Publisher's Weekly, a professional journal for libraries, has listed some of their picks of highly anticipated books for Spring 2013. Based on their reviews, I have a copy of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena on my desk now. Happy Spring, Happy Reading!
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Memorial Day is right around the corner and that means the dreaded bathing suit season is almost upon us. How about reading about food rather than eating it as a dieting tip? If that works for you, check out NPR's What's Cooking article with 3 suggestions. We came up with some additions to the list:
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer
Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
Cinnamon Roll Murder by Johanna Fluke
Heft by Liz Moore
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss
We are sure there are plenty more 'delicious' reads for you to enjoy. Mangia!
If you're looking for a good read and prefer a well-written, and reviewed, book, we suggest you check out the 2013 longlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction). Many of our favorites are on this list including Flight Behavior, Where'd You Go Bernadette, The Light Between Oceans, Bring Up the Bodies and Gone Girl, among others. They recently announced the shortlist and the winner will be announced on June 5th in London.
Host a book discussion, with a professional facilitator, in your own home. Want to know how?
Simply attend the Love Your Library Day (LYLD) event on Sunday, April 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. here at the library and enter a chance to win a book discussion led by Dr. Anna Katsavos, Professor of Literature at SUNY Nassau. Anna facilitates a wildly successful book discussion at the RVCPL called Book Chats on the first Monday of every month at 1:00 p.m.
Drop by the Adult Reference Desk for more details. See you Sunday ...
P.S. There will be oodles of free prizes given away as well.
April is Poetry month and RVC has it's own local published poet. Arthur Schwartz, Archie to his pals, is a former Yankees minor league player/playwright/stand-up comic and commercial printer with a poetic heart and soul. The following poem, Skinny Old Man with a Shopping Cart, is one of our favorites:
Skinny old man, you concave sliver
pushing your shopping cart down the street,
where's the old woman, short time ago
whose hand you held and halved your woe,
One hand on the upright empty cart,
the other tight with her hand in it,
leaning against the rain or snow,
you and the woman who halved your woe.
With scarves tied neatly around your heads,
and slowly wheeling the wobbly cart;
but now you're alone and I want to know,
where is the woman who halved your woe?
I'd ask, as I knew you well enough,
all about your marvelous gift, and
pester you until you'd show
how you double yourself and halve your woe,
And tell me about the old woman, I'd say,
and tell me what you are thinking now,
wheeling the cart with two hands as though
an empty cart can halve your woe.
According to Art, he watched this couple for a year or so walking down Merrick Road. For more of Archie's poetry, check out his book From Where I Sat here in the library.