The Paris Wife

paris-wifeI just finished listening to Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife, read by Carrington MacDuffie and it was a most satisfactory experience.  I am not much of a current fiction reader – not necessarily a good thing for a librarian! – so I am probably the only person currently alive who didn’t know that this is an historical fiction account of Ernest Hemingway’s early years in Paris told from the point of view of his first wife, Hadley Richardson.

I am also rather sheepishly admitting here that I, as far as I can remember, have never read any Hemingway!  I’m not sure how that can be, but sadly it is so.  This fictional account based on what must have been an enormous body of research brings the 1920’s Jazz Age Paris era and the Hemingways and their circle of friends and acquaintances vibrantly alive. Continue reading “The Paris Wife”


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Review by Anne Beier

This engaging post WWII story is told in letters, between several fictional characters. It centers around Juliet Ashton, an author who decides to write a book about the inhabitants of the Guernsey Island, in The English Channel, focusing on how they survived during the German occupation of this British territory.

This subject comes to her serendipitously. A letter arrives to her in London, from a native, middle aged man, who still lives there about an entirely unrelated subject.  Juliet gets caught up in his story and continues to correspond with him and members of his book group called “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” Behind the letters, she senses an enigma. Maybe more than one.

Juliet is drawn to visit Guernsey, and interview these people. After she arrives, she becomes captivated with her new found friends, the life, and history this charming town has to offer. However, the story becomes more fascinating with every letter, beginning with the first few; some bring laughter, and some bring tears. By the end, many bewildering mysteries will be revealed.


The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Book Review by Anne Beier

This surprising novel takes place in present day London.  Fiona, a family judge, presides over a case where a boy, just shy of his 18th birthday, which would then make him legally old enough to make his own decisions, is refusing a life-saving procedure for a serious, chronic illness. It is against his family’s religious values to proceed with this medical treatment. As a strict professional, Fiona interviews Adam in the hospital, and must rule. However, after further communication with him, she is torn about her relationship with him, her husband and her responsibilities inherent as a judge.

Once again, Ian McEwan leads us through a character’s inner life and struggles.  Fiona comes to a multi-forked road in her life and is challenged to make difficult realizations and decisions.



Snuggle up with some series!

And the books they came from. A lot of hit series are actually based on books, and we’ve got both the DVDs and the books in the library!

  • If you love this,  dowton-abbey

Try these:

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You’ll find out just how many of the more dramatic tales in the beloved series were actually true! You’ll also learn exactly what it was like to serve in a great house in that time period.

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Is This Real?

Pointers for raising a Red Flag on internet news

When surfing through the internet  especially when trying to unwind after a stressful day it is easy to be duped by false and incorrect information. This guide will be helpful as you read through articles to be wary or wise.


Coming to PBS – Victoria


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If you are still mourning the end of Downton Abbey, take heart!  Victoria, the highly anticipated eight part Masterpiece drama series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, will take over the Downton Abbey time slot starting Sunday, January 15th, 2017.  The drama follows Victoria from her coronation at age 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Jenna Coleman stars in the title role, joined by a stellar cast of PBS and motion picture favorites and the series comes to us from the same people who brought us Mr. Selfridge, Home Fires, and Poldark.  The costuming and scenery alone should be worth the price of admission!

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’tis the season….to read a holiday novel!

 Stressed out during the holiday season?   Unwind while staying in the spirit with a holiday novel!  Here are some of the new December 2016 books:

joanne-fluke-christmas-caramel-murderChristmas Caramel Murder
by Joanne Fluke
During the town’s production of A Christmas Carol, Hannah helps her friend Lisa, who has been implicated in the murder of her husband’s ex-girlfriend.  More than 20 holiday-themed recipes are included.

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by Elin Hilderbrand
The Quinn family’s efforts to reunite for a long-anticipated wedding during the holiday season are overshadowed by a health scare, addiction problems and commitment issues.

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