Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Opera with Christopher Purdy. We have chosen Puccini’s Turandot. Set in China and performed in... more
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Come discuss the best books you haven’t heard of yet! This quarter’s featured book is The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon.... more
The Adult Readers' Blog
All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. –James Thurber
John Kenney's Truth in Advertising won the 2014 Thurber Award for American Humor . The book is about an ad man's attempt to discover what he is “running from, and to, and why” as he struggles to create a Super Bowl commercial while dealing with his estranged father's death.
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Want to pitch the Super Bowl this year? Here are some popular alternatives. The Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl sites have live web cams but they come with commercials too.
- 14 Books You Could Read In The Time It Takes to Watch the Super Bowl
- Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl, Fish Bowl
- You can pitch the game and go straight to the pitches (and the latest apologies) at Super Bowl Commercials Dot Org. Back in the day kids, before the Internet, I used to go to art house theaters and watch films that collected all the best ads from around the world. It was all about the creativity and it was fun.
On this day in 1915, Congress merged the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S.... Read more
Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore writes a story rich in historical detection about the most popular female superhero of all time while revealing a fascinating family story and history of twentieth-century feminism.
Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston. Marston's life was greatly influenced by early suffragists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, and including Olive Byrne and Margaret Sanger. Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for “Family Circle “celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston’s other claim to fame —-he invented the lie detector test.
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Annie Hewitt is out of options. She returns to her mother’s cottage on Maine’s Peregrine Island with a mountain of debt, no real job prospects, and only her amazing puppet skills to sustain her. Going into a harsh winter, both her future and the landscape look bleak.
The forbidding house at the top of the hill houses a man who traumatized her as a teen, a friend in need, and a little girl who has lost her voice among the waves. In this modern Gothic, Annie’s time on the island will be marked with mystery, romance, thrills, love, and the sense of belonging she has always wanted – from the people she thought least likely to provide it.
2. A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Taking place over the span of 24 hours, this inventive novel follows a rotating cast of raucous characters through the snowy streets of Philadelphia. The book centers around Madeline Altamari, an aspiring jazz singer who is nine years old. Left to her own devices after the sudden death of her mother nearly a year ago incapacitates her father, Madeline is smart mouthed, grieving and about to have the adventure of her lifetime on Christmas Eve Eve.
Add Madeline's principal who has it out for her because she is her mama's daughter; her favorite teacher Miss Sarina Green, recently returned to Philly after a divorce; and the owner of the Cat's Pajamas, Lorca, who is facing the club's imminent demise along with several other colorful characters and you have a highly entertaining whirlwind of a novel with a healthy dash of magical realism rounding out the entire affair. It's a small book, and though it can easily be devoured in one sitting it will remain with the reader long after the last, powerful line. A recommended read for music lovers, prose lovers, and really just about anyone with a sense of humor and wonder.