If you’re like me, the most successful plant is your garden is some variety of weed. I’m really good at growing those. In my attempt to tame the jungle, I’ve turned to these two books.
What color is your thumb? According to the USDA, June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, it’s also a great time to get into your garden. What better way to boost the fruit and veg in your diet than to grow your own!? If you’re like me, the most successful plant is your garden is some variety of weed. I’m really good at growing those. In my attempt to tame the jungle, I’ve turned to these two books, they are both fun and practical.
Kiss my aster : a graphic guide to creating a fantastic yard totally tailored to you by Amanda Thomsen
May is Short Stories Month and OPL has stories for you!
May is Short Stories Month so why not dive into some newly released short fiction. The following is just a sampling of the short story collections released in 2014 available at OPL. All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.
Novelist Select is transforming our online catalog into a place for book discovery beyond the library walls. Find personalized recommendations, reviews and more right in the catalog.
You may have noticed that our online catalog is looking snazzier these days. We have enhanced it with Novelist Select, offering over 5 million reading suggestions to help you find your next book.
The Readers' Advisory database known as Novelist Plus is not new to us, as we have offered it for several years. OPL patrons have often been delighted to find a NoveList match made in reading heaven for their interests. Here you will find "read-alikes" for favorite titles, authors, and series, or browse by topic or genre for lists of recommended titles. Access to NoveList Plus is also available through a
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club
We started with a few interesting facts about Thomas Hardy, who like the "Native" in his novel, loved his "heath" wilderness and rual community more than any other place he could choose to live. Hardy has said that he never wanted to grow up. He wanted to stay in the world he lived in when he was 6 years old. Many can relate to that from time to time.
A selection of memoirs featuring mother/child relationships.
In honor of Mother's Day next month, I've highlighted a sampling of mother memoirs. Told from the point of view of birth mothers and adopted mothers, sons and daughters, these books capture mother/child relationships in all their complexity. All book summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.
It's Earth Day. Read an eBook and love your planet.
This Earth Day consider checking out something from OPL’s quickly expanding digital collection; choose from thousands of eBooks. Whether you already dabble in eBook reading or are certain you could never give up the feel, smell and comfort of a good book, or even if you suspect eReaders and tablets are heralding the decline of civilization, you may be surprised at how easy it is to sink into a good eBook. I was. I was so sure I would never want to read from a backlit screen that I read books in the dark next to my sleeping baby with the flashlight from my phone pointed at the page. When my husband got me an iPad for my birthday I never planned to use it for personal reading, but I had to try out our eBook platforms as part of my job. (Didn’t I?) In no time I began reading mostly on the iPad. I read it in the dark, I read it in the light, in waiting rooms, on trips (you can load a ton of books onto one tablet). I would read
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx! Notes from the Lakeview Book Club Meeting
First A Little About Annie Proulx:
She was born August 22, 1935 in Connecticut, Educated in history in Vermont and currently lives in Wyoming.
She won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Shipping News. She won PEN/Faulkner Award for her first novel, Postcards. She is the first woman to win the PEN/Faulkner Award!
A free spirit, she has divorced three times and has raised alone her three sons and one daughter. She lived many years in small towns in Vermont.
Most of her writing has been nonfiction. She has written both short and long nonfiction. Her controversial and critically acclaimed novella Brokeback Mountain was both a book and a film.
What we thought:
Like The Return of the Native, The Shipping News has “Nature” as a major character