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  • Finding a Good Book

    How do you hear about new books to read? Friends' suggestions? YouTube book trailers ? Recommendations from Amazon? Best seller lists? Just browsing at the bookstore? Authors' blogs? [Here's a link to one of my favorite author blogs.] Asking your librarian? NoveList Plus from the EVPL databases...
    Posted to Teens Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 03-11-2012
  • What do you get the person who has everything?

    What do you get the person who has everything? These days of instant gratification ensure that when shopping for your loved ones you will be certain to get them something that they went out and bought for themselves on Black Friday or Cyber Monday because the sales were just too good to pass up. Then...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by bookchick@evpl on 12-13-2011
  • "Catcher in the Rye" one of the most censored books of the 20th century

    Reclusive novelist and short story writer J. D. Salinger died on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the age of 91. "Catcher in the Rye" the penultimate novel of teen angst -- first published in 1951 -- has sold 65 million copies worldwide and over half a century later still sells 250,000 copies...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 01-30-2010
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    What a delicious piece of fiction! A truly precocious eleven year old girl delves into the gory details of a murder in her family's cucumber patch with the zeal and insight of Sherlock Holmes. The year is 1950 and Flavia de Luce lives in a giant manor house with her older sisters and her reclusive...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by evillebibliophile@evpl on 01-29-2010
  • "John Dillinger : the life and death of America's first celebrity criminal" by Dary Matera

    Because of the Indiana connection, I've always been somewhat interested in John Dillinger. But it was only after watching Johnny Depp bring the notorious bankrobber to life in his latest flick , that I decided to check out the details. This book was just the ticket. Here are some brief FAQs of his...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 01-27-2010
  • Spenser creator Robert B. Parker dead at age 77

    Prolific and beloved mystery/suspense author Robert B. Parker died suddenly on Monday, January 18. He was at his desk working on his latest Spenser novel. Parker actually wrote three different series, as well as a number of unrelated titles, but his most well-known character was, of course, Boston P...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 01-21-2010
  • Ancient Gonzo Widsom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson

    I've been a Hunter S. Thompson fan since I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas back in college in 1973. The completely drug-soaked, high speed narration of a trip to Las Vega in search of "the American Dream," was a breakthrough, a new style of writing that I found entertaining and entralling...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 11-20-2009
  • The Clash's "London Calling" Still Rocks!

    I have been listening to London Calling - the Clash's 1979 breakout album - on my morning drive recently, and wanted to blog about how fresh it still seems after 30 years. In fact, it's hard to believe that it was 30 years ago that I was first entranced by the hypnotic sounds of the title track...
    Posted to Music Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 11-07-2009
  • Recent Chick Lit Reads

    In the past few weeks since my last blog post, I have been on a chick-lit rampage. I have been speed-reading through recent releases like I don't have a hundred other things to do. Laundry piled up, kitchen didn't get cleaned, and packing for my move didn't happen. These three books are part...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 10-14-2009
  • The Library: An Illustrated History by Stuart A. P. Murray

    This very readable and lavishly illustrated book is a survey of libraries, from the earliest gatherings of clay tablets in the library at Nineveh to the present grandeur of the Library of Congress. It is full of the characters of library history as well: from King Assurbanipal in 700 BCE, Mansa Musa...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 10-05-2009
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