Monday, April 30, 2007
We'll do our best to let you know of some good new books throughout the summer. But how about suggesting other titles and authors you've liked so that others may have good choices from which to draw? Both old and new books, fiction and nonfiction, even plays, anthologies, and collections are welcome.
Readers and list makers, let's make some Summer reading lists:
1 - What book did you most enjoy reading? Why?
2 - Which book did you enjoy least? Why?
3 - Which book that hasn't been written yet would you like to read?
4 - Who is your favorite author? Why?
5 - In your favorite, or guity pleasure, genre (i.e., mystery, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, literary, etc) whose book would you give to someone else for the best summer read?
Click on Comments and post your answers to share with all the other readers and book club members out there. Join or start a book club today. Share what you read, offer what you know.
Also, as we've said, The Glendale Public Library is happy to provide our community of readers with a new and exciting service—a customized reading list, tailored to your personal reading tastes and interests called "Looking for a Good Book?". You can stop in and pick up a form and drop it off at any of the Glendale Public Library branches.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Yes, MORE hours!
What does that mean? Well, for one thing, it means that you will soon have MORE hours to check out the books and other materials that you love. That's right, MORE hours to come in and grab the new Lisa Scottoline thriller, check out the new cookbook by Rachael Ray, or perhaps place a hold on that just published Tolkein epic you've been clamoring for.
Whatever you are dying to read, the Glendale Public Library just made it easier for you to get the books you desire into your hot little hands and devouring mind. In addition, we will be flinging open our doors to provide you with a comfortable, welcoming environment in which to read that book.
Please check our website or come into any of our library branches and grab a copy of the latest Events brochure for exact hours and days each branch will be open.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
The authors first describe how "cable news" has failed to provide a home for rational discourse, which is true enough. But their criticism of the medium focuses on shows such as "Hannity and Colmes", the "Bill O'Reilly Show", and "The McLaughlin Group", and they argue that it is these shows' formats that are to blame--there simply isn't enough time devoted to any particular issue to provide in-depth analysis. A more complete analysis of these shows, however, proves only that it is unlikely that any such analysis would be welcome. That all of the shows in question are hosted by well-known figures on the right of the political spectrum, and their guest lists are dominated by those who are similarly minded goes noticeably and damagingly unmentioned. (Heck, "The McLaughlin Group" isn't even on cable.) The authors then go on to excoriate think tanks, of all things, for forgetting their primary mission of education and study, for similar reasons. Once again, however, the authors fail to point out that the funding and missions for almost all of the organizations that they mention are on the right wing.
The authors betray this apparent slant when they cover three public speakers on the left in a chapter inflammatorily titled "An Unreliable Elite". While cable news and think tanks silence the center due merely to their structure and format, people like Noam Chomsky and Paul Krugman do so due to "bias", "prejudice", and "relentless hostility" (all quotes from page 141 in reference to Krugman). This hypocritical attitude makes one question the authors actual intention in writing the book; are they trying to discern an actual movement to stifle rational thought after all? I found it hard to accept their arguments . . .
For a much better analysis of the media and its part in suppressing political awareness, read Eric Alterman's What Liberal Media? instead.
Friday, April 27, 2007
"Weaving passionate portraits into a cohesive enthralling collection these poems represent an astonishing range of vision and connect to the tradition of American literature." -- Ryan Van Cleave, editor, The Longman Anthology of Poetry
"Bart Edelman is one of my favorite poets--spare and smart, lyrical but never sentimental about the mechanics of love. In this new collection, The Last Mojito, he invokes figures both public and private to get at the long drawn out sorrow of our silent hearts. Edelman is an elegist, writing laments for our daily losses and capitulations, yet seeing hope where, by all rights, it should not exist. In the process, he continually exposes the difficult dynamics of what it means to be human." -- David L. Ulin, Book Editor, Los Angeles Times
Bart Edelman is a professor of English at Glendale College where he edits Eclipse, a literary journal. He is the author of five volumes of poetry and his poems have appeared in many anthologies. He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, and has been published in newspapers and literary journals. Edelman frequently appears at many Los Angeles-area poetry venues and at conferences across the country.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The gripping plot and smooth writing-style will keep you quickly turning the pages up to the end. The Year of Fog is no doubt a satisfying read.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
This week's question: Who was Harper Lee's next door neighbor as she grew up?
