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Scavenge the Ave and help Indy Reads!

May 28, 2015 by Reader's Connection

 

On Thursday, June 11th, you will once again have a chance to follow clues, scavenge the Massachusetts Avenue neighborhood, and help promote adult literacy in Indianapolis.

 

Click on the sleuth picture to see the registration form.

 

Check-in will begin at 6 p.m. at Indy Reads Books.  (Click on their banner for a video about the bookstore.)

At that time, registered participants will receive their first clue, directions and rules of the game, and a Mass Ave. map. Successful scavengers win discounts at select Mass Ave merchants and entry to a drawing with chances to win great prizes.

May the best sleuths prosper!

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LibraryReads June 2015

May 25, 2015 by Reader's Connection

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Ten euphoric librarians from ten different states review ten new books. May your summer be euphoric, or at least not bad.

 

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Eight Hundred Grapes

 

Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read! — Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ

 

 

 

 

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

The Truth According to Us

 

It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and a young woman arrives to write the town’s history. Layla doesn’t really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn’t know what to make of her. This is the heart of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. Sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee. — Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

 

 

 

The Book of Speculation by Erica Swyler

The Book of Speculation

 

A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Kostova’s The Historian, this is a book for you. — Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

 

 

 

 

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop

 

Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn’t know he needed. — Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

 

 

 

 

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling

 

The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics. Kelsea, the new Tearling Queen, has broken the Red Queen’s treaty and prepares to suffer the consequences as her nation is about to be invaded. Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga. — Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO

 

 

 

 

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event

 

The obvious ‘unlikely events’ of Judy Blume’s latest — the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter — set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale. — Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Independence, KY

 

 

 

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

The Rumor

 

Elin Hilderbrand has done it again! Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear. The Rumor is the ideal beach book for this summer! — Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

 

 

 

The Precipice by Paul Doiron

The Precipice

 

When two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can’t help but empathize with, The Precipice is another home run for Doiron. — Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL

 

 

 

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

 

From the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove, this book packs a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from the point of view of Elsa, a seven-year-old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales, and her grandmother. Once I stopped trying to make the story fit my adult view of the world and entered into Elsa’s world, I had a whale of a time. — Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

 

 

 

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

 

This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. I think anyone would be interested in the treasure of a famous buccaneer, Joseph Bannister. Many people, including me, have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship? — Linda Payne, Lake Placid Memorial Library, Lake Placid, FL

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June Book Discussions at the Library & Elsewhere

May 21, 2015 by Reader's Connection

We have our usual discussions and shared readings at library branches, this month; and when we add the Summer Reading Book Discussions for Teens at Southport, and the musically-inclined Adult Summer Reading Discussions–at Central Library’s East Garden, and coffee shops, and other spots around town–you’ve got the makings of a summer.

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The musical Adult Summer Reading discussions–in June those are at Hubbard & Cravens, the Eiteljorg Museum, Books & Brews, and in the East Garden–will be led by guest leaders from the Indiana Writers Center.

 

It will all begin on Monday, June 1st, with the Cooking Chats at Glendale Library. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., their theme will be “side dishes,” and three cookbooks will be featured.

The Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook

 

The Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook by Wendy Polisi

The Big Book of Sides

 

The Big Book of Sides by Rick Rodgers

Best American Side Dishes

 

Best American Side Dishes by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated

 

 

 

Susan Vreeland’s novel Clara and Mr. Tiffany will be discussed at the Franklin Road Library on Monday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Clara and Mr. TiffanyThe first thing to be said about a Vreeland novel is that the reader learns a lot from it, but the joy and delight of a Vreeland novel is that the knowledge gleaned from her beautifully articulate pages is not forced on you, not delivered as if from a podium. Welcome here to the world of Clara Driscoll, whom Vreeland has brought to light from the archives of Tiffany Glass Company to establish what is most probably her rightful place in the history of American decorative arts. This deep-reaching novel is based on the likelihood that Clara conceived the famous Tiffany leaded-glass lamp shade, which has come down from the early years of the twentieth century as the epitome of the creativity in glass for which the Tiffany outfit was known. Clara worked in the women’s studio for founder Louis Tiffany himself and struggled against the anti-female bias of the company–like that of any other company of the time, for that matter–to position herself as a first-rate artisan in her boss’ eyes. Plus, Vreeland takes Clara out of the workplace to give her a personal life quite suitable for not only the time but also her strong personality. — Booklist

Clara and Mr. Tiffany is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

 

Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings will be discussed at the Wayne Library on Monday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m.

