Set in contemporary New York City, Nicole Krauss’ beautiful novel explores themes of loneliness and loss, and the unlikely glimmers of hope found despite these through the lives of two unlikely protagonists: Leo Gursky, an older gentleman who once wrote a book and fell in love with a girl in the Polish village he left long ago, and Alma Singer, a 14-year-old who already leads a busy life trying to keep an eye on her delusional younger brother and writing—when a letter in the mail puts her on the trail of a mystery that will ultimately involve her
Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Published on Monday, July 18, 2011
Mechanique: a tale of the Circus Tresaulti, by Genevieve Valentine
Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Published on Monday, June 13, 2011
Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Worn with time, the majestic Art Deco Yacoubian building shines in its quiet, ever-watchful manner in downtown Cairo, namesake of its builder’s ambitions and a stolid witness to its share of history. Time has also had its way with the unfulfilled lives of the motley group of residents of this decadent building, among them a student, a politician, a seductress, an aging aristocrat, and a newspaper editor.
Published on Monday, May 23, 2011
Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel Room may possibly be the most perplexing novel I have read this year. It follows the life of Jack, a typical Dora-the-Explorer-loving child, starting on the morning of his fifth birthday. However, there is one hitch in his upbringing that makes him far from typical: Jack has spent his entire life confined with his mother in one very small room.
Published on Monday, May 2, 2011
There are countless stories told by mariners and seamen of ships that have been battered and have —sometimes—survived encounters with these giants of the sea.
Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
As part of DC Public Library's Jazz Appreciation Month festivities, Mt. Pleasant Interim Library will offer a jazz-themed story time on Thursday, April 14, at 10 a.m.! Join us for some smooth sounds, hip rhythms and some fun, jazzy stories!
For children 5 and under.
At La Casa, 3164 Mt. Pleasant St. N.W., next to the interim library.
Published on Monday, April 4, 2011
Fans of Octavia Butler will know she rarely writes short stories. This, her only book of short stories, is slim and includes only five short works of fiction (seven and two short essays, if you’re reading the second edition). The book begins with her most well-known short story, Bloodchild, winner of an award for best novelette from the Science Fiction Chronicle, and winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards. It also includes Speech Sounds, winner of the 1984 Hugo Award for best short story.
Published on Saturday, March 5, 2011
On August 20, 1910, a roaring wind galvanized the small fires already affecting the dry, kindling-like national forests of the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana into a virtually unstoppable inferno. Scrambling to avert disaster, forest rangers recruited all available men, from college boys to immigrants in the mining camps, to help battle the flames.