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Posted on 02/16/2012 - 3:58pm
Posted on 02/16/2012 - 12:00pm
Julia Glass is the author of Three Junes (winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 2002), The Whole World Over, and I See You Everywhere, but she may have surpassed them all with The Widower’s Tale. Again, she weaves a web of interconnected characters, creates a beautiful and believable setting, and writes with emotional truth about the people she has brought to life – in this case, the Darling family. Seventy-year-old Percy Darling realizes that while you can retire from work, you cannot retire from life, or from your family – in Percy’s case, his workaholic daughter Trudy, his floundering daughter Clover, and his high-achieving and beloved grandson Robert. Through these characters, Glass explores the bonds of family and friendship, and the strength of personal and political beliefs. Fans of fairytale endings, however, might want to skip this one: the ending is sadder and less uplifting that one might expect.
Posted on 02/14/2012 - 12:00pm
The Professor and the Madman is the story of two men, James Murray and William Minor, who contributed in different ways to the creation of the monumental first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Murray was a studious Scot who eventually became the editor of the OED; Minor was an American, a former medical surgeon, and – at the time he contributed to the great work – a patient at the Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Simon Winchester speculates sympathetically on the cause of Minor’s paranoia and insanity, but focuses primarily on the story of the OED and the eventual correspondence between “the professor and the madman.” Winchester combines elements of history, mystery, and lexicography (the compiling, writing, and editing of dictionaries) into one book of manageable size. It's a good read, and chances are you'll learn something new!
Posted on 02/10/2012 - 9:33am
This book was one of my book club reads about three years ago and whenever we talk about a good beach read, this book still bubbles up to the surface as a good example. It is a well written, humorous account of one man’s pursuit of the “iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth”, the Hermes Birkin handbag. The author is a Massachusetts native, who on a whim moved to Barcelona, Spain and found himself in need of money. For quick cash, he decided to sell a Hermes scarf on eBay. That sale sparked the idea that he could sell the much-in-demand Hermes handbags on eBay if he could find a way to buy the coveted items from Hermes stores that tended to only sell to select buyers. In finding a way to do this, the author takes the reader on a fun romp around the continent enjoying a quest worthy of Don Quixote.
Posted on 02/08/2012 - 2:59pm
The latest issue of Star Mag is ready! It contains artwork, puzzles, movie and book reviews, and stories all created by kids, ages 8 and up. Click here to read the winter issue of Star Mag. Printed copies are available in the Children's Room.
We will be working on the spring issue at our next meeting on March 7 at 3:30 pm. All kids ages 8 and up are invited to come help. There will be laptops, markers, crayons, and other materials to inspire creativity. Kids unable to attend the meetings can drop off original artwork, stories, poems, book recommendations or other contributions in the Children’s Room, or email to email@example.com.
Posted on 02/07/2012 - 11:24am
Vaclav and Lena meet when they are five years old. Though they both emigrated from Russia to Brooklyn, their family lives could not be more different. Yet they are best friends, magician and magician’s assistant, until they are nine; then, Lena disappears. Vaclav misses her terribly, and always wonders about her – and then one day, when they are seventeen, they meet again. Vaclav and Lena is about growing up, discovering the truth, and protecting those you love; but most of all, it is a beautiful and deeply felt story about love and friendship, written with wonderful empathy and voice.
Posted on 02/07/2012 - 9:40am
Title Artist Release Date A Different Kind Of Truth Van Halen 2/7/2012 Kisses On The Bottom McCartney, Paul 2/7/2012 Le Voyage Dans La Lune Air 2/7/2012 Now That's What I Call Music! 41 Various 2/7/2012 Scars & Stories Fray (The) 2/7/2012 TEN$ION Die Antwoord 2/7/2012 All of Me Estelle 2/28/2012
Posted on 02/06/2012 - 2:43pm
Title Release Date Anonymous 2/7/2012 Elephant In The Living Room 2/7/2012 Downton Abbey: Season 2 2/7/2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 2/11/2012 How To Die In Oregon 2/14/2012 Paranormal Activity 3 2/14/2012 Take Shelter 2/14/2012 The Debt 2/14/2012 The Rum Diary 2/14/2012 Tiny Furniture 2/14/2012 Anatomy Of A Murder 2/21/2012 J Edgar 2/21/2012 Martha Marcy May Marlene 2/21/2012 Nurse Jackie: Season Three 2/21/2012 The Story Of Ireland 2/21/2012 The Way 2/21/2012 Tower Heist 2/21/2012
Posted on 02/04/2012 - 2:53pm
Massachusetts Resident Tax Forms have arrived!
We have the following forms:
- 1040 Instructions and Forms
- 1040A Instructions and Forms
- 1040EZ Instructions and Forms
- Schedules A, B, EIC
- Massachusetts Resident & Non-Resident Forms
Don't see what you need? The library can help you print a variety of federal and state forms. Stop by the Information Desk on the first floor for assistance.
Posted on 02/03/2012 - 11:17am
“At every possible turn, she saw, they'd chosen the path that would keep her weak and dependent. And the fact that they wouldn't see it that way, that they sincerely believed they'd acted in her best interest, didn't make it any less true, or them any less culpable....” Hannah Payne has been marked as an outcast from society: through a process called melachroming, her skin has been turned bright red, so everyone who sees her knows that she is a criminal – a murderer. Set in a future Texas where the right wing prevails, Roe v. Wade has been overturned, and melachroming is part of the justice system, When She Woke is the gripping story of one woman’s survival as she learns to question all she has been taught, and to think for herself.