Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All by Christina Thompson. (an exploration of the conflicts between Westerners and the Maori of New Zealand.)
Big, Bad and Barbaric by Jaid Black (a paperback romance)
Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige by Kathleen Gilles Seidel (humorous novel with instructions for the mother-of-the-groom!)
Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed by Doug Crandell. (2 southern brothers: one balding; one mildly brain-damaged. Think Augusten Burroughs.)
Succubus in the City, and its sequel, Succubus Takes Manhattan by Nina Harper. (Doing Satan's bidding in NYC!)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows (actually a very popular title here but I can never remember it exactly!)
Why We Suck by Denis Leary (also very popular but I truly detest the word "suck" and think it should never be used in a title!)
Please feel free to post you own nominees too!
You will find yourself rooting for John Severson, a noble man trying to make the best of a life blighted by a disease which automatically makes one an outcast. The story is suspenseful and full of interesting historical details. If you enjoyed Molokai by Alan Brennert, you will love The Leper by Steve Thayer.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
When he was 12, Herman Rosenblat and his family were taken from their home in Poland and sent to a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. Young Herman was forced to work shoveling bodies into a crematorium. All the while he did not know if he, too, would soon be killed.One day two years later, Herman walked up to the barbed wire fence and saw a girl on the other side. "She says, 'What are you doing in there?'" Herman says. "I said to her, 'Can you give me something to eat?' And she took an apple out of her jacket."The girl fed Herman an apple every day for seven months. Then one day he told her not to come back—he was being moved to another camp. "A tear came down her eyes," Herman says. "And as I turned around and went back I started to cry, too. I started to cry knowing that I might not see her again."Herman was shipped to Czechoslovakia. Just two hours before he was scheduled to die in the gas chambers there, Russian troops liberated the camp and Herman was set free.
What I don't understand is why people want to write memoirs when they don't feel their lives are exciting enough to merit one? If they have the urge to write why not try fiction.
Monday, December 29, 2008
People often ask me for reading suggestions, and I'm always happy to share because books are exciting things to me. My latest excitement is this: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it. I've been recommending it to total strangers in Target. And now to everyone who reads my website. The Hunger Games is amazing.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The Big Necessity: the Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George
Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey through Your Brain by David Bainbridge
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food by Gene Baur
Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honeybee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis by Rowan Jacobsen
Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others by Marco Iacoboni
The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog by Nancy Ellis-Bell
The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret by Seth Shulman
Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound by David Rothenberg
The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It by Robert Zimmerman
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and The New York Times.
I just can't limit myself to one author above all others. How about you; is there one author you prefer above all others? Who is it?
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Merry Christmas, Ollie by Olivier Dunrea
Baby Elf’s Christmas by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
The Night before Christmas: tenth anniversary by Clement C. Moore/Jan Brett
The Christmas Bears by Chris Conover
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Christmas at Stony Creek by Stephanie Greene
A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kinkaid
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Friday, December 12, 2008
Here is one scene that Sheinkin recounts involving Samuel Adams and John Hancock as they high tail it out of Lexington after Paul Revere’s warning:
idea of what just happened.
“Oh, what a glorious morning is this,” he said.
John Hancock thought Adams was talking about the weather, which was not bad, but not
glorious. Adams clarified: “I mean, what a glorious morning for America.”
What was so glorious about it? Adams must have been thinking that those early-morning
shots would be the start of a long, hard fight for American independence.
Hancock must have been thinking about lunch. He sent a messenger back to Lexington,
instructing Dorothy and Aunt Lydia to meet him in Woburn (where Adams and Hancock were
now headed). He told them to “bring the fine salmon” that they had planned to eat that day.
Wait a minute. The American Revolution just started, and we’re talking about salmon.
What just happened back there on Lexington Common?”
I, for one, had to find out! And, when Steve Sheinkin’s second volume, Two Miserable Presidents: Everything your schoolbooks didn’t tell you about the Civil War, was added to our collection, I found the time to read that, too!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- Baking for All Occasions: A Treasury of Recipes for Everyday Celebrations by Flo Braker.
- Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavors from Simple Ingredients by Ina Garten.
- Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh by Barbara Fairchild--for those weeknight meals fast and easy are important concepts.
- How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman--this is a great reference tool.
- Jamie At Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life by Jamie Oliver--this book also includes vegetable gardening tips and advice.
- Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook by Martha Stewart.
- Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book by Rachael Ray--for the busy family this includes lots of 30-minutes meals.
- Spain: A Culinary Road Trip by Mario Batali with Gwyneth Paltrow--this is a fun book because it is also good for the armchair traveler..
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
What do an 1890 first edition of the "Tragic Muse" by Henry James, a 1919 first edition of "The Book of Halloween", and a 1911 first edition of the "Biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe" have in common? They are all for sale in our mini-antiquarian corner near the main circulation desk. More than 40 items have been sold from the 100 we pulled from our basement collection for the sale. Among the remaining items are: three volumes of an 1898 first edition of the "Life and Works of Susan B. Anthony", five volumes from the 1800's of "Pomes" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, three volumes of an 1883 edition of the "Life of Andrew Jackson", an 1853 edition of the "Life of Roger Williams". Other titles include "History of Our Lord in Works of Art", "Cathedrals of New England", "Weir of Hermiston", "Life and Letters of General Thomas Jackson", and "Paul Jones Founder of the American Navy". All are priced right for gift giving: $5 - $100, and proceeds go to the Friends of the Dover Library.
Monday, December 08, 2008
'Offering the trademark wit and imagination familiar to Rowling's legions of readers--as well as Aesop's wisdom and the occasional darkness of the Brothers Grimm--each of these five tales reveals a lesson befitting children and parents alike: the strength gained with a trusted friendship, the redemptive power of love, and the true magic that exists in the hearts of all of us. Rowling's new introduction also comments on the personal lessons she has taken from the Tales, noting that the characters in Beedle's collection "take their fates into their own hands, rather than taking a prolonged nap or waiting for someone to return a lost shoe," and "that magic causes as much trouble as it cures."
But the true jewel of this new edition is the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard's-eye perspective to the collection. Discovered "among the many papers which Dumbledore left in his will to the Hogwarts Archives," the venerable wizard's ruminations on the Tales allow today's readers to place them in the context of 16th century Muggle society, even allowing that "Beedle was somewhat out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for Muggles" during the era of witch hunts that would eventually drive the wizarding community into self-imposed exile. In fact, versions of the same stories told in wizarding households would shock many for their uncharitable treatment of their Muggle characters.
Professor Dumbledore also includes fascinating historical backstory, including tidbits such as the history and pursuit of magic wands, a brief comment on the Dark Arts and its practitioners, and the struggles with censorship that eventually led "a certain Beatrix Bloxam" to cleanse the Tales of "much of the darker themes that she found distasteful," forever altering the meaning of the stories for their Muggle audience. Dumbledore also allows us a glimpse of his personal relationship to the Tales, remarking that it was through "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump" that "many of us [wizards] first discovered that magic could not bring back the dead."'
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Thames: the Biography by Peter Ackroyd.
This 215-mile river flowing through London is exquisitely explored in all its misery and majesty. As a Dickens lover and a huge fan of Clare Clark's novel The Great Stink, I know I would enjoy this biography of a river which has been a playground, an attack route, an artistic inspiration, a power source, a royal stream, and even a sewer.
The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic by Stan Ulanski.
This fascinating blend of science and history delves into the marine life, the transport properties, and the notables who've studied this "ocean conveyor belt" which can even been seen from space. Ponce de Leon discovered it, and Columbus used it, as did the real pirates of the Caribbean and later slave traders. Benjamin Franklin experiemented with its temperature differences in order to chart the stream's boundaries and perhaps speed up delivery of the mail.
Discover its major role in the development of East coast America.
Weather Matters: an American Cultural History Since 1900 by Bernard Mergen.
Hurricanes, floods, tsunamis and other stormy conditioons are examined for their enormous social and cultural impact. Weather, after all, is always a topic of conversation in America. Our inability to control nature, its unpredictability, its politics (Katrina), and even weather lore and humor and the marketing of weather are delightfully explained here.
