Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

We have a lot to be excited about this week.  Even with the rain on Thursday, the weather was lovely and just what summer should be. Sweet Ann wants me to report that I seem very happy sunshiny these days.  I am sure that will turn that around sometime next week so please don’t get used to it.

Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Greetings to you all!  We are still on Twin Watch 2013 Caroline is definitely in the Home Stretch and these are her final days with us before she goes on Maternity Leave.   Please no wagering, no questions, no direct eye contact and don’t get in her way.  This week we have some little things, beloved old friends of the literary kind,

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You Are What You Read!

Honestly there are no words for this week. Nothing but misery upon misery.  But it would seem that there will be a break in the heat this weekend.  We are still on a little something we are now calling Twin Watch 2013.  Yes, Caroline is still here and she is doing very well thank you. And please no wagering.  This week we have  Italy, The Street Life, Taiwan,  more Italy and a sizzling romance.

Let us begin!

Barbara M.  Again no France.  Again No Nazis.  Could this be the New Normal?  “I’m reading Story of My People by Edoardo Nesi.  This is a poetically written explanation of the demise of the Italian textile industry by a former textile factory owner and renowned writer.  Nesi’s grandfather and his brother started the company in the 1920s and Edoardo and his family was forced to sell it in 2004. Although he skips around a lot, Nesi’s interesting explanation of the disastrous effect of globalization on Italy’s faltering economy is interesting.”

Babs B. is reading The Buy Side:  A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess  by Turney Duff.  “This is the true story about a naive young man who moves from Freeport, Maine to make it big in the finance world.  Duff was a promising rookie on the trading desk at troubled  Galleon.  He was making more money than he could spend and got sucked into the seamy side of Wall Street;  nightclubs every night and  voraciously inhaling any drug to fill the void he felt inside.  He  wasn't a happy camper and was slowly killing himself with his lifestyle.  Finally, after working on the Street for 15 years, he makes the decision to walk away from it all, getting his life together and getting sober.  This is truly an inspirational story.” 

Sweet Ann is reading The Third Son by Julie Wu.  “This novel follows Saburo, the third son of a family living in Taiwan during both the Japanese occupation the Chinese National Army's reign. Saburo has suffered greatly at the hands of his parents who blamed him for their misfortunes, older brothers who treated him horrendously and the harsh conditions of the time. He meets the love of his life, Yoshiko, when they are both children escaping from an American air raid.  This novel tells of Sabura's childhood and then his adult life in America that also is fraught with difficulties. As his life begins to turn around you will begin the cheer for him.  It is an interesting, well written book.”

Pat T. is listening to the audio book The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian. “The story alternates between two decades, beginning in 1943 with  the Rosati family.  They  own a magnificent villa near Florence and  appear to be unscathed by the ongoing war in Europe when German soldiers come to appraise the art at their villa. The story moves forward to 1955 with the investigation of two brutal murders involving Rosati family members. As the murder investigation unfolds I look forward to finding the connection between the two stories. This is a good historical fiction novel with a twist of romance and mystery!”

The Amazing Amanda can’t seem to shake her supernatural romance arc. This week she’s reading Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. “The cover is deceitful with the image of a frosty purple rose being offered to the viewer. You dive into this Fae romance novel expecting for a Beauty and the Beast style romance. Instead your first view of the heroine, Aislinn is shooting pool in a bar where the landscape is full of urban decay, abandoned buildings, and graffiti marked walls. You can see right away that this is no sweet fairy tale setting.   Aislinn is a human with an ability to see the Fae. These terrifying creatures prod, grope, and harass humans. She tries to ignore them for if Fae discover her ability, they’ll torture her. To add to her troubles, the  Summer King has marked her as his potential bride. Even though Aislinn is suffocating under his attention, she delves into a sizzling romance with her best friend, Seth. But time is running out for her as being marked by the Summer King means she’s losing her mortality. Aislinn is going to have to face her demons and confront the Fae whether she likes it or not.”

 

You Are What You Read!

