Morningside Heights

July 22, 2021 by

Set mostly in the present day, Morningside Heights follows the couple Pru Steiner and Spence Robin at their first meeting in college and thirty years later when they’ve been married and tragedy strikes. As a student in Spence’s Shakespeare class, Pru falls for her erudite professor, Spence. They marry and have a child. Spence attempts to be an honorable father to his first son, Arlo, who appears sporadically throughout the story. Told through the eyes of Pru, we witness their love and eventual turning point when Spence begins to have memory problems. Pru is determined to help her husband maintain his dignity. Engaging and thought-provoking, Morningside Heights is a look at marriage, family and the choices people make when faced with unexpected twists and turns.

Morningside Heights: A Novel

Limitless: The Power of Hope and Resilience To Overcome Circumstances

July 21, 2021 by

Mallory Weggemann never expected that she would become a paraplegic after a series of routine epidural injections to help her cope with nerve pain. In 2008, she was a high school senior and co-captain of the swim team, a sport she loved, and planning on going away to college. As a result of the third injection, her legs became paralyzed. But with the help of her family and friends, Mallory struggles through the challenges she faces to become a two-time champion swimmer in the Paralympic Games. This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read, if not the most inspiring. Mallory is a true champion, even when she severely injures one of her arms, she continues competing, and was planning on being in her third Paralympics, until the covid virus struck in 2019. Mallory’s philosophy is to use any unforeseen challenge to propel ourselves forward… I highly recommend reading her story…

The Guardian recommends summer reading

July 15, 2021 by
The Guardian Bookshop home page

Britain’s Guardian is a reliable source of book reviews and recommendations. I usually discover a title or author not yet popular in the United States. They recently published: ‘Summer Reading: the 50 Hottest New Books Everyone Should Read.’ Divided into categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Paperbacks, Children and Teens, the list delivers both well-known and more obscure authors you will want to know about (the list contains new works by Rachel Cusk, Michael Rosen, and Patricia Lockwood). Most are readily available in the library. Well worth taking a peek.

Fresh Brewed Murder

July 14, 2021 by

Emmeline Duncan has written the first novel in her Ground Rules Mystery series. In case you haven’t guessed, the plot concerns a barista and her partner who operate a food truck in Portland, Oregon. When a man turns up dead right in front of their truck, Sage decides to investigate, especially since she is under suspicion for his murder. The cast of characters includes the other food trucks owners: Zarek, the falafel guy, Macie, the pie lady, and Emma , who runs the jojo stand (a kind of fried chicken tender with a special breading). By the time Sage finally figures out who the murderer is, it might be too late…

Summer reading for NY kids

July 8, 2021 by
Summer Reading at New York Libraries

The Summer Reading NYS web site is packed with valuable resources for kids, teens and parents.

The web site includes a ‘We Need Diverse Books’ link (“Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book”), Read Aloud 15 Minutes Campaign, word games and puzzles, craft activities, a Teen Video Challenge contest, 4-H resources, book lists and so much more. There is also a lot of research available on the site to learn about the importance of summer reading (and lack thereof) on children during the summer break.

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