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
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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
"Me before You: a novel" by Jojo Moyes
Me before You is the story of Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. “Lou” is a small town British girl, living with her zany family, and a waitress in a small Tea Shoppe. She answers an ad in the paper for a companion to a young man, and is hired for her likability and cheerfulness. Will, who was once a very active man, had an accident and is now a quadriplegic. His depression and sorrow are understood, but his mother would like him to live life in a different way. What follows is a combining of heart and soul, as these two unlikely people share their lives careening toward an unbelievable ending.
"The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier
In the early 1850’s Quaker sisters, Honor and Grace Bright, set sail for America. They begin a journey to Ohio where Grace will marry Adam Cox, a Quaker, who has settled near Oberlin, Ohio. In Pennsylvania Grace contacts Yellow Fever and dies. With the help of strangers, Honor continues to Ohio. Her arrival, instead of her sister Grace, is an unwelcome surprise to the small Cox household. While Honor struggles to adapt to the Quaker Community in America, she, unwittingly, becomes involved with the Underground Railroad. Once again, Tracy Chevalier has written an informative and compelling historical novel.
"The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis
This novel by a debut author is written in a thoughtful and very approachable style. The story is told through a series of vignettes focusing on Hattie and her eleven children and one of her grandchildren. While it is a relatively quick and easy read, it packs a big punch as the author weaves you through the years and the lives of Hattie's family. The novel is extremely compelling and I would highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor or Sandra Cisneros.