Today marks Caroline’s last day on the KLS desk for the next three months.  Sure London is all abuzz with the Royal Baby Watch, but we’re not to be outdone.  We are all waiting and watching anxiously for the appearance of the newest members of our Library Family.  However we want it noted that we are not stalking Caroline, harboring paparazzi nor are we placing bets on when it is going to happen. Also, we have noticed certain crankiness this week.  I think that we are all wishing for some cooling and perhaps a tad less humidity.  Why not pack the cooler this weekend, grab that beach chair and make sure you get a lovely something to read before you head out.  I can promise that this will sweeten your mood.  This week we have some unfortunate names, some folk singing, a motorcycle, 2 brothers, WASP Burial Rituals, and a New York story!

Let us begin!

Won’t you please welcome Mallory to the mix?  She is the delightful new addition that you can find occasionally on the KLS desk.  Here is her take on Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz. “I devoured this little gem of a book in no time, entranced by the burgeoning friendship of Ari and Dante (15 year old boys with unfortunate names).  This YA novel is exceptionally well-written with fully-formed parental characters.  Ari, who lives inside his head and thinks his friend Dante is charmed, is told by his mother, ‘We all fight our own private wars.’ And it's true!  The two boys and their four parents are each filled with silent, internal battles.  Read and watch the characters unravel, only to become whole again with the help and support of their friends and family.  You'll finish the book and want to immediately call your childhood best friend and hug your parents.”


Sweet Ann has just finished The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. You will note not so dark this week. “At first I didn't find this too interesting but then on approximately page 145 it became quite interesting.  This is the story of four friends who bond at camp as teenagers and we as readers will follow for the next forty years.  Ash and Goodman are brother and sister, Jonah is the son of a famous folk singer and Julia, renamed Jules by the group is not as privileged as the rest.  Yes, this is a coming of age story but there are certainly some twists that keep you ‘interested’ especially as jealousy and secrets simmer below the surface.  The characters are easy to relate to and very well developed.  This is a terrific read.”


Babs B. has just watched The World's Fastest Indian.  “This feel-good movie, based on a true story is appropriate for the whole family (for a change).  In the late 1960's Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) departs from New Zealand to race his classic Indian Motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.  He is on a very tight budget and thanks to the generosity of people he meets along the way, finally makes it to Utah.  Needless to say, Burt ends up setting the record and remains legendary within the motorcycle community to this day.  I never would have picked this for myself but am so happy my co-worker recommended it....thanks Abby!


Barbara M.  Again. No Nazis. No Paris.  Again I am blaming the heat.  Discuss.” Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest book, The Lowland, is haunting and compelling. It is just as beautifully written as her previous ones. It begins with two brothers in India in the 1960s, a time of political turmoil and upheaval. The brothers take different paths but their lives are forever intertwined. I hastened through the book only to slow down at the last few pages; I didn’t want the story of these people to end. I felt as if I’d known them all my life. Unfortunately it will not be out until September 24th.”


Those who know me know I am a sucker for a book that begins with WASP burial ritual.  So imagine my delight upon beginning &Sons by David Gilbert which opens with the funeral of Charles Henry Topping at St. James’ on Madison.  Who better to deliver the eulogy but his oldest and dearest friend the reclusive novelist (think J.D. Salinger) A.N. Dyer?   Unfortunately, Dyer suffers a bit of a nervous breakdown on the pulpit and is forced over the next week to examine his own life and the wrongs he has committed.  There is some amazing writing going on here and I can safely say that this one is earning a spot on the Jen List of Wonderful for the Year.  The writing is crisp, intelligent and darkly comic.  This one comes out at the end of the month. 


And if you don’t want to take my word for it, here is Jeanne with her take!  “When I first started reading & Sons: A Novel (The ampersand will prove important!) by David Gilbert, my eyes glazed over a bit. I wasn’t sure about the narrator and the prose seemed too dense. But soon, very soon, I was captured by Gilbert’s wit, the lure of his language. He is telling a New York story (the generations of boarding school at Exeter, Madison Avenue, Oyster Bay kind) of A.N. Dyer, a once celebrated, reclusive author of coming-of-age novels reminiscent of Salinger. He hasn’t written in many years, ‘not even a letter of decent length’ and now he is writing his good friend’s eulogy.  How long will it be before he himself is eulogized? As the families gather to mourn, there are plenty of characters to get to know, father and son dynamics, truth and lies, regrets and mysteries. “

Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

We are all back from our various travels and we trust everyone had a lovely 4th.  It looks like we are in for some steamy weather over the next few days.  Why not grab some Book Goodness and head to your favorite cool spot and indulge?  Isn’t that what summer is all about after all?

Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

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