Here are links to the best seller lists for June 22, 2014.
photograph from New York World-Telegram June 6, 1944, via Library of Congress
Seventy years ago today, General Dwight D. Eisenhower led Operation Overlord, in which Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in order to free Western Europe from the Nazi control. The five beaches were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. On D-Day alone, 2,500 Allied troops lost their lives and 8,500 were injured.
Remember this historic event with these resources, courtesy of your Waltham Public Library.
- Check out our display in the reference area. It contains several books about the event as well as copies of The New York Times front pages from June 6, 7, and 8 of 1944.
- Reserve or check out one of these books from the library:
- Download an e-book or downloadable audiobook. Click here for help on using the digital media catalog.
- Check out these documentaries and feature films. Documentaries can circulate for three weeks and are free of charge. Feature films cost can circulate for one week and cost $1.00. (Unless it’s Thursday, then you can take two films for $1.00!)
- Use our Historic Newspaper Database to view front pages from June 1944
- D-Day Related Records at the National Archives and Records Administration
posted by Laura
Here are links to the best seller lists for June 1, 2014
Here are links to the best seller lists for the week of May 25, 2014
As you prepare for the long weekend, check out what some members of our staff are reading or enjoying from our DVD collection:
- Lisa: “I just read the Dairy Queen series (YA): Dairy Queen, The Off Season and Front and Center. They were fabulous!”
- Gerry C.: Gerry is listening to Missing You by Harlan Coben and W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton. “Coben doesn’t disappoint!” Gerry is also reading The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida.
- Laura: “I just finished The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh, a great suggestion from my co-worker, Nancy D! I also recently read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, a YA/adult hybrid about a fan fiction writer navigating her way through her freshman year of college and family struggles. I just started Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise by Sam Irvin, a biography of the author of my favorite children’s series.”
- Virginia: “Here’s what I just finished reading:
- Field of Prey John Sandford’s 24th ‘Prey’ series featuring Minnesota police investigator Lucas Davenport. It was like all of his books a non-stop read but it is a little grisly so reader beware.
- Finding Me the true story by Michelle Knight who was kidnapped & held prisoner in a Cleveland neighborhood for 11 years. It pulls no punches & is extremely violent. But it is also enlightening as to how much a person can go thru yet remain hopeful that the bad times will finally end & good will survive.
- Daniel Palmer’s thriller Desperate. I couldn’t put it down. An Arlington Mass. couple arrange for a young. woman to bear them a child but then something goes terribly wrong. The narrator actually works in Waltham. I finished this in one day. There is a totally unexpected twist at the ending which will leave you saying “Wow!”.
- Girl at the End of the World by Elizabeth Esther, a true story about a woman who was raised in a Christian cult & the religious abuse she suffered. Even after she left the cult the teachings haunted her & controlled her life. This is about her liberation from a cruel background which she had to fight to overcome.
- Pat O: Pat is almost finished with North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo. “It’s a good story with lots of local color.”
- Janice: “My most recent read was The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel. This was the basis for the movie-fascinating story of the little-known near loss of art pieces during WWII.”
- Jacquie: Jacquie is reading The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
- Libby: Libby has just read Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara, just watched Going Postal and is listening to the music CD The Outsiders by Eric Church.
- Paula: Paula recently read The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian, a historical mystery taking place in 1943 Italy.
- Marie: Marie has recently shared that she will be re-reading her favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
- Nancy D.: “I am currently reading My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner.”
- Maureen: Maureen just finished reading The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh and is currently reading The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. She is listening to The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult on Playaway and just finished listening to The Ripper by Isabel Allende, courtesy of our digital media catalog!
I didn’t think I liked YA fiction. I took a class on it in library school and didn’t like many of the books we read. However, the library recently ordered over 100 digital items (downloadable electronic books and audiobooks) from the high school’s Summer Reading lists. These items become available to Waltham patrons through our digital catalog the day after they are purchased. However, we also enter them into our entire catalog so that people can know their different options (print, audiobook, downloadable e-book, and/or downloadable audiobook) when they search for a title. This has been my job for the summer reading items. My reaction to the descriptions of multiple of the realistic fiction titles has been “Ooh, I might have to read that.” Even though my teens were half my lifetime ago, the experiences of and challenges faced by the protagonists in these stories speak to issues I have faced and/or continue to face. I have already stayed up too late reading a couple of them.
If you want to try these or other items from our digital collection you will need to sign in with your card number and PIN number. If you don’t have a PIN already you can set it up through the Minuteman catalog or ask a staff member to assist you. **Note: It is best to sign in right when you enter the digital catalog because many of the items on the list are only available to Waltham patrons and you will not see them listed until you sign in.
Posted by Lisa
Here are the links to the best seller lists for the week of May 18, 2014.
Members of the library staff have been spending the last year reading books relating to various genres, so that we can help suggest the perfect books for you to read! This last month, we read novels that take place in New England. Here is a sampling:
- Staff Pick: The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor
Hardcover, Paperback, Feature Film
This novel, loosely based on the life of Boston mayor James Michael Curley, tells the story of a longtime mayor in an unnamed East Coast city, his attempt for re-election, and the end of a political era.
readalikes: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Rascal King by Jack Beatty, All Souls by Michael Patrick Macdonald
- Doreen’s Pick: The Good House by Ann Leary
Hardcover, Paperback, Large Print, Audio CD, Playaway
Hildy is a real estate agent and a recovering alcoholic dealing with small town life in the fictional town of Wendover, Massachusetts.readalikes: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry, The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
- Jeanette’s Pick: The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Hardcover, Paperback, Large Print, Audio CD, Español, русский
While hiking in Maine and wanting some peace away from her brother and mother, Trisha gets lost in the woods. All she has for company is her walkman radio and she spends the time listening to Red Sox broadcasts, featuring her the exploits of her favorite player, closer Tom Gordon. A must for late 1990’s Red Sox fans, devoted listeners to Joe Castiglione, and anyone who knows the Giant Glass jingle by heart.