The Invention of WingsInspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké, Kidd paints a moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery. Sarah, daughter of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, exhibits an independent spirit and strong belief in the equality of all. Thwarted from her dreams of becoming a lawyer, she struggles throughout life to find an outlet for her convictions. Handful, a slave in the Grimké household, displays a sharp intellect and brave, rebellious disposition. She maintains a compliant exterior, while planning for a brighter future. Told in first person, the chapters alternate between the two main characters’ perspectives, as we follow their unlikely friendship (characterized by both respect and resentment) from childhood to middle age. While their pain and struggle cannot be equated, both women strive to be set free–Sarah from the bonds of patriarchy and Southern bigotry, and Handful from the inhuman bonds of slavery. Kidd is a master storyteller, and, with smooth and graceful prose, she immerses the reader in the lives of these fascinating women as they navigate religion, family drama, slave revolts, and the abolitionist movement. — Booklist

The Invention of Wings is also available as a downloadable e-book, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

 

The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeannette Walls, will be discussed at Central Library on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

The Glass Castle

Walls, who spent years trying to hide her childhood experiences, allows the story to spill out in this remarkable recollection of growing up. From her current perspective as a contributor to MSNBC online, she remembers the poverty, hunger, jokes, and bullying she and her siblings endured, and she looks back at her parents: her flighty, self-indulgent mother, a Pollyanna unwilling to assume the responsibilities of parenting, and her father, troubled, brilliant Rex, whose ability to turn his family’s downward-spiraling circumstances into adventures allowed his children to excuse his imperfections until they grew old enough to understand what he had done to them–and to himself. His grand plans to build a home for the family never evolved: the hole for the foundation of the “The Glass Castle,” as the dream house was called, became the family garbage dump, and, of course, a metaphor for Rex Walls’ life. Shocking, sad, and occasionally bitter, this gracefully written account speaks candidly, yet with surprising affection, about parents and about the strength of family ties–for both good and ill. — Booklist

The Glass Castle is also available as a downloadable e-book, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

 

Dandelion Wine

On Thursday, June 4th, at 10:30 a.m., Ray Bradbury scholar Jonathan Eller will join in at the Warren Library as Bradbury’s novel Dandelion Wine is discussed.

The summer of ’28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma’s belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding–remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury. — Publisher’s note.

Dandelion Wine is also available as a downloadable audiobook and an audiobook on CD.

 

 

 

Absalom, Absalom!

The Shared Reading Group at Spades Park Library will continue to read aloud from Willam Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, and discuss it, on Fridays in June–the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th–from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

There will be a poem and a taste treat in addition to this wonderful way of experiencing a book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The What Would Jane Austen Read? Book Club will meet at the College Avenue Library on Monday, June 8th at 1:30 p.m.

Click for a schedule of WWJAR discussions.This is a group that reads selections of 18th century literature that Jane Austen might have read. Well-known novels of Burney, Edgeworth, Fielding, Defoe, Sterne and others formed our earliest reading. If you enjoy Jane Austen, you may like some of the writers who influenced her. We now are reading lesser-known works which were popular in her day . . . As these are sometimes obscure works, the library often doesn’t have copies, so our members have to use on-line sources, purchase second hand copies (under $5) or use interlibrary loan to obtain the books. — Group facilitator Elizabeth K. Jarvis

 

 

The Flanner House Library will host a discussion of J. D. Mason’s Crazy, Sexy, Revenge on Monday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Crazy, Sexy, Revenge

Jordan Gatewood’s life is falling apart. Murder, sex, betrayal, suicide–the women in his world are paying him back for all the terrible things he’s done, and they’re bringing on the drama in spades. And now with Desi Green bringing Jordan to the attention of the detective investigating his lover’s murder, his tenuous grip on control threatens to unravel completely. Desi refuses to let anyone back her into a corner. For years, people have tried to set her back and destroy her, but now, she’s ready to take it to anyone who wants to put her down, including Jordan Gatewood. — Baker & Taylor

Crazy, Sexy, Revenge is also available as a downloadable e-book.