Answer to last week's question: Clarence Darrow the iconic legal defender of the powerless against the powerful, who with his adversary, William Jennings Bryan, were portrayed in the play and movie, Inherit the Wind, about the Scopes trial for teaching evolution.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
The Triumph of the Thriller: how cops, crooks, and cannibals captured popular fiction by Patrick Anderson.
The reviews laud his thesis, but point out that he may not like your favorite thriller writer. It's “for the reader who isn’t a thriller fan but is curious about this enormously popular genre ..” Publishers Weekly.
Waltzing Again: new and collected conversations with Margaret Atwood edited by Earl G. Ingersoll
...author and poet Margaret Atwood, on interviewing: "I don't mind 'being interviewed' any more than I mind Viennese waltzing-that is, my response will depend on the agility and grace and attitude and intelligence of the other person." Atwood fills her dance card with these 21 interviews, dropping nimble observations on her interviewers (Joyce Carol Oates among them) regarding the nature of writing. Publishers WeeklyThomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin
“ … touching biography of the mild-mannered provincial architect from Dorchester who created seething novels about inequity and thwarted ambition. Kirkus, starred review.
900 History, Travel
The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by: Martha Raddatz
The personal stories of U.S. soldiers caught in a deadly 2004 ambush in Sadr City that the author believes marked a turning point, when the war’s mission shifted from peacekeeping and nation-building to battling an insurgency. ABC News Chief White House correspondent Raddatz, who has reported frequently from Iraq, displays a compassionate heart in her first book, which is also notable for its cinematic narrative structure. .... She tells their backstories, describes their experiences in high school, their marriages, their parents …. Two-thirds of the way through, a surprise—the story of the death of Casey Sheehan, son of antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan. Kirkus 2007
The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America’s Deadliest Avalanche by: Gary Krist
In February of 1910, two trains set out to cross the Cascade Mountains of Washington state, steaming from Spokane to Seattle through the remote Stevens Pass. That the Great Northern Railway could build and maintain such a route was heralded as an example of man's triumph over nature—but nature had not yet begun to fight. Within hours, both trains would become trapped in the middle of the stark and desolate pass, caught by a snowstorm greater than any recorded to that day. By the time the ordeal was over, both trains lay crushed by a massive avalanche, and nearly 100 passengers, crew and railroad workers lay dead under the snow. … tells their story and the story of those few who survived, as well as that of the railroad men who struggled to free the trains only to have their efforts thwarted—and their wisest choice turned into the worst mistake of all. BookPage Reviews.
Woman of Uncertain Character: The Amorous And Radical Adventures of My Mother Jennie (Who Always Wanted to Be a Respectable Jewish Mom) by Her Bastard Son
by Sigal, Clancy
Gritty prose worthy of any classic noir film propels this engaging, often tender memoir of a larger-than-life woman and her self-deprecating but accomplished son, who still misses their shared adventures. PW Reviews 2006 March
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
by Metaxas, Eric
Metaxas tells Wilberforce's story with a charm and energy reminiscent of a favorite history professor, painting a captivating picture of this era of social reform that revolutionized the world. BookPage Reviews March
Friday, April 20, 2007
600 Health, Technology, Business
In beautifully written, fascinating accounts of experiences working with emotionally stunted and traumatized children, child psychiatrist Perry educates readers about how early-life stress and violence affects the developing brain. He learns that to facilitate recovery, the loss of control and powerlessness felt by a child during a traumatic experience must be counteracted. Publishers Weekly, January
A Twist of the Wrist: quick flavorful meals with ingredients from jars, cans, bags, and boxes by Nancy Silverton.
Silverton was one of the first of the new generation of artisan bakers, and her La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles has a national reputation. She…began to discover the range of high-quality prepared products increasingly available even in supermarkets, and she embarked on a mission to develop sophisticated but quick and easy recipes that take advantage of them. Highly recommended. Library Journal, February 2007
“They Call Me Naughty Lola”: personal ads from the London Review of Books edited by David Rose
See how other book lovers describe themselves. From the summary in the catalog: "this collection of personal ads from the young, old, fat, bald, healthy, ill, rich, and poor hoping they can find true love, or at the very least, someone to call them Naughty Lola." Like many recent books in the library online catalog, there are first chapter excerpts. Don't miss them.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Click on a title or a picture to find it in the catalog. On order if not already in GPL.
