Rules of Reading

Reading, when done right, is joyful. It opens up the world to all kinds of possibilities. When I was a kid, though, some of my relatives thought I read too much, and some of my teachers thought what I was reading was “trash.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had such experiences. […]

Where to start with magical realism

What is magical realism? Born in Latin American fiction during the late 1940s and 1950s, it unites the real and the mythical to reveal the fantastical elements of everyday life. Sometimes it will leave you wondering if an event in the story could really have happened. While this ambiguity is not for everyone, magical realism […]

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Books about road trips

Road trips are great-the open road, the junk food consumed while driving, the abundance of country music stations in this fine land of ours. Road trips are supposed to teach us something; what I learned was not to freak out when the tire pressure indicator comes on, if two gas stations have already told you […]

Jalapeños, Bagels, and Collaboration

                     Jalapeños in bagels? Yes, please! While the pairing might seem unlikely, it really is delicious. But who would’ve thought to make such a combination in the first place? In the heartwarming (and mouthwatering) Jalapeño Bagels, Pablo, whose mother is Mexican and whose father is Yiddish, […]

Picture Books – Not Just for Preschoolers!

At one time in history, books with pictures were just for kids. Books categorized as jE (E for Easy or E for Everybody, depending on the library) are usually intended for parents to read to littles, for preschoolers, and for kids just beginning to read. There seemed to be an unspoken rule that people should […]

Recommendations for Kids: Sci-Fi

Excited about ComicCon? I am. Because I was introduced to cons through science fiction conventions such as WorldCon and DragonCon, just the thought of ComicCon got me excited about reading new science fiction from our library. It’s never too early to start enjoying science fiction.  For the youngest kids Zelda’s Big Adventure by Marie Alafaci, […]

Happy birthday, Agatha Christie!

Agatha Christie, born September 15, 1890, was a best-selling writer, the best-selling novelist of all time, but she was also a surfer when young, a world traveler, a poison expert, and enthusiastic archaeology buff. Talent and imagination took her to the top, and her hospital pharmacy work in World Wars I and II gave her the poison […]

The Amber Shadows

The Amber Shadows, by Lucy Ribchester, begins in the cold winter of 1942 at Bletchley Park, the site for British codebreakers during World War II. Honey Deschamps, who transcribes coded messages, meets a man while walking home in the dark who gives her a package with Russian postal marks. Inside is a small amber block, mysteriously […]

Gone to Dust

Gone to Dust, a fast-paced and funny private eye novel by Matt Goldman, is set in wintry Minnesota. A woman is found murdered in her home, the entire crime scene obscured by thick layers of vacuum cleaner bag dust.  This detail, unsurprisingly, is an obstacle to the investigation.  When the police call in private investigator […]