If you are a short story reader you won’t want to miss The Short of It, our upcoming discussion on Monday, April 29 at 7:00pm in first floor Meeting Room B. Enjoy a compelling discussion and engage with other literature lovers! Join retired high school teacher Ron Crowley-Koch for a discussion revolving around the following three short stories freely available online and linked below. Please read the stories twice to glean their true beauty.
“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol
“The Boor” by Anton Chekhov
“The Thief” by Walter Mosely
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc
We asked Readers’ Advisory Assistant Kelda which books, audiobooks, and DVDs she’s recommending today.
She chose a combination of thoughtful, touching stories that reveal the fragility & strength of relationships.
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (Audiobook)
Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she’s confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.
One Saturday, the boy doesn’t show up. Ona starts to think he’s not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son’s good deed. The boy’s mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age…
Tulip Fever (DVD)
An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of seventeenth century Amsterdam.
Thank you to all who participated in this February’s Winter Reading – Find Your Story! Many of you chose to share the titles of stories that you wanted to recommend to your neighbors. Check out the pillar of post-it notes across from the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk to see all of the books winter reading participants were fans of. Here are just a few:
by Kazuo Ishiguro
by Lauren Wilkinson
“A great Cold War thriller!”
The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
“Read by the author on audio is EXCELLENT!”
by Stuart Turton
“Agatha Christie Meets Groundhog Day Meets Quantum Leap”
by Robert Galbraith
“Robert Glenister can read me a story anytime!”
by Tara Westover
by A. D. Jameson
“Funny, quick read.”