Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Book Trailer of the Day

A Dog's Purpose - Book Trailer from W Bruce Cameron on Vimeo.

The Extraordinary World of Ex Libris Art

Interesting site with Ex Libris Bookplates

On my Wish List

This is a lovely idea by Book Chick City.  I'm going to post some of the books on my wish list at random times (no regular day for me, as I'm usually pretty unpredictable).  The first one is:  Running the Books by Avi Steinberg

This one caught my attention because of the mini review from A. J. Jacobs...

"This wonderful memoir is about a prison library, but it’s also about love, religion, Shakespeare, murder, the human condition and Ali G. This is a book for everybody who loves books—felons and non-felons alike."

—A. J. Jacobs, bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Guinea Pig Diaries

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

I like Nicholas Sparks.  And I like his writing.  I know some people consider him a bit treacly, but I have read most of his books and enjoyed them.  He has a very big following in our library and a huge fan base.  This book is one of my favorites of his.

Seventeen year old Ronnie Miller's life is in turmoil after her parents divorce.  She and her brother Jonah are spending the summer with their father in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina where he moved from New York after the divorce.  Ronnie is resentful and hateful towards her father, whom she blames for leaving them.  Ronnie is scornful of all her father's attempts to reach out to her, but she does meet and fall in love with Will, a local boy who on the surface seemed not her type at all. 

Her father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living quietly and working on a stained glass window for a local church.  Over the course of the summer, their relationships will change and their lives will change dramatically.  The feature film that was made starring Miley Cyrus as Ronnie and Greg Kinnear as her father has of course brought people to the library to check out the book.

This is a book all about love.  It simply resonates on every page.  Love can break our hearts and yet heal us at the same time.  This book definitely drives that lesson home.  It is an emotional book that will appeal to teens as well as other age groups.  I suggest you keep a box of kleenex handy.  You will need it for the last part of the book.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Neil Gaiman's Acceptance Speech for the Carnegie Medal

Listening to Neil's speech, made me feel like I was (in a weird way) looking through some sort of strange prism, watching myself.  He so embodies my thoughts and feelings about books and reading and the importance of libraries.  If you haven't read "The Graveyard Book" yet, what are you waiting for?

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