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Some more interest-grabbing first lines from “Lucky Day” books:“The dying actress arrived in his village the only way one could come directly—in a boat that motored into the...
What is a LAPPAR you say?  Well a LAPPAR is a Librarian Against Pawnee Parks and Recreation.  Parks and Recreation is a reality show on NBC with Leslie Knope as the focus.  On the...
A novel about teenage angst, a nonfiction peek into a secret, seamy world, and a thriller with a domestic angle    Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne

This novel of adolescent...
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1958 film Vertigo, a psychological thriller shot  in San Francisco,  has edged out  Orson Welles’s  1941 Citizen Kane as the best movie of...
  Author Gore Vidal  died yesterday in Hollywood Hills, California.  In his long career, he published essays, novels, plays and screenplays.  He became well  known as a...
Teddy bear reading on a Nook
Looking for that bestseller, but don't want to wait?  Or, maybe you've been hearing about eBooks and eReaders, and wondered what all the fuss is about?Well, now's the time to try...
My take on a wildly popular book, a novel about ideals gone awry, and a very weird DVD.    Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Subtitled From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail....
Two of my favorite writers have published new novels this summer.  Alan Furst and Joseph  Kanon are somewhat similar in their subject matter and style.  Both write historical novels...
I am an avid listener of audio books.  I generally download them from the Library’s website.  As anyone who listens to audiobooks knows, a good reader is essential.  One ...
book jacket for The World of Downton Abbey
While waiting for the new season of Downton Abbey to begin, why not enjoy other DVDs  and books which explore the same time period and themes?  Anne Rouyer of the New York Public Library...