Month: June 2011

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Bordertown Lives!

Welcome to Bordertown book coverDo you pine for far away places? For magic? For…elves? Come on down to Bordertown. It’s a city smack-dab between the Earth and the realm of Fairy. Bordertown isn’t necessarily easy living. A city having magical properties doesn’t make it perfect. You are as likely to run across troublemaking elf gangs as you are to encounter enchanted, talking books in pleasant coffee shops. Read Welcome to Bordertown for a primer on how humans and fairy folk coexist. After that, The Essential Bordertown will keep your feet on the path, and if you have time before you get there – Nevernever and Finder will introduce you to some of the more well-known locals.

LISTS: Roadtrip Survival Kit

Heading out on the road with the family?  Make the most of the trip by listening to a story that will melt those miles.  No need to lug separate books for mom, dad, brother, and sister.  Take an audiobook that everyone can agree will make for exciting listening.  Selected from our youth, teen, and adult collections, these are tales appropriate for most ages and guaranteed to capture your imagination.

Click here to choose your next family adventure.

LISTS: Feel Good Reads

Honeymoon With My Brother book coverSometimes summer can be a bummer. Family problems, work issues, monkeys on your back and rotten love lives don’t go away just because the sun begins to shine.

Click here for some feel good reads that will help put a pip in your step or let those tears behind your eyes get cried.


Might As Well Live

Dorothy Parker author photoDorothy Parker was a notorious wit, wisecracker, poet and writer. She was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table (as portrayed in the movie Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle). Parker was a New Yorker regular, a Hollywood screenwriter and an O. Henry Award winner. She was active in politics as early as 1927, where she was arrested for “loitering and sauntering” at a protest. Later, throughout the 1940s and ’50s, the F.B.I. created a 1,000 page dossier on her activities. For a taste of Parker’s hilariously belligerent, bittersweet work, try her Complete Stories or the collection of her “lost” poems, Not Much Fun.

Life’s Little Lessons

Tim Gunn is best known as beloved mentor to the competing designers on TV’s Project Runway.  Throughout his work in both fashion and television, as well as daily life in New York, he has been exposed to quite a bit of bad behavior.  He, however, believes that decency is possible.  Gunn’s Golden Rules offers simple principles to “make it work” in your life.  More than just a modern-day etiquette book, he gives glimpses of jaw-dropping scenes of entitlement by well-known personalities.  Even better, Gunn also shares chapters of his personal story, and his earnest perspective offers warmth, wit, and wisdom.  In times such as these, we need a truth-teller who admits that integrity and character are hard work, but who reminds us that the rewards are many.

LISTS: From Book to Movie to Soundtrack

Road to Perdition DVD coverIf you’re just Out of Africa and on the Road to Perdition with your Age of Innocence Gone with the Wind, gain your Sense and Sensibility back at Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil…or at the Library! All of these movies (and many more) are excellent as films, books and soundtracks.

To get reading, watching and listening, click here.

The Life and Murder of Andrew Bagby

Dear Zachary DVD coverOne would think that a woman fighting extradition from Canada to America for murdering her ex-boyfriend wouldn’t retain custody of their baby, Zachary. Such is the case in the outrageous documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. Dear Zachary began as a living portrait by filmmaker Kurt Kuenne of his murdered best friend – a film to show Zachary how loving and loved his father, Andrew Bagby, was. The focus shifts between fond remembrances, the brutal facts of Bagby’s death, Canadian bail reform and the custody battle between Bagby’s parents and his murderer over Zachary. This movie will put you in a rage and make you cry, but it also helped reform the Canadian justice system.

Audie-dacious Audiobooks

June is Audiobook Month, and there’s no better time to open your ears to the winners of the 2011 Audie Awards.  In honor of its win as Audiobook of the Year, listen to the fascinating Life of Keith Richards as voiced by Johnny Depp.  Other winners:

Nonfiction – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Thriller/Suspense – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Mystery – The Reversal by Michael Connelly

Personal Development – Put On Your Crown by Queen Latifah

Biography/Memoir – Life by Keith Richards

Narration by the Author – Nanny McPhee Returns by Emma Thompson

Solo Narration (Male) – Alan Cumming, narrator of Zorgamazoo

Teens – The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Children (Ages 8-12) – The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly