was born with water on the brain, is regularly the target of bullies, and loves to draw. He says, "I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats." He expects disaster when he transfers from the reservation school to the rich, white school in Reardan, but soon finds himself making friends with both geeky and popular students and starting on the basketball team. Meeting his old classmates on the court, Junior grapples with questions about what constitutes one's community, identity, and tribe. The daily struggles of reservation life and the tragic deaths of the protagonist's grandmother, dog, and older sister would be all but unbearable without the humor and resilience of spirit with which Junior faces the world. The many characters, on and off the rez, with whom he has dealings are portrayed with compassion and verve, particularly the adults in his extended family. Forney's simple pencil cartoons fit perfectly within the story and reflect the burgeoning artist within Junior. Reluctant readers can even skim the pictures and construct their own story based exclusively on Forney's illustrations. The teen's determination to both improve himself and overcome poverty, despite the handicaps of birth, circumstances, and race, delivers a positive message in a low-key manner. Alexie's tale of self-discovery is a first purchase for all libraries.—Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library
Reviews pulled from Amazon.com
- Norman Mailer had hoped to write at least one more novel but, in a January 2007 interview at his home in Provincetown, Mass., he added, "at my age, you don't mkae promises," about finishing a novel. "You don't know when the ball will roll off the table (Minzesheimer)." For Mailer, the ball rolled off the table Saturday November 10, 2007 when he died of acute renal failure at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
- Ira Levin died Monday, November 12, 2007. Levin's career spanned many decades and his writing ranged from television to Broadway to novels. His most famous works included the occult-horror classic Rosemary's Baby, the Nazi thriller The Boys from Brazil and the über creepy The Stepford Wives. "Levin's page-turning bookds were once compared by Newsweek wrtier Peter S. Frescott to a bag of popcorn: 'Utterly without nutritive value and probably fattening, yet there's no way to stop once you've started (Associated Press).'"
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We have a great author coming to the library this Thursday night. Her name is Dr. Joyce Antler and she is the author of the book You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother.
Dr. Antler is a senior faculty member of the American Studies Department at Brandeis University where she is serving as the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History & Culture. She is the author or editor of eight books, founded the Brandeis Womens' Studies Program and has served as Chair of the Massachusetts Foundation of the Humanities.
Dr. Antler's talk is sponsored by The Alabama Humanities Foundation, The Birmingham Jewish Federation, and The Southern States Jewish Literary Series.
Thursday, October 25th
6:30-7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00-8:00 Discussion, Q&A
Book Signing to follow.
I really hope I see you all Thursday night! This should be a fantastic program and a fun night!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
- I've been hearing some great, though troubling, things about John Bowe's Nobodies. Anyone interested in the current immigration debates should have a look at this new title!
- The Thomas Friedman train is still full-steam-ahead with The World is Flat. This book hit the ground running at publication and shows no signs of stopping!
- John Grisham is again leaving the legal arena in his latest novel. Playing for Pizza tells the story of a former third-string quarterback/current national laughingstock who goes farther than he ever imagined for love of the game. Read the raving USAToday review by clicking here!
- Ken Burns, master historian and storyteller supreme! PBS, and everyone else, just loves this guy! He and Geoffrey Ward have brought you the story of jazz, baseball, the Civil War, and, now, World War II with The War: An Intimate History 1941-1945.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart-John Bowe, author of Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy
The Colbert Report-Thomas Friedman, author of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
Tuesday, September 25th
The Colbert Report-John Grisham, author of Playing For Pizza
Wednesday, September 26th
The Late Show with David Letterman-Ken Burns, author of The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945
Thursday, September 27th
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart-Ken Burns, author of The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945
The only real warning these people had occured mere weeks ahead of the eruption, but these were warnings they had no ways of understanding. Wells and springs dried up and the small earthquakes began to swarm right up until the eruption began on the afternoon of August 24 A.D. 79.
