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  • 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.

  • Posted on 04/27/2012 - 1:29pm

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    Meet Flavia de Luce, a bright and devious eleven-year-old; often left to her own devices, she is an amateur chemist and avid student of poisons. Set at Buckshaw, the crumbling family house, in England in the 1950s, Flavia is intrigued rather than horrified when murder occurs nearby, and throws herself into the investigation with gusto. Being a mystery, the novel is plot-driven, but Flavia is a highly amusing character (though rather more capable, observant, and self-aware than most real-life eleven-year-olds). This is the first in a series of four (so far) mysteries in which Flavia stars, and if you like this one, you’ll almost certainly enjoy the rest: The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, and I Am Half-Sick of Shadows.

  • Posted on 04/25/2012 - 8:05pm

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    Seventeen-year-old Marcus Yallow circumvents his San Francisco high school’s clumsy surveillance with ease, but when a terrorist attack blows up the Bay Bridge, Marcus and his friends are in the wrong place at the wrong time. They are picked up by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), imprisoned, and interrogated. Once Marcus is freed, he finds that his city now resembles a police state, with privacy and security being sacrificed in the name of freedom. In response to this crackdown, Marcus uses all the technology skills at his disposal to take down the unethical DHS. Doctorow keeps the plot moving swiftly forward, and packs a significant amount of information, from history to hacking, into the story without making it seem like a lecture. Little Brother is riveting in its pacing, characters, and the story’s twists and turns, and it is as thought-provoking as any dystopia before it or after. A real page-turner, great for young adults especially.

  • Posted on 04/23/2012 - 3:55pm

    If you like to keep up with the newest titles but don't have time to check the teen shelves, check with the Teen Zone on In addition to listing all of the latest additions, we're tagging things with notes about formats (like which are audio books, graphic novels, etc) and even a tag for Librarian's Favorites, and providing reviews of some titles. Friend us to stay informed or comment on some of your own favorites, or just follow on your own.