Showing posts from September, 2016

It's Banned Books Week! What Will You Be Reading?

September 25 to October 1 is Banned Books Week, a time to celebrate our freedom to read and the importance in our society of free and open access to information. This week I will be reading Looking for Alaska by John Green (who also wrote the fabulous book The Fault in Our Stars). In 2015, Looking for Alaska was the book that was most often the target of attempts to have it banned from libraries and schools according to data collected by the American Library Association. So of course, I must read it.

Let's all defend the First Amendment! Exercise your freedom to read and to have access to information. And please support your public library.

Highly Recommended Reading: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny is a terrific book. The plot is twisty and engaging, the story is full of interesting characters, and there are layers of ideas and philosophy that make this a tasty novel, not a thin-soup murder mystery (we've all dashed through those, haven't we?). But while the book provides lots of interesting things to think about, there nonetheless is a murder to solve.
Beauvoir looked down at the body
"Maybe," said Gamache. "Does something strike you as strange?"
Beauvoir examined the scene more closely.
"Oui. The gun. It's on the wrong side. If he'd killed himself, it'd be on the same side as the entrance wound."
Gamache nodded, lost in thought. Former Chief of Homicide for the Surete du Quebec Armand Gamache is now in charge of the police academy. The school has been riddled with corruption and Gamache is taking bold steps to right the ship. But the changes he sets in place create more pre…

2016 National Book Awards: Poetry Longlist

And the contenders are:

The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky

Collected Poems 1974-2004 by Rita Dove

Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by Donald Hall

The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler

Bestiary by Donika Kelly

World of Made and Unmade by Jane Mead

Look by Solmaz Sharif

Blackacre by Monica Youn

Blue Laws by Kevin Young

Donut Peaches by A.S. Dixon

Library Luck

With nothing in the house that I wanted to read, I ambled over to the library yesterday. Climbing the stairs to the main floor, my expectations were in check; but my library is fabulous, so I had hope of finding something, some gem to read. And sure enough, library luck struck me. When I reach the top of the stairs and looked ahead at the shelf containing popular books, there it was, its cover boldly displayed directly in front of me: Louise Penny's new novel, A Great Reckoning. Yes!