Library Column – September 7, 2006

Mark your calendars! Meeting about the future of the Warren Public Library, Thursday, September 28, 6 PM in the Town Hall.

Help needed—we are starting to do some book repairs and we need a few supplies. If you have any of these items sitting around unused, please give us a call at 496-3913. Needed: Good scissors, quality ruler, Exacto knife (extra blades and sharpener, too), heavy-duty plastic tablecloth, baby or hand wipes, pen with fine point and silver ink. Thanks in advance!

More eclectic reading, and now, watching. I just acquired a teensy little DVD player so I can review and, hopefully, enjoy the library’s growing DVD collection. We are always happy to accept donations of DVDs, if you have any that you would like to share.

The God Theory: Universes, Zero-point Fields, and What’s Behind it All by Bernard Haisch. Is there a third way between religion and materialism? Bernard Haisch attempts to lay down a reasoning basis for a belief in God. His major argument is that mind causes matter, matter doesn’t cause mind. Considering the subject matter, a brief and amazingly readable book.

The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A controversial book by a formerly Muslim woman, born in Somalia and now a member of the Dutch Parliament. Ayaan argues vigorously for an end to religious tolerance which, in practice, gives a free pass to brutality against women and girls.

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses (DVD).  These stories are common to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Gorgeous scenery, fascinating history and (my favorite part) a 1700 year old monastery library in the Sinai Desert, complete with what may be the original burning bush!

Murder on the Aisle (audio cassettes). Short stories with a common theme of death and theater, read by a selection of actors. Not really mysteries in the sense of having a puzzle to solve, just entertaining shorts.

Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris. Someone is trying to destroy a snobbish boy’s school. A creepy story told in alternating chapters by the villain and the villain’s main opponent.

Which Brings Me to You by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott. A rather old-fashioned book, as it is written almost entirely in letters, but also a new-fangled book, as it is written in alternation by two authors, a man and a woman. Frank talk about sex and love and relationships and honesty and family and fear of connection and fear of being alone.

Digging to America by Anne Tyler (audio CD and book). How do you become an American? The families in this book are “American” and Iranian and they are adopting baby girls from Asia. A gentle, thoughtful look at the customs and habits and beliefs of people about their identities and bonds.

Un-Bridaled by Eileen Rendahl. A funny/sad/wacky book about a young woman who flees her own wedding at the very last moment. Themes include family, hidden truths, finding your path through life and pets. 

See you at the library!

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