Reading Room Blog

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.

03/10/2009 - 9:03am

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

Memories have a way of attaching themselves to objects, to details, to physical tasks, and here, George Bilgere, an Ohio poet, happens upon mixed feelings about his mother while slicing a head of cabbage.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

03/10/2009 - 8:53am

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

Memories form around details the way a pearl forms around a grain of sand, and in this commemoration of an anniversary, Cecilia Woloch reaches back to grasp a few details that promise to bring a cherished memory forward, and succeeds in doing so. The poet lives and teaches in southern California.

Anniversary

02/27/2009 - 7:06pm

Thanks for e-mailing the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for a Book Match. You did not specify a book, but you did mention that you were looking for suspense/thrillers. Since there are bunches and bunches of different kinds of suspense/thriller books, if you could give us a specific title to match, or let us know what elements you like, we can give you a better selection! As is, since your request is general, I can give you some general recommendations:

08/25/2009 - 1:57pm

Hello!  Thanks for your request for a Book Match. If you like the "Abhorsen" and "Harry Potter" series, you may enjoy these books:

 Sandry's Book
by Tamora Pierce
Four young misfits learn how to use their unrecognized magical powers.
Part of the Circle of Magic series.

The Lives of Christopher Chant
by Diana Wynne Jones
A young wizard with nine lives is destined to become the Chrestomanci, or head sorcerer, of the world.Part of the Chrestomanci series.
 

02/27/2009 - 4:58pm
Talk Before Sleep


Other books by Elizabeth Berg

    The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts Of Liberation 
A compelling anthology of short fiction, including eleven never-before-published pieces, explores the lives of women breaking free of the convention that controls their lives, in a collection that includes "Returns and Exchanges," "Over the Hill and Into the Woods," and the title story, about a woman who goes on a happiness binge after ditching Weight Watchers.

01/07/2013 - 12:56pm

The Reading Guild meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The group's members pick a theme like Shakespeare or travel every other month; the other months are open discussions of your favorite book or current reading. Everyone brings a dish to share! Call the Cooper Branch (804-224-0921) or check our program listing for this month's topic.