Library Column – February 2, 2007

You are all invited to an Open House at the library to hear all about the proposed move to the Warren
Town Hall. Come by anytime between 5 pm and 8 pm on February 8th—and there will be refreshments along with the information.

I’m still doing a radio program, but it was taking too much of my library time, so I’ve switched to a once a month schedule. I’ll be on the air (WMRW 95.1 FM) from 11 to noon on January 19th to talk about some New York Times notable books.

And here is what I’ve been soaking up over the last couple of weeks:

The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho. So, what do you do if the devil shows up in a small rural town and offers the folks a big heap of money—all they have to do is murder someone? A cautionary tale about temptation, and the fine line between good and evil.

Delivering Justice: All the King’s Men: Picking Up the Pieces (DVD).  From the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, describing the help available for victims of mail and Internet scams. We have a set of seven of these DVDs on various types of fraud and scams.

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness (DVD). The amazing story of a Japanese diplomat who wrote thousands of transit visas for Jewish refugees who escaped through Russia to Japan. Although the Japanese were allies of the Germans, they refused to cooperate in the murder of Jews and all of the refugees survived the war. An aspect of the Japanese role in World War II that was completely new to me and quite interesting.

Warriors’ Women by Dorothy Tod (DVD). Documentary about Vietnam vets and their wives. Sadly relevant, as a new group of vets are coming home from another war and some of them will probably have similar problems.

Personal Training with Chris Freytag: Create Your Own Customized Workout from Prevention Fitness Systems (DVD). One of several exercise videos we own. This one offers different exercise sequences for particular goals and includes beginner’s level movements on the trickier exercises.  

Indiscretion by Jude Morgan. Costume drama about a young woman with a feckless, optimistic father, so she takes a job as a companion. Well-written, cleverly plotted and entertaining, for those who like romantic historical novels.

Nathalie Dupree Cooks Quick Meals for Busy Days. I’ve been feeling guilty that I never review cookbooks, so I tried…but it didn’t work out. I am incapable of following a recipe as written, so how can I comment on the quality of the recipes since I didn’t actually follow them? Seems like a pretty good cookbook for people in a hurry—is the best I can come up with. We do have a good cookbook section (don’t forget to also look in the New Books area) and three excellent cooks’ magazines, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and Eating Well.

The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer. For everyone who has ever felt that they do not deserve to be loved and appreciated…because they are fat. A fun novel with a bitter twist from the author of the Bubbles books.

The Exonerated (DVD). Originally performed on stage and transformed into a compelling movie. True stories of six people who were convicted of murder, condemned to death and then exonerated after many years on death row.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. True story of a mountain climber who found his true vocation in building co-ed schools in the remotest areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Inspiring and fascinating.

The Devil in the Junior League by Linda Francis Lee. Frede Ware had a perfect life…until her husband left her, stole her money AND threatened her social position in the Junior League. The ups and downs of rich women inTexas. Funny and silly (and made me very glad I live in Vermont and not that other place).

See you at the library!

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