Lasting two days, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius covered Pompeii, Herculaneum, and several smaller nearby towns in up to 75 ft of fine ash and pyroclastic deposits, burning and suffocating the residents who could not make it out or who did not comprehend the certain death they faced by staying.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
His heroic battle with amyloidosis, a rare blood disease, ended Sunday afternoon. It was only last year that Jordan announced that he was battling the disease and expressed his intentions of fighting it:
"I have thirty more years' worth of books to write even if I can keep from thinking of any more, and I don't intend to let this thing get in my way."
"Gone, but not forgotten" is forever how his legions of fans will no doubt feel about this legendary author. Already, over 700 comments have appeared on the Jordan's blog.
According the Amazon, Jordan's family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of James Rigney to the Mayo Clinic Department of Hematology--Amyloidosis Research, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Monday, September 17th Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson Alan Alda, author of Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
Tuesday, September 18th, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Fmr. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, author of The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
Wednesday, September 19th The Colbert Report Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America: A Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
Thursday, September 20th The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Fmr. President Bill Clinton, author of Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World
The Colbert Report Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Friday, September 21st Oprah Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Middlesex
Monday, September 10, 2007
2007 Quills Awards
Nominees in 19 categories for the annual book prize.
Brothers Da Chen
American Youth Phil LaMarche
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl
Jamestown Matthew Sharpe
Simply Magic Mary Balogh
The Kommandant’s Girl Pam Jenoff
Natural Born Charmer Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Edge of Winter Luanne Rice
Angels Fall Nora Roberts
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven Fannie Flagg
I Like You Amy Sedaris
Mississippi Sissy Kevin Sessums
Thirteen Moons Charles Frazier
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion Paul M. Barrett
Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for an Ancient Faith Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief Francis S. Collins
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Philip Yancey
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — And Doesn’t Stephen Prothero
Making Comics Scott McCloud
Ode to Kirihito Osamu Tezuka
Alice in Sunderland Bryan Talbot
Exit Wounds Rutu Modan
Aya Marguerite Abouet
Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970 – 2005 Alice Notley
One Big Self: An Investigation C.D. Wright
Blackbird and Wolf Henri Cole
For the Confederate Dead Kevin Young
A Thief of Strings Donald Revell
Pork & Sons Stephane Reynaud
Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker
Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon Claudia Roden
The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-Be Southerners Matt & Ted Lee
Baking: From My Home to Yours Dorie Greenspan
Is it Hot in Here? Or Is it Me?: The Complete Guide to Menopause Pat Wingert, Barbara Kantrowitz
You on a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management Michael F. Roizen , Mehmet C. Oz
Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss — and the Myths and Realities of Dieting Gina Kolata
How Doctors Think Jerome Groopman
Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents Jane Isay
The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam Tom Bissell
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
Edith Wharton Hermione Lee
Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson
William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism Robert D. Richardson
Ty and The Babe: Baseball's Fiercest Rivals; A Surprising Friendship and the 1941 Has-Beens Golf Championship Tom Stanton
Crazy ’08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History Cait Murphy
Streams of Consciousness: Hip-Deep Dispatches from the River of Life Jeff Hull
The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World Joshua Prager
The Kings of New York: A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Geniuses Who Make Up America's Top High School Chess Team Michael Weinreb
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence Amy Sedaris
25 Questions for a Jewish Mother Judy Gold, Kate Moira Ryan
Spy: The Funny Years Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny Bob Newhart
Oy!: The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes David Minkoff
Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power Robert Dallek
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million Daniel Mendelsohn
The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor William Langewiesche
Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Assault on Reason Al Gore
Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas Seth Godin
Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny Suze Orman
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t Robert I. Sutton
Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home David Shipley and Will Schwalbe
Chocolates on the Pillow Aren’t Enough: Reinventing the Customer Experience Jonathan M. Tisch, Karl Weber
The Collaborator of Bethlehem Matt Beynon Rees
What the Dead Know Laura Lippman
Body of Lies David Ignatius
The Overlook Michael Connelly
A Welcome Grave Michael Koryta
Farthing Jo Walton
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One) Patrick Rothfuss
Getting to Know You David Marusek
Brasyl Ian McDonald
The Execution Channel Ken MacLeod
Children's Picture Books
The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon Mini Grey
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy Jane O’Connor
Flotsam David Wiesner
Orange Pear Apple Bear Emily Gravett
Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship Isabella and Craig Hatkoff, Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Children's Chapter/Middle Grade
Clementine Sara Pennypacker
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick
Pick Me Up Jeremy Leslie and David Roberts
The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) Rick Riordan
American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang
The Green Glass Sea Ellen Klages
Incantation Alice Hoffman
Life as We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer
Sold Patricia McCormick
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories Miranda July
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession Daniel J. Levitin
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel Diane Setterfield
Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Rob Sheffield
Friday, September 7, 2007
“Why does anybody tell a story?” Ms. L’Engle once asked, even though she knew the answer. “It does indeed have something to do with faith,” she said,
“faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”
The New York Times has a lovely, very flattering article out about L'Engle's life and work and from which I pulled the above quote.
