Library Column–July 8, 2005

DVD Collection

Not long ago I requested DVD donations to start a collection at the library. I’m delighted to report that we’ve received 7 and they are on the shelf and ready to be checked out. Look in the video section. The new DVDs are listed on our web site and are also included in our video list at the library (look for DVD next to the titles). I will also be buying some DVDs over the next few months so let me know what you’d like to see and I’ll try to find it for you.

Mad River Green Farmers’ Market

The book sale booth run by the Friends of the Warren Library has been at the market three Saturdays and four more Saturdays are scheduled. Browse and buy books on July 23rd, August 13th, September 3rd and October 8th. Our selection includes hardcover books at $1.00, mass market paperbacks at 25¢ and plenty of children’s books at 50¢ for hardbound and 25¢ for paperbacks. We have general fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, cookbooks, gardening books, craft books and weird, miscellaneous unclassified books. Not to mention our sturdy Warren Public Library book bags at $5.00!

Visit New York (in Fiction)

I’ve been digging into some escapist summer reading and just realized that three of the books take place in New York City. Personally I think NYC is more fun to read about than it is to visit, so for those of you who share my preference, here are some free magic carpet trips to the metropolis. First, try Jackfish by J Milligan: a truly weird book. The plot premise is that Atlantis still exists at the bottom of the ocean, where it is inhabited by human beings who have adapted to living under water. Jackfish is a secret agent who has been sent the surface to assassinate a bad guy. He has to learn how to breathe, avoid the agents of the Maltese (the only folks who know about Atlantis), save the beautiful girl from death, and so on and on. A fun read. Next, try Book Doctor by Esther Cohen. Arlette Rosen makes her living helping frustrated writers turn their ideas into books. A large portion of the book consists of letters written by these frustrated writers, asking if Arlette will (for a fee) take on sorting out their projects. The rest of the book consists of the story of Arlette’s interaction with an aspiring writer who in real life is a tax lawyer and Arlette’s occasional interaction with her own real life (but does she have one?). Our tour of NYC finishes with a trip back in time: One Sunday Morning by Amy Ephron takes us to 1926. Think short skirts, Prohibition, sexual liberation (but only a dab), scandal, gossip and secrets. As a bonus, several of the main characters end up in Paris, via a trans-Atlantic trip on an ocean liner. Travel just ain’t what it used to be: "The first class section was richly furnished with silk couches, crystal chandeliers and Aubusson carpets. The Grand Salon had a beveled glass ceiling that was cut into sections like a dome and an enormous fireplace with a carved mantel that burned, from six a.m. to midnight, cherry wood and pine…a gymnasium with a weight-reduction machine that resembled a large rubber band that fit around one’s rear, barbells, a squash court, an enormous tiled swimming pool and a bevy of masseuses at one’s beck and call, a library with books in seven languages, a formal ballroom with a twelve-piece orchestra and dancing every night, a French chef and an Italian chef, and an acting troupe on board."

See you at the library! The best place to find your (free) summer reading!

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