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A Little Romance… February 14, 2019

Posted by Dori in Book List, Fiction, Literary Fiction, Movies.
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Happy St. Valentine’s Day! Grab some chocolates, a glass of your favorite beverage and curl up with a book or a movie. Enjoy!


~ Dori


February Playlist February 13, 2019

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I’ve decided to start making a monthly playlist of songs to share with you.  Here’s my list of February Favorites.  Some of these are being released on albums coming out this month, but some are just on heavy rotation in my life.  You can listen to them through the link above then place the album on hold from RRPL.ORG, or download most of the albums featured from Hoopla Digital.

Happy Listening!


Winter Reading Bingo – Books by Authors of Color February 11, 2019

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I’m glad I’m able to share with you some authors of color, since it is Black History Month.  However, let’s not limit our authors to African-American writers.  Let’s focus on people of color more broadly.  Here are a few:

James Baldwin, Early Novels & Stories, and Collected Essays.

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Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words and Interpreter of Maladies

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Tommy Orange, There There

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Rita Dove, Selected Poems

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Watch a Movie Based on a Book February 11, 2019

Posted by Mary in Biographies, Book Awards, Book Discussion, Debut Author, Fantasy, Fiction, First Novel, Graphic Novel, Movies, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Uncategorized, Young Adult.
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Below are some suggestions of movies based on a book to encourage you to check off that box on your Winter Reading Bingo card.

Ready Player One is a science fiction film based on the 2011 dystopian novel of the same title by Ernest Cline.

Beautiful Boy is a biographical drama based on the 2008 memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and the 2007 memoir Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff

On Chesil Beach is a British drama film based on the 2007 Booker Prize nominated novella of the same title by Ian McEwan.

Juliet Naked is a romantic comedy/drama based on the 2009 novel of the same title by Nick Hornsby.

Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy/drama based on the 2013 best selling novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan.

The Hate U Give is a crime drama based on the 2017 best selling young adult novel of the same title by Angie Thomas (released this month so place a hold or check out as a quick flick for 3 days)

A Wrinkle In Time is a science fantasy adventure film based on the 1962 juvenile novel of the same title by Madeleine L’Engle.

Black Panther is a super hero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

Red Sparrow is a spy thriller film based on the 2013 novel of the same title by Jason Matthews.

The Little Stranger is a gothic drama film based on the 2009 novel of the same title by Sarah Waters.

If you would like more suggestions stop by the Adult Reference desk and we are happy to help.


New Fiction Roundup – February 2019 February 5, 2019

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Here are some new great titles in fiction to browse!  Click on the title, and this will take you to the catalog.

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Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li – The award-winning author of Kinder Than Solitude draws on her experiences of losing a child to suicide in a poignant tribute to the love and complexities of parent-child bonds that reimagines an urgent conversation between a mother and teenage son.

The Curiosities by Susan Gloss – As she tries to have a baby with her husband, Nell Parker takes command of an art colony full of eccentrics.

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman – Discarding her late mother’s cherished and heavily annotated high school yearbook, Daphne is entangled in a series of absurdities when the yearbook is discovered by a busybody documentary filmmaker.

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Goulash by Brian Kimberling – Escaping small-town life to immerse himself in the rapidly changing culture of 1998 Prague, Elliott falls in love with an English teacher with whom he explores their adopted city’s wonders before historical events upend their idyllic existence.

That Time I Loved You: Stories by Carrianne Leung – A U.S. debut by the author of The Wondrous Woo finds the residents of a new subdivision in 1970s Toronto torn by a rash of suicides that are linked to dark undercurrents of infidelity, racism and hidden abuse.

This Is Not A Love Song: Stories by Brendan Matthews – A first collection by the author of The World of Tomorrow includes the stories, “My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer” and “Airborne.”







Winter Reading Bingo February 4, 2019

Posted by Mary in Biographies, Book Awards, Debut Author, Uncategorized.
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Below are some of my favorite Memoirs to encourage you to check off that Memoir box on your bingo card. I hope you enjoy my picks!

Educated A Memoir by Tara Westover

Just Kids by Patti Smith

A Backpack, a Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka A Memoir by Lev Golinkin

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

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The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

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New Non-Fiction Roundup – February 2019 February 1, 2019

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Here are some new exciting titles coming in February!  Click on the title to find the book in the catalog and place a hold.

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The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison – An anthology of the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s essays, speeches and commentary on society, culture and art includes her powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King, Jr. and her poignant eulogy for James Baldwin.

This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution by David Sloan Wilson – The distinguished evolutionary biologist and author of Evolution for Everyone builds on decades of research to outline a paradigm-changing new approach to the applications of evolutionary theory in today’s social and cultural institutions.

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency by Akiko Busch – The author of Nine Ways to Cross a River explores the idea of invisibility in nature, art and science as part of the search for a more joyful and peaceful way of life in today’s increasingly surveilled and publicity-obsessed world.

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Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances that Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik – The New York Times best-selling author of Stuff Matters shows readers the secret lives of liquids: the shadow counterpart of our solid “stuff.”

Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion by Nishta J. Mehra – An essay collection by the Blue Jean Gourmet blogger describes how her experiences as an Indian-American, the wife of a white Christian woman and the mother of an adopted black son have been challenged by rigid cultural family norms.

I.M.: A Memoir by Isaac Mizrahi – A memoir by the multifaceted pop culture icon includes coverage of his experiences as a gay youth in a Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, his education at LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and the making of his documentary, Unzipped.