Bridges: 3000 Years of Defying Nature by David J. Brown
Not on the subject of water, per se, but over the subject of water is this grand coffee table volume. With over 300 photos and illustrations, the author relates the origins, engineering, structure, materials, and design principles of over 100 of the world's greatest bridges. Arranged chronologically, this is a delightful (and fairly non-technical) book for an architecture or civil engineering buff. I adore going over the Zakim bridge in Boston so I loved this book!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
There is a Librarian here who owns a Nancy Pearl action figure and secretly longs to be on a book cart drill team. Can you guess who she is? And are you at heart a Librarian?
You might be a librarian if:
You compulsively reshelve items and straighten shelves when browsing at Barnes and Noble
You alphabetize your spice rack (and everything else)
You own more cardigans than shoes
You own cats named "Ernest, "Kerouac," or "Flannery"
You have a secret desire to be on a bookcart drill team
You know the Dewey Decimal System by heart
Nancy Pearl is your idol and you own her action figure
You go on vacation and visit other libraries
You don't have a Netflix account and borrow all of your music and movies from the library instead
Your home library has just as many books as a small public library
You were totally blogging and social networking before 2003
You read banned books
You can kick everyone's butt at Scrabble
Thursday, November 27, 2008
So how about it; are you a "can't get enough of Christmas" kind of person, or a "let's keep it special by limiting it to a couple of weeks" person?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Christmas shopping doesn't have to be stressful...you can do it right here at the library. We have quite a Christmas sale corner near the front desk with great ideas for gift giving. Dover maps, note paper, library book bags, copies of the Port of Dover hardcover book and paperback copies of the Marlinspike are all for sale, benefiting the Friends of the Library. In addition you can purchase a "Hidden Treasures of Dover NH" jigsaw puzzle or a "Factory on Fire" DVD and support Dover's Main Street organization. We also have the "Great Blaze (a look back at Dover's Deadly 1907 Mill Fire)" DVD for sale. So if your Christmas gift list is longer than Santa's and a mall is your worst nightmare, shopping at the library could be the way to go.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Bloodline: a novel by Kate Cary
Blue Bloods Series by Melissa De la Cruz
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
Cirque du Freak Series by Darren Shan
Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Marked by P.C. Cast (The House of Night Series)
My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwic
Night Road by A. M. Jenkins
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Suck It Up by Brian Meehl
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Sweetblood by Pete Hautman
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Thirsty by M.T. Anderson
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Vampire Kisses Series by Ellen Schreiber
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Things I probably won't get to do but might if only I had the time to read these books:
Smoking Food, a beginner's guide by Chris Dub; Manage your life with Outlook for Dummies by Greg Harvey; Getting into Guinness: one man's longest, fastest, highest journey by Larry Olmstead; Preserving food without freezing or canning. And, something interesting for the man in my life to do if he had time to read this: 50 Fish to catch before you die by John Bailey.
Monday, November 17, 2008
This morning, as I was bemoaning the clutter, I was reminded of the 2007 bestseller by Alan Weisman, The World Without Us, which explored what would happen to the Earth if humans disappeared. If you're not familiar with that book's premise, it's that man-made structures and systems would quickly degenerate if people weren't there to maintain them and that nature would quickly take over. There was a similarly-themed documentary on The History Channel this year called "Life Without People." Wow, I thought, this same phenomenon happens on a smaller scale in our own library!
Library pages are the often-unsung heroes who reshelve all returned materials and keep our dozens of stacks and bookshelves in near-perfect Dewey Decimal or alphabetical order so we can all find what we're looking for. Our booksale started out looking like this:
but, in just a fortnight, degenerated into this:
Although our annual book sale is officially over, we have an on-going mini sale in our Internet Room where you can purchase nearly new hardcovers, paperbacks and media for $1 to $3 (hint: Christmas is coming). We also have a great selection of specially priced "collectible" books for dabbling antiquarians (hint, hint: Christmas IS coming!).