 

 

Phil Klay’s National Book Award-winning novel Redeployment will be discussed at the Fountain Square Library on thursday, June 11th at 1:30 p.m.

RedeploymentThe Iraq War and its aftermath is the subject of this powerful and unflinching compendium, which explores the true cost of serving in combat on the human body and, more important, the human psyche. The title story focuses on the alienation of a soldier returning to domestic life after experiencing the brutality of serving on the front lines. “Money as a Weapons System” concerns a foreign service officer who discovers another side of war’s absurdity when he is forced to teach a group of Iraqis how to play baseball to satisfy the whims of a wealthy political donor. “Praying in the Furnace” movingly portrays a Catholic chaplain who comes to understand the nature of faith after all illusion is stripped away as he ministers to soldiers who face death daily. VERDICT Klay brilliantly captures the alternating terror and banality of modern war in details such as soldiers who relax by playing video games after returning to their quarters from a patrol. Harrowing at times and blackly comic at others, the author’s first collection could become for the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts what Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is for the Vietnam War. — Library Journal

Redeployment is also available as a downloadable e-book and a downloadable audiobook, and is on order as an audiobook on CD.

 

 

Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus will be discussed at the Irvington Library on Thursday, June 11th at 1:30 p.m.

The Night CircusTo enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Rêves is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear. Even though visitors believe the performances are all illusion, they are obsessively drawn to this extraordinary night circus. Those who run and perform in the circus are its lifeblood. Marco Alisdair runs the operation from London as assistant to the eccentric proprietor. Celia Bowen holds it all together from her role as illusionist. As magicians, Marco and Celia are bound to each other in a deadly competition of powers, creating ever more fantastical venues for circus goers to marvel at. But falling in love was never part of the game, and the players struggle to extricate themselves from this contest while keeping the circus afloat. Debut novelist Morgenstern has written a 19th-century flight of fancy that is, nevertheless, completely believable. — Library Journal

The Night Circus is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook, and an audiobook on CD.

 

 

The IndyPL Summer Reading Book Discussion group for Teens will devote its first discussion to Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel Sisters, on Friday, June 12th at 4:30 p.m. at the Southport Library.

SistersTwo sisters who are constantly at odds take a family road trip that covers more ground—both literally and figuratively—than they expect.After begging her parents for a sister, Raina gets more than she bargained for once Amara is born. From the moment she was brought home, Amara hasn’t been quite the cuddly playmate that Raina had hoped. As the years pass, the girls bicker constantly and apparently couldn’t be more unalike: Raina spends her time indoors underneath her headphones, and Amara loves animals and the outdoors. The girls, their mother and their little brother all pack up to drive to a family reunion, and it seems like the trip’s just going to be more of the same, with the girls incessantly picking on each other all the way from San Francisco to Colorado. However, when the trip doesn’t go quite as planned—for a number of reasons—the girls manage to find some common ground. Told in then-and-now narratives that are easily discernable in the graphic format, Telgemeier’s tale is laugh-out-loud funny (especially the story about the snake incident) and quietly serious all at once. Her rounded, buoyant art coupled with a masterful capacity for facial expressions complements the writing perfectly. — Kirkus Reviews

Sisters is also available as a downloadable e-book.

 

Helene Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road will be discussed at the Pike Library on Monday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m.

