Reading Room Blog

03/24/2009 - 11:36am
The Terra-Cotta Dog

When I think of Donna Leon, I immediately flash to a series by Andrea Camilleri featuring Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano.

03/24/2009 - 11:39am
Princess bride

Hello!  These fantasy titles have interesting characters and keep you guessing as to what will happen next:

The Princess Bride
by William Goldman
The classic story of true love, sword-fights, revenge, death and miracles.

03/23/2009 - 1:10pm

by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006

I've gotten to the age at which I am starting to strain to hear things, but I am glad to have gotten to that age, all the same. Here's a fine poem by Miller Williams of Arkansas that gets inside a person who is losing her hearing.

Going Deaf

No matter how she tilts her head to hear
she sees the irritation in their eyes.
She knows how they can read a small rejection,
a little judgment, in every What did you say?

03/23/2009 - 1:06pm

by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006
To have a helpful companion as you travel through life is a marvelous gift. This poem by Gerald Fleming, a long-time teacher in the San Francisco public schools, celebrates just such a relationship.

Long Marriage

You're worried, so you wake her
& you talk into the dark:
Do you think I have cancer, you
say, or Were there worms
in that meat
, or Do you think
our son is OK
, and it's
wonderful, really—almost

03/20/2009 - 11:20am
Tweak

Thanks for contacting the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for a Book Match.  We LOVE to connect readers to the right books!

You wanted something similar to "Tweak" by Nic Sheff.  One book list you might like is called "Only When I Laugh", which has non-fiction titles about people facing life's greatest hurts - catastrophe, calamity, illness, reversal of fortune and death - with clarity, wit, and above all, humor.

 

03/19/2009 - 9:37am

Louisa May Alcott did not write because she had the need to get the stories out. Louisa May wrote for one reason: she wanted her family to be rich.

03/10/2009 - 9:14am

by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006

People singing, not professionally but just singing for joy, it's a wonderful celebration of life. In this poem by Sebastian Matthews of North Carolina, a father and son happen upon a handful of men singing in a cafe, and are swept up into their pleasure and community.

Barbershop Quartet,
East Village Grille

05/31/2011 - 3:28pm
Are you there vodka?

Thanks for requesting a book match!  If you like Are You There Vodka...by Chelsea Handler, you might also like these titles and authors:

I Love Everybody, and Other Atrocious Lies: True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl by Laurie Notaro.

In side-splitting essays, Notaro describes such things as the horror of entering the corporate work force, the total gross-out of high-protein diets, and the total exhilaration--and self-consciousness--brought on by publishing her first book.  (Catalog description)

03/09/2009 - 8:52am

by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006

Ah, yes, the mid-life crisis. And there's a lot of mid-life in which it can happen. Jerry Lee Lewis sang of it so well in "He's thirty-nine and holding, holding everything he can." And here's a fine poem by Matthew Vetter, portraying just such a man.


Wild Flowers

At fifty-six, having left my mother,
my father buys a motorcycle.
I imagine him because
it is the son's sorrowful assignment
to imagine his father: there,

12/14/2009 - 10:29am

"Would it help if I got out and pushed?"
—Princess Leia to Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back

"She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up."
—Private detective Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep

From sharp-tongued space princesses to Bogey's grim gumshoe, some of Leigh Brackett's most enduring legacies are the scripts she wrote for movies that are considered among the 20th century's very best.