EVPL Communities: Guatemama@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of Guatemama@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/08/18/the-weight-of-silence-by-heather-gudenkauf.aspx Tue, 18 Aug 2009 18:21:00 G8T 1783 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/08/18/the-weight-of-silence-by-heather-gudenkauf.aspx to post your comments!

  It's every parent's worst nightmare....  you wake up early one morning to find that the child that you tucked into bed the night before is gone -- not playing in another room or downstairs watching TV, but truly, hopelessly, nowhere to be found. Missing!  The terror, the panic, the overwhelming emotions of just such a scene plays out in two very different homes just a few yards from each other in the book, The Weight of Silence.  

Both seven years old, Calli and Petra are best friends.   Calli does not speak. She is selectively mute after witnessing a traumatic event with her mother at the hands of her alcoholic father.  Petra is the adored only child of loving parents who "knows" what her best friend is thinking and, therefore, often becomes her voice. Then in the pre-dawn hours of that fateful day, both little girls disappear.

Calli's parents, Antonia and Griff; Petra's parents, Martin and Fielda; Calli's big brother, Ben; deputy sheriff Louis, and the girls themselves all have a voice in this compelling narration. As the story unfolds each of their experiences and perspectives are told through alternating chapters of the book.  In the eyes of the law and of each other, everyone is a suspect, and yet, there are no definitive clues.  Did the girls wander off to play in the woods of their own free will?   Were they snatched away by some horrible serial killer?  Was it the dad?  Or was it the big brother?  Will there be answers or will they find them too late?

 

It is not often that I am able, or so inclined, to finish a book in one sitting, but this is a book that I just could not put down.  I could feel the panic and desperation of these families as they searched for their little girls and like them I had to know what happened... good or bad.  And even days after finishing the book, the story still haunts me and will likely remain in my memory for some time to come.

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<![CDATA[The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder ]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/07/29/the-crowning-glory-of-calla-lily-ponder.aspx Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:20:00 G7T 1707 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/07/29/the-crowning-glory-of-calla-lily-ponder.aspx to post your comments!

Okay, all you fans of The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood listen up.  Whether you read the book or just watched the movie, you won't want to miss out on this one... the latest foray into good ol' Louisiana family drama by author Rebecca Wells.

Calla Lily Ponder is the youngest child and only daughter of Lenora (M'Dear) and Will (Papa) Ponder, proprietors of the Swing N'Sway dance studio and the Crowning Glory hair salon in La Luna, Louisiana.  Here, Calla Lily enjoys an idyllic childhood spent with her friends, Renee, Sukey, & Tuck, swimming in the La Luna river, roller skating and hanging out at Nelle's Shop N'Skate, and riding horses.  All the while she is under the ever present and watchful eye of the Moon Lady whom M'Dear has taught her to turn to and to use as her guide, in both times of joy and of pain, throughout her life.

And that is exactly what she does. When her world is turned upside down in her late teens, Calla Lily finds strength and solace in the Moon Lady. She allows the soothing water of La Luna to guide her to beauty school in New Orleans to fulfill her dream of learning to heal others through the art of fixing their hair.  Calla Lily hones her craft and finds that healing touch that she so admired in her mother's hands, yet she is nearly torn apart by the twists and turns and heartbreaks of her own life's journey. Though Calla Lily can't help but persevere. With the help of the Moon Lady and the memory of M'Dear's words of wisdom, Calla Lily's journey comes full circle... back to La Luna and her own Crowning Glory.

If you are YA-YA fans you will love The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder as well.  If not, there is great enjoyment to be had in merely reading the delightfully southern names, places, and situations of this touching crowning achievement.

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<![CDATA[The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/04/14/the-girl-she-used-to-be-by-david-cristofano.aspx Tue, 14 Apr 2009 18:02:00 G4T 1422 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/04/14/the-girl-she-used-to-be-by-david-cristofano.aspx to post your comments!

A captivating and bittersweet debut novel, The Girl She Used To Be grabs ahold of your senses in its first few pages and doesn't let you go until the very last sentence. With its thrilling tug-of-war storyline and writing style this was the first book in quite some time that I simply could not put down.