84, Charing Cross Road In June, 1971, a slim volume by a little-known, middle-aged American writer, Helene Hanff, was published in Britain. Called 84, Charing Cross Road, it was a most unlikely bestseller – simply a collection of letters between the impecunious book-lover Hanff, in New York, and the staff of Marks & Co, an antiquarian bookshop in London. The correspondence spanned two decades – from Britain’s post-war austerity to the height of the Swinging Sixties – and was full of warmth, humour and humanity. If our notion of the “special relationship” between Britain and America means anything at all, it is embodied in the pages of Hanff’s little book. — Monica Porter, writing in The Telegraph 

 

 

On Tuesday, June 16th at 10:15 a.m., Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail will be discussed at the Lawrence Library .

Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Unsentimental memoir of the author’s three-month solo hike from California to Washington along the Pacific Crest Trail. Following the death of her mother, Strayed’s life quickly disintegrated. Family ties melted away; she divorced her husband and slipped into drug use. For the next four years life was a series of disappointments . . . While waiting in line at an outdoors store, Strayed read the back cover of a book about the Pacific Crest Trail. Initially, the idea of hiking the trail became a vague apparition, then a goal. Woefully underprepared for the wilderness, out of shape and carrying a ridiculously overweight pack, the author set out from the small California town of Mojave, toward a bridge (“the Bridge of the Gods”) crossing the Columbia River at the Oregon-Washington border. Strayed’s writing admirably conveys the rigors and rewards of long-distance hiking. Along the way she suffered aches, pains, loneliness, blistered, bloody feet and persistent hunger. Yet the author also discovered a newfound sense of awe; for her, hiking the PCT was “powerful and fundamental” and “truly hard and glorious.” Strayed was stunned by how the trail both shattered and sheltered her. Most of the hikers she met along the way were helpful, and she also encountered instances of trail magic, “the unexpected and sweet happenings that stand out in stark relief to the challenges of the trail.” A candid, inspiring narrative of the author’s brutal physical and psychological journey through a wilderness of despair to a renewed sense of self. — Kirkus Reviews

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

 

note6Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See will be discussed on Thursday, June 18th, from 5:00 to 7:00. (Sound waves are all-important in this book. If you were wondering about the music thing.)
Hubbard and Cravens Coffee & Tea
4930 N. Pennsylvania Street

All the Light We Cannot SeeA novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned, Doerr’s magnificently drawn story seems at once spacious and tightly composed. It rests, historically, during the occupation of France during WWII, but brief chapters told in alternating voices give the overall–and long–­narrative a swift movement through time and events. We have two main characters, each one on opposite sides in the conflagration that is destroying Europe. Marie-Louise is a sightless girl who lived with her father in Paris before the occupation; he was a master locksmith for the Museum of Natural History. When German forces necessitate abandonment of the city, Marie-Louise’s father, taking with him the museum’s greatest treasure, removes himself and his daughter and eventually arrives at his uncle’s house in the coastal city of Saint-Malo. Young German soldier Werner is sent to Saint-Malo to track Resistance activity there, and eventually, and inevitably, Marie-Louise’s and Werner’s paths cross. It is through their individual and intertwined tales that Doerr masterfully and knowledgeably re-creates the deprived civilian conditions of war-torn France and the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers. — Booklist

All the Light We Cannot See is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook, and an audiobook on CD.

 

 

On Monday, June 22nd, at 4:00 p.m., Gayle Forman’s If I Stay will be the second entry in Southport‘s Summer Reading Book Discussion for Teens.

If I StayThe last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents’ corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (“Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this”), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia’s thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager’s life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia’s singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold’s adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: “Please don’t die. If you die, there’s going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school,” prays Mia’s friend Kim. “I know you’d hate that kind of thing.” Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living. – Publishers Weekly

If I Stay is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook, and an audiobook on CD.

 

 

The Spades Park Library will host a discussion of Jason Mott’s The Wonder of All Things on Wenesday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m.

