Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lost Rights

If PBS's History Detectives and the movie National Treasure had a baby, it would be Lost Rights by Howard. There were fifteen copies of the Bill of Rights made originally. One was for the federal government and the other for the 14 colonies. South Carolina's copy was taken during the Civil War. So what happens next.... and it is all true. Well I'm not going to give it away. You have to read it yourself.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Not quite me

Tried reading Never Eat Your Heart Out by Judith Moore, but just couldn't get into it. Thought it would be one of my beloved foodie memoirs, but her life after the first few chapters was just a bit too dark. I don't mind sadness, but want some leavening. However she is a good writer and it might be of interest to others who love memoirs.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The language of love or youth?

It is funny how you out grow an author. As a teen I was so into Francoise Sagan and now... not so much. I even tried painfully to read Bonjour Tristesse in French. LOL

However now because the library is offering Mango language lessons online at least the French might be easier. Maybe I just need a new French author.

Who have you outgrown?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Memoir with recipes

I love memoirs by people who are not famous. I love books about food. So Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg is just about perfect. Each chapter is a little story about her life and her family. And then she ends the chapter with a recipe full of handy helpful little notes. It is fab!"

A toast to the living

"Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt. Roger and his wife Ginny were living out on Long Island and enjoying life. Then the call came that their daughter Amy had died of a rare heart condition. The couple goes to stay with their son-in-law and help raise the three small kids. This book had the potential of being maudlin, but Rosenblatt is too good a writer to go down that road. It was just a wonderful book, full of insight, poignancy and honesty. Highly recommended."

Monday, July 12, 2010

No I don't want to join a book club

I was looking for a book for a patron and ran across Ironside's Bridget Jones' Diary for seniors. Marie Sharp is a charming new senior, who doesn't want to do all those worthwhile self-improving projects many others keep suggesting to her. Instead she spends time convinicing best friend and hypocondriac, Penny that she doesn't have prostate cancer. She swears off men. She looses a beloved friend and gains a grandchild. Quick and fun read.