At the tender age of six Melody Grace McCartney's life is turned upside down when she and her parents happen upon a member of a notable Mafia family "gutting" a man at their favorite Italian restaurant. For the next 20 years Melody assumes personality after personality in the Federal Witness Protection Program and grows bored and restless with this crisis of identity. So much so that she fakes being found out (once again) just so that she can move on to a new place, a new character, and new circumstances.  But in truth she has been found by one of the Bovaro clan and he has come to "save" her.

Should she stay in protective custody maintaining the safe yet mediocre and mundane life she has lead for 20 years?  Or will she risk it all to be her true self with a family of murderers?  Can she stay alive long enough to make any decision at all?

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<![CDATA[Changes to the Evansville Courier & Press]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/04/changes-to-the-evansville-courier-amp-press.aspx Sat, 04 Apr 2009 13:32:00 G4T 1395 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/04/changes-to-the-evansville-courier-amp-press.aspx to post your comments!

Many of you have probably seen or heard about this article that appeared in the newspaper last month announcing some upcoming changes in the style and format of the Evansville Courier & Press.  These changes will go into effect on Monday, April 6 and will include a more local focus to the paper and the elimination of information that can readily be found elswhere.  If these changes are leaving you lost, news stories from around the world, stock quotes, and other such information is just a click away at these many helpful, news websites:

http://www.usatoday.com/                                         http://www.cnn.com/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com                                       http://abcnews.go.com/WN

http://www.foxnews.com/                                          http://www.usnews.com/

http://www.worldpress.org/                                       http://www.reuters.com/

http://www.propublica.org/                                        http://www.worldnetdaily.com/

 

Or you can stop by any of your favorite EVPL branches and we would be happy to help you find the exact information you seek!

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<![CDATA[Books for Lunch - Jane Eyre!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/02/28/books-for-lunch-jane-eyre.aspx Sat, 28 Feb 2009 14:06:00 G2T 1307 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/02/28/books-for-lunch-jane-eyre.aspx to post your comments!

It is the book that started it all.  The book that awakened my love of reading.  It is Jane Eyre!

And this month it is the book that we will be discussing at Red Bank Branch library at our Books for Lunch discussion group.

So....  please come, bring your lunch, and join us as the ladies of Red Bank discuss Charlotte Bronte's timeless classic.

Wednesday March 11, 2009 -   noon until 1:00 PM

 

 

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<![CDATA[The Nightingale by Morgana Gallaway]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/02/28/the-nightingale-by-morgana-gallaway.aspx Sat, 28 Feb 2009 12:04:00 G2T 1306 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/02/28/the-nightingale-by-morgana-gallaway.aspx to post your comments!

The NightingaleIn her stunning debut, Morgana Gallaway delivers big with The Nightingale, a story of love and hope amid the horror of war torn Iraq. Simultaneously giving a glimpse into the daily lives of Iraqi citizens and shining a spotlight on the atrocities and inhumanity unleashed by Americans upon the detainees of war, Gallaway effortlessly weaves a tale of one young woman's courage, conviction, and tough choices as she pursues her dreams in the face of unthinkable circumstances. 

Leila al-Ghani wants nothing more than to become a doctor and to be "modern" and wear the fashions of the Western world, but her role as the youngest daughter in a traditional Iraqi/Muslim family dictates a much more traditional style of dress and sooner or later an arranged marriage to a cousin she abhors.  So when the opportunity arises for her to work in the field of medicine Leila does not hesitate to take the job, despite the fact that it is a job as a translator in the hospital of the American Army base.  Taking great lengths to hide the true nature of her work from her father and the insurgents- at great personal risk, Leila thrives in her new role and befriends many Americans including James, a Captain with the Special Forces unit. But just as the relationship between Leila and James is heating up, so, too, is the hostility of the war and the insurgency, forcing Leila to choose where her true loyality lies.  

Will she follow her dreams and betray her family?  Will she decimate her new friends for the love of her father?  Who can she trust? Who has already betrayed her? Will she live long enough for any of it to matter?

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<![CDATA[Books for Lunch!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/09/books-for-lunch.aspx Fri, 09 Jan 2009 12:58:00 G1T 1117 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/09/books-for-lunch.aspx to post your comments!

Join us at Red Bank Library on Wed. Jan. 14 at noon for our monthly Books for Lunch book discussion where local author, John McMullen, will be our guest. He will be on hand to talk about the many exciting books that he has written.

