Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Smithsonian Magazine, Sept Issue

The September issue of Smithsonian magazine arrived today with all sorts of interesting articles - Frances Mayes, author of a celebrated memoir about life in Tuscany explores the storied cities of Krakow and Gdansk in Poland - Journalist Paul Theroux fulfills a a boyhood dream and drives across America in the spirit of Kerouac, Steinbeck and other poets of the open road

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pulitizer Prize Fiction

We've just started a new project! We're finding and labeling books that have won the Pulitzer Prize for best fiction. The Pulitizer Prize was established in 1904 by Joseph Pulitizer, a 19th century journalist. Administered by Columbia School of Journalism, the Pulitizer Prize is awarded each year "for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life." We are displaying these books in the main lobby.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Book Review: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

"Following Bridge of Sighs—a national best seller hailed by The Boston Globe as “an astounding achievement” and “a masterpiece”—Richard Russo gives us the story of a marriage, and of all the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his father’s ashes in the trunk, but his mother is very much alive and not shy about calling on his cell phone. She does so as he drives down to Cape Cod, where he and his wife, Joy, will celebrate the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. For Griffin this is akin to driving into the past, since he took his childhood summer vacations here, his parents’ respite from the hated Midwest. And the Cape is where he and Joy honeymooned, in the course of which they drafted the Great Truro Accord, a plan for their lives together that’s now thirty years old and has largely come true. He’d left screenwriting and Los Angeles behind for the sort of New England college his snobby academic parents had always aspired to in vain; they’d moved into an old house full of character; and they’d started a family. Check, check and check.

But be careful what you pray for, especially if you manage"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Old Home Day, 2009

Old Home Day has come and gone - what a wonderful day it was for all of us. We enjoyed having friends, old and new, stop by to say hello. The scrapbooks received a lot of attention as well as Nancy MacDonald's beautiful photos of Rumney.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our book sale a wonderful success. Thank you to Toni and Anne who spent the day tending the sale - it was scheduled to end at noon but we kept very busy until after three! Thank you, too, to my daughter who came to help and to the gang who helped set up Friday night - Tom, Pat, Mike, Patrick, Adam, and Jim. And, of course, everyone who helped to clean up.

Our farewell party for Rachel was very well attended. Thank you to Pat for getting the cake here and to the Reed Family for serving the cake and ice cream. I was very sad to have Rachel leave but know that her new job will be a wonderful challenge for her - I look forward to visiting her soon in Stowe, Vermont.