Friday, November 14, 2008
There's "THE" Bestsellers' List, and then there's "yours"! Here are the books you checked out most this past year that didn't make it to the top of the charts nationally. For fiction you really liked the light stuff:
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner, Deep Dish by Mary Kay andrews, and Getting Rid of Bradley byJennifer Crusie . However you balanced your fun with some serious nonfiction: Glimpses of heaven: true stories of hope and peace at the end of life's journey by Trudy Harris, Her last death: a memoir by Susanna Sonnenberg, and Mollie Katzen's recipes--Salads by Mollie Katzen.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Sadly, the world lost a great story teller Tuesday when Michael Crichton passed way. He will be missed.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia
by Patrick Tracey (a journey to trace his two sisters’ illness)
Alphabet Juice: the Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences: with Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory by Roy Blount Jr. (witty, punny wordplay)
Fabergé’s Eggs: the Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire by Toby Faber (the tale of the czar’s 49 bejeweled eggs)
Getting Into Guinness: One Man’s Longest, Fastest, Highest Journey Inside the World’s Most Famous Record Book by Larry Olmstead (why do people do this? Olmstead explains the obsession.)
The Big Necessity: the Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George (Sanitation as a central challenge to human development)
Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces by Robert Clark (Story of the 1966 flood in Florence which killed 33 and damaged over 14,000 artworks.)
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez (Bio of a phony paintings peddler and his Nazi ties)
Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die by Steve Watkins & Clare Jones (I’ve done two of them!)
Writing on Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life by Christina Marsden Gillis (a summer resident of Gotts Island, SW of Mt. Desert, for 40+ years)
Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein (originated as zany schtick on NPR’s Weekend Edition)
Monday, November 03, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
You've got the candy, now how about something to go with it: come in and browse our "still gigantic" book sale. The lowest prices were just posted this morning, ranging from just .10 for paperbacks to $1 for hardcovers. These prices will continue through Sunday.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
“The idea,” he told Mary, “is to get as much candy as possible. You want candy, wrapped candy. If you get a candy bar, that’s the best—a Hershey bar or a Milky Way. Mary Janes are okay if you don’t mind losing a few fillings, little boxes of Good & Plenty, Dots, Chocolate Babies, packs of gum, all good. Then you’ve got your cheapskate single-wrapped candy—root-beer barrels, butterscotches, licorice drops—not bad, usually given out by people who are broke, but what can they do? They’re trying.
“You don’t eat anything that’s not wrapped, except for Mr. Barzita’s figs. Some people drop an apple in your bag. You can’t eat it, but you can throw it at someone, so that’s okay. Once in a while, someone will bake stuff to give out. Don’t eat it—you don’t know what they put in it. It could be the best-looking cupcake you ever saw, with chocolate icing and a candy corn on top, but who knows, they might have crapped in the batter. I’ve seen where people will throw a penny in your sack. Hey, a penny’s a penny.
“You always stay where we can see you. If someone invites you into their house, don’t go. When we tell you to run, run ‘cause kids could be coming to throw eggs at us. If you hear someone shout ‘Nair bomb,’ run like hell.
“What’s a Nair bomb?” asked Mary.
“Nair is that chemical stuff women use to take the hair off their legs. Kids pour it into balloons and throw them. If you get hit on the head with it, all your hair will fall out. If it gets in your eyes, it could blind you for a while.”
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
"I can think of nothing on earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night, which, for me, was ten to fifteen pounds of candy, a riot of colored wrappers and hopeful fonts, snub-nosed chocolate bars and SweeTARTS, the seductive rattle of Jujyfruits and Good & Plenty and lollipop sticks all akimbo, the foil ends of mini LifeSavers packs twinkling like dimes, a thick sugary perfume rising up from the pillowcase. And more so, the pleasure of pouring out the contents onto the rug in the TV room, of cataloging the take according to a strict Freak Hierarchy, calling for all chocolate products to be immediately quarantined, sorted and closely guarded, with higher-quality fruit chews and caramels next, then hard candies, and last of all anything organic (the loathsome raisins). A brief period of barter with my brothers might ensue. For the most part, I simply lay amid my trove and occasionally massed the candy into a pile which I could sort of dive into, a la Scrooge McDuck and his gold ducats."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
From Candy and Me: a love story by Hilary Liftin
Monday, October 27, 2008
By the way, if you are planning on reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, gallimaufry means hodgepodge. There, I saved you a look-up.