Shelf Renewal

Falling for Paris

Falling for Paris

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. To which I might add: It’s been seventy-five years since we first read of Madeline’s adventures before going to bed. We might associate the City of Light with springtime, but there’s no bad time to visit […]

We’re Still Discovering America: Modern Immigrant Fiction

We’re Still Discovering America: Modern Immigrant Fiction

I just finished reading the wonderful The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez. It’s a multi-voiced, literary gem—think The Tortilla Curtain (1995) meets Light in the Piazza (with a whisper of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007). It reminded me of some of the other great American immigrant fiction of the past few decades. […]

Contagious Reading: Scary Medical Books Where the Truth Reads Like Fiction

Contagious Reading: Scary Medical Books Where the Truth Reads Like Fiction

With all the talk of Ebola in the news, you might find that your copy of The Hot Zone (1994) is currently checked out. But never fear, there are a plethora of riveting and entirely “readable” medical books waiting to scare inform patrons about something else! And I’ll bet people have no idea what is waiting […]

Web Crush of the Week: RA for All: Horror

Web Crush of the Week: RA for All: Horror

It’s getting to be that time of year when librarians raid the shelves for anything remotely scary to put on a Halloween display. With that in mind, it seems like a good time to make sure you are all up to speed on everything horror. And there’s no better place to get your horror fix […]

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Jan Karon’s Father Tim and Other Characters I’d Make Up the Couch For

Jan Karon’s Father Tim and Other Characters I’d Make Up the Couch For

Reading the review of Jan Karon’s new Mitford book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, brought a smile to my face. Father Tim is not a character, he is an old friend. I have been mad at him, I have been jealous of him, I have been moved by him. There are old friends that you mute […]

Web Crush of the Week: Personal Online Libraries
By September 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: Personal Online Libraries

Back in the day, I created an Access database to keep track of the books I read. I used it for several years, and then, all of a sudden, not one, not two, but THREE online services popped up that made that old database completely obsolete. (That’s my current to-be-read pile below, and no, I […]

I’ll Be in Scotland Afore Ye

I’ll Be in Scotland Afore Ye

After 300 years as part of the United Kingdom, Scottish residents are voting on whether or not to become an independent country. You can show your solidarity by throwing on a kilt and binge-watching Sean Connery movies—or, you can transport yourself to the land of Loch Ness with these compelling reads. Be Near Me, by […]

Dusty Book: A Drink Before the War, by Dennis Lehane
By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: A Drink Before the War, by Dennis Lehane

In A Drink Before the War (1994), Boston P.I.s. Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired by a senator to find an African-American cleaning lady he suspects of stealing sensitive documents from his office. When she’s gunned down by an Uzi, Kenzie and Gennaro realize that the congressman’s been lying about who the woman was […]

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Dusty Book: Cocktails for Three
By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: Cocktails for Three

Last week’s news that Shopaholic Becky Bloomwood is coming back this fall has chick lit fans in a frenzy. But did you know that author Sophie Kinsella also writes chick lit (of the slightly less fluffy variety) as Madeline Wickham? (Well, perhaps you do know, since her last few Wickham books have blatantly advertised that […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Tales from the RAT Queen

Web Crush of the Week: Tales from the RAT Queen

No, she’s not actually a rodent (she’s really a quite nice librarian). Lucy Lockley, Booklist Editorial Board member and collection development manager for the St. Charles City-County Library District in Missouri, coordinates the district’s Readers’ Advisory Team, also known as the RATs. Hence, she is the RAT Queen. The RAT program uses a combined book-discussion […]