In the vast, mist-shrouded depths of the world wide web it can be both difficult and cumbersome to find new, informative websites for your use and entertainment. Luckily there are plenty of others out there with the resources and know-how to get the job done for the benefit of all Internet users! That being said, PC Magazine has just released their Top 100 Undiscovered Websites of 2007, the new or under-the-radar websites you may not have encountered but should definitely know about! They offer a download option to get all 100 sites in your bookmark/favorites menu or you may peruse them one-by-one at your leisure. There is a table of contents for all the sites on the right side if you'd rather focus on particular areas of interest.
Monday, August 27, 2007
September 21, 2007.
BIOMES OF THE WORLD
BUILDING A BIOME
EARTH FLOOR: BIOMES
THE EVERGREEN PROJECT
HABITATS & BIOMES
INTRODUCTION TO BIOMES
NASA: EARTH OBSERVATORY--BIOMES
WINDOWS TO THE UNIVERSE: ECOSYSTEMS
THE WORLD'S BIOMES
Good luck with your assignments!
I'll see you at the library!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
So this, dear reader, is how I re-stumbled on Eat, Pray, Love. I read the book voraciously as the author made her way through hidden and forgotten restaurants across Italy, respectfully as she knelt in prayer in an Indian ashram and with a zing in my blood as she struggled through the final leg of her journey of self-realization in Indonesia. I could not help but become one of the legions who had read this book and believed everyone else should to. I recommended it at the book group meeting and to everyone else who would stand still to listen. I even bought a copy for my home library so I would not have to wait if I wanted to read it again in the future. As soon as the book came out in paperback, I began to be mobbed with reserves and questions. That feverish period of interest has not yet waned either as there remains a steady list of holds for all the copies in Jefferson County across all mediums: regular print, large print, audiobook.
Never heard of Elizabeth Gilbert? Perhaps you’ve heard of the movie Coyote Ugly? Gilbert wrote an article for GQ magazine about being a Manhattan bartender which prompted the 2000 movie.
All of these reminiscences have been spurred by yet another great USA Today article from the Life/Book section, which I receive via RSS feed. I knew the book had become outrageously popular and this was confirmed by USA Today as it is plowing a path towards their Top 10 Best-Selling Books, currently residing at No. 11. I have every confidence that it will continue to climb but I do wish that its popularity had been realized during the period of time before it was released in trade paperback, just for the sake of the author.
I am a library patron, just as I am an employee, but I am also a proponent of buying books. My purchases work this way: I read the library book. If I am suitably entranced, then I go out and get a hardcover copy (if available) for my home library. I love books and want people to continue to write them. This process depends so much on us as consumers. Go to your local library and check out every book that strikes your fancy (my current check out far exceeds my eyes’ abilities to keep up!), but if you find something special, something that resonates, something you find yourself checking out again and again just to revisit the friends you made in those pages….support the author and purchase a copy.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (5/07 in UK)
The Gathering by Anne Enright (pub date 9/10/07)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Gifted by Nikita Lalwani (pub dat 9/11/07)
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn (pub'd 5/07 in UK)
Consolation by Michael Redhill
Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (out of print)
Winnie & Wolf by A.N.Wilson (pub date 9/25/07)
“You may see in these various feelings all taking the same direction that I was
born an American child of the ground and of space, welcoming spaciousness as a
modern human need as well as learning to see it as the natural human
After a few unfulfilling years studying civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Wright struck out for Chicago in 1887 and settled finally as an assistant to architect Louis Sullivan. The Adler-Sullivan firm was the most progressive architectural firm of its time, and Wright would later acknowledge Sullivan as his “master and inspiration.” Since Sullivan was primarily interested in skyscrapers, most of the commission for houses fell to Wright and he honed his skills well, developing what came to be known as “Prairie” houses and many other world famous structures.
