All branches of Marin County Free Library will be closed from 1pm Wed 12/24 & all day Thu 12/25 for Christmas.

Jan 10, 2013
Six of the nine movies nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award of 2012 are based on books.  Read the book, see the movie, and be the judge: which is better?Argo is based on the book by the...
Jan 7, 2013
The web and print media are rife with “best book of 2012” lists right now.    I’m curious about what our local Marin County “Best Reads of 2012” list...
Jan 7, 2013
This installment: three novels-- a complex story exploring cyber-bullying, adoption trials, and a lost daughter; Asian-American college students politicized and confused two decades later; and the...
Jan 4, 2013
In the past, I have blogged the first sentences of popular books--how an author immediately sets the tone and introduces the plot or character.  Lately, I started paying attention to final...
Dec 31, 2012
This installment: Wacky linked stories, a beach read to warm you up, and more short stories full of jaunty courage.       The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents

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Dec 24, 2012
 This installment: another cozy island novel, an exhilarating Wild West extravaganza, and a scary psychological thriller.    Island Apart by Steven Raichlen

I've hit a...
eReaders as gifts
Dec 21, 2012
One of the most requested and antiticipated holiday gifts this year is eReaders (and tablets and smart phones; which can double as eReaders).As a result, we've been hard at work developing two...
Dec 17, 2012
This installment: cozy domestic island novel, a dystopian world through a teenager’s eyes, and a novel in which literature and journalism go head to head.  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan...
Dec 10, 2012
This installment: three novels--Virginia in the ‘40s, the internet as a marriage counselor, and Vienna in 1913 (with a dose of psychotherapy).   Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert...
Dec 6, 2012
This installment: three novels about family dysfunction (a “specialty” of mine). One with a galvanizing death, one mixing teenage angst and magic, and one about the trickiness of...