The Wonder of All ThingsAva Campbell, 13, and her best friend, Wash, watch as a plane at a local air show plummets from the sky. It crashes into the crowd and traps the two in the rubble of the observation tower. As crews race to reach them, a traumatized Ava reaches out and heals a severely injured Wash. The miraculous feat is captured on video and goes viral, turning the small town of Stone Temple, NC, into a frenzied mess of media, desperate people, and religious leaders. Suddenly, Ava is a “miracle child,” and her future is being debated by doctors who want to study her, preachers who want to use her, and her father, the local sheriff, who doesn’t know how to handle the sudden fame. Each time Ava heals, she gets weaker, and no one around her seems to see or care except Wash, and her pregnant stepmother, who is terrified of losing another baby. With time running out, Ava’s choices will decide the future of her loved ones and how far she’s willing to go to save them. Mott delivers a poignant tale of love, loss, and miracles with crossover appeal for teen and Christian fiction readers even though religion is not shown in a favorable light through the lens of television ministry. — Library Journal

The Wonder of All Things is also available as a downloadable e-book, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

 

note6Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks will be discussed on Wednesday, June 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street

Musicophilia

Avid readers of Sacks’s other work will delight in this treatment of the neurology of music. Those in the fields of psychology and physiology have written books about music’s effect on the brain, but none of those works is as readable, and few are as insightful, as this one. Sacks argues that human neurology is designed for music in the same way it is designed for language. Until quite recently, scientists learned about the normal human brain primarily by studying brains gone awry. Sacks acknowledges that technological innovations will reveal much about the brain, but he believes that case histories are equally legitimate sources of information. The case histories included here include a man who could remember nothing but music for more than seconds, a man struck by lightning who took up the piano, and a woman plagued by musical hallucinations. Sacks also includes general examinations of intriguing topics–absolute pitch, synaesthesia, amusia, music “stuck” in one’s head. But the book’s best quality is Sacks’s clear, probing, yet compassionate writing. He demonstrates how understanding human engagement with music can help one understand the meaning of being human. — Choice

Musicophilia is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook, and an audiobook on CD.

 

Portal, the Indianapolis Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion Group, will meet at the Glendale Library on Sunday, June 28th at 1:00 p.m. The theme for this program will be “Aliens Who Visit Us Quietly.”

Jean Kwok’s Mambo in Chinatown will be discussed on Monday, June 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Books and Brews
9401 Uptown Drive
Suite 1400

Mambo in ChinatownClumsy 22-year-old Charlie Wong had hoped to become a noodle maker, like her famous father, but instead toils away night and day as a dishwasher in New York City’s Chinatown. Her mother, once a star dancer for the Beijing Ballet, passed away when Charlie was 14, and she has spent the years since looking after her younger sister, Lisa. And it’s Lisa who recognizes that Charlie’s job saps all of her happiness and energy. Lisa encourages Charlie to accept a receptionist’s position at a ballroom dance studio in Midtown Manhattan, and, for the first time, Charlie begins to realize that she may have inherited her mother’s talent. Soon she is entirely transformed, teaching beginning students and competing in a dance competition. Not everyone is happy with the change, especially her father. Drawing on her newfound confidence, Charlie attempts to navigate the great divide between Eastern and Western cultures . . . Kwok infuses her heartwarming story with both the sensuality of dance and the optimism of a young woman coming into her own. — Booklist

Mambo in Chinatown is also available as a downloadable e-book and a downloadable audiobook, and is on order as an audiobook on CD and in large print.

 

 

Jan Karon’s Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good will be discussed at the Southport Library on Monday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Somewhere Safe With Somebody GoodThere are few more difficult transitions for a working person than that of retirement. Some embrace it wholeheartedly; others wonder, “What am I to do?” As Karon (In the Company of Others, 2010) continues her beloved Mitford series, Father Tim Kavanagh finds himself in the latter camp now that he’s no longer parish priest for the Lord’s Chapel. He’s tried traveling to Ireland with his bride, Cynthia, only to find his inclination to step in to help those in need is a natural one. How then to help himself to some well-earned leisure time when the good citizens of Mitford still rely on him to fix their daily problems, from the quotidian to the life-threatening? As the town’s newspaper asks the editorial question, “Does Mitford take care of its own?,” the answer comes with every encounter with Father Tim. Loyal fans of Karon’s Mitford novels and Father Tim will be delighted once again to spend time in this quintessential American village with its leading citizen and his colorful coterie of friends, family, and dependent souls. — Booklist

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

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Call Me Up in Dreamland: Getting Ready for Spirit and Place.