Wright married Catherine Tobin in 1889 and the couple immediately began a large family as well as some large debts.
(World Authors 1900-1950, H.W. Wilson Company: 1996. entry: Wright, Frank Lloyd)
It is Wright’s family life that Nancy Horan’s debut novel takes as its focus and it is a life fraught with angst, anger, jealousy and adultery. Loving Frank is based on true events surrounding the real-life love affair Wright had with the wife of a client. From all reports and early reviews, this will be a hit with book clubs and a savory read for fans of literary fiction. This title was slated to hit the shelves yesterday and the Emmet O’Neal Library does have it on order, so call us (445-1121) to reserve your copy today! You may also search the county’s catalog via our website at http://www.eolib.org/!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
If you haven’t heard of this series or just haven’t gotten to it yet, here is a list!
The Tudor novels
The Constant Princess
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Boleyn Inheritance
The Queen’s Fool
The Virgin’s Lover
The Lacey Trilogy
The Favored Child
The Little House
A Respectable Trade
The Wise Woman
Monday, August 6, 2007
In Danielle Ganek’s debut novel, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, she introduces the reader to the world of the gallery girl.
“They call us gallerinas. We’re generally considered a loathsome breed, gallery receptionists. Aren’t we represented almost universally as obnoxious, entitled, pretty girls in great clothes? Yes, yes, stock characters in miniature art-world dramas, we’re pretentious creatures in intellectual fashion and high heels, dripping with attitude and sarcasm, rolling our eyes at visitors requesting something as mundane as the price list. God forbid you want to know where the bathroom is.”
Known for their condescending attitudes and general snobbery gallerinas have acquired quite a nasty reputation that Mia is determined to get rid of single-handedly simply through courtesy. She’s nice to all of the artists, dealers, and collectors who shove their way through the hard-to-open doors of the Simon Pryce Gallery in New York’s Chelsea art scene.
One artist in particular has her smitten (in a sweet kind of way, Mia has sworn off dating any artists or members of their entourage) at the moment and he DEFINITELY doesn’t fit the mold of hot emerging artist. Quite the opposite, Jeffrey Finelli is a short round fifty-eight year old man missing one arm. The night of his very first opening, the pinnacle of his career, the unexpected happens and Jeffrey is struck by a cab and killed. Instantly the popular opinion on his artwork goes from ho-hum effort to ultra in-demand must have and this is most especially true of his masterpiece painting entitled Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, a figurative painting of his niece as a young girl.
As demand heats up for the titular painting, a buffoonish competition erupts between greedy gallery owners, back stabbing collectors with more money than brains and Jeffrey’s niece Lulu who feels she should get the painting because her uncle promised it to her. Mia is torn between loyalty to her eccentric boss, the affection of a new friendship with Lulu, and the possibility of love from an unexpected (and unwelcome) direction. Mia’s in trouble alright, but she finds that years of social training in New York’s art scene have toughened her in unexpected ways and she just may be able to come out ahead of the game.
I truly, truly, truly LOVED this book! Just last night I went to the book store and bought my own copy to add to my personal home library so that I can take it back out and revisit these people at my leisure. Go out to the library and get a copy today!
Danielle Ganek is a former Mademoiselle and Woman's Day editor now living with her husband and three children in New York.
