Sally and Blanche, brought a spectrum of selections for all ages including a beautiful children's picture book, The Great Migration, by Jacob Lawrence that may be of interest to adults, as well. Why? MOMA has created an exhibit of the actual paintings of the 1950's northern migration from the south. The MOMA/Darien Library Corporate Pass - a partnership the library has with the museum, gets you into the museum for free. Ask us about it! :)
Blanche also highlighted two other books for children, Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky about eleven year olds turned detectives in order to save a wrongly implicated man of a local murder and Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon Flake, a story about the influences of a community's internal racism as a girl, visiting from afar, imagines someone among them is a vampire. Blanche also introduced Christian Fiction to the group who had never heard of this genre before. The Love Letters, by Beverly Lewis and Chasing Sunsets (of the Angels Walking Series), by Karen Kingsbury provide, as Blanche said, all the "devils" of regular fiction (infidelity, power martyrs, denial, drugs, etc.) just that these books give a more "clean read" for those that care about that.
Sally highlighted Love and Other Ways of Dying, a collection of already published essays from Michael Paterniti who visited the library just last week. Considered an author's author, this awaited collection is a must read. Dave Eggers, author of The Circle and other books, stated "Paterniti is one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic." Sounds great. Also on Sally's side of the table was a "two-fer" about singer/songwriter Carol King in her memoir, A Natural Woman and Girls Like Us,by Sheila Weller featuring the lives of Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carol King during the 1960's and 1970's. The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows, who wrote the very popular The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, is a story about a Southern social debutant sent, via the 1940's Federal Writer's Project, to a small West Virginian mill town to write it's history. Sally enjoyed this book especially because one of the characters reminds her of the infamous Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. Other books presented, Between You and Me, by Mary Norris, the queen of grammar at The New Yorker, revisits, with fun hilarity, the comma and its proper usage and The World Is Waiting For You, by Tara Grove, is a collection of commencement speeches from activists, writers and visionairies.
The last three titles on the list, The Witness Wore Red, Before I Go To Sleep - DVD (the book is fabulous too) and Deep Down Dark, are highly recommended suggestions from the group members themselves.
Most important! Zinio For Libraries is the new and much better app for downloading magazines through libraries. There are even a few new wonderful titles (The New Yorker and Wired to name a few). Check it out today on the Library website.
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