Cleveland Park
Neighborhood Library

Published on Thursday, September 8, 2011

The library system has all sorts of books about dogs: training dogs, dog health and personal stories about dogs.  Mutts by Brian Kilcommons and Michael Capuzzo [636.7009 K48] is the book about most American dogs. It is an appeal for adopting shelter animals and an explanation of why mutts make such good pets.

Dogs are the most genetically plastic mammals, ranging in size from five pounds to nearly 300 pounds.  Dogs were the first animal domesticated by humans, and a case can be made that dogs cooperated in this.  Many later species were domesticated with the assistance of dogs.  Any animal that lives in herds was domesticated with the  help of dogs.

Published on Thursday, August 25, 2011

About a month ago Slate magazine wrote an article about Martin Amis moving to Brooklyn and his new neighborhood.  It mentioned his book The Moronic Inferno from 1987 [973.92 A517].  The title was taken from Saul Bellow, who purloined it from someone else.

Rereading the book, much is dated; the literary interviews and reviews have been worth rereading.

There are pieces on Saul Bellow (from whom the title), Truman Capote, Gore Vidal ("Unpatriotic Gore"), John Updike and Philip Roth, among others.

Skip the pieces on period politics.

Published on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Both westerns and mysteries are properly crime fiction: sheriff's procedurals and police procedurals; the procedures vary, but there is usually some personal code of behavior, good and bad, and handguns.

Quite a few authors who are best known for their mysteries started with, or also wrote, westerns. James Lee Burke wrote Two for Texas in 1982.

We know Elmore Leonard primarily as mystery writer, but the first story he sold was "The Trail of the Apache." His best-known western is probably Hombre.

Published on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Image of book Ingenue and link to catalog
Ingenue is the second book in The Flappers series, which started last year with Vixen. (The series is anticipated to conclude in 2012 with Diva.)

Ingenue picks up a few months after Vixen left off, and it quickly thrusts the reader full force back into the lives of the four main characters.

This story is smart, intriguing, and action-packed. Secret mob dealings, romance, deception, betrayal and flappers abound. It's good, gossipy fun set in the decadence of the twenties.

Published on Monday, August 22, 2011

Shanghai Girls bookcover At the September 13 meeting, the group will discuss Lisa See's Shanghai Girls, in which the reader follows two sisters for more than 20 years, from Shanghai in the 1930s, called the Paris of Asia, through immigration and life in Los Angeles.

Published on Friday, August 19, 2011

Multicultural ImageThe Friends of the Cleveland Park Library are sponsoring a new six-session Immigrants in America book discussion series beginning
September 15.

This is the third consecutive year
that the Friends have sponsored the discussion series, which will once again be facilitated by Professor Phil Burnham of George Mason University.

Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Photo Smiling Sheep

Published on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Read Parrot

The days are getting shorter; we dream of the weather getting cooler; and everyone's thoughts are turning toward buying school supplies and finishing up that summer reading list. It's the end of summer, and we are throwing a party!

Storyteller Ray Owen will be here spinning tales, and there will be plenty of food and fun, as well as free books and other giveaways.

Come help us usher out the summer in style, Saturday, August 20, at 2:30 p.m.

Published on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Join Theresa Luu as she presents a session of her Mother and Sons Kitchen Book Club, Wednesday, August 17, at 4 p.m. Learn practical ideas for using reading and cooking to help kids think, solve problems and make connections between concepts and real life.

Mothers and sons will read Aesop's fables and make bread dough, which they will be able to take home and bake. Theresa will explain how the process of making bread is an example of "slow and steady wins the race," as learned from the fable of "The Hare and the Tortoise," how "the power of small" as seen in the story of "The Lion and the Mouse" relates to yeast and how preparing today (the bread dough) for tomorrow (homemade bread) is a good rule to live by, as experienced in "The Grasshopper and the Ants."

Published on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Join us on Thursday, August 18, at 2 p.m. to learn about Japan and Japanese culture through hands-on activities and demonstrations presented by the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. Hear stories about the daily school life of Japanese children, learn a basic Japanese greeting and counting, and basic geography of Japan.

For children ages 7-12.