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Latest Additions April 27, 2015

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Often people will ask in passing “How are you?” and in passing I will reply “living the dream,” which is usually the case.  I have an amazing family, husband, friends, and job.  I try to not forget how lucky I am.  But sometimes when I say “living the dream,” what I really mean is “living in a dream,” because I’m half asleep.  I used to pride myself on my strong ability to sleep soundly for many hours, but life has new plans for me.   This may be the universe’s way of preparing me for motherhood, or punishment for getting too much sleep in my twenties.  Regardless, if I’m living the dream or living in a dream, life is still pretty great.

You know what else is pretty great?  Curling up with a great read.  Here are some of our most recent additions to the Reading Room:

witch hunter's tale
The Witch Hunter’s Tale: A Midwife Mystery by Samuel Thomas
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those who wish me dead

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
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trouble shooter
Trouble Shooter by Louis L’Amour
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Under a painted sky
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
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Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister

I hope you are also living the dream, or living in a dream.  If not, any of these books could be a great escape!

Happy reading!

—Beth

Latest Additions April 20, 2015

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April has been a very exciting month to be a Clevelander.   This past weekend the city hosted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  Not only was it an awesome concert right here in our city, but the awesome seemed to spread throughout the city as rock stars were spotted at local restaurants.  We weren’t all lucky enough to have dinner at the table next to Joan Jett, but it was still fun to hear stories about it.  It was also very exciting to watch the Cavs beat the Celtics as they start their journey through the 2015 playoffs.  I’m not usually a huge sports fan, but over the last six years I’ve found myself much more infatuated with the Cavaliers and I would love to see them bring a championship to the city.

The final exciting event coming to the beautiful Cleveland suburb of Rocky River is the Rocky River Public Library Book Festival, which will take place Saturday, April 25.  This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to get to meet and greet some of our favorite local authors.

With all the excitement I almost forgot to mention our latest additions to the Reading Room. So, let’s get back to what we are here for and start viewing the latest additions!

how to start a fire

How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz
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mrs. grant
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule
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shoeless joe
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
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mark of midnight
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig
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sweetheart
The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella
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It seems that somewhere between the historical fiction and sports fiction, this list includes something for everyone.  I hope you find the perfect book to wrap up this month with.

Happy reading!

—Beth

Happy Anniversay – Library of Congress April 18, 2015

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On April 24, 1800 Congress approved an act providing “for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress…and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them.”

The Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov) is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. Comprised of three buildings: The Thomas Jefferson Building, the James Madison Building and the John Adams Building, it is the largest library in the world containing millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collection.

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The End of the Civil War – April 1865 April 16, 2015

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 Surrender  – Appomattox, Virginia – April 9, 1865

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Using the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s home, Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces. Lee’s surrender signaled the end of the Southern states’ attempt to create a separate nation. Three days later the men of the Army of Northern Virginia marched before the Union Army, laid down their flags, stacked their weapons, and began the journey back to their homes. This was a new beginning for the nation.

5 Days Later – April 14, 1865 – Lincoln Assassinated

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President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C. He died the following day.

The library subscribes to a variety of engaging history magazines.

You’re invited to stop by and check out –

American History

American Spirit

Civil War Times

Military History

Smithsonian

Timeline

~Emma

Latest Additions April 13, 2015

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Happy National Library Week!
National Library Week is held from April 12-18.  This year the theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.” I think that should be the theme every year, because that really is what libraries have always meant to me.  Every since I was a child I have held the library in the highest regard.   The stacks seemed a lot taller then, but the endless rows up books are still a wonder of all information.  When I was an undergraduate I worked as a periodicals assistant at the university library.  That meant I was responsible for shelving the last twelve months of peer-reviewed journals.   It was eye opening to discover how many possible fields of study I could pursue.  It turns out that I couldn’t pick one, so I decided I’d like to spend the rest of my professional career with constant access to as much information as possible.  That’s how I found myself here today.

Libraries still hold a very special place in my heart.  I collect library cards from all over the state, and I often find myself inside unfamiliar buildings exploring libraries when I travel. I’ll be spending my week maxing out my borrowed items on as many library cards as possible, being grateful that I live in Ohio, where I have access to all of the public libraries in the state. If you are looking for a few ways to celebrate National Library Week, check out some of these latest additions, and stop by the Adult Reference Desk in our Grand Reading Room to enter yourself in our National Library Week giveaway.

Bloodsucking fiends
Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore

Descent
Descent by Tim Johnston

Florence Gordon
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton

Gabi girl in pieces
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Glory O Brien
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Have a happy National Library Week!

Happy reading,

—Beth

87 Years and Counting April 13, 2015

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April 12th – 18th

It’s time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians and to promote use and support.

