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l’appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

January 17, 2018

index (1)After working thirteen years as a pastry chef for Chez Panisse, a French restaurant in Berkeley, California, David Lebovitz decides it’s time to pack it in and move to Paris. As he soon found out, this was no easy task. In order to rent an Parisian apartment or l’appart, one must first have a bank account. No problem, one might think. But in order to open up a bank account in Paris, one must have a copy of an electric bill. However, if you’ve never rented in Paris, how do you obtain an electric bill? It’s like trying to find a job having no prior experience. And this is just the first of many problems Lebovitz encounters en route to becoming a true Parisian. However, on the plus side, he does find a partner while apartment hunting, who is a great help to him since Romain is a native of Paris and does not hesitate to show his displeasure when necessary, in flawless French,

of course. L’appart is a hilarious read, and you can’t help but root for Daveed to triumph over the unscrupulous contractor he hires to renovate said apartment, and commiserate when it looks like Claude has cost Lebovitz an absolute fortune with his outrageous shenanigans. It’s a glaring case of buyer beware…

A Paris all your own : bestselling women writers on the City of Light

January 9, 2018

indexEdited by Eleanor Brown, this delightful book is a collection of essays on Parisian life written by eighteen of the best women writers in fiction. The list includes Michelle Gable, Paula McLain, Cara Black, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Eleanor Brown, just to name a few. Definitely recommended for readers enamored of reading about the famous “City of Light”. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

In the Shadow of the Sun

January 3, 2018

index (1)This teen novel by Anne Sibley O’Brien is set in North Korea in approximately 2011, in the early reign of the current supreme leader, Kim Jong-un. Mia and Simon Andrews accompany their father on one of his business trips, but become embroiled in the abuses suffered by those imprisoned in work camps. Mia finds a camera with several horrifying pictures of abused workers in a gift given to her by a local citizen. When her father is arrested, she and her brother flee the authorities and attempt to escape the country while carrying the camera. A very gripping story with facts about North Korea included, it is an eye- opener for many of us who are unfamiliar with the hardships endured by its people..

Murderous Mistral

December 30, 2017

index (1)Set in Provence, Cay Rademacher has penned a novel with Captaine Roger Blanc as the main protagonist. Working in Paris on an anti-corruption squad, after successfully solving a case the capitaine finds himself transferred to a small town in Provence. Blanc’s enthusiasm was not appreciated in the Parisian political arena, thus the need to bury him far away in the south of France. His marriage breaks up at the same time, so he moves into an old abandoned house that was left to him in his new location. Blanc and his partner Tonon,  a tired older lieutenant, are handed what appears to be a routine murder case. However, after another murder is committed, Blanc becomes suspicious and uses his investigative skills to delve further into solving the case. A primer into French procedural techniques for the interested.

Top 5 Library Trends

December 28, 2017

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According to a blog by Demco, the 5 top library trends that they have seen include the following:

  1. Light and airy open spaces. This is achieved by employing larger window spaces and lower shelving.
  2. Unfixed flexible spaces. Examples of this include mobile furniture, library shelving and service points.
  3. Power… everywhere. Due to emerging technologies, more outlets are now necessary, so having “powered ” tables and lounge furniture, and more charging stations would fulfill this need.
  4. Collaboration and study spaces. Libraries can use movable screens and partitions to help section rooms for more private spaces.
  5. Furniture trends. These include study carrels, high backed lounge seating and flip-top tables.

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