Defector from Hell

Roman: unparalleled outrage

Utopia Revisited

2084: Tomorrow is Today

The Last Blackrobe of Indiana and the Potawatomi trail of death

Poor Souls

 

So bring your lunch and come join in the fun!

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<![CDATA[The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/09/the-hour-i-first-believed-by-wally-lamb.aspx Fri, 09 Jan 2009 10:53:00 G1T 1116 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/09/the-hour-i-first-believed-by-wally-lamb.aspx to post your comments!

The Hour I First Believed    Many fans of the Oprah book club will remember author, Wally Lamb, from his previous books, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True.  After a lapse of many years, Lamb is back with this new epic which is rather heavy both in subject matter and in physical size (740 pages.)  Though these factors may make this reading choice a bit daunting for some, true Wally Lamb fans (and others, too) should persevere.

The Hour I First Believed follows the life of Caelum Quirk, a teacher, and his wife Maureen, a school nurse, as they experience and survive the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.  In the afermath of this tragedy the couple moves back to Caelum's family farm in Connecticut and slowly begin to piece their lives back together.  With the effects of both post-traumatic stress disorder and family skeltons in the closet haunting them this proves to be an overwhelming task. Yet, when Caelum's new tenants at the farm, recent new Orleans displacees after Hurricane Katrina, discover and dissect letters, diaries, and paperwork detailing the history of Caelum's ancestors, things start to fall into place.  The family story that emerges from the Civil War through to the shocking secrets of his own parents allows Caelum to finally reconnect with all of his pent up feelings and emotions.  He sets out on a journey to discover his own meaning and faith and ends up finding his way to a future in the shadow of tragedy.

What would you do in the face of such tragedy?  How would you go one - move forward without constantly looking back?  Could you determine the hour you first believed?

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<![CDATA[Books For Lunch @ Red Bank]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/12/04/books-for-lunch-red-bank.aspx Thu, 04 Dec 2008 13:16:00 G12T 963 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/12/04/books-for-lunch-red-bank.aspx to post your comments!

Join us at Red Bank Branch Library for Books for Lunch our December book discussion where will will discuss Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup.

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2008 from noon until 1:00 PM.

Experience another point of view, another way of seeing life. Bring your lunch and eat with us while we talk about the books we have read.

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<![CDATA[When Will There Be Good News?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/24/when-will-there-be-good-news.aspx Fri, 24 Oct 2008 10:58:00 G10T 775 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/24/when-will-there-be-good-news.aspx to post your comments!

One might think upon first glance that this question/this post is about the current state of the nation's economy or politics, yet the question posed, When Will There Be Good News?, is actually the title of the latest book by Kate Atkinson which has nothing whatsoever to do with the United States, economics, or politics.  When will there be good news

     When Will There Be Good News is a novel of suspense and intrigue in which the lives of four seemingly unrelated characters, Dr. Joanna Hunter, Reggie Chase, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe, and former P.I. Jackson Brodie, suddenly collide.  Each of these individuals has seen their share of "bad news" throughout the course of their lives, yet things take a turn for the worse when in a matter of hours fate steps in -- by way of a tragic accident -- and the lives of these characters spiral out of control - together! And it will take the combined effort of all of them in order to sort the whole mess out.

Set in Edinburgh, Scotland the time and place and nuances of the people lend charm to this mystery/romance/familial relationship drama. And the well crafted tale by Atkinson leaves the reader wanting more, right up to the very end (and then some!)

When will there be good news?  Definitely not in this book, but what you will get is a good read that just might offer you respite from the "bad news" of your own life!

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Books for Lunch - October]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/30/books-for-lunch-october.aspx Tue, 30 Sep 2008 18:39:00 G9T 667 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/30/books-for-lunch-october.aspx to post your comments!

Join us next week at Red Bank Branch library for our October - Books for Lunch - book discussion group.  On Wednesday October 8, 2008 from noon until 1:00PM we will be discussing the books, Dear Mrs. Lindbergh by Kathleen Hughes and/or No More Words by Reeve Lindbergh.  Both titles are available for checkout at Red Bank library.

