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Black and white photo of Andrew McCarthy in a tweed jacket, loosening a skinny tie.

Brat: An ’80s story

by Eric B. I’d completely agree with the author Jay McInerney’s (Bright Lights, Big City) assessment on the back jacket cover of Brat: An ’80s Story:  “My only quibble with this absorbing, thoughtful, and sometimes painfully honest memoir is with the title; McCarthy is anything but a brat. He is certainly an unlikely movie star, and the story of how this diffident … Continue reading Brat: An ’80s story

A purple background with bright blue patterns reads "Debate & Diplomacy in History".

Game Time!

by Deb B. Game Time! Prepare to explore an immersive, intellectually stimulating game of friendship and betrayal, with spies and imposters, alliances and rivals. Will you witness a campaign of persuasion, or one of war and pestilence? Hoarded resources or shared technology? How is trade conducted? Who are the players on the board? No, I … Continue reading Game Time!

Against a red background, two sets of chopsticks hold noodles in long swoop that looks like an H.

Crying in H Mart

by Ben H. I’d be remiss to write about Michelle Zauner’s Crying in H Mart without mentioning Psychpomp, the 2016 Japanese Breakfast album that served as a preview for the memoir that debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times‘ best sellers List. Passages describing the creation of the album are brief, but lyrics are scattered throughout the memoir like Easter eggs.   Zauner recorded the album in Eugene in the … Continue reading Crying in H Mart

Thinking BIG for Small Business: Class and Resources

by Cherise T. The #1 Riskiest Scam According to Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland Wednesday, Sep 22 11 am – 12 pm; online Employment scams were already the riskiest scam in both 2018 and 2019, according to Better Business Bureau’s Risk Index report. During 2020, the growth of this dangerous breeding ground skyrocketed, largely … Continue reading Thinking BIG for Small Business: Class and Resources

From US Library of Congress, print of Congress during the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson

The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

“In this engrossing new book, Robert S. Levine has penned a nuanced and detailed study of the ‘hopes and frustrations of Reconstruction’ during Andrew Johnson’s presidency. While focusing on the relationship between Johnson and Frederick Douglass, the author also includes the views of numerous African American writers who witnessed Johnson’s transformation from self-styled ‘Moses to … Continue reading The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Norfolk, Archaeology, and a Touch of Crime: The Ruth Galloway Mysteries

By Julie F. London native and Brighton resident Elly Griffiths has had a phenomenal (and very busy!) career since publishing the first Ruth Galloway mystery, The Crossing Places, in 2009. The author of three children’s books, the Stephens and Mephisto historical mystery series, and the Harbinder Kaur mystery series, she is the winner of the … Continue reading Norfolk, Archaeology, and a Touch of Crime: The Ruth Galloway Mysteries

The picture shows five young children from above, at a long table coloring pictures of moose and trees. Each child has a coloring sheet and there are four containers of crayons on the table.

Glenwood Children’s Classes Starting Again!

By Alastair S. Classes are coming back to Glenwood Branch! While renovations in the branch are ongoing, we are nevertheless able to bring back classes to our freshly refurbished Pindell Meeting Room. Starting next week, here’s what we have to offer: Little Learners (3 – 5 years with an adult)   Mondays; 10:30 – 11 am  Fun stories, songs, and activities for pre-schoolers … Continue reading Glenwood Children’s Classes Starting Again!

The book cover depicts Bernadette with short brown hair and a yellow headband, against a background of icy blue mountains and turquoise sky.

Read it! Watch it!

by Emily B. Book to film adaptations are some of the most beloved and memorable works of pop culture, and devoted fans are always excited to see their favorite novels made into movies or TV series. Whether the adaptation is completely faithful to the book or takes dramatic liberties to make the material fit the … Continue reading Read it! Watch it!


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