300 Social Sciences
Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better as Your Family Grows by Cockrell, Stacie / O'Neill, Cathy / Stone, Julia / Martin, Larry (ILT)
Excuse Me, but I Was Next: how to handle 100 manners dilemmas by Peggy Post
Here are solutions for the art of small talk, retorts to the top ten nosy questions, ways of finessing 'name amnesia,' and adoption etiquette, in concise Q&A format...the focus on universal real-life situations makes this book a classic. Library Journal (November 2006)
Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: the quirky history and lost art of diagramming sentences by Kitty Burns Florey.
Demonstrating the far-reaching implications for readers’ relationships with any number of living beings, Bekoff’s book is profound, thought-provoking and even touching. Publisher's Weekly.
Taz, the blog dog says: What I’ve been telling you. Hawrf! Hawrf!
Plutonium: a history of the world's most dangerous element, by Jeremy Bernstein
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
000 – Computers, Generalities
This updated version of one of the bestselling Visual books of all time…serves as a gentle introduction to Windows Vista that caters to readers whose learning style makes them more comfortable being shown rather than told. (catalog summary)
MySpace unraveled : a parent's guide to teen social networking from the directors of BlogSafety.com by Larry Magid and Anne Collier.
To help you understand MySpace, the authors step you through how to set up and personalize a MySpace account and how to manage an online social life. Then they look at how young people are changing the Internet and how to guide them as they navigate the social Web. (Back cover)
100 Philosophy, Psychology
Everything I need to know, I learned from a chick flick by Kimberly Potts
In this quick, absorbing tongue-in-cheek reference, Potts draws important life lessons ("family is where the heart is," "living well is the only revenge") from more than 60 Hollywood "chick flicks," a term she uses loosely enough to include Clueless, Coal Miner's Daughter and Carrie. PW Annex Reviews, 2007.
The Dalai Lama: man, monk mystic by Mayank, Chhaya
This… authorized biography by an Indian journalist who did his research homework and had access to the Dalai Lama…provides valuable information about a man whose human character is not nearly as well known as his exotic spiritual image. Publishers Weekly Reviews, November 2006, #2
The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible by Allen Dwight Callahan
…this informative …volume… examines how the music and literature of black Americans are shot through with biblical images. [The author] also traces the theme of exile through the plays of August Wilson and the novels of James Baldwin, and he considers the central place of the name of Jesus in black folklore, belles lettres, and hip-hop. From W. E. B. Du Bois to Toni Morrison, black writers have invoked Jesus to signify "the suffering of black people." Callahan's investigations will doubtless interest students of African-American religion. PW Annex Reviews
British author Sue Roe’s intimate, colorful, and superbly researched account takes us into the homes and studios of Monet, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Morisot and others, describing their unconventional, volatile and precarious lives, as well as the stories behind the paintings we know and love.
This title is both educational and a pleasure to read and will be of interest to Francophiles, art lovers, history buffs, and just about anyone else.
If you like this book, visit us at the Brand Library; with hundreds of titles about French Impressionism we are your source for material on this topic!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
What is it? The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers and quite a few authors each year. It is held on the UCLA campus.
Want to learn more?
The compelling plot, realistic characters and comfortable writing style make Mitchard's latest book a worthy read.
Friday, April 13, 2007
As a proud owner of a pair of humans, I can tell you I love it when my parents take me to do something fun. My dad often takes me hiking in nearby Griffith Park, and my mom regularly takes me to herd sheep out in Shadow Hills on her day off. This book really helped Mom understand skills that I (a born-to-run, pre-human educated herding dog) already understand instinctually. One of these things is, work is fun. Just like it is for Mom in the library. Now we can work better as a team when we head pastureside to play with what Mom calls those "adorable woolies!" I don't care what you call them, just so long as they move where and when I tell 'em. Harwf, harwf!
"I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength, who, all over this country (the United States), have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and destroyed records rather than have to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries."