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March 17, 2016 by Reader's Connection

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.s. Military History

From March 17 to March 31, our e-book vendor OverDrive will provide us with unlimited e-copies of Chris Kyle’s American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.s. Military History.

If you click here, you’ll be taken to a picture of some splendidly attractive young people who are following their bliss as they discuss the life and tragic death of this master assassin. There are links to information about the book and the Big Library Read program, “the first global eBook club.”

No discussions of the book are currently scheduled at IndyPL, but your neighborhood group might want to join up; or you might just want to borrow this ebook at a time when you know for sure that you won’t have to wait for it.


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John F. Allen talks about his books.

March 14, 2016 by Reader's Connection

The God Killers: An Ivory Blaque Novel
John F. Allen was one of the authors featured at this year’s Meet the Artists festivities. His first book, The God Killers: An Ivory Blaque Novel is in the library’s collection.





Codename Knight Ranger: The God Particle Conspiracy

His next two novels, Codename: Knight Ranger and Codename Knight Ranger: The God Particle Conspiracy, are on order.





To hear Allen describe his works, click the picture.


And remember, the Meet the Artists exhibit will be at Central Library through March 26.


Fiction from Ireland

March 10, 2016 by Reader's Connection

Selector Emily Chandler wants you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long with this list of contemporary titles by Irish authors.

Banville, John The Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar


Oliver Otway Orme, a semi-famous artist and petty thief, despairing of limits in his talents, flees when his latest theft is discovered and sequesters himself in his childhood home, where he struggles to understand how he reached his current state.







Binchy, Maeve A Few of the Girls

A Few of the Girls

The best-selling novels of Maeve Binchy (d. 2012) not only told wonderful stories, they also showed that while times changed, people often remained the same: they fell in love, sometimes unsuitably; they had hopes and dreams; they had deep, long-standing friendships, and others that fell apart. Maeve’s work always included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing that was insightful and topical. But at the heart of all Maeve’s fiction were the people and their relationships with each other. A Few of the Girls is a glorious collection of the very best of her writing, full of the warmth, charm, and humor that were always essentially Maeve.



Connolly, John A Song of Shadows

A Song of Shadows

Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her. His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary. But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone. For something is emerging from the shadows.



Donoghue, Emma Frog Music

Frog Music

From the author of Room comes a story about an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice–if he doesn’t track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue’s lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.



Enright, Anne The Green Road

The Green Road


When Christmas day reunites the Madigan children, who all left their mother Rosaleen behind to follow their dreams, under one roof in County Clare, Ireland, they each must confront the terrible weight of family ties and the journey that brought them home.








French, Tana The Secret Place

The Secret Place

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad–and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. “The Secret Place,” a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.



Keyes, Marian The Woman Who Stole My Life

The Woman Who Stole My Life

‘Name: Stella Sweeney. Height: average. Recent life events: dramatic.’ One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That’s okay. She doesn’t really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car). But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart. Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad? For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?



McCann, Colum Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking


A story collection includes the title novella, in which an octogenarian retired judge’s musings on his life are interrupted by police updates about his murder later that afternoon.









McKinty, Adrian Rain Dogs

Rain Dogs

It’s just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy: riot duty, heartbreak, cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked-room mysteries in one career? When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard ofCarrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. Which is how he finds out that she was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?



Tóibín, Colm Nora Webster

Nora Webster

From the author of Brooklyn comes a magnificent new novel set in Ireland, about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope. Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín’s superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven–herself. Nora Webster is a masterpiece in character study by a writer at the zenith of his career, “beautiful and daring” (The New York Times Book Review) and able to “sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations” (USA TODAY). In Nora Webster, Tóibín has created a character as iconic, engaging and memorable as Madame Bovary or Hedda Gabler”




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You may not think of yourself as a historian, but you’re probably a member of The Indiana History Club.

March 7, 2016 by Reader's Connection

There’s an exhibit running all this year in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room on the sixth floor of Central Library.

In celebration of our state’s 200th birthday, “The Indiana History Club: How We All Save History” looks at the ways we have saved (and are saving) Indiana history.

Click the picture to see an interview with Librarian Chris Marshall about the exhibit.


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If you think Indy’s boring, you haven’t been to the Waffle House on Swiss Steak Night!

March 4, 2016 by Reader's Connection

wafflehouse2So help me, when I heard that Dan Carpenter was coming to the Nora Library on April 2nd, those were the words that popped into my head.

Sometime during his 37 years (?) as a contributor to The Indianapolis Star, Carpenter wrote a column about transplanted New Yorkers who found our city (or maybe our whole state) wanting. I may not have the quote just right, but he expressed amazement at anyone who found our town boring, and figured that they hadn’t had that Waffle House experience.

atlasNo doubt because I shopped at the departed Atlas Supermarket (54th & College, where The Fresh Market is now), the second Carpenter piece that came to mind was the obituary (that’s not the right word) he wrote at the time of Sid Maurer’s death in 2000. Sid had been the “impresario” of Atlas, which “for reasons forever to be speculated upon, did not survive his passing.”


Indiana Out Loud: Dan Carpenter on the Heartland Beat That last Carpenter quote is from a somewhat re-worked version of the original piece, and the second version appears in the 2013 collection Indiana Out Loud: Dan Carpenter on the Heartland Beat.

If you read around in Indiana Out Loud and the 1993 collection
Hard Pieces: Dan Carpenter’s Indiana
, you’ll be taken back to AIDS victim Ryan White’s funeral, and to a day at the Juvenile Court with Judge Valan R. Boring. There’s a piece about Bobby Knight, and another about Dick the Bruiser, but many pieces deal with Hoosiers by the wayside. You probably wouldn’t recognize their names.

There can always be surprises when revisiting the past. I remember hearing about Julia Carson’s appearance in town with Bill Clinton in 2000. I hadn’t remembered that it happened at the State Fairgrounds, though, and wouldn’t have guessed that Carpenter’s piece about the occasion would move me.

The Art He'd Sell for LoveRight now, I’m enjoying some of his poems, and if I fail to mention that Carpenter writes poetry, I should be slapped in the blogger’s stocks and smeared with sugary glaze from Roselyn Bakery.

The 2008 collection More Than I Could See and the 2015 collection The Art He’d Sell for Love are available at the library.

Dan Carpenter will appear at the Nora Library on Saturday, April 2nd at 2:00 p.m.



The Waffle House sign was posted on Yelp by Carolynne M.

The Atlas sign was posted by John McDonald on his Lost Indiana website, and is used with his permission. He is also the author of the book Lost Indianapolis.


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