Markus Zusak

After recently finishing “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, I was happy to come across an interview with him in a recent issue of “School Library Journal.”  Zusak has won the 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Award recognizing his “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”  Zusak has said that he is doubly honored by this award because its first recipient was S.E. Hinton, whose books inspired him to be a writer.

Zusak started to write at a young age and had the opportunity to grow as a writer.  He believes that a writer always has to try to improve because that’s what you do to stay alive in the field.  His first attempts at writing were when he was 16 and 17 years of age.  He is so glad that they were not published because they were too much life his idol, Hinton.  “You start writing by imitating your heroes.”  As time goes by he has said you develop your own voice because so many other things influence you.

Zusak’s newest book is called “Bridge of Clay.”  The story is about Clay who is building a bridge.  The novel is about family and what happened to his main character in the past. 

Princess Posey series

Product Details Product Details  Product Details This easy reader series by Stephanie Greene appeals to young readers for its simple black and white illustrations that appear on almost every two-page spread- breaking up the text and making young children beginning to read feel accomplished and entertained. The language is recommended for ages 6 and up. The title obviously is catchy and my daughter is enjoying them and also feeling like she is reading a chapter book (which she is, albeit, an early/emerging reader). This would be a possible good purchase for our Easy reader section.

“Masters of Sex”

Wow, definitely not for the kiddies. I just finished watching Season One of “Masters of Sex.” Even though the subject matter of the series is pretty obvious, I was still amazed at the amount of nudity and detailed sex scenes displayed in a television series.

This series is based on a study undertaken by Dr. William Masters and his research assistant, Virginia Johnson, during the late fifties and early sixties at the University of St. Louis. The look of the series, houses, cars, and especially the clothing, is very true to the period. This really helps to get the viewer into the plot. Michael Sheen as Masters, Lizzy Caplan, as Johnson and Caitlin Fitzgerald as Masters’ wife really get into their roles. Allison Janney, one of my favorite actresses, does an exceptional job of playing the naive university president’s wife.

Television series have come a long way from what was offered ten to twenty years ago. Even “Sex and the City,” which was very open about a the lifestyles of the woman portrayed, pales into comparison to the frankness of “Masters of Sex.”


(One should watch a film adaptation of a favorite book only after considering, very carefully, the fact that the casting of the film may very well become the permanent casting of the book in one’s mind. This is a very real hazard.)

Yesterday I was modifying paperback mysteries and came across short stories including Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich. Only 41 pages long so I checked it out. I swear to you I saw James Stewart’s face and heard his voice the whole time I was reading.

It also made me think of Brokeback Mountain which was also made from a very short story.

Rear Window and Other Stories

A light-hearted posting

Since I am gearing up for vacation, I thought I would post something to make you chuckle. For a laugh, check out this site that lists 7 things that librarians are tired of hearing. Numbers one and two I am sure we all have heard many times, it is so true. Also number 3 and 5 are other questions I have gotten quite a few times. For a more serious site, check out this. It is on the right side of the page under “Recent posts”: 13 resources to help you make the most of the workday. It gives you lots of tips.