I cannot stop singing the praises of this book. Nor, it seems, can anyone else. The novel met with wildly positive critical acclaim when it was released in 2016. And a year later, the 158 copies of the print book owned by the Westchester Library System still has a hold list 269 people long.
No matter how compelling a book is, I can no longer read 462 page books in a reasonable time span – I only have time to read at night and I fall asleep two pages in. You can see the dilemma. So anything over 300 pages must be in an audio format. I waited quite some time for the audio CD to become available and from the first sentence I was in love. With the narrator, Nicholas Guy Smith, who has a voice like silky velvet, with the author, Amor Towles, who writes too beautifully to be of this world, and the story, which I thought could never work for a book that long but it did!
I am including links to the Washington Times review which tells you a bit about the plot, and an interesting Q & A with author, Amor Towles which is well worth the read but I urge you to find this book and read it, or better, listen to my new favorite narrator Nicholas read it to you. I, meanwhile, am on the hunt for Towles first novel, Rules of Civility which I’m told is just as good, if not better, and, is also on hold everywhere in the system! Darn!
If you haven’t seen the recent movie Lion or read the wonderful biography A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly, on which the movie is based, you need to do one or the other, sooner rather than later. I recently listened to the MP3 audiobook version of the book, read fabulously well by Vikas Adam (don’t ask me how he has both the Aussie and the Indian accent down having been born in Vancouver, Canada!). I loved every minute of it. I also watched the movie, albeit vicariously through someone else (without sound on the tiny media screen of an airline passenger sitting in the seat in front of me) and was, inexplicably to everyone seated around me, sobbing tears of joy by the end. Continue reading “Lion or A Long Way Home”
Be Kind to Animals Week® is May 7 – 14! What can you do to protect and better the lives of animals?
In 1915, American Humane initiated Be Kind to Animals Week® in hopes of inspiring millions of Americans to come together and show their compassion—and build a more humane world—for animals. Over a century later, Be Kind to Animals Week® is still celebrated annually during the first full week of May and is the longest-running, most successful humane education campaign in American history. (American Humane.org)
The American Humane Society would like you to take The Kindness Pledge, pledging to be kind to animals all year by:
- Buying Humanely Raised Products
- Protecting Earth’s Animals through Conservation Efforts and Education
- Protecting Animal Actors
- Adopting or Rescuing a Pet from and Animal Shelter (Kindness 100.org)
Other ways to celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week all year long:
- Take care of your pet by keeping vaccinations up to date and taking him to the vet regularly. Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification.
- Appreciate wildlife by learning how to coexist peacefully and humanely with it. Create inviting spaces in your yard for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other interesting wildlife.
- Learn the signs of animal abuse and report it immediately to your local animal control, law enforcement or humane organization. Pets need you to help keep them healthy and safe.
Come into the branch and check out a few books from out pet display. Learn about different kinds of pets – an iguana perhaps? – read about how animals help us heal, find out if dogs really dream, catch up on Dewey the Library Cat or read a cozy mystery in which dogs or cats play a starring role. And celebrate animals all year long.
And do we have books (and DVDs and CD Audiobooks) about mothers! Mothers of all varieties; working mothers, stay at home mothers, divorced mothers, single mothers, teenage mothers, surrogate mothers, foster mothers, and even mothers of presidents. And as many books on mothers and daughters or mothers and sons as you could think to read (or view or listen to).
Recent books about mothers and daughters include Lisa Scottoline’s humorous Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s beautiful generational novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, Amy Gentry’s psychologically suspenseful Good as Gone, or Kimberly Williams Paisley’s heartrending biography, Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again.
Good choices in the mothers and sons subject area include The Nix, Nathan Hale’s recent bestseller about family secrets and self-realization, Anderson Cooper’s The Rainbow Comes and Goes : a Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss, the fascinating collection of correspondence between Cooper and his mother, the celebrated Gloria Vanderbilt or Lisa Scottoline’s psychological thriller, One Perfect Lie. Continue reading “It’s Nearly Mother’s Day!”
Come on in to the North White Plains branch and enjoy our little bit of Irish in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this month. Check out a Lucky Shamrock book, movie or CD for a chance to win one of the two green plants or guess how many (chocolate) coins are in our Lucky Green hat for a chance to win them all! We look forward to seeing you soon and a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all.
Big 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!
Valentine’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.
We 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 Fforde, 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 McMillan, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, Two By Two by 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”