Aug 6, 2012
A novel about teenage angst, a nonfiction peek into a secret, seamy world, and a thriller with a domestic angle    Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne

This novel of adolescent...
Aug 2, 2012
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1958 film Vertigo, a psychological thriller shot  in San Francisco,  has edged out  Orson Welles’s  1941 Citizen Kane as the best movie of...
Aug 1, 2012
  Author Gore Vidal  died yesterday in Hollywood Hills, California.  In his long career, he published essays, novels, plays and screenplays.  He became well  known as a...
Teddy bear reading on a Nook
Jul 31, 2012
Looking for that bestseller, but don't want to wait?  Or, maybe you've been hearing about eBooks and eReaders, and wondered what all the fuss is about?Well, now's the time to try...
Jul 30, 2012
My take on a wildly popular book, a novel about ideals gone awry, and a very weird DVD.    Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Subtitled From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail....
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...