Big Little Lies – Who’s Watching?

big-littel-liesBig Little Lies premiered as a TV series last week on HBO. With its all star cast and its crazy mad beach houses, it looks promising.  The setting has been moved from Liane Moriarty’s fictitious Pirriwee Beach just outside of Sydney, Australia to the fictitious Otter Bay in beautiful Monterey, California.  The scenery alone should be worth the price of admission!

There is a ton of angst to work with in any Moriarty novel; Angst could be her middle name.  But she does it SO well!  If you haven’t read, or better yet listened to Caroline Lee read, any of her books, grab one and get busy! Her books are probably longer than they have to be, but, in my humble opinion, I wouldn’t forfeit a word.  She takes on really tough subjects and puts them in the hands of the everyday people who are grappling with them, adding a touch of mystery, a wry sense of humor, and a cast of characters you can’t help but identify with.  We have her books and her books in audio form at Armonk – I just finished listening to Truly, Madly, Guilty. Loved it!  Come on in and check one out.  And let me know what you think of the TV series!

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Tax Filing for Le$$ or Free

It’s that time of year where you keep hearing that Ben Franklin quote about  the two certainties in life: Death and Taxes.  But if you’re not so certain, here’s where you can get some help.

  1. Earn less than $64,000? Go to the IRS!  They will ask you a few easy questions, then hook you up with software for both state and federal returns. The less you make, the more options you have (now that’s a first!)
  2. Earn more than $64,000, Go to the IRS! You won’t get any help with state taxes, but there are free forms to be printed out, and there is help with the math and gives limited guidance.
  3. The Armonk Branch of the Library has forms (a lot of them, but not all), and North White has some forms too. It saves you from printing!

Town of North Castle Big Read!

Hi, everyone! I have a couple of special events to tell you about. They include:

  1. Cute puppies! Come to the North White Plains branch at 3:00 on March 2, or to the North Castle Branch at 5:00 the same day, to meet these very special dogs: thumbnail
  2. Food! On Thursday, May 4, we’ll have a discussion with Greek snacks.
  3. And, of course, books. In particular, this book:my-family-and-other-animalsIn 1935, 10-year-old Gerry Durrell ends up living on Corfu along with his eccentric family. To find out more about the book and our Big Read, click on the image!

Mary Johnson

 

The Diary by Eileen Goudge

Review by Anne Beier

A Perfect Valentines Day Mystery Novel

Elizabeth Marshall  was a quintessential, mid-western, 1950’s, wife and mother. She married a wonderful man  who was madly in love with her, as well as an upstanding citizen of their community, deacon at their church, hard worker, and loving father. Their grown daughters, Sarah and Emily always thought their parents had a storybook marriage, until they discover their mother’s diary, while cleaning out the attic of their childhood home, before it goes on the market.

Who is A.J.?  He was a dynamic, magnetic man with and engaging and endearing sense of humor. Their mother’s unrequited love for him is a shock.  Inspired by a true story, the sisters discover, so much about this incredible man,  who was a major love interest in their mother’s life. Or was he?

Both of their parents were only children, and with no one to ask, they are compelled to find out the truth, which adds to the mysterious yet satisfying conclusion. This is page-turner, with many twists and turns. The reader will uncover a charming and surprising story, as they take an uphill journey with Sarah and Emily.

Happy New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! And welcome to the year of the Rooster.

We’ve got many excellent books about China here in the library. I’m going to highlight just a few that are either by Chinese authors, or about China, or both. We’ll start with a quick and easy read by a young American student of Chinese culture.

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If you haven’t yet read this memoir, you’re in for a treat! In the 1980’s, Mark, a graduate student at Yale, goes to China to teach English and study Kung Fu. He lives in the city of Changsha for two years. The New York Times remarked that his stories of that time “Take the form of a series of lightly sketched episodes; almost without exception they produce the gulp of feeling you might get from an unusually fine short story…”

Continue reading “Happy New Year!”

Love is in the Air

1cd0956e-86f7-4292-9277-b6f794a3db37Valentine’s Day will be upon us before we know it!  If you would like to warm your heart with a good love story during these long, cold days of winter, we have just what you need no matter what kind of reader you are.

the_notebook_coverWe have an abundance of romance available in books, audiobooks, (and movies) by the kings and queens of the genre; Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Balogh, Jude Deveraux, Katie db8d87a6e25b9910ceba42460b07cbccFforde, John Green, Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Kleypass, Dean Koontz, Johanna Lindsey, Debbie Macomber, Alexander McCall Smith, Fern Michaels, and Nicholas Sparks among others.

Recent additions to our collection include I Almost Forgot About You by Terry imagesMcMillan, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, Two By Two by 51bi5m2edwl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Nicholas Sparks, A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan,  Nine Women, One Dress by Jane Rosen, and Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave to name just a few.            Continue reading “Love is in the Air”