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  • Posted on 05/24/2012 - 5:35pm

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    Nailer works as light crew, stripping copper wire and other small-but-valuable material from wrecked ships along the gulf coast, but he knows his days are numbered, as he won’t fit in the tight spaces much longer.  So when Nailer finds a clipper ship with a beautiful girl inside it wrecked on a nearby island after a hurricane, he believes his luck has turned.  Soon, though, the wreck is discovered by Nailer’s abusive father and his band of thieves. Nailer has a choice: hand over the girl, the luckiest of Lucky Strikes any of his crew has ever seen, or take her back to her father, where—she says—Nailer will be well-rewarded, if they can avoid the thieves and rogues actively pursuing them.

  • Posted on 05/11/2012 - 12:30pm

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    In The Magic Room, journalist and author (The Girls From Ames) Jeffrey Zaslow uses Becker’s Bridal, a family business in Michigan, as a lens to examine marriage, love, and parenthood. Becker’s has been in the family for three generations; when a mother-daughter pair comes looking for the daughter’s wedding dress, it’s likely the mother got her dress from Becker’s, too. (The “magic room” is a mirrored room upstairs where the brides-to-be can see themselves in the dress they think might be “the one.”) Zaslow tells the story of several women throughout the book, including the Becker women; he writes with rare insight, sincerity, and compassion, perhaps because he had three daughters of his own. (Zaslow died in a car crash in February 2012.)

  • Posted on 05/10/2012 - 8:08pm

     Title ArtistRelease Date
    Boys & GirlsAlabama Shakes4/10/2012
    The WantedWanted4/24/2012
    Master of My Make BelieveSantigold5/1/2012
    Neck of the WoodsSilversun Pickups5/8/2012
    Born And RaisedMayer, John5/22/2012
    Not Your Kind Of PeopleGarbage5/22/2012
    What We Saw from The Cheap SeatsSpektor, Regina5/29/2012

  • Posted on 05/09/2012 - 2:00pm

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    Despite the cover, Maine is not a light beach read; it’s a multigenerational story featuring four complex (and not always likable) female characters. There’s Alice, the grandmother who feels responsible for her sister’s death decades earlier; Kathleen, Alice’s daughter, who broke with the whole family and moved to California; Maggie, Kathleen’s daughter, a semi-successful writer in Brooklyn who has just discovered she’s pregnant; and finally the “perfect” Ann Marie, Alice’s daughter-in-law, underappreciated by most and outright resented by some. They are truly “four unforgettable women who have nothing in common but the fact that, like it or not, they’re family.” The author writes from each character’s perspective with incredible insight and depth of feeling; this is truly a character-driven story that explores the nature of familiar bonds. Recommended for those who enjoyed Faith by Jennifer Haigh or The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass.

  • Posted on 05/07/2012 - 11:07am

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    The Library Book is a collection of twenty-three short essays and stories in support of libraries. Authors, radio and TV personalities, librarians, and other prominent members of society have contributed to this lovely collection that celebrates the joys of reading and all that public libraries have to offer. Lucy Mangan’s piece “The Rules” is particularly funny, “Library Life” by Zadie Smith is insightful and incisive, and in “Have You Heard of Oscar Wilde?” Stephen Fry describes the importance of libraries to education and personal growth. “Libraries,” writes Hardeep Singh Kohli, “are the heartbeats of communities.” Profits from the sale of the book go to The Reading Agency, an independent British charity whose mission is to inspire people to read more.

  • Posted on 05/05/2012 - 7:38pm

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    There are now three Flour locations in the Boston area, and this cookbook by the bakery’s owner/founder reveals how to make some of her scrumptious baked goods at home. There are sections on techniques, equipment, and ingredients, along with “Joanne’s Top 12 Baking Tips.” (Chang wisely explains the “why” along with the “what,” effective for convincing home bakers that yes, the recipe is that way for a reason.) Beginning bakers will probably find some recipes intimidating, but others manageable; Chang includes a little personal story before each recipe, and includes ingredient measurements in both volume and weight. The photos are gorgeous, too.

  • Posted on 05/04/2012 - 12:24pm

    TitleRelease Date
    Living In The Material World5/1/2012
    New Year's Eve5/1/2012
    Tim & Erics Billion Dollar Movie5/8/2012
    Albert Nobbs5/15/2012
    My Perestroika5/15/2012
    One For The Money5/15/2012
    The Devil Inside5/15/2012
    The Grey5/15/2012
    We Were Here: Voices From the AIDS Years in San Francisco5/15/2012
    Certified Copy5/22/2012
    Perfect Sense5/22/2012
    Red Tails5/22/2012
    The Woman in Black5/22/2012
    This Means War5/22/2012
    Man On A Ledge5/29/2012
    True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season5/29/2012
    We Need To Talk About Kevin5/29/2012

  • Posted on 05/04/2012 - 10:06am

    We in the Children’s Room are delighted to have 2 iPads available for use in the library.   They have been preloaded with lots of great apps.  Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy having an interactive book shared with them—try Planes by Byron Barton, Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton or Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping by Eileen Christelow.    For school aged kids, there are the math apps  Motion Math and AB Math, language learning apps such as Little Pim Spanish, fun games like the popular Angry Birds Space,  and Puzzle Pop, and other cool apps like Star Walk, Building Titanic and Numberlys. 

    Kids under age 14 must have a parent or guardian sign the Table In-House Borrowing Agreement before checking out the iPad.  Thank you to the Friends of the Library and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for supporting the purchase of the iPads.

  • Posted on 05/02/2012 - 7:57pm

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    Parks and Recreation is a “mockumentary”-style comedy featuring the staff of the parks and recreation department of the (fictional) town of Pawnee, Indiana. The first season of Parks and Rec might not hook you, but the second and third season are well worth it: the characters, especially Deputy Director Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), improve, becoming both more likable and funnier, and their interactions and relationships are more believable as the actors develop a rapport. Parks and Rec is an amusing window into small-town government; most viewers will quickly identify a favorite character, from optimistic Leslie to work-averse Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) to office clown Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari).

  • Posted on 05/01/2012 - 5:10pm

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    Fans of The Bloggess know what they’re in for with this book; others may be completely unprepared for Lawson’s brand of humor and her unbelievable tales of taxidermy and mental breakdowns (sometimes but not always related). Lawson’s childhood in rural Texas was as unlike “normal” childhood as one could possibly imagine; in addition to the wild animals (bobcats, raccoons) her father routinely and cheerfully introduced into the household, she suffered from acute anxiety disorder. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is rambling, inappropriate (you’ve been warned), and hilarious.