Tom Rob Smith

March 31, 2011 by
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March 31, 2011 // Filed under Blog

London-born writer Tom Rob Smith just may be the go-to author for people who are ready to move on from Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series. Smith’s first book, Child 44, bears all the hallmarks of a great crime thriller – enduring suspense, characters who grow with the well-plotted storyline, and a relevant setting of historical authenticity, in this case, post-Stalinist Russia. His subsequent novel, The Secret Speech, and an upcoming publication, Agent 6, carry forward the story of Leo Stepanovich Demidov, … Continue reading

Stieg Larsson and the Millenium Series

March 4, 2010 by
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March 4, 2010 // Filed under Blog

Bernardsville Public Library finds the published works of Stieg Larsson to be wildly popular beginning with his first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  In fact, Larsson’s books are international sensations.  By one estimation of worldwide sales in 2008, Larsson ranked only second behind Kahled Hosseini (The Kite Runner.)  The library book group, Saturday Samplers, will discuss The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at its meeting this Saturday, March 6th, 3:30 p.m., and I initially wrote the following author profile for them, but I think others … Continue reading

Iranian Authors On Iran

June 24, 2009 by
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June 24, 2009 // Filed under Blog

Published in 2008, The Ayatollah Begs To Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran was written by Hooman Majd who, as coincidence would have it, is the grandson of a noted ayatollah. Born in Tehran but now living in the United States, Majd tries to explain the multi-faceted, conflicting nature of Persian life to westerners. In a review, The Financial Times states, “Hooman Majd offers a more conversational way into the history of Iran in The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, with … Continue reading

When You’re Hungry For More Than Just Words

June 19, 2009 by
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June 19, 2009 // Filed under Blog

M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Ruth Reichl are some of the people who come to mind when I think about those who have described their love of food and cooking in noteworthy books. M.F.K. Fisher is still considered one of the 20th century’s standard bearers of elegant prose about food, travel and life. Readers have long savored the detail and precision of her observations in such books as Consider the Oyster and The Art of Eating. As for The French … Continue reading

Newbery Medal Awarded to Neil Gaiman

January 27, 2009 by
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January 27, 2009 // Filed under Blog

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2009 John Newbery Medal for outstanding children’s literature to Neil Gaiman, versatile British author of fantasy, science fiction, graphic novels and children’s books, for The Graveyard Book. On its Web site, the ALSC, a chapter of the American Library Association, states the following about The Graveyard Book, “A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose.” Furthermore, … Continue reading

About Neil Gaiman

December 6, 2008 by
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December 6, 2008 // Filed under Blog

photo source – Kimberly Butler, 2005 Neil Gaiman will be the featured author at this month’s meeting of Saturday Samplers, a Bernardsville Public Library book discussion group, taking place today at 3:30 p.m. The book group will be discussing Neverwhere, which the author turned into a novel after first writing the story as a screenplay for the BBC. Gaiman started his writing career in England as a comic book writer who developed a world-renowned graphic novel series, The Sandman, based … Continue reading

The Passing of Michael Crichton and Studs Terkel Noted

November 5, 2008 by
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November 5, 2008 // Filed under Blog

Bestselling author Michael Crichton died yesterday at the age of 66 after a long illness. Famous for such clever fictional works as Jurassic Park, Congo, and The Andromeda Strain, Crichton had a talent for great storytelling which could turn implausible themes into vibrant, frightening reality. Bernardsville Public Library has set up a display of Michael Crichton books alongside those of Tony Hillerman, also recently deceased. You’ll find this display just inside the lobby on the right. To remember Studs Terkel, … Continue reading

Tony Hillerman, 1925 – 2008

October 27, 2008 by
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October 27, 2008 // Filed under Blog

Tony Hillerman, prolific author of American Southwest fiction, died yesterday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 83. Known for his mysteries featuring characters from the Navajo Tribal Police, Hillerman called upon his extensive familiarity with American Indian life to give authenticity to his novels. The New York Times obituary today provides a very interesting profile of his life, including the fact that as a child he attended St. Mary’s Academy, a school for Potawatomie Indian girls in Dust … Continue reading

David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008 – Extraordinary Author, Victim of Severe Depression

September 15, 2008 by
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September 15, 2008 // Filed under Blog

The literary world is saddened and reeling from the news of David Foster Wallace’s suicide this past weekend in Claremont, California, at the young age of 46. Numerous tributes to this noteworthy American author may be read on the internet and online newspapers such as The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. The New York Times’ article notes, “A prose magician, Mr. Wallace was capable of writing — in his fiction and nonfiction — about subjects from tennis to … Continue reading

Beach Reads

July 30, 2008 by
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July 30, 2008 // Filed under Blog

There’s plenty of time left this summer to go to the shore, so why not grab some beach reading to take with you? BookReporter has an interesting search page for selecting beach reading by categories such as mystery, armchair travel, and pop culture. Try it at http://www.bookreporter.com/summer/index.asp to find just the right book for you. In addition, on National Public Radio’s Web site you can browse their own 2008 list of summer reading. Go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90677140 While you’re at the … Continue reading

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