Bring your lunch and eat with us while we talk about books!No More WordsDear Mrs. Lindbergh

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<![CDATA[Classic Books on your computer!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/16/classic-books-on-your-computer.aspx Tue, 16 Sep 2008 18:46:00 G9T 570 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/16/classic-books-on-your-computer.aspx to post your comments!

Have you ever had this problem -- your teacher/professor has assigned some classic of literature for you to read and by the time you make it to the library all the copies of this book are checked out?!?!   Did you know that you have another option, other than going out and buying it?  Well, YOU DO!

The Literary Resource Center, one of the many databases offered by and accessible from the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library website, has a host of PDF fulltext classic titles ranging from the Odyssey and Iliad of Homer to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and many, many more that you can download and read right on your computer.... thanks to the wonderful work of Project Gutenburg!  In addition you can find biographies about the authors, literary criticism, and articles about these titles right in the same place.

Check it out!

From the EVPL homepage....

Click on the Research tab

From the Menu on the left select Databases

Choose Category Sequence

Find Literature

Select Literary Resource Center

From home you will be prompted to enter your Library Card Number

Then....Search for the title or author you need!

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<![CDATA[Red Cross - Safe and Well List]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/16/red-cross-safe-and-well-list.aspx Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:54:00 G9T 564 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/16/red-cross-safe-and-well-list.aspx to post your comments!

In the wake of Hurricane Ike there are many who have not been able to make contact with loved ones in the affected areas.  The Red Cross has set up a good site, the Safe and Well List, which allows those in the disaster area to register and then their family and friends can check the list to see who is safe and well.  And if you look further into their FAQs you will find another link www.contactlovedones.org and phone number which allows you to leave a message for your loved one.

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<![CDATA[In the county or out?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/06/in-the-county-or-out.aspx Sat, 06 Sep 2008 13:39:00 G9T 417 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/06/in-the-county-or-out.aspx to post your comments!

It has long been an issue here at the public libraries to determine which addresses fall within Vanderburgh county and which do not.  The school corporation, however, has offered up a solution with their District Address Handbook.   Here one can find a listing of house numbers street by street, what school district it falls in, and whether or not it is within the county.

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<![CDATA["The Lost Daughter" by Elena Ferrante]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/04/the-lost-daughter-by-elena-ferrante.aspx Thu, 04 Sep 2008 11:06:00 G9T 383 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/04/the-lost-daughter-by-elena-ferrante.aspx to post your comments!

Lost Daughter

 An odd and perhaps even a little disturbing novel,  The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante, is the tale of a divorced mother who finds herself at a loss after her two daughters move out to live with their father.   So she packs her bags and goes on holiday to a small village in Italy where she encounters and befriends a young mother and her family on the beach.   In the process she reminisces about the time when she herself was a young mother and about life as a small child in the care of her own mother.  Haunted by decisions of her own past, she sets out to "guide" her new friend onto another path -- in the most unusual of ways.

The Lost Daughter was originally written in Italian and this version is an English translation.

More Reviews of The Lost Daughter.

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<![CDATA["The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/08/27/the-guernsey-literary-and-potato-peel-pie-society-by-mary-ann-shaffer.aspx Wed, 27 Aug 2008 10:24:00 G8T 292 Guatemama@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/08/27/the-guernsey-literary-and-potato-peel-pie-society-by-mary-ann-shaffer.aspx to post your comments!

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyIn looking for the next "good" book to read I happened upon a review of this title and was quickly drawn in by... well,  just about everything.  It centers around an unlikely book group.  It makes mention of and draws parallels with some great authors and their literary works - the Bronte sisters to name a few.  With a setting in London and the Channel Islands just after the German Occupation of World War II, this novel appealed to my love of historical fiction. And it is a debut novel... something I am always fascinated to find and explore!

As I began to read, I was put off just a little by the book's format, a series of letters written between the people of Guernsey and a young author in London,  but quickly found this quite charming. (Not to mention this succinct style worked well for me -- a mother of two young children!)  I was quickly and thouroughly drawn into the correspondence between this varied group of people.  And though I thought I knew what I was getting into with this book, I found it to be anything but predictable.  I was hooked from the first page to the last and even with a joyously happy ending I was left wanting to know more. And hoping to read more from Mary Ann Shaffer and her aunt/co-author Annie Barrows in the future!

Find The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society at EVPL

More reviews of this book

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