That is perfectly stunning in its awfulness. It is so awful you cannot abandon the book. Much as you would like to, the angry reader in you continues on. Why? It’s simple really. It is because you are wishing death on the characters. After all, they have eaten away a portion of your life with their whining so doesn’t death seem like a perfectly reasonable trade off?
Beach Trip by Cathy Holton is the newest addition to novels of this type. It centers around four self absorbed fortyish women who re-unite at the beach house of oneof them to relive and revive their college friendships. They are all successful in their own rights and yet, the need to constantly complain is ever present. One of the main characters is so vague and child like that you want to slap her. What sort of woman gets lost while she is shopping? In her own hometown? And no, there is no Alzheimer’s going on here. But there is a lot of self medication.
By the end of this book you think that you are going to get what you want; character revenge, but it won’t even let you have that satisfaction.
Want something good to read that won’t make you as angry as this made me? Ask us at the Desk! We are always ready with a suggestion. We make the mistakes so you don’t have to.
As Gershwin so famously stated, “summertime and the living is easy!” So shouldn’t picking your beach/poolside reads also be? Here is what Readers' Advisory is looking forward to delving into during these last days of summer. It is a lot like us, eclectic with some old friends making an appearance and some new things to look forward to!
As Gershwin so famously stated, “summertime and the living is easy!” So shouldn’t picking your beach/poolside reads also be? Here is what Reader’s Advisory is looking forward to delving into during these last days of summer. It is a lot like us, eclectic with some old friends making an appearance and some new things to look forward to!
Just a few weeks after the moon landing, about half a million young people landed on an upstate New York farm for "An Aquarian Exposition"...now known as one of the most important cultural events of the late 1960s: Woodstock.
The story behind the festival is told in Bob Spitz's Barefoot in Babylon, and it's a nearly-unbelievable sequence of events that makes you wonder how four guys actually pulled the whole thing together. The gates opened on Friday, August 15, and the original 200,000 ticket holders were eventually joined by so many others that the concerts were declared free and the New York State Thruway had to be shut down because of incoming traffic.
All weekend, attendees were treated to unforgettable performances by, among others, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Band, and Jimi Hendrix. They endured rain, mud, medical emergencies, a scarcity of food and drinks, and lost cars...and came away with a lifetime of memories.
This weekend, we're presenting the Academy Award-winning documentary Woodstock, Saturday evening at 7. Barefoot in Babylon author Bob Spitz will join us to introduce the film! We also have a discussion of Woodstock Revisited, a new oral history of the event, on Sunday afternoon at 2. Join us for two very special events to commemorate 40 years of peace and music!
(Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle, behind Nielsen's.)
In recent days, we've learned of the loss of the legendary Walter Cronkite. Today, we awake to the news that Frank McCourt passed away yesterday. His memoirs - his prose - his poetry -- also legendary.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes, he was a beloved writer, teacher, and presence in any room (or arena). I loved his writing and his wit. Also, I will never forget seeing him perform with The Rock Bottom Remainders (a literary rock band also featuring Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, and others), so I was comforted to read Dave Barry's wonderful tribute to McCourt.
Will you be one of the millions of Americans taking to the road this weekend? If so, listen to a classic and the drive time will fly by. I know, for some just the word classic can make the eyelids droop, but these books are guaranteed to engage and enthrall the entire family. All are driven by strong plot lines and memorable characters-- the perfect antidote to holiday traffic!
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, read by Terry Bregy
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, read by Jim Dale (you may already know him as the voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks!)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by Alfred Molina
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, read by Jim Dale
Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, read by Jack Nicholson and Danny Glover
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read by Sissy Spacek
One day last week I was looking for a good book to read. While browsing the Library's 7-day books, I began chatting with Pat and Jen, two members of the Darien Library's terrific Readers' Advisory team. Both women enthusiastically recommended Chis Cleave's new novel, Little Bee. Mr. Cleave's award-winning first novel, Incendiary, published in 2005, had somehow missed my radar, so I was not familiar with him or his books. I'm happy to say that my colleagues' recommendation was right on the mark. The plot revolves around the hot button issue of immigration and deftly exposes the many sides to this issue. The narration alternates between Little Bee, a Nigerian refugee recently released from a detention center outside of London, and Sarah, a career woman, wife and mother living in the suburbs. Through Little Bee, we come to know Sarah, Andrew, and Charlie, the British family whose lives intersect fatefully with that of Little Bee. I found the story engrossing and the characters richly drawn. If you enjoy thought-provoking, realistic fiction, Little Bee may be a good choice for you or your book club. But, if you're looking for something else entirely, have a chat with our Readers' Advisory team. They'll be sure to find something you'll enjoy!
Recently, the New York Times had an article about grown-up books with funny titles. Oh yeah?!! Children's books has loads of 'em. Here's some silly sounding books I've read. What about you?
|The Invisible Rules of the Zoe Lama||The Day My Butt Went Psycho
||Notes from a Liar and Her Dog||I Smell Like Ham
||The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco|
|Brainboy and the Deathmaster
||Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf
||The Great Whale of Kansas|
|Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet||Your Mother Was a Neanderthal
||Magic Pickle books
||Charlie Muffin's Miracle Mouse
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets has created a Flickr group and accompanying contest online. Free Verse: Poetry in the Wild invites us to "write lines from a favorite poem on a sandy beach, assemble twigs on a hillside, or chalk the sidewalk. Take a photo before it disappears and post it in the Free Verse group page on Flickr, or on the Academy's Fan Page on Facebook, or email your photo to email@example.com. Include the source of your lines in the photo caption."
If you're looking for inspiration to join the project, look no further than our Grand Opening Author Series. Christina Pugh, award winning poet, will be speaking on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room.
We also welcome the return of the Poet's Voice. On April 19 at 3 p.m. Janet Krauss, a widely-published poet and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee will read from her work.
Picture from Flickr user Academy of American Poets