Rocky River Public Library Historic Milestones
 http://www.rrpl.org/local_history/timeline.html

~Emma

A Day at the Movies April 8, 2015

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imagesI love lists – particularly lists of things I need to read or watch or listen to. Like this one from Indiewire: The 10 Indie Films You Must See in April; or The Hollywood Reporter’s Trailers for Six of April’s Most Anticipated Movies. I am what you might call an information junkie, so I love recommendations of all sorts. Any lists you can recommend?

MOVIE VIEWING: On Monday, April 13th at The Indie Int’l Film Festival we’ll be showing The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Luis Buneal’s 1972 classic (and one of his later films) about a group of friends planning to get together for dinner who experience a succession of highly unusual occurrences that interfere with their dining enjoyment. Buneal is known for his surrealistic films, but this one was a popular success and won an Academy Award. Join us at 6:30 in the Auditorium. We’ll have popcorn!

DVD Releases 3-31-15 and 4-7-15:

Interstellar – DVD & Blu-Ray
Wild – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Imitation Game – DVD & Blu-Ray
Meet the Mormons – DVD
Wild Card – DVD
The Circle  – DVD 
Putin’s Way – DVD 
Silicon Valley, Season 1 – DVD
Veep, the Complete 3rd Season – DVD
The Immigrant – DVD & Blu-Ray
A Most Violent Year – DVD & Blu-Ray
If You Don’t, I Will –
DVD
Happy Valley- DVD
Pelican Dreams – DVD
The Book of Negroes – DVD
Manhattan, Season 1 – DVD
Happy Watching!
~ Dori

Latest Additions April 6, 2015

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Did you get to travel this past holiday weekend?  My husband and I made a trip four hours south to tropical Cincinnati to visit his parents.  Okay, I know tropical isn’t a very accurate description, but I live in Cleveland and I’m pretty easy to please.  Cincinnati is always at least ten degrees warmer, and their seasons seem to change approximately a week earlier than Cleveland.  That means I saw green grass and budding blossoms.  A four hour trip there and back also meant we could put a good dent into an audio book, so we did.  We listened to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  It’s been a few decades since either of us had read it for school, and we wanted to refresh our memory of it before Go Set a Watchman arrives on shelves in a few months.  It’s still one of our favorite classics and we enjoyed sharing the experience together.

Whether you’re in the market for a classic or looking for a your next new to you book to read, our Reading Room has you covered with great recommendations.

Here is a list of some of our latest additions:

Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
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gigantic beard that was evil
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
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opposite of lonelines
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
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sun is god
The Sun Is god by Adrian McKinty
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wolf in white van
Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle
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Happy reading!

—Beth

Time to Hit the Dusty Trails… Western Genre style! April 2, 2015

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Did you find a book that was set in the Wild West of North America? Perhaps you found something that featured wide open skies, a flawed hero, and a clear resolution? Then *you* were reading a Western along with the rest of us! Wasn’t it rip-roarin’ fun? -We thought so too! There was a pretty good variety included in our discussion with the best part being how much everyone enjoyed the experience. Are you ready to hear what people had to say about the book they read? Well then saddle up partner, ‘cause here we go:

Megan: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee is the story of two girls trying to outrun their troubles on the Oregon Trail. Samantha is a 16-year-old Chinese-American, who in the wake of a tragedy, is trying to reach California. She is befriended by Annamae, a slave girl planning her own big escape. Disguised as boys, the pair join a group of cowboys heading west in search of fortune. Lee’s stunning debut is a welcome addition to the historical fiction genre. This survival story is full of adventure and wild west action, but at it’s core is a moving story of trust and friendship. Plus, there are cowboys and horses and a little romance!

Chris: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy is a coming-of-age classic. Set in 1949, sixteen-year-old John Grady Cole leaves his family ranch in west Texas with his buddy Lacey Rawlins and crosses the border into Mexico to experience a new way of living. He learns to survive, he strengthens a friendship, he falls in love. Eventually he makes his way back home to spend time with his family, but leaves a few days later to continue his adventure. I particularly liked the landscape McCarthy paints—the desert and the plains—and the feeling of solitude. It gives a person space to think. This first novel in McCarthy’s Border Trilogy compels me to read the rest.

Beth: In Louis L’Amour’s Trouble Shooter Pete Melford has died and left his ranch to his niece, Cindy Blair. When Cindy sends a scout out to determine the condition of the ranch, they are troubled at the downright disappearance of the ranch. Soon after Cindy’s scout determines something fishy is going on, Hopalong Cassidy rides into town, as he got a feeling that his help was needed. Hopalong Cassidy takes on the dangerous task of trying to figure out the mystery of the death of Melford and his missing ranch. This tale of Hopalong Cassidy was fast paced and action packed. Louis L’Amour inscribes the reader right into the heart of the outlaw laden wild west.

