Author Archive

Calling all local authors!

June 28, 2018

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Are you a Rockland resident who has published (including self-published) a book in the last four years? Then you may be eligible for the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) Book of the Year Award. Submissions for next year’s award are being accepted now through August 24, 2018. Congratulations to this year’s winner and recipient of the $1000 cash prize (generously donated by The Kurz Family Foundation), Palisades resident and author of The Quack’s Daughter: A True Story About the Private Life of a Victorian College Girl, Greta Nettleton! Full submission guidelines and forms can be found here.

Summer Reading for All Ages!

June 28, 2018

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Good books, great programs, awesome prizes. Summer reading for all ages is underway here at the library, including the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge. Stop by to sign up, get your Bingo Card, and spin the prize wheel! Complete the optional book review form and you can have your review published here on the blog. For more info, click here.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: The Horse Dancer by Jo Jo Moyes

August 21, 2017

51gzQQN9t8L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_(3 stars – liked it)¬†As a Jo Jo Moyes fan I was unfortunately a bit disappointed with this novel. It was too predictable. You knew almost from the start as to how it would end. However, it was still worth reading. Ms. Moyes knows how to engage the reader and does her research well. I did not know anything about the “dancing” French horses and how they and their riders were trained to perform. I would rate the book as a good summer read but definitely not the author’s best. – Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Invisible by Paul Auster

August 16, 2017

(4/5 stars – really liked it)¬†Invisible has four parts. It begins being told in first person with “Spring.” This is where we get to know the main character, Adam, from his own account, in a very personal way. He’s at Columbia University (very knowable area for many of just-outside-of New-York-New-Yorkers) and experiencing life from a young student’s point of view-world is at his fingertips and he is just coming alive to his future possibilities. Something awful happens during this time with a loInvisibleNovelve triangle and a Columbia Professor that he is caught in a terrible situation that he had no control over, and didn’t see coming. This event will affect the rest of his life.

Then comes the next part, “Summer.” Here the story is told in second person, by Adam’s successful writer friend Jim, who has received writings from Adam. Here you learn about the love between Adam and his sister. This is an interesting part and almost feels like an entirely different book has begun.

And then in “Fall” the story is told in third person, after Adam’s death, put together with various bits and pieces of others accounts of Adam’s life, from their views and interviews. The constant thread of Adam’s life pulls you into forward through the book trying to find out what the TRUTH is of what really happened, and who Adam really is/was. I was a little disappointed that the ending left me still wanting answers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of storytellers in all their glorious perspectives. I feel “Invisible” refers maybe to the writer not being a constant, not a tangible, solid, character but rather a conglomerate of what others know of him and what they did to him hence making his story more of a vaporous cloud that forms and reshapes depending on who is doing the speaking. Is one a person in his own right or is one how others perceive him? – Trine G., Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

August 14, 2017

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(5/5 stars – loved it!) One of the strangest books I have read and I loved it. It is the story of 15 dogs who gain human intelligence while still, very much, keeping their canine nature. I found this book shocking, often very sad, occasionally funny, but throughout compelling. It is not just about dogs – Catherine A., Adult Summer Reading Participant


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