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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 - 9:29am

"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

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