Some of the great reviews from her website (and take note she got one from Vera Wang!):
"...an amusing, suspenseful novel that delights..." PEOPLE MAGAZINE
"Danielle Ganek truly captures the excitement, intrigue and seduction of the contemporary art world. This book is filled with larger-than-life characters engaged in a glamorous high-stakes game. I loved it." VERA WANG
"Danielle Ganek has crafted not only a page- turning story with engaging characters but a wry look into the world of contemporary art—a delightful journey for anyone who loves getting lost in a good book." ARTHUR GOLDEN
"If I was a copycat I’d take this book and call it mine." RICHARD PRINCE
"She got it right, and that’s saying something. Sometimes a picture is worth considerably more than a thousand words." LARRY GAGOSIAN
"In her debut novel, Lulu Meets God And Doubts Him, Danielle Ganek captures the absurdity of the New York art scene with wide and witty brushstrokes." VANITY FAIR
Saturday, August 4, 2007
No screenwriter has been assigned as yet, but Pierre Morel will have the helm as director.
If you are not familiar with Daniel Silva or are now inspired to start the series again, here's a list!
Gabriel Allon, Mossad agent-turned art restorer
The Kill Artist
The English Assassin
A Death in Vienna
Prince of Fire
The Secret Servant
Michael Osbourne, Washington D.C.-based CIA agent
The Mark of the Assassin
The Marching Season
The Unlikely Spy
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Crowned In a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides by HRH Princess Michael of Kent
This delightful biographical work got right to the heart of what I generally want to know about people I'm interested in. How did Catherine the Great really feel about spending her life in Russia? Was Marie Antionnette a spoiled party girl or a misguided youth given too much power too early? Did all dukes, princes and kings cheat on their wives? This is a light, quick read with great intimate detail about the royal lives of women who had to leave all they knew and held dear in the name of duty.
How to Hepburn by Karen Karbo
Kathryn Hepburn was so ahead of her time that it is nearly incomprehensible to understand how she managed to become one of the greatest actresses of all time. From her chronic nervousness and tremors to her constant departure from cultural norms, Hepburn lived life on her own terms no matter the costs involved. Karbo takes some of the most infamous moments in Hepburn's life and refines them down to easy concept ideas and phrases. Should you be of a mind to buck the system and start drumming out your own beat to march to, grab a copy of Karbo's wonderful, funny look at a 20th century icon.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
- got a problem that's bigger than gigantic, but not quite enormous....try ginormous
- venture into India's motion-picture industry, but ask for it by name....Bollywood
- for those among you who dislike crossword puzzles....try sudoku
- don't have time for traditional dating and want to meet the greatest amount of people in the shortest amount of time....try speed dating
Other words that have made it into the new Collegiate Dictionary include "crunk," "DVR," "IED," "smackdown," "telenovas," "gray literature" and "microgreens."
Check out the USA Today article for additional details!
Monday, July 9, 2007
For the rabid nonfiction readers among you, check out this list of Summer Picks from the editors of Seed Magazine. From American climate research to the evolutionary basis of intuition to the beginnings of human language, this list of books is geared to the inner scientist in all of us!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I just finished reading two great new books, and I just have to share them with you. I'd love to hear what you think of these!
For fans of Khaled Hosseini, or contemporary fiction in a realistic setting, check out A Thousand Splendid Suns. It's Hosseini's second book, after the smash hit The Kite Runner. A Thousand Splendid Suns, set in contemporary Afghanistan, tells the story of two very different women and how their lives become intertwined. It is both heartwarming and heart-wrenching at the same time. I would say that it was a difficult book to read, but it was so compelling that I couldn't stop. Hosseini is a master at capturing the sacrifice and strength it requires to be a parent and a friend, a patriot and a soldier. It was truly an amazing book. Pick up a copy today!
In a totally different vein, I picked up a copy of Ian McEwan's new novella On Chesil Beach. If you are a McEwan fan, you will recognize some of his common themes, mainly time and memory, and how they can play tricks on you. The story is really very simple (so simple as to be complicated), it is the tale of newlyweds and takes place over the course of one night - the first night of their honeymoon. I won't give away anymore of the plot, because it really is very straightforward, but I will say that this book will make you think. I felt like McEwan wrote this, as a fable of sorts, a way to teach us a lesson about ourselves and our intentions, our blustering and our desire to always be in the right, and to show us what happens when we cannot look beyond ourselves and our own naivete. It was fascinating! I'd love to see your comments!