Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky

The New Title Tuesday pick this week is The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky.  I didn’t know I needed a refreshing dose of intelligent self-realization literature infused with dark humor until I began this dream-like quick read about a woman at a turning point. Publisher Summary:  A wildly imaginative, rebellious, and tender tale of independence… Continue reading The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The New Title Tuesday recommendation, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, is in tribute to the birthday of our most honored 16th president.  Be forewarned, it’s so new, that as of this writing it has been ordered, but has not yet been processed at OFPL or at many other branches.  So, request early! Publisher Summary: In… Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

For New Title Tuesday, I chose We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen.   I wanted something that would rekindle my sentimental side as we draw closer to Valentine’s Day.  This book about college-age students negotiating relationships did the trick.  It also helped that it is set in the early 1980’s and the… Continue reading We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

New Title Tuesday · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

The Power of Meaning – Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith

Initially, I chose a different selection, but after this eventful weekend, I recommend The Power of Meaning – Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith for New Title Tuesday.  It is is an excellent option for anyone looking to discover purpose and meaning in day-to-day life. Publisher’s Summary:  There is a myth in our culture that the search for meaning… Continue reading The Power of Meaning – Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith

5 Star Fridays · Reader's Advisory

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.” ― Ann Patchett, Bel Canto My Five Star Friday recommendation, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, is strikingly relevant despite its publication date of 2001.  An unapologetic opera lover, Patchett cocoons her diverse characters in the universality… Continue reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

  The New Title Tuesday recommendation is Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler.  It is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew eliminating the overt sexism that always marred my appreciation of The Bard’s famous comedy. Publisher Summary: Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric… Continue reading Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Featured Content · movie or tv · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

Prepare to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan 16, 2017

If you are unfamiliar with or hope to teach young people about Dr. King’s values and his leadership in the non-violent struggle for equal rights, I have put together just a few of the many resources we have for that purpose. DVD’s  Selma [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures, Pathé and Harpo Films present; produced by Christian Colson, Oprah… Continue reading Prepare to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan 16, 2017