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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If 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.
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.
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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UrsulaPhoto © 2012 Laura Anglin
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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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.