May 19, 2015 by Reader's Connection

The theme for the 2015 Spirit & Place festival is going to be “Dream.” I think they’re going to be dealing with waking dreams more than the ones we dream while sleeping; but my perhaps misguided way of getting into the festival spirit is to once again keep a tablet by my bedside and write down my night-dreams.

And not only that. To show you how excited I am, here’s a list of five reasons, besides Spirit & Place, why I’m going to read The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud in 2015.

 

1. The copy of Freud’s book that I plan to read was translated from the German by A. A. Brill. I can use this to help me with the Read Harder Challenge, as a “book that was originally published in another language.”

 

 

High Water Mark2. It’s embarrassing that I haven’t read this fundamental work. The Read Harder Challenge has me reading a number of books that I should have read ages ago. Even if the maid in David Shumate’s poem “Mornings with Freud” thinks that Freud is “some dirty old man,” she also allows that he might be “a pillar of modern thought.”

 

Fear and Trembling3. I have always been moved by Søren Kierkegaard’s words in his book Fear and Trembling. “No one today wants to read Freud. Everyone wants to go further. Surely it is a sign of breeding and culture on my part to assume that everyone has read Freud, for otherwise it would be strange for them to be going further.”
Okay, Kierkegaard didn’t say that about Freud. He was writing about people who want to go further than having faith in God. But I’m guessing that the words apply to reading Freud, that people who “go further” than Freud while knowing nothing about him are kidding themselves.

The Interpretation of Dreams4. In the past, I have never gotten farther than the early pages of the book, where Freud is insisting that dreams always are a form of wish-fulfillment, and that they are always made of from materials that the dreamer experienced during the previous day.

Why should I read this book, I have always asked myself, when this man is so confused? I sometimes don’t understand a dream until I read an article or see something happening the next day. My Dreaming-Part (or unconscious, or whatever) is not bound by the same laws of time and space that bind our waking lives. And my dreams go much deeper than wish-fulfillment.

The parade in my dream was more like the Rose Bowl Parade, but I’m using the Indianapolis 500 parade in this picture. ‘Tis the season. You can click on the picture to see a few moments of the library’s float in the 2012 parade, but unfortunately my wish-fulfilling 10 won’t appear.

I was thinking these thoughts the other day, planning to blog about them, when the following happened: (a) I published a blog post about a novel. (b) I hoped, as I always do, that someone would read the post and request the book. (3) That night, I dreamed that ten requests had been placed on the book, and this was such a big deal that the number 10 went by in some parade, spelled out in birthday candles.

I feel that my Dreaming-Part, which has a sense of humor, was telling me: Glenn, Glenn, Glenn. You don’t think your dreams have to do with wish-fulfillment? You call yourself deep? Get off your butt and read Freud.

 

The Interpretation of Dreams: The Illustrated Edition5. Even writers who put Freud down think I should read him. Here:

I ask you to set aside any of  your prejudices, for or against Freud, in favor of the treat of simply reading this book as a great work of literature, an example of the flowering of the human mind that took place more than one hundred years ago.

That’s Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, from his introduction to The Interpretation of Dreams: The Illustrated Edition; and the words are pretty funny, coming from Masson. He tore Freud apart, years ago, in ways that are described in Janet Malcolm’s book In the Freud Archives. This illustrated Interpretation is full of paintings and essays by other psychologists. I can’t fit it into my book bag, but it might help you read the book.

James Hillman, the author of my favorite book on the subject, The Dream and the Underworld, tells us in his first chapter that he wants to take dream interpretation in a whole different direction than that proposed by Freud or Carl Jung; but he also says that the psychological field we till is the very same field worked by Freud and by Jung. It is, in fact, their field.

And Rodger Kamenetz, the author of The History of Last Night’s Dream, speaks in this YouTube (click the picture) of how he has wrestled victoriously with Freud, how he has brought Freud down. He’s smiling, and the audience chuckles, but he means it.