Winter Reading Bingo – Mystery/Thriller January 31, 2019

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Consider one of the following series when participating in Rocky River Public Library’s “Winter Reading Bingo” during January & February.

Rhys Bowen – Molly Murphy & Royal Spyness series

Alan Bradley – Flavia de Luce series

Fiona Davis – The Masterpiece (published in 2018)

Spencer Quinn – Chet and Bernie series

Amy Stewart – Kopp Sisters series

Jacqueline Winspear – Maisie Dobbs




What we’re reading this year so far… January 26, 2019

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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

Keiko is a 36-year-old single woman working for a convenience store.  Keiko has always struggled to function the way that her family, friends, and society expect her too.  Since she was young she has tried to act “normal” and give made up excuses for why she still works in a convenience store, isn’t married, and has never been in love.  Keiko has found it easier to make these excuses, but really, she likes her work, does not want to get married or fall in love.  I devoured this funny, and a little heartbreaking, novella in an evening.  Trent

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

When Heather Mackenzie’s grandmother, Nan Hughes, died she left Heather some beautiful embroidered flowers like those embroidered on Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress. Heather searches to understand why her grandmother left London and settled in Canada. She soon discovers that Nan had worked at the house of Norman Hartnell, and that the royals wore designs by Hartnell. Nan and Miriam Dassin, a fellow embroiderer and recent refugee from France, were charged with the delicate details of the wedding dress. Why did Nan leave such a prestigious position and never talk about it? The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding is a charming historical detailed novel. Emma

Queer Threads by John Chaich

A wonderful survey of works by fiber and textile artists in the LGBTQ community. This book was the companion to an exhibition, profiled here on NPR, that was curated by Chaich. The works are faithfully reproduced in high quality photos and artist interviews are included in the back to add additional depth to the content.  A great book for individuals interested in seeing fiber/textiles and their techniques pushed in exciting and new areas.  Greg

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

I’m currently listening to this selection. It does not have the comic tone of the series Adam Ruins Everything, but it is similar in that it does shatter some myths with facts and figures. There are assumptions on both sides of the political divide that lead people to think that things are getting worse. With a lot of examples professor Pinker proceeds to lay out his case that the world and the human condition are in fact getting better. Or at least with the problem solving tools of the Enlightenment we humans are capable of improving the world’s problems. I really need this dose of hope as it is so easy sometimes to fall into despair. Byron

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter

  I just finished Numbers and am beginning Deuteronomy, with a lot more to go(!) – Prophets and the Histories waiting in the future for me.  It has really been an incredible reading experience so far.  I went to a Jewish school from kindergarten to eighth grade, so was familiar with many of the Bible stories.  But I hadn’t read them as an adult in English.  The story of Joseph is particularly affecting, strong and rich.  I am looking forward to Deuteronomy, which Alter says is the most “rhetorical” of the first five books, which means there is a great deal of eloquence in Moses’ farewell speeches to the Hebrews.  Alter not only translated the entire Hebrew Bible, but he also provides commentary, so reading the books is like reading with a study partner.  Alter also pays much attention to the style of the Hebrew and English, and therefore makes some changes to the King James Bible, which are very interesting and even original.  A truly important read.     Andrew

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

This month, Andrew and I will be kicking off a series called Pub Reads with a discussion at Rocky River Wine Bar on this National Book Award Winner. This is a sad but important book about a family facing just about every hard issue you could imagine: poverty, prison, drug addiction, murder, and cancer. Honestly, if I were not reading it for the book discussion, I might be tempted to put it down; it’s too sad. But Jesmyn Ward’s writing is startling in its beauty and haunting. She is telling a truth that I have not had to live with, and for this reason, I want to honor black families from the south by listening closely to this story. The audiobook alternates readers between three narrators: thirteen year old JoJo, his drug addicted mother, Leonie, and a ghost that’s connected to the family. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes literary fiction, wants to learn more about America’s history, and wants to see what type of writing a Genius Grant recipient and two-time National Book Award winner can do.  Lyndsey

50 After 50 by Maria Leonard Olsen

At age 50 Marie Olsen took a hard look at her life thus far.  She is a recovered alcoholic, divorced and an empty nester.  She was depressed and stuck.  Instead of continuing to slide on a downward slope in her life, Maria went on a crusade to make the most of whatever time she has left.  She challenged herself to do 50 things that were significant to her.  This list included physical challenges, travel and lifestyle changes.  Each challenge taught her something new about herself, and how she might want to shape her future.  While each person’s list may be different, Maria, along with the reader learns that accomplishing new things, learning new skills, deepening personal relationships and seeking out challenges will give purpose and vigor to your life that may otherwise feel insignificant, inauthentic or just plain boring.  Mary

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

There is an old saying, “In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”. This newest Gamache mystery has Armand and his Three Pines friend Myrna in the dark as to why they were appointed as executors of the estate of a woman they never even met. As they attempt to figure this out and to execute the woman’s extremely eccentric will, another person turns up dead causing them to question whether her death was of natural causes after all. In the midst of all this, Armand attempts to find and stop a large shipment of extremely dangerous drugs that he allowed into the country during his previous assignment as he worked to take down a drug cartel. Will he stop the drugs from hitting the streets before more lives are lost? Sara

Winter Book BINGO: Spotlight on Audiobooks January 22, 2019

Posted by gregoryhatch in Adventure, Audio, Beach Reads, Biographies, Book List, eAudio, Fantasy, Gentle Read, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers, Uncategorized.
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Some of my Favorites

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Title details for The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle - Available
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Title details for The Power by Naomi Alderman - Wait list