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  • Posted on 02/24/2012 - 9:22am

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    Downton Abbey, a British period drama, is a masterpiece. The first season begins with the news of the Titanic’s sinking, and ends with the announcement that Britain has been drawn into World War I; season two takes place during the war and in the immediate postwar years, up to 1920. (Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer of the series, owes a debt to an earlier British TV drama, Upstairs Downstairs (1971-1975), which also featured a rich family and its servants.) Downton Abbey’s cast of characters also spans the class spectrum, from the Dowager Countess (played by Maggie Smith, whose one-liners may be the best part of the show) and Lord and Lady Grantham and their three daughters, all the way down to Daisy the kitchen maid. The acting is superb, the relationships between the characters intricate, and the costumes and sets lush and perfect: the show is filmed partly at Highclere Castle and partly at Ealing Studios in London. Season three is in production – and eagerly awaited by many.

  • Posted on 02/22/2012 - 2:56pm

    This movie is based on the book of the same name written by Colin Clark, who as a young man spent time as an assistant on the movie The Prince and the Show Girl starring Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier.  He chronicles the friction between the two stars—Marilyn was insecure and dependent on pills, Sir Laurence was punctual and obsessive.  As the production became more chaotic, Marilyn turns to Colin as a confidant and the two wind up spending a week palling around seeing the sights together.  The movie is a gem and the acting is superb.  Michelle Williams received an academy award nomination as best actress and it is easy to see why.  She embodies Marilyn exuding the charisma and vulnerability of the late actress.


  • Posted on 02/22/2012 - 12:45pm

    You can win 52 boxes of assorted Girl Scout cookies in the Friends of the Library gift basket fundraiser. One for each week of the year! Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Tickets can be purchased at the main circulation desk on the first floor.  The winner will be drawn on Friday, March 30 at the library's After Hours Concert.

  • Posted on 02/22/2012 - 12:08pm

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    This is a delightful romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen starring Owen Wilson (Gil) and Rachel McAdams (Inez) who play a California couple engaged to be married. They take a trip to Paris with the bride-to-be’s parents providing plenty of opportunity for both to reflect on what they want out of life. Adding another dimension to the film is at midnight, Gil is magically transported to 1920s Paris where he meets and mingles with stars from the art scene: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Picasso and more. This experience makes Gil yearn for a different life and further enamors him to the City of Love. 

  • Posted on 02/21/2012 - 12:21pm

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    Prepare to fall in love with scrappy, poor, beautiful Fiona Finnegan, a young East London woman full of dreams of starting her own shop with her childhood sweetheart, Joe Bristow. But those dreams are dramatically shattered, and Fiona flees, alone, to New York. There, she works hard, builds a fortune, and builds a family of friends along the way – but she never forgets Joe, and after ten years, she travels back to London to see what has become of him. A sweeping, gripping work of historical fiction, Jennifer Donnelly’s The Tea Rose will keep you reading long past bedtime.

  • Posted on 02/17/2012 - 3:15pm

    Our new Spring Events Newsletter has arrived.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy, or check out the online version (PDF).

  • Posted on 02/16/2012 - 3:58pm

    Assistant Adult Services Librarian Jenny Arch recommends that you check out these websites:

    Travel Beyond Vacations


    Hotels & Hostels 
    Hostelling International 
    Hostel Bookers

    Accommodation & Transportation

    Alternative Travel
    Couch Surfing 

  • Posted on 02/16/2012 - 12:00pm

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    Julia Glass is the author of Three Junes (winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 2002), The Whole World Over, and I See You Everywhere, but she may have surpassed them all with The Widower’s Tale.  Again, she weaves a web of interconnected characters, creates a beautiful and believable setting, and writes with emotional truth about the people she has brought to life – in this case, the Darling family. Seventy-year-old Percy Darling realizes that while you can retire from work, you cannot retire from life, or from your family – in Percy’s case, his workaholic daughter Trudy, his floundering daughter Clover, and his high-achieving and beloved grandson Robert. Through these characters, Glass explores the bonds of family and friendship, and the strength of personal and political beliefs. Fans of fairytale endings, however, might want to skip this one: the ending is sadder and less uplifting that one might expect.

  • Posted on 02/14/2012 - 12:00pm

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    The Professor and the Madman is the story of two men, James Murray and William Minor, who contributed in different ways to the creation of the monumental first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Murray was a studious Scot who eventually became the editor of the OED; Minor was an American, a former medical surgeon, and – at the time he contributed to the great work – a patient at the Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Simon Winchester speculates sympathetically on the cause of Minor’s paranoia and insanity, but focuses primarily on the story of the OED and the eventual correspondence between “the professor and the madman.” Winchester combines elements of history, mystery, and lexicography (the compiling, writing, and editing of dictionaries) into one book of manageable size. It's a good read, and chances are you'll learn something new!

  • Posted on 02/10/2012 - 9:33am

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    This book was one of my book club reads about three years ago and whenever we talk about a good beach read, this book still bubbles up to the surface as a good example. It is a well written, humorous account of one man’s pursuit of the “iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth”, the Hermes Birkin handbag.  The author is a Massachusetts native, who on a whim moved to Barcelona, Spain and found himself in need of money.  For quick cash, he decided to sell a Hermes scarf on eBay. That sale sparked the idea that he could sell the much-in-demand Hermes handbags on eBay if he could find a way to buy the coveted items from Hermes stores that tended to only sell to select buyers.  In finding a way to do this, the author takes the reader on a fun romp around the continent enjoying a quest worthy of Don Quixote.