Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Opera with Christopher Purdy. We have chosen Puccini’s Turandot. Set in China and performed in... more
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Come discuss the best books you haven’t heard of yet! This quarter’s featured book is The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon.... more
The Adult Readers' Blog
All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. –James Thurber
John Kenney's Truth in Advertising won the 2014 Thurber Award for American Humor . The book is about an ad man's attempt to discover what he is “running from, and to, and why” as he struggles to create a Super Bowl commercial while dealing with his estranged father's death.
- March: Marisa de los Santos
- April: Joseph Kanon
Want to pitch the Super Bowl this year? Here are some popular alternatives. The Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl sites have live web cams but they come with commercials too.
- 14 Books You Could Read In The Time It Takes to Watch the Super Bowl
- Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl, Fish Bowl
- You can pitch the game and go straight to the pitches (and the latest apologies) at Super Bowl Commercials Dot Org. Back in the day kids, before the Internet, I used to go to art house theaters and watch films that collected all the best ads from around the world. It was all about the creativity and it was fun.
On this day in 1915, Congress merged the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S.... Read more
"My Mother was Nuts" by Penny Marshall
Comedian/director Marshall writes very openly on her life experiences growing up in the Bronx, getting pregnant and married young in New Mexico, her marriage to Rob Reiner, friendship with Carrie Fisher, and relationship with Art Garfunkel. Marshall revisits tough subjects like abortion, drugs, lack of mothering skills, and her now fading health. Great stories abound of her time spent on TV shows, movies, and her career as a movie director. Marshall's humor is how she gets through the difficult stuff and lives with a simple motto: “try hard, help your friends, don't get too crazy, and have fun.”
"The Dinner" by Herman Koch
It begins with dinner at a high-end restaurant in Amsterdam. Two brothers, Paul and Serge, and their wives meet to discuss their teenage sons. It is quickly apparent this is no ordinary discussion. What have the cousins done? What is to be done about it? Slowly the tension builds and the reader becomes anxious as the story unfolds. The ending is a stunner!
"The Perks of Being a Wall Flower" by Stephen Chbodky
After his friend Michael commits suicide, Charlie must begin his first year of high school alone. He begins to write letters to an anonymous friend. It is through these letters we learn about Charlie, his family, friends, mentor and life. This is a well-written, articulate, funny, and poignant coming-of-age book.