Happy Birthday to a Christmas Classic

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A Christmas Carol turns 171 years old today

A perfect time to share Charles Dickens wonderful novella about the 3 ghosts who visit Scrooge and show him the true meaning of Christmas.  We have  Christmas Carol in DVD,  and  in several different book formats, including graphic novel.

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A 21st Century Grinch

mancalledoveIf your favorite Christmas holiday classic is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, you might want to give international bestseller, The Man Who Called Ove, a try. Written by Swedish author, Fredrick Backman, the novel starts off with the curmudgeonly Ove. spreading his unique style of grouchiness throughout his small neighborhood.  Everyone in his vicinity tries to avoid Ove and his daily routines and Ove tries to avoid them as well.  It seems the only person he talks to is his dead wife until a new family moves next door.  Their introduction to Ove is courtesy of crashing into Ove’s mailbox and soon the needy family charms its way into Ove’s bitter heart and into his life.    Although the novel starts bit slow in the beginning, stay with it and you will be smiling at the end of this delightful novel.

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First Class Writer, P.D. James

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credit/Ulan Montan

Author, P.D. James, known as the Queen of Crime Fiction, died last Thursday at the age of 94.   James gave us stellar writing in her 19 novels, including 14 murder mysteries  that included the character she was best known for, Commander Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard.   Her first novel, Cover Her Face, was published in 1962 and introduced us to the poet-detective protagonist, Dagliesh. While known for her crime fiction, she also wrote the science fiction dystopian novel, Children of Men, which was later adapted into a movie.  At the age of 80, she published her autobiography, A Time to Be Earnest  Death Comes to Pemberly was her last novel  published in 2011, and was a murder mystery that was a continuation  of Jane Austen’s, Pride & Prejudice.  According to James, A first class mystery should also be a first class novel.”  We lost a first class novelist last week.  If you haven’t read any P.D. James,  please give one of her novels a try, you won’t regret it.

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November is National Adoption Month

I was listening to Oprah on the radio the other day and the topic was about  twins who were reunited after a long time.  Many of the these pairs were separated at birth and given up for adoption.  The stories were fascinating  and it made me think of all of the sides involved in the adoption process: birth mother and father,  adoptive parents, adoptees, siblings and all the tales that could be interwoven from their perspectives.  Since November is National Adoption Month, here are some nonfiction and fiction titles that deal with the adoption experience:

redthread   tapestryoffortunes   loveinthedriestseason  chinaghosts   arethesekidsyours

21911660  adoptionanswer   twolittlegirls  diggingintoamerica  adoptionyourstepbystepguide
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Don’t Give Up on Writing Your Novel

It’s the second week of November, or what is more commonly known as National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo.   We’re hoping that all would-be authors are still plugging along writing the next great novel.  If you’re hitting a writing block, take a break and  maybe refer to books about the writing process.  When all else fails, here are some novels that were successfully published during NaNoWriMo.  You can do it– these authors did!

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What’s Your Favorite Spooky Story?

The leaves are falling and the days are getting shorter.   With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to read something  that makes you hide under your blanket a little more.  We thought we’d share some titles that might give you a little shiver down your spine.

afterworlds    winterhaunting llittlestranger  birthinghouse     haunted     Irememberyou   annadressedinblood    seance  deliashadow   weareallcompletelyfine

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Happy Birthday Ursula Le Guin

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Ursula Le Guin turned 85  today and while the author is known for her stellar works in science fiction & fantasy it was this article in Brainpickings about her essays that caught my eye today,  I will be checking out The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination tomorrow.    What is your favorite  book?  Check it today!

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Introducing Friday Reads– Staff Picks

What are you reading this beautiful Friday afternoon?  Here’s a random poll of what our staff is currently reading:

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Suggestions for National Reading Group Month

October is National Reading Group Month by the Women’s National Book Association.  We support several book clubs at the library  for both adults and children.  We’d love to have you join one of our library book discussions.  In fact, Newburgh Free Library will be discussing the nonfiction book, Unbroken,  at two of our library book discussions as part of OrangeREADS.  Here are some great  additional suggestions of titles to read and discuss.

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Today is World Day of Bullying Prevention

Newburgh Free Library went orange last week for multiple sclerosis, and today everyone should be wearing blue to display their solidarity against bullying and cyber-bullying.  We all know how  hateful and dangerous bullying  can be.  Here are some books and DVDs we own on this pressing issue.

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