Later, though (the YouTube is an hour long), he talks about Freud’s incredible accomplishment in delving into dream work.  “Freud had no Freud.” Kamenetz feels that Genesis is the first great dream work of the western world, and Freud’s Interpretation is the second.

 

The Interpretation of DreamsOops. I had a dream last Saturday night which didn’t make sense until certain things happened Sunday morning. And there wasn’t a gram of wish-fulfillment.

But still. Here I go. Wish me luck. Another copy of this edition will be coming to the library, soon, and there are other editions. Search freud interpretation dreams in our catalog.

Apologies to anyone who was hoping that this post would be about the Van Morrison song, “Call Me Up in Dreamland,” which is available on the album His Band and the Street Choir.

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Cinderella in Print and Film

May 15, 2015 by Reader's Connection

From Selector Jessica Lawrence:

With Disney’s recent release of their live-action Cinderella adaptation in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the 1950 animated release, now is the perfect time to revisit some of our favorite fairy tale retellings and adaptations. Check out some of these Cinderella adaptations in print and film!

BOOKS

 

A Girl Like Me

 

A Girl Like Me by Ni-Ni Simone

 

 

 

Ash

 

Ash by Malinda Lo

 

 

 

Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella

 

Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella by Cameron Dokey

 

 

 

Bound

 

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

 

 

 

Cinder

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 

 

 

Cinderella: An Islamic Tale

 

Cinderella: An Islamic Tale retold by Fawzia Gilani

 

 

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

 

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love by Chris Roberson

 

 

 

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior

 

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan

 

 

 

Cinderella: Stories Around the World

 

Cinderella: Stories Around the World by Cari Meister

 

 

 

Cinderella Unmasked

 

Cinderella Unmasked by Bonnie Dee and Marie Treanor

 

 

 

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

 

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

 

 

Cyber Cinderella

 

Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson

 

 

 

Just Ella

 

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

 

 

 

Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses

 

Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

 

 

 

Redneck Cinderella

 

Redneck Cinderella by LuAnn McLane

 

 

 

The Captive Maiden

 

The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

 

 

 

The Cinderella Deal

 

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

 

 

 

The Cinderella Hour

 

The Cinderella Hour by Katherine Stone

 

 

 

The Cinderella Society

 

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

 

 

 

The Fairy Godmother

 

The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

 

 

 

Wayfarer: A Tale of Beauty and Madness

 

Wayfarer: A Tale of Beauty and Madness by Lili St. Crow

 

 

 

FILMS

 

A Cinderella Story

 

A Cinderella Story

 

 

 

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

 

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

 

 

 

A Princess for Christmas

 

A Princess for Christmas

 

 

 

Another Cinderella Story

 

Another Cinderella Story

 

 

 

Ashpet: An American Cinderella

 

Ashpet: An American Cinderella

 

 

 

Disney's Cinderella

 

Cinderella (Walt Disney)

 

 

 

 

Cinderella (1957 ballet)

 

Cinderella (Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet -1957)

 

 

 

Cinderella (1989 ballet)

 

Cinderella (Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet -1989)

 

 

 

Cinderella (2011 ballet)

 

Cinderella (Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet – 2011)

 

 

 

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True & Cinderella III: A Twist of Fate

 

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True & Cinderella III: A Twist of Fate

 

 

 

Cinderella: Once Upon a Time in The West

 

Cinderella: Once Upon a Time in The West

 

 

 

Ella Enchanted

 

Ella Enchanted

 

 

 

Enchanted

 

Enchanted

 

 

 

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

 

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

 

 

 

Into the Woods

 

Into the Woods (1990)

 

 

 

Into the Woods

 

Into the Woods (2014)

 

 

 

La Cenerentola

 

La Cenerentola (Gioacchino Rossini’s opera)

 

 

 

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella>

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1957 – Julie Andrews, Edie Adams)

 

 

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella  (1997 – Brandy, Whitney Houston)

 

 

 

The Chipettes: The Glass Slipper Collection

 

The Chipettes: The Glass Slipper Collection

 

 

 

The Slipper and the Rose

 

The Slipper and the Rose

 

 

 

You can check out all of these titles and more at the Indianapolis Public Library!

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