Here are links to the best seller lists for June 22, 2014.
Here are links to the best seller lists for June 15, 2014
Here are links to the best seller lists for June 8, 2014.
Check out what we’re reading and borrowing from the library.
- Todd: Todd is reading The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen and the graphic novel, Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.
- Kate: Kate has read Straw Bale Gardens : The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier, and with No Weeding by Joel Karsten/ “I’m excited about trying it out next year, when I can get a running start.”
- Etched In Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived An Unbearable Childhood On Long Island by Regina Calcaterra. This is a very moving story about a very difficult childhood. This is a great pick for people who enjoyed The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. The love that the siblings have for each other is their saving grace. Ms. Calcaterra went on to become a very successful professional who advocates for children in foster care.
- A great pick for lovers of chick lit such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Sex and The City, In Her Shoes: Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham. Many people will recall, Lauren Graham played Lorelai Gilmore in the much loved WB series, The Gilmore Girls. This novel about a struggling young actress in NYC does not disappoint. We watch her struggle to make it that is narrated with much wit and eloquence.
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Oh, my gawd, this is such delicious, delectable fun. Great pick for lovers of novels about the ultra rich such as Dominic Dunne, Jane Stanton Hitchcock and Julian Fellowes. Honey, this is the Shanghai version of Downton Abbey. Read this book!”
- Mary R.: “I recently read Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Both Great Reads!! Happy Reading!”
- Laura: “I recently read Afternoons with Emily by Rose MacMurray, a novel about a fictional woman and her friendship with the poet, Emily Dickinson. The story behind the writing and publication of the book is as interesting as the life of Emily Dickinson. MacMurray was a poetry teacher with a large appreciation for Emily Dickinson. She left a manuscript that her daughter and husband published after her death. As an English major, I studied a lot of Emily Dickinson in college, and it was interesting to read a fictional (yet most likely accurate) account of her life. I’m currently reading Ann Patchett’s latest memoir, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. Patchett is one of my favorite writers and I greatly enjoyed her previous memoir, Truth and Beauty. As with all of her books, I have been taken into her world right from the first sentence. I’ll be sad when I’m finished.”
- Nancy D.: Nancy recently read The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.
- “Warlord by Angus Donald. This is the fourth of a continuing chronicle of the life of Robin Hood and King Richard the Lion-heart as told by Robin’s protege Alan Dale. These books are a delight for fans of medieval England adventures and historical fiction.
- The End Times in Chronological Order by Ron Rhodes. For fans of biblical prophecy here is an easy to understand Pretribulational countdown to future things from rapture to tribulation to the millennial kingdom.
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock. The fascinating memoir of a young transgender woman of color who grows into womanhood despite the odds against her survival & success.
- Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha. A humorous memoir of a staid New England woman who is transplanted to Nebraska’s bible belt and her discomfort and eventual journey of faith in a ‘foreign’ culture.”
- Marialice: “I am reading Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley of Kiss.” Marialice just finished There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll by Lisa Robinson
- Maureen: Maureen is currently reading One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (memoir) by Jenny Lawson. She is currently listening to the downloadable audiobook, All That Is by James Salter. She just finished reading The Last letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes, and just finished listening to the digital audiobooks Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan and This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.
- “I’m reading The Second Mayflower Adventure by Warwick Charlton. As the back (of the book) states: “It was Warwick Charlton’s dream. Against all odds, and at a time when England was still recovering from World War II, Charlton dreamed of sailing a new Mayflower to America. In 1957, a reconstruction of the ship that symbolized the Pilgrims’ voyage would be a gift to show “gratitude and appreciation for what the Americans had done to help England both during and after the war.” I got interested in the book when I found out a teen from Waltham, Joe Meany was a cabin boy on the voyage!
- I’m listening to a book on CD Rage against the Dying by Becky Masterman. A quote from Lisa Gardner on the back of the case says. “…a masterful debut featuring a 59 year old retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn still tough, still determined, and still smarting to catch the one killer who got away.” - So far I agree.
- We are watching the series Prime Suspect: a female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.” We love Helen Mirren!
- Just finished watching The Lost Room:
‘A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe.’ Peter Jacobson from the TV series House was great, I was twitching and jumping right along with him!”
- Anne: Anne is reading Pat and Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage by Will Swift and The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore. “Past read I highly recommend: What She Left Behind by Ellen Wiseman.”
- Janice: “I just finished The Great Pearl Heist by Molly Caldwell Crosby. It’s got something for everyone who likes crime stories- Edwardian England, Scotland Yard, a great parade of criminals of varying skill, and VERY expensive jewelry.”
- Gerry C.: Gerry is listening to A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connolly and The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. She is reading The Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy. She is watching the BBC series, Call the Midwife.
- Pat A.: ” I am currently reading One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern and am also starting I Don’t Know What You Know Me From…Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer.”
- Paula: “I recently read Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini: historical fiction about the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley.”
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.
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