readalikes: False Memory by Dean Koontz, The Empty Chair by Bruce Wagner, She Walks these Hills by Sharyn McCrumb
- Gerry’s Pick: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Original I-Universe edition, Simon and Schuster edition, Large Print, Audio CD
Fifty year old Alice Howland, a Harvard professor, finds her life changed when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Lisa Genova is a native of Waltham.
readalikes: The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
- Laura’s Pick: Revere Beach Boulevard by Roland Merullo
Father Dom of Revere recounts four days in the life of the Revere based Imbesalacqua family, through the voices of the family members and their extended associates.
readalikes: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
- Laura’s Pick: My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Three friends from Brookline, TC, Augie, and Alejandra, write about their ninth grade year. The book is written in alternating viewpoints and features e-mails, diary entries, as well as traditional narratives. Fun fact: TC’s full first name is Tony Conigliaro.
readalikes: P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
- Louise’s Pick: Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Original 1956 edition, Hardcover (contains Return to Peyton Place), Paperback, Feature Film, Television Show
This is the classic soap opera novel, detailing the lives of Peyton Place, a fictional New England town.
readalikes: The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann, Empire Falls by Richard Russo, The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Carolyn Chute, Colony by Anne Rivers Siddons
- Maureen’s Pick: Run by Ann Patchett
Hardcover, Paperback, Large Print, E-book, Audio CD, Playaway, Downloadable Audiobook
Two young men, adopted as babies, and named Tip and Teddy by their political father, have an encounter with their birth mother, when she pushes Tip out of the way of an oncoming vehicle on a snowy night in Boston.
readalike: Digging to America by Anne Tyler
- Anne’s Pick: The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
Hardcover, Large Print
Arthur Winthrop, a headmaster of a prestigious boarding school in Vermont, is found wandering naked in Central Park in New York City.
readalikes: Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller, The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver
- Anne’s Pick: The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
Hardcover, Large Print, E-book, Audio CD, Playaway, Downloadable Audiobook
Alice Barrow works at a Lowell mill in 1832 and becomes involved with the mill owner’s son. Everything is thrown into array, though, when her best friend is found murdered.
readalikes: The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman, Triangle by Katharine Weber
- Anne’s Pick: The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
Hardcover, Paperback, Large Print
In 1926, two teachers from a private school in Chatham begin a torrid affair which leads to murder!
readalikes: An Educated Death by Kate Flora, Deception by Denise Mina
- Anne’s Pick: City in Amber by Jay Atkinson
This is the story of Lawrence and its residents, as told over a 100 year period.
readalikes: The Girl in the Italian Bakery by Kenneth Tingle, Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson
(Michael Dwyer/AP Photo, image from abcnews.com)
One year ago today, I was at the Red Sox game with my father and my good friend getting very excited about a walk off win. My father and I, still ecstatic about the game, walked over to Kenmore Square to cheer on the Marathon runners. Suddenly I saw police officers run towards Commonwealth Avenue, which was followed by a mysterious text from my friend (who had left the area after the game), asking, “You didn’t go to the finish line, did you?” When I answered that I was on the marathon route in Kenmore, she said, “Good. Did you hear about the explosion? Be safe!” Eventually, the race was stopped in the Kenmore area, and we were evacuated, instructed by emergency personnel and National Guard to walk away, not towards Downtown, and to stay away from Beacon Street in Brookline for several blocks. Walking through Brookline, we heard different stories about explosions, then bombs in Copley Square, a fire at the John F Kennedy Library in Dorchester, and various threats in the city (thus the evacuation of parts of Beacon Street). It wasn’t until I got home, that I heard the actual facts, there had been two bombs at the finish line, and that the other stories were either not related or not credible. As mildly confusing as my day had been, I could not (and still can’t) imagine the horror of those directly impacted and what they must be going through today. If you are reflecting on the first anniversary, here are some relevant resources.
- Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive & WBUR Oral History Project
This comprehensive project, spearheaded by Northeastern University and WBUR, puts together a collection of photos, memorabilia, text messages, and oral histories about the bombing and related events (such as the Shelter in Place order). Users are encouraged to share stories and related objects at the site.
- Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial
This exhibit at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square runs through May 11 and features items left at a makeshift memorial near the site of the bombings. The Boston Public Library will also be hosting a series of events to commemorate the one year anniversary.
This site, a project of various museums, libraries, and archives, including Gore Place in Waltham, offers a variety information on resources and events.
- Boston Athletic Association Press Room
The Boston Athletic Association (BAA), sponsor of the Boston Marathon, outlines important news updates on its site, including safety and security information for those attending the race. You can also check results and a course map on the BAA Marathon site.
- Stronger: Fighting Back after the Boston Marathon Bombing by Jeff Bauman with Brett Witter
The photo of Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair and getting helped by Carlos Arrendondo, who lost both his legs in the bombings, became a symbol of the marathon bombing. Reserve his book at the library.
- Long Mile Home: Boston under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice by Scott Helman and Jenna Russell
This book, researched by Boston Globe reporters, gives extensive detail about the marathon bombings, and the subsequent aftermath, including the manhunt and the Shelter in Place order. The coverage led to the Globe winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting
- 4:09:43 : Boston 2013 through the Eyes of the Runners by Hal Higdon
This is an oral history of the 2013 Boston Marathon told by the runners to a contributing editor of Runner’s World
posted by Laura