I remember watching an episode of The Odd Couple when I was very young. What struck me with such impact that I can remember it now, was the plight of Oscar Madison. For some reason he was staying at a monastery where there was nothing to read. Poor Oscar was so desperate he began reading his toothpaste tube. I feel your pain, big guy."I can't go to sleep without reading. No magazines in the "brother john?" Oscar Madison.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
I will share one of the interesting little tidbits from the book with you:
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
When Jono Riley - middle aged New Yorker bartender/sometime actor - learns that his childhood friend Marie has died, he returns to the neighborhood in
Jono becomes involved in trying to solve the old mystery of who shot Marie many years ago (her death was caused by the bullet – which doctors weren’t able to remove – finally “traveling” to her heart). He reconnects with old friends – and old enemies, as his spontaneous investigation bumbles along. He learns more than he wants to know – about the people he loved/hated and about himself, his inability to have a solid commitment.
You really ought to give this a try – as well as McLarty’s The Memory of Running – another terrific tale to which to listen.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sign-up begins Monday, June 25 and continues throughout the summer. Dover Public Library cardholders (including non-resident borrowers) are welcome to join in the fun. Children must come to the library in person to register and receive their booklets or folders in which to record the books they read. Don’t miss all the fun. Call the Children’s Room for more information at 516-6052.
To reach each level of the program, participants must do one of three things: read for an accumulated total of 5 hours, complete a “Book Review” tag for a book read, or create a piece of art inspired from something read. Each time a level is completed, teens can dip into our prize box, which is filled with gift certificates, books, and merchandise from local businesses (limit 4 prizes per participant). Call the library at 516-6082 for more information.
Friday, June 15, 2007
The themes of the books generally parallel issues confronting today's college students or reflect topics in the daily news and popular culture. Some of the books chosen by various academic institutions for Summer 2007 include:
- The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
- Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
- The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
- Branded: the Buying and Selling of Teenagers by Alissa Quart
- A Hope in the Unseen: an American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League by Ron Suskind
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
- The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas
- The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
- Year of Wonders: a Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
- The Measure of Our Success: a Letter to My Children and Yours by Marian Wright Edelman
- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
What book would you have freshmen college students read? Give us your suggestions! Mine would be from author Tom Wolfe: either Bonfire of the Vanities or I Am Charlotte Simmons.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Did you ever wonder how it all came about? Back in 1963, Ernesto Miranda was arrested for the kidnapping and rape of a young woman. He made a confession to police without having been advised his right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during police questioning. During the trial, prosecutors offered only his confession as evidence and he was convicted. The Supreme Court ruled that Miranda did not understand his right not to incriminate himself or his right to counsel and they overturned his conviction. Miranda was later convicted in a new trial, with witnesses testifying against him and other evidence presented. He served eleven years.
Ironically, when Miranda was killed in a knife fight, his killer was given the Miranda warnings; he invoked his rights and declined to give a statement. He was released and immediately fled to
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Connie Burns, a Reuters war correspondent, follows a hunch that has her convinced that a British mercenary, MacKenzie, is using the mayhem of war zones in troubled countries to cover his serial rapes/murders. As she tries to put the story together, a mysterious assailant kidnaps her and holds her prisoner for three days in
There she hesitantly forms a friendship with a local doctor and a reclusive young woman who has lost her entire family in a car crash. From them, Connie learns the troubled history of the house and attempts to piece together what actually occurred there. And, as the days go by, she realizes, with increasing fear, that MacKenzie is coming for her.
This is nice little thriller.. British, but not so much you have trouble with the language.. Good cast of characters and dialogue…
Monday, June 11, 2007
You can check out our list of Scandinavian Crime Fiction by picking up a book mark at the Circulation Desk.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
1.) The Kill Artist
2.) The English Assassin
3.) The Confessor
4.) A Death in Vienna
5.) Prince of Fire
6.) The Messenger
Highly recommended for great summer reading!
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
These are a few of the winners that are available in
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
For the Love of a Dog by Patricia McConnell
World War Z by Max Brooks
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Jack Kerley – The Hundredth Man, The Death Collectors, A
The Monkeewrench series by P. J. Tracy.. Pretty cool, even if you’re not a techie (and I’m not). Last book, Snow Blind, headed in a different direction and I liked that.
Nicola Griffith’s Aud Torvingen series. Tough chic Aud (martial arts instructor like the author) and her noir adventures.
John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series set over in
George Pelacanos. He’s got two different series going. I think he’s one of the most overlooked good authors. Don’t let some of the covers put you off, this guy is really good.
A couple of months ago, we contacted Bob to order a few new pieces for our old, well-used Brio train set. When he called to say that he had our new pieces, he surprised us by donating a whole new set to the library!
Here is Quentin, one of our young patrons, enjoying the new trains.
Thank you, Bob, from all of us at Dover Public Library!
Friday, June 01, 2007
Her second memoir, She Got Up Off the Couch, tells the story of how Zippy’s mother finally liberated herself and began going to college. It is just as full of clear- eyedobservations, amusing stories, and unique characters as the first book. Part of the fun of the Zippy experience is in listening to the author’s sweet girlish voice relating her adventures. By the end of the first audiobook that joyful, funny voice will seem like an old friend. If you are not a fan of audiobooks it is well worth reading the two books. They include photos of Zippy and her family which add a whole other dimension to the stories.
For your enjoyment, here is a classic conversation between Zippy and her mother after Lindy mischievously tells Zippy she was adopted.
‘…I jumped up and ran straight in the house to my mother, who was sitting in her corner of the couch, which by this time was a total nest. She was reading Isaac Asimov, the love of her life, and eating popcorn from the night before.
I skidded to a stop in front of her and gave her a look of hardest accusation. Without looking up at me she said, “You should brush that worm stuff off before you come in the house.”
“As if that matters! How could you not tell me I was adopted?! Don’t you think I have a right to know? And who were my real parents anyway?” I was trying to be mature, but periodically spit flew.
“Gypsies, honey.” She still had not looked up from Isaac Asimov Explains the Whole of Reality and Then Some.
“Gypsies? Really? This was somewhat compelling. I sat down.
“Yes, I thought we managed a very wise trade.”
“Gypsies? In Moreland?”
“They were just passing through. We heard them long before they arrived, because their horses and their wagons are all covered with bells. It’s quite lovely. And they were led into town by a pack of wolves, who, during the full moon, stand up and preach.” She looked up for a moment, remembering. “They were such a sight.”
There were at least forty-two questions I needed to ask, but only one that mattered. "What did you trade for me?"