Jul 30, 2012
Two of my favorite writers have published new novels this summer.  Alan Furst and Joseph  Kanon are somewhat similar in their subject matter and style.  Both write historical novels...
Jul 25, 2012
I am an avid listener of audio books.  I generally download them from the Library’s website.  As anyone who listens to audiobooks knows, a good reader is essential.  One ...
book jacket for The World of Downton Abbey
Jul 25, 2012
While waiting for the new season of Downton Abbey to begin, why not enjoy other DVDs  and books which explore the same time period and themes?  Anne Rouyer of the New York Public Library...
Jul 23, 2012
 A haunting novel set in the far north, a musical compendium, and a Southern California fable on CD.    The Snow Child  by Eowyn Ivey

Magical realism in Alaska? ...
Jul 20, 2012
Opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London are on July 27.  Here are two non-fiction sources to enrich your enjoyment of the Games: How to Watch the Olympics : The...
Jul 18, 2012
In her new book, Slouching Toward Adulthood,  Sally Koslow discusses a new phenomenon in America, according to the Pew Research Center, one-fifth of young adults aged 25-34 live in...
Jul 16, 2012
A blue –collar southern drama, a satire on organic food for babies, and an incredible partnership between the author of the Lemony Snicket books and a brilliant illustrator    ...
Drawing of telescope, earth, and  the universe
Jul 16, 2012
California Academy of Sciences Astronomer Bing Quock has been giving a series of talks on the summer sky at various branches of the Marin County Free Library.  Mr. Quock discusses observing the...
Jul 11, 2012
     Marion Cunningham passed away today, whose legacy in food writing is cherished amongst many of today's prominent foodies.     "She's one of...
Jul 9, 2012
A psychological/legal thriller, a wry romance underscored by  grief , and a heart-breaking young adult book. Defending Jacob  by William Landay

Usually police procedural/...