Monthly Archives: February 2016

Mark Your Calendars: CBCToo Meets for Margs on 3/14

In two weeks’ time, Central Book Club Too will rendevouz at Rosalita’s Cantina (1235 Washington) at 6:30 to discuss Richard Siken’s War of the Foxes. If you’ve read his 2005 hit Crush, you’ll understand our excitement. A snippet from “The Language of the Birds” for you: To be a … Continue reading

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Does an ugly cover keep you from picking up a book?

A friend of mine here at the Library lends me copies of magazines and journals to read, and in the January 2016 Supermarket News (yes, it’s a real magazine) there was an article about how retailers are making eye-catching displays … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed by your TBR list?

It’s ok. You’re among friends here. Most of us have stacks of books that we’d love to get to (eventually) and have no idea how to keep track. Yes, that’s a TBR, a/k/a “To Be Read,” conundrum. I once started a spreadsheet … Continue reading

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Place Your Hold on These Springtime Titles!

The groundhog says so. Covers link to our catalog. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will … Continue reading

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Streetcars, L.A. in the 80s, and Innocents and Others

Fun fact: Dana Spiotta’s parents met through a Hofstra University production of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which they played Stella and Stanley. (Their classmate Francis Ford Coppola directed.) As Spiotta releases her fourth novel, Innocents and Others, The New York Times Magazine … Continue reading

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Books With Emotional Resonance

When I talk about a book that I really enjoy, that makes me think, I say, “This resonated with me.” If something is resonant, it’s something that resounds or echoes. So, I guess when I think about a book that really … Continue reading

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Settling in for a Binge…

Have you read all the shiny, new books you got for Christmas? Looking to settle in to some nice, binge-reading time? February, often a dreary month (not quite winter, not quite spring), can be a great time to choose a handful of books and … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of the Library Book Drop

One of the many serendipities that fuels librarians’ public service fires? The weird flotsam and jetsam we have the pleasure of finding in our stacks and book drops. So far this year, Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian (available here and as … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day May Be Over…

    …but Blind Date with a Book is here to take you out to dinner and massage your feet all month long. We’ve got a bunch of hand-picked titles all wrapped up and anonymous for your reading pleasure. Swing by Central Library today and … Continue reading

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Worst Book(s) Ever!!!

We’re having a different kind of book discussion on Monday—a bit of an anti-Valentine, if you will. Join us at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 15th, for Worst Book(s) Ever! We all know the books we love… but what about those … Continue reading

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