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Apr 10
2013

Travel the world without ever leaving home!

Posted by amy in Reviews & Recommended Books

Get out of town with a good book!

Check out these travel narratives available at the library...

 In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson.  A funny and factual account of his trip to Australia by America’s premier travel writing humorist. BASM 919.4 BRY

· Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author leaves her entire life behind and takes a year to travel the world and focus on food, faith and love. BASM B GIL

· Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.  Steinbeck chronicles his trip across America aboard his camper, Rosinante with his poodle, Charley during one of the most tumultuous times in our nations history. BASM 973.92 STE

· Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.  (from amazon.com) B STR

Or explore the joys of staying home…

· Where the  Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living & Writing in the West by Wallace Stegner. BASM 813.52 STE

· Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes BASM 945.5 MAY

 

 

Apr 04
2013

Amy Suggests...

Posted by amy in Reviews & Recommended Books

You may have seen the book recommendations in the Waitsburg Times today from Amy Rosenberg, the new branch manager. If you haven't, here they are!

The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver

A lacuna is a missing part, a cavity, an emptiness defined by the things that surround it. There are many lacunae in Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, but perhaps the most apparent is it’s narrator, Harrison Shepherd. We know facts about him, like that he was born in the US and grew up in Mexico. He was a cook for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. He wrote torrid novels about Mexican history. But we find out who he is only peripherally, by what is unsaid and what he says about others.


But it is through Shepherds journals and letters, along with some real newspaper articles that Kingsolver pieces together the story. It begins when Shepherd is a child, in a hacienda surrounded by howler monkeys on Isla Pixol in 1929.  As the novel progresses Shepherd becomes part of the lives of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. Yet, in the tumultuous Rivera/Kahlo household, Shepherd remains apart. He keeps his head down and his pen busy. After the assassination of Trotsky, he moves to the US. There, he lives as a recluse until called before the House Un-American Activities Committee to give testimony about life among the Trotskyites.


Librarian and human action figure, Nancy Pearl, says that readers usually enter a book through one of four doorways, Character, Story (or plot), Setting or Language. Reading The Lacuna is like entering all four doorways at once. The characters are alive and richly painted. The story is fascinating, heartbreaking and complex. Despite it’s length (and it is long, folks) I read it in just a few days. The setting is lush and sensuous. The language is gorgeous. I’ve always been a big fan of Barbara Kingsolver’s and The Lacuna is I think, her best work.


The Great House, By Nicole Krauss

The Great House is comprised of 4 stories centered around an antique writing desk. The desk itself is “an enormous, foreboding thing that bore down on the occupants of the room it inhabited, pretending to be inanimate but, like a Venus’ flytrap, ready to pounce on them and digest them via one of its many little terrible drawers.” One of which is forever locked. The desk is an omnipresent feature in the book and in the lives of the characters who live around it.


Nicole Krauss is spectacularly gifted at weaving together the threads of disparate narratives into a wondrous, heartbreaking whole. The Great House is, in essence, a mystery. Like the desk with the locked drawer, it doesn’t give its secrets up easily. In the beginning, it’s unclear how these characters relate to one another. Gradually, as the connections between them become clear and as the mysteries slowly reveal themselves, we are left with a sense of having touched something important.


Krauss is a young writer and The Great House is her third book. Her second book, History of Love, is an amazing piece of fiction, one of my all-time favorites. She is an exceptionally talented story teller, but it’s her descriptions and her use of the language that will break your heart. Then mend it, and break it again.

 

Apr 03
2013

Books "for Dummies" on a Wide Range of Topics!

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

Did you know we have a HUGE selection of "Dummies" books? Topics ranging from computer help to animals, speaking a foreign language to coaching a football team. :)

(top shelf) iPod & iTunes for Dummies, Grant Writing for Dummies, QuickBooks 2011 for Dummies, Laptops for Seniors for Dummies, Kindle Fire for Dummies, Laptops for Dummies

(bottom shelf) Basic Math & Pre-Algebra for Dummies, Organic Chemistry I for Dummies, Weather for Dummies, Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies, Windows 8 for Dummies, Art History for Dummies

Apr 03
2013

New Books for March 2013

Posted by heather in New Books

New books for March! 

371 titles added between March 1st and March 31st, including Westerns, Teen books, North West titles, and Audiobooks on CD.

Mar 27
2013

Graphic Novels Galore!

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

Did you know we have an entire graphic novel collection? Comics, manga, illustrated versions of classics, and more for all ages and reading levels! Just ask at the front desk and we'll show you where. :)

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Featuring:

(Top shelf) A Game of Thrones, Superman Grounded, The Outfit, The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song, Embroideries, and The Walking Dead Compendium 1.

(Bottom Shelf) Frankenstein, Gulliver's Travels, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days,  Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Mysterious Island, Tom Sawyer, The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Redmoon, and New Spring

Mar 26
2013

Surplus Items for March 25, 2013

Posted by heather in Announcements

Surplus Item list

(MS Word document)

Mar 13
2013

Connect Safely.org

Posted by heather in Link of the Month

Today's Teen Tech Week bit of trivia is a shout-out to the non-profit organization Connect Safely. With all the new forms of social media floating around, it's good to know ways you can keep your data and personal information safer.

http://connectsafely.org/safety-tips-and-advice.html

Mar 12
2013

Teen Tech Week Scavenger Hunt!

Posted by heather in Events

Teens: Are you computer savvy?

This week is a celebration of all things technological! Check back here for fun trivia, online privacy tips, digital services, and more!

Also, participate in our online scavenger hunt for a chance at  prizes! Pick up a hint sheet at the front desk and turn in or submit your answers via email (heather@daytonwa.net) by Saturday, March 16th, at noon!

Mar 08
2013

March is Women's History Month

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

March is Women's History Month! Throughout American History, women have worked in the home, in the fields, and then in the factories with the advent of war.

Featured Books:

  • Top shelf...
    • "Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman" by Charles East
    • "During the War, Women Went to Work" by The Voice of WWII Project (DVD)
    • "Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman's Work" by Mari Grana
  • Bottom shelf...
    • "Women in Pacific Northwest History" edited by Karen J. Blair
    • "Women's Votes, Women's Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington" by Shanna Stevenson
    • "More than Petticoats: Remarkable Washington Women" by L.E. Bragg
    • "Wily Women of the West" by Grace Ernestine Ray
    • "The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: Not For Ourselves Alone" by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes for PBS (DVD)
    • "Rebel for Rights: Abigail Scott Duniway" by Ruth Barnes Moynihan

You may place any of these titles on hold via our online card catalog, or by giving us a call at 509-382-4131.

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Mar 01
2013

New Books for February 2013

Posted by heather in New Books

And we have lots more New Books for February!

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