Book buzz: 'An Untamed State'

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:49am
KFriberg
Book buzz: 'An Untamed State'

"An Untamed State" by Roxane Gay begins as any fairy tale would, with, "Once upon a time, in a far-off land..." And, the expanse between it, and any fairy tale with which you are familiar, is wider than anything you can imagine. Gay takes the Brothers Grimm to an entirely new level.

True confessions of a readers' advisor

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00am
KFriberg
books
True confessions of a readers' advisor

People often ask for reading recommendations whether I'm on the job or off. It's part of my job description as a readers' services librarian. I haven't read every book I've suggested. For some, it's hard to fathom that you'd be able to suggest a book when you haven't even cracked the cover. Discovery, detective work, serendipity, daily conversations with readers, as well as diligent reading and keeping a close eye on publishing trends are the key ingredients to successful recommendations.

Connections

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 4:15pm
KFriberg
Connections

In "Mastiff," a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, a couple who are taking a walk come across some other hikers. After the woman has a brief exchange with them, her date asks why she would bother talking to them; after all, she'd never see them again. She responds by saying that that's the best reason for talking to them.

Stand up, Citizen

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 5:50pm
KFriberg
Awards, Book Awards, books
Stand up, Citizen

For the first time in the history of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards, one title, "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine, has been nominated in two categories: Poetry and Criticism.

All we want for Christmas is this

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 3:53pm
KFriberg
books, holidays
All we want for Christmas is this

Standing in line under an umbrella with my daughter waiting for Santa, her nose met mine. People roamed the streets, giving out candy canes and small stuffed animals. No one gave her one. "I want to be shorter, again."

Reflections

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 4:22pm
KFriberg
books, npr, self-help
Reflections

Like other listeners across the nation, a lump formed in my throat when I heard that Tom Magliozzi, who was known to so many as half of NPR’s famed “Car Talk” hosts had died at the age of 77 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Anyone who has stumbled across the show would instantly recognize one of the most infectious laughs ever recorded.

What's everyone reading?

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 3:27pm
KFriberg
books
What's everyone reading?

In a recent blog post by author Seth Godin, he talks about what everyone reads. There was a time, he says, when everyone read the same newspaper or watched the same shows. Maybe there was a time when there was greater homogeny. There are so many more media streams, a variety of formatting options, different technology to deliver news, entertainment, knowledge, and opinions these days.

Grown-ups for Gaiman

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:51pm
KFriberg
Grown-ups for Gaiman

"Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good." There are things that surface that take us by surprise and, at the same time, wash over us like a warm stream of water, transfixing, and transporting us to moments we thought were lost.

Win with #PPLreads14

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:00am
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Win with #PPLreads14

Have you had your head buried in a book this summer? Make August your month to win prizes for your efforts and participate in this year's adult summer reading club. Every Friday, one lucky reader wins gift certificates to Savory Spice Shop (one bottle of spice) and The Bent Spoon (one free ice cream) plus a free book. 

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Book ahead with The Goldfinch

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 3:47pm
KFriberg
books
Book ahead with The Goldfinch

I'm on page 31 of "The Goldfinch." Only 753 pages to go until the meeting of the library's fiction book group in November. That translates to a solid three months to complete my journey into the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that's received more than its share of attention.