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Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Beethoven's Hair bookcoverBeethoven's Hair by Russell Martin is a fascinating true account about a lock of Beethoven's hair snipped off on his deathbed and preserved in a glass and wood frame for almost two hundred years.  The readers find themselves traveling from the present, when a surgeon is opening the frame for the first time in years, back to the day the hair is reverently cut from the dead man's head.

Where were you in 1963?

Published on Friday, April 26, 2013

Bombingham bookcoverJoin us at Cleveland Park on Saturday, May 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m., to discuss Bombingham. Reminisce if you're the right age, and hear first-hand what it was like to be there in 1963.

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Beautiful creaturesBeautiful Creatures, at its core, is a "forbidden love" story, with a healthy portion of "it's a race against time" thrown in.

I'm not one to delve into the details of a book, giving away spoilers and secrets to try to convince people if the book is good or not. The real questions - the ones you want to know - are:

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Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013 her first historical novel, best selling author Jennifer Chiaverini writes about Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hobbs Keckley, an African-American modiste who lived in Washington, D.C. for many years. A former slave, Mrs. Keckley sewed gowns for the women of Washington. Her numerous clients included First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, Varina Davis, wife of Senator Jefferson Davis, Mrs. Robert E. Lee, and other leading society ladies of the day. It is her life and her friendship with Mrs.

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Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Before I Go to Sleep bookcoverBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson grabs the reader's interest immediately but then, progresses very slowly. It doesn't matter though, because the author is establishing the plot, day by day, bit by bit, building up momentum until finally, crashing into an explosive ending.

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

April is National Poetry Month. In celebration we are posting a new public domain poem every Monday.

"A Performance of Henry V At Stratford-Upon-Avon" by Elizabeth Jenkins     Anne Hathaway's cottage

Nature teaches us our tongue again
And the swift sentences came pat. I came
Into cool night rescued from rainy dawn.
And I seethed with language, Henry at
Harfleur and Agincourt came apt for war
In Ireland and the Middle East. Here was
The riddling and right tongue, the feeling words
Solid and dutiful. Aspiring hope
Met purpose in "advantages" and "He
That fights with me today shall be my brother."
Say this patriotic, out of date.

Published on Friday, April 19, 2013

Whatever needlecraft you enjoy, on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m., bring your project and join us for an evening with others with similar interests.  We share, encourage, and educate each other with discussion of our projects while working away.  Our interests cover spinning, dying, weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting, lace-making and more.  We would love to add your special enthusiasm to our repertory.

Mystery Book Club Selection for May 2

Published on Friday, April 19, 2013

Frozen Assets bookcoverIn the first in the Officer Gunnhildur series, the investigation of an unidentified body found floating in the harbor of a fishing village leads the policewoman to uncover a web of corruption connected to Iceland's business and banking communities. Frozen Assets is as much an examination of the endemic corruption that led to the global financial crisis and bankrupted Iceland's major banks as it is a murder mystery.

Author Talk with Glen Weldon

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cover of Superman: THe Unauthorized BiographyOn Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., we are hosting a Q and A with author Glen Weldon about his book, Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, which chronicles how over the past 75 years, the way Superman has been portrayed -- and how he has been perceived -- has steadily changed to reflect the culture around him.

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Published on Monday, April 15, 2013

That Woman bookcoverA very distinguished elderly lady customer requested That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Dutchess of Windsor and I was intrigued immediately.  Who hasn't heard about the king who gave up his crown for the love of a commoner?  Wallis Simpson knew she was blamed for the abdication of Edward VIII and had to live with this notoriety for the rest of her life.  Although she was not the nicest, most considerate person, the reader may feel some sympahty for her and will be surprised by what is reveal