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Overdrive Big Library Read Selection: Keys to the Kitchen

February 17, 2014

Join us and other libraries worldwide as together we take part in a huge community read of the cookbook Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Food Network chef Aida Mollenkamp. Starting this afternoon (February 17) through Wednesday morning, March 5, the eBook will be available for simultaneous use, which means no holds or waiting lists. We will have unlimited copies of the book available through Overdrive as an audiobook and an eBook. Check out a copy and join our Big Library eBook Read! You’re also invited to participate in an online discussion board during the program and a live Facebook chat with the author on Wednesday, February 26, from 7-8 a.m.



Book Review: Man Repeller

February 12, 2014

Man Repeller. Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. by Leandra Medine. Reviewed by Louise Hilton. man-repeller

Leandra Medine is a twenty-something fashion blogger best known for her cheekily named Man Repeller website, lauded as one of Time’s “25 Best Blogs of 2012” and Forbes’s “Top 30 Under 30” the same year for her trendsetting acumen. Her recent debut, Man Repeller. Seeking Love. Finding Overalls., chronicles her major life events, all best remembered by describing what she wore (and yes, that includes some definite sartorial misfires). In chapters such as “The Bermuda Shorts” and “The Lesson of the Harem Pants,” Medine takes us on a hilarious ride from New York to Paris and back.

Sure, her world – that of fashionistas in Manhattan – may be light-years away from the one in which you and I live but Medine comes across as a down-to-earth, lovable goofball. The fact that her writing is exceptional and that she has serious cred in the fashion world make her even more interesting. Overall, it’s a quick, humorous take on relationships and making your way in the world, and her ultimate message – be true to yourself, conventions be damned, and you just might find happiness along the way – is one we could all remind ourselves from time to time.

*An edited version of this review appeared in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) on 2/09/14.


One Book, One Community: Ender’s Game

February 10, 2014

enderIt’s that time of year again! We are pleased to announce the spring 2014 One Book, One Community pick: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. One Book, One Community is a parish-wide reading program in which people from all walks of life, including middle and high school students, are encouraged to read and then discuss this sci-fi classic. Adventure, videogames, military strategies, adolescent humor, and social commentary: there’s something for everyone. Check out our Ender’s Game InfoGuide for more about the title and Orson Scott Card’s works and all the great events we have planned for you this spring.

Grab your copy of Ender’s Game at your local branch or on OverDrive and join us!


January Book Notes Quiz

January 27, 2014

Book Notes Plus is an interesting blog written by library patron Gerald Lively. Here is the January quiz from his blog, which we hope you’ll enjoy!

These are 25 pairs of literary works that have one thing in common: The last word in the first title, and the first word in the second title are the same (disregarding words like “The,” “A,” “An,” “To,” and “And” if they represent the first word of the second title). Your job is to name the works. Here is an example: A play by Lorraine Hansberry and a novel by Ernest Hemingway is the clue. The answer would be A Raisin in the Sun and (TheSun Also Rises. A novel by Jonathan Swift and a book by John Steinbeck would yield Gulliver’s Travels and Travels with Charlie. If you can’t guess the answers, feel free to look up the works written by one or both authors.

You can find the answers on his Quiz Answers page.

  1. The first Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. A novel by Margaret Mitchell and a novel by Kenneth Grahame
  3. A novel by John Grisham and a novel by Harper Lee
  4. A novel by Gillian Flynn and the first in a trilogy of novels by Stieg Larsson
  5. A nonfiction book by Stephen Ambrose and a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. A novel by Richard Wright and a novel by Gregory Maguire
  7. A novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and an epic poem by John Milton
  8. A novel by Louisa May Alcott and a novel by D. H. Lawrence
  9. A novella by Ernest Hemingway and a nonfiction book by Rachel Carson
  10. A novel by Jack Kerouac and a nonfiction book by F. A. Hayek
  11. A novel by John Fowles and a novel by Wilkie Collins
  12. A novel by Salman Rushdie and a play by Mark Medoff
  13. A novel by Anthony Burgess and a nonfiction book by Piper Kernan
  14. A novel by Stephenie Meyer and a novel by Elie Wiesel
  15. A novel by Markus Zusak and a novel by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  16. A novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and a novel by Pat Conroy
  17. A novel by Penelope Lively (I couldn’t resist!) and a novel by Frederick Forsyth
  18. A novel by Henry Miller and a novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  19. A novel by Erich Segal and a novel by David Wroblewski
  20. A novel by Neil White and a short story by Bret Harte
  21. A novel by Mitch Albom and a nonfiction book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
  22. A nonfiction book by Sigmund Freud and an autobiography by Barack Obama
  23. A self-help book by Dale Carnegie and a novel by Geraldine Brooks
  24. A novel by Ernest J. Gaines and a nonfiction book by John Gray
  25. A children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown and a novel by W. Somerset Maugham

Book Notes


Compassionate Book Club

January 23, 2014

At the Main Library each month we hold the Compassionate Book Club. It started as part of our Building Common Ground program from 2012 when we read Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and focused on a different step each month. Members enjoyed the experience so much that we coined it the Compassionate Book Club in 2013 and are excited to continue it this year.

Join us next Tuesday, January 28, at the new Main Library at Goodwood at 7:00 p.m. as we kick off our 2014 Compassionate Book Club with a discussion of I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. We’ll continue with a nonfiction title each month that focuses on the strength of compassion and the human spirit across different cultures. New members are welcome. All meetings are at 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars for the following dates and visit our online calendar or call 231-3750 for up-to-date information on book choices.

Tuesday, February 25 – Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children by John Wood

Tuesday, March 25 

Tuesday, April 22

Tuesday, May 20 

Tuesday, June 24

Tuesday, July 22

Tuesday, August 26 

Tuesday, September 23

Tuesday, October 28

Tuesday, November 18

Tuesday, December 16

Here are some of the books we’ve read so far. You might have missed the discussion but these are well worth reading:

last-lectureoutcasts-unitedBehind the Beautiful ForeversHeart and the FistLittle PrincesEnd of Your Life Book Club


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