Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lifestyle - Books

  • Books | April 19, 2015

    Manhattan’s library can be a playful destination


    The new layout of the Children’s Room has provided opportunity for more interactive features to engage children while they are at the library looking for books, learning about something new or just playing. Having time to play and pretend is important to a child’

  • Books | April 11, 2015

    ‘One Small Step’ discusses ancient ‘Kaizan way’

    Finally, somebody “gets it.” Author Robert Maurer, Ph.D., thinks that Americans had better slow down and not fret so much about setting big goals to accomplish something that would have only challenged them to take small and sensible steps. Yes, it’s obvious. A

  • Books | April 11, 2015

    Take a moment and revisit the subtle joy of poetry


    When was the last time you read a poem, and why? If it was in grade school, and you had to memorize it and recite it to the class, you’re not alone. I think many of us of a certain age considered poems a

  • Books | April 11, 2015

    ‘Shame and the Captives’ tells Cowra story through fiction

    For most Americans, World War II doesn’t often conjure thoughts of Australia. Nor does it elicit thoughts of Japanese prisoners of war. “Shame and the Captives,” a work of historical fiction by Australian writer Thomas Keneally, shines a light on a place and a

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    ‘Murder on the Ile Sordou’ tracks eclectic cast of visitors

    The island of Sordou is an imaginary place in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Marseilles. But the fact that the island isn’t real doesn’t detract from this enjoyable murder mystery. Judge Antonio Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, are

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    Funny tale told through recommendation letters

    This highly original novel is a hilarious story conveyed entirely through letters of recommendation written by one man, Jason (“Jay”) Fitger, a professor of creative writing and literature at the fictitious Payne University. Fitger is a middle-aged, rather cynical professor in a department and university

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    Spring (cleaning) is in the air: The library can help


    I’ll admit it. I may not be the most ... tidy ... person in the world. While I strive to keep my home clean and in good repair, sometimes I feel like my belongings have a secret plot to take over my living space. Books, shoes,

  • Books | April 04, 2015

    ‘Once a Hussar’ recalls fighting in North Africa, prisoner camp

    Like the best-seller, “Unbroken,” about aspiring Olympic athlete, Louis Zampirini’s imprisonment by the Japanese in the Philippines, “Once a Hussar,” is another soldier’s account of his World War II experiences. Unlike Zampirini, Ellis was a British artilleryman who tells of the desert battles

  • Books | April 01, 2015

    Awful ‘Get Hard’ is not even weird funny


    Moviegoers need to know that the new film “Get Hard” was directed by Etan Cohen, not by Ethan Coen, who helped his brother Joel give us “Fargo,” “O, Brother Where Art Thou,” “The Big Lebowski,” and the re-make of “True Grit,” among other successes. If

  • Books | March 29, 2015

    Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ a fable for our times


    I just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, “The Buried Giant,” and I was stunned by the superb quality of the writing, and the subtle levels of meaning within the story. I am sure I will return to this book again and again, because

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