I had a very merry Christmas. I hope yours was too. In this last week of 2016, I’ve been reflecting on the past year. With the contentious election, it’s been a tumultuous year. But, throughout, I’ve kept reading and listening as I am sure you have. In my life, books are a comfort, a friend, a teacher, and a motivator.
I opened my email this morning, to read a gratifying piece of news. The Maine State Library just recently did a survey regarding trust in professionals and found that librarians rank near the top of the list. Of all respondents, 78% ranked librarians as high/very high in trustworthiness. Only nurses ranked higher. For more information, access the study here.
Are you still in a stupor from too much turkey and binge-watching the Gilmore Girls return series? Wake up with Lauren Graham’s (Lorelei) new memoir, Talking as fast as I can : from Gilmore girls to Gilmore girls, and everything in between. It’s also available in an audiobook read by the author and the reviews say that’s the only way to experience it.
In the aftermath of the election, I read that Americans flooded movie theaters last weekend. A bit of escape? A desire to turn to other topics? I’m not sure, but I decided to feature some recent books whose film adaptations are releasing soon.
Elections are over and the holiday rush is beginning! It’s time to read something relaxing. How about a cozy? If you’ve never read one, a cozy is a novel, often a mystery, that takes place in a small town or village and the sleuth, usually a woman, is an amateur. They are character-driven, often humorous, and usually appear in a series.
The Lawrence A. Frost Collection of Custeriana is a multimedia collection that includes over 5000 books, videos, numerous images, journals, newspaper articles, sound recordings and art work. It focuses on the life of General George A. Custer which includes his academic work at West Point, his heroic participation in the Civil War and his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
The following books have been added to the Lawrence A. Frost Collection:
On this evening of trick or treats, I have been thinking about the spookiest books that I"ve read. I'm not fond of horror, but I enjoy a good gothic novel. Hands down, my favorite book for Halloween is Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Melding the magical and the mundane, this story revolves around two sisters who come from a long line of witches. They grow up in New England in a spooky house and are raised by their maiden aunts. Strange things regularly happen....
It's quite possible that an American will win the Man Booker Prize for the first time tonight! The Booker is a British prize and historically has been awarded to UK authors, but it has been opened up to books from other nationalities. They must be originally written in English and published in the United Kingdom.