Monthly Archives: August 2015

Books + Food = Discussion

I was just reshelving some Joanna Fluke mysteries this morning (wishing I had some skull-shaped sprinkles like the ones on this book cover), and I was thinking about how many fiction books there are that center around food, or have a … Continue reading

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September’s Upcoming Central Book Discussion: The Third Angel

Central Book Discussion’s selection for September is The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman. The group will meet on Tuesday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. at Central Library in the Book Club Room (located on the 1st floor near the Locust Street entrance). Here … Continue reading

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Let’s look into Lispector.

Ever since New Directions took Clarice Lispector under its wing, there’s been a lot of noise for the Jewish, Brazilian author, whose work has invited comparisons to the likes of Woolf and Kafka. Benjamin Moser, editor of the just-released collection of her short stories and … Continue reading

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Author Jenny Lawson’s Love Letter to Libraries

I am a huge fan of author Jenny Lawson, who blogs at The Bloggess and whose first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, made me laugh until I cried (and then laugh even more). Let’s just say that it was not a … Continue reading

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Hey! Good news!

An unfinished story by J.R.R. Tolkien (which he wrote as an Oxford undergraduate in 1914) is set to be published in the U.S. come April. In the meantime, check out Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, also released some 90 years after … Continue reading

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August’s Central Book Discussion: Last Night at the Lobster

The Central Book Discussion group met on Tuesday to talk about Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan. Even though it was a pretty short book (146 pages), we found that we had a lot to talk about. Readers commented that … Continue reading

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Go Set a Watchman: “A Microcosm of Lost Cause Romanticism”?

You’ve probably heard: Go Set a Watchman is getting a bad rap. Michael Bourne of The Millions says the new novel from Harper Lee “fails as a work of art in every way except as a corrective to the standard sentimental reading of Atticus … Continue reading

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Waiting for Circling the Sun by Paula McLain?

Paula McLain’s newest book, Circling the Sun, a fictionalized account of the life of female aviator Beryl Markham, is a hot title right now. If you’re on hold for this book, and would like some suggestions for what to read while … Continue reading

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Nikki Giovanni on James Baldwin

Welcome, Center for the Reader readers, to this, our second inaugural blog post! We plan to dig up lots of literary goodies for your perusal in posts to come, and to connect you to resources we have on hand here at Central Library. … Continue reading

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