Dori : The Revenant: a Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke, is the story of Hugh Glass, an honorable, smart and experienced frontiersman who accompanies the Rocky Mountain Fur Company on a trapping and trading mission out of St. Louis in 1823. Mauled by a grizzly bear and feared close to death, the Captain of the Company appoints two men to stay with him until he dies so he can be buried. When Indians threaten their camp, however, they abandon Glass, taking his weapons and supplies. Glass crawls back to St. Louis, recuperates, and vows revenge. A tale of the West, of survival and of moral uncertainty, this novel is riveting. Soon to be a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio!

Steve: Appaloosa, by Robert B. Parker, is the story of Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, lawmen in the Old West who move from town to town taking on trouble. They are called into Appaloosa to deal with rancher Randall Bragg and his crew of criminals that are running the town. Bragg is sentenced to hang for the murder of the previous Marshal, but while being transported escapes with the help of two hired gunmen. Cole and Hitch are on his trail and in for all sorts of action. The characters and solid story will appeal to western and non-western fans alike.

Maureen: In The Waiting Gun: A Western Story, written in 1957 by Wayne D. Overholser, we follow the suspenseful story of Bill Varney, a young man who feels spurned by his father, his girlfriend and his entire situation in life. Full of resentment, Bill is working out a way to escape his work as a lowly farmhand on the family ranch, Pitchfork, while his favored sister lives in the main house taking care of their father. When a gunfighter comes to town and challenges his aging and arthritic father to a duel and a farmhand uprising threatens Pitchfork’s future, Billy rises to the occasion, despite a hidden, sinister plot to get him out of the way. The story, though a tad predictable, had enough interesting characters and plot to keep me interested and was relatively believable. Overholser, who died in 1996 at the age of 90, won two Spur Awards (Western Writers of America) over the span of his career. In fact, he was the winner of the first Spur Award ever given, in 1953, for his novel Lawman, written under the pseudonym Lee Leighton.

Emma: Originally published as a serial in the “Saturday Evening Post”, True Grit by Charles Portis is told by elderly Mattie Ross. In the 1870’s, 14-year-old Mattie hires Federal Marshall Rooster Cogburn to help hunt down Tom Chaney, her father’s killer. Texas Ranger LeBouef joins in the hunt since he has been searching for Chaney for several months. Quirky characters bring the Old West to life.

Lauren: Doc by Mary Doria Russell traces the early life of John “Doc” Holliday and his years spent out west in Texas and Kansas. Doc left his native Georgia hoping the west’s arid climate would aid him in battling tuberculosis. Most of the book’s action takes place in the late 1870s in the bustling cattle town of Dodge City, Kansas and follows Doc, Wyatt Earp, and their friends and fellow townspeople years before the infamous shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. The story has all the elements of a classic Western tale: horses, cattle drivers, guns, gambling, and plenty of bourbon. For all of history and popular culture’s fascination with Wyatt Earp, it’s very enjoyable to read a book that mainly centers on Doc Holliday and paints him as a true gentleman—educated, cosmopolitan, loyal, and kind—but still perfectly at home in the “rough and tumble” Wild West.

Ann: In Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are hired by the town of Appaloosa to restore law and order. The town has been plagued by the no-good rancher Randall Bragg and his henchmen who have committed murder, rape and robbery and have recently killed the town’s sheriff and deputy. Virgil Cole has had success in other towns as marshal. He believes in posting the bylaws; if someone doesn’t obey he arrests them; if he doesn’t go along, Cole shoots him. Marshal Cole and his deputy Hitch set out to reform Appaloosa in this engaging western filled with snappy dialogue and lots of action.

Stacey: The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly may be written for a younger crowd but this book will appeal to anyone interested learning more about the daily life of families out West at the turn of the century. This is the second book to feature Callie, her rascally brothers and her beloved Granddaddy, all of whom have important roles to play in her adventures. Together we learn about big to small creatures inhabiting the central Texas lands, the wars that led to Statehood and those that almost divided the Nation, and a great secondary storyline about the hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. But the best part of the story? Rooting Callie on in her quest to be seen for her abilities, not her gender. Start with The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate for full enjoyment effect!

Next time we’re giving ourselves a little break from all those squiggly lines of print and we’re going to look at stories that are told primarily through pictures! That’s right folks, we’re going browsing in the Graphic Novels area -and I hope you’ll join us there!

— Stacey

April is National Poetry Month April 1, 2015

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We pay tribute to the great legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets

and the vital place of poetry in American culture.

In addition to a wide variety of books on poets and poetry, the Rocky River Public Library subscribes to-

Poets & Writers – the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers.

Writer’s Digest – a resource for writers, celebrating the writing life

and what it means to be a writer in today’s publishing environment.

~Emma

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