Invisible Boy, Cornelia Read

The next ‘new’ author – is Cornelia Read. I just read Field of Darkness (2006), then The Crazy School, and finally Invisible Boy (2010). Still reeling from all the stories, from all the personal chaos, from all the intertwined histories. Interesting mix of Yankee, Hamptons, murder and social dysfunction. Riveting reads. There are still moments that resonate, that mystify, that rankle, that outrage, that are hysterical, that make you weep. Not cry, but weep.

These are novels, mysteries, serious fiction about an ex-debutante Madeline Dare from 1988-1990. “the money is so old there’s none left” but it leaves huge social scars and an historical abyss that she feels deeply. How she is married to this upstate farm boy greek god is totally mystifying, but they work; perhaps it is their dreams, their laughter, their hopes. You like them, whatever they are. The murders in each book are particularly gruesome/horrific, especially as they are filled with social injustice. No one comes out unscathed, but they do go forward. You gradually learn more of Madeline’s past, but it feels even more complicated.

I do not understand half of the NY phase/face, don’t really want to know that that is the general life of many people, managed to get past the f-words and all the ‘everyday’ drugs…. The author is ‘a reformed debutante who currently lives in NH’ (previously mentioned a husband and twin daughters) and is obviously writing alot of personal history into these plots. That in itself is scary. Not my usual read, but found these utterly intriguing. Many written gems. “A good marriage is when you know the other person will always make sure you have a place in the lifeboat’ when you least expect them….
They will stay with me for some time, and will be recommended to many others. These were also library books.

Kindle options

I should have included the open door of the  helicopter in this shot! A new adventure every day!

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” Johann wolfgang van Goethe author of the epic drama Faust. Goethe spent 50 years working on this two-volume masterpiece.

I spent nearly 10 hours in a plane over a long weekend, and of course was accompanied by my Kindle. I have so many books to share! I downloaded a dozen books, partly in preparation for longer trips, but also just to have them NOW. (The Library has a long wait on several new releases; still with a Kindle book, you can’t share it or give it to the library to shorten that waiting period).

But also several comments on word games. I downloaded the two new free games – Shuffle Row and Every Word and found them both fun. It does feel a little restrictive after using another favourite Chicktionary on the iPhone (now iPad/iPod) where I like reshuffling the letters to visualize the words faster. Several of my friends didn’t know there were these games available, so I thought I would include comment here!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

This is a book review by Lily Grebe, one of our young adult reviewers: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay was the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I absolutely loved it. This whole series has been excellent and this last book is no exception. It is basically  the rebellion and a wrap up of the story. I must admit, the ending is sad. I literally cried! Some parts I didn’t completely like, such as how wimpy Katniss was at some points but then you remember what she went through and you don’t mind as much. I also didn’t like how they didn’t tell us anything about Gale in the epilogue. Perhap, that is understandable.

All in all, Mockingjay is a great (and sad) conclusion to the magnificant Hunger Games Trilogy. I highly recommend reading it.

Rochester Public Library – expansion

This is an article for the Friends’ Newsletter that the Director of the Library, Audrey Betcher, wrote to be published in our autumn newsletter. 

The citizens of Rochester have a long history of library service dating back to the mid-19th century. The Rochester Public Library was formally established in 1895, and three years later the first library was built. The library moved three more times, in 1937, 1972, and 1995. Each new building was in direct response to the need for greater access to library resources from our ever-growing, ever-changing community.

The existing library building was completed in 1995. Some still call it the “new” library despite the fact that it’s already 15 years old! When you think about 1995, it seems like a long time ago: Windows 95 was released, the DVD format was announced, the OJ Simpson trial took place, the Murrah Federal Building was bombed in Oklahoma City, and “Braveheart” won the Oscar for Best Picture.

A lot has changed in the library since 1995, too. Here is a sampling of what is new since that time:

 DVDs (23,000 in the library’s collection)

 Public internet access (27 computer stations on-site)

 Wireless capability throughout the building

 Homework assistance (in the library three nights per week and online)

 Early literacy story time kits

 Little Tykes computers

 Reference by email, instant messaging, and texting

 Downloadable audio, video and music

 Adult and young adult programming

 Book discussion kits

And library use continues to grow. In 1996 (the first full year in this building), 1,133,993 items were circulated. In 2009, that number was 1,647,333, a 45% increase. In the past ten-plus years, our circulation grew faster than the area’s population!

As we look to the future, we know the city and county will continue to expand. Rochester Public Library must do so as well in order to meet the new and continued needs of our residents.

More than 550,000 people walked into the Rochester Public Library last year. Compare that to Mayo Clinic with approximately 350,000 patients in 2009 or the Rochester airport with 63,143 passengers in 2009.

The public library holds an important place in our city. It is an essential component of the highly-regarded quality of life in our community. It provides free access to information while also providing a physical space downtown to learn, meet, and imagine. Rochester Public Library provides great value for its taxpayer support. Let us continue to grow together.

Your support of the Library expansion is very important. The meeting of the Sales Tax Advisory Committee will be Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 11:30 am. (City Hall, Room 104).  Airport projects are first on the agenda for September 1, with the Library to follow on that date if time permits. If the Airport runs over then the library would be the first item on Sept. 8th at 11:30 AM. (City Hall, Room 320). Please attend if at all possible.

Book thoughts of the day

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested….Francis (1561-1626)
I added to this “and some you just want to throw across the room as a complete waste of time”.

I thought this would make a great question/answer session. Which books fit which category? The first ‘taste’ are summer reads, or books you dip into, return to, or yes, even cookbooks! Swallowed, would include my favourite authors, and chewed and digested are specials, like all of Robertson Davies, Non-fiction as a category! John McPhee or Edward Hoagland – books/essays  you return to again and again.

and yours?!

Last week we added blog readers from the Philippines and from Arkansas! As well as someone from Victoria in Australia. Welcome all! Happy reading. Look forward to your book recommendations as well.

Dog Days of Summer Contest – Winner

The winner is Zeke! This dog was attentively listening to Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. This was a summer reading assignment for his owner, Justin Erbe, who decided to share the book with Zeke. This made it a much faster read. Note to Justin,  “Do not read the ending to Zeke. He won’t like it.”
Justin gets to pick whichever story he thinks Zeke will like to listen to next.

The runner-up is Chris Sigurdson for her fabulous relaxing in a hammock photo. We were all envious. She will get a book of The Book Whisperer’s choosing because she waits for her reviews anyway. She is also a loyal follower of this blog.

Reminder: We still have two contests running: The Adult summer reads and the Read it and Eat contest. (We’re still waiting for bribes!)