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Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation

Tranlated by: Gavin Flood and Charles Martin

Reviewed by Sarah Newell

Imagine you are on the precipice of a great battle.  You are an ancient warrior lined up with your faction facing the opposing army.  As each side prepares for battle you realize what a great loss this will be for both armies.  With two sides of a great family facing each other cousins will fight cousins, uncles will slay uncles, and neighbors will maim neighbors.  Continue reading

Public Library & Other Stories

Public Library and Other StoriesPublic Library and Other Stories

by Ali Smith

Review by Krystal Mainhart

This book contains a variety of short stories which all, in one way or another, relate around the theme of books and libraries, and how both of these impact the individual as well as communities.  This book became part of, “a fierce fight, a growing national movement …to defend our public libraries [in the United Kingdom].”  In the North American edition, the stories are interspersed with brief sections of transcribed interviews- the author asked friends and strangers about their views of libraries, their histories, and recent library closures.  Continue reading

Marc Berger

Marc Berger in concert, Saturday, March 4th at 2 pm.

Mr. Berger graciously took some time to talk to us before his performance.

Briefly describe yourself & the music you will be performing at the library.

I’m a law school grad and performing songwriter, guitarist and record producer, and an easterner who fell in love with the West in my 20’s. Expect a stripped down performance of my American Western song cycle and album RIDE at TPL. Continue reading

Founding Brothers

Founding BrothersFounding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

by Joseph J. Ellis

Review by Angela DeMott 

Joseph Ellis’ Founding Brothers has a lot to say about the Revolutionary era. In addition, it is a commentary on our current political, economic, and social situation. By way of analyzing six significant moments in U.S. history, Ellis argues that there were as many, if not more, interpretations of the revolutionary spirit of 1776 (and what that actually entailed for the growing nation) as there are beliefs on what it means to be an American today; Ellis also argues that our first political leaders didn’t really know what they were doing (How could they have? There was no precedent!) yet their gut instincts and passion still lead us, eventually, to green pastures.  Continue reading

Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the DollsValley of the Dolls

by Jacqueline Susann

Review by Rebecca Hoetger

Valley of the Dolls fulfilled two separate book challenges: the Rory Gilmore Challenge and a book published in 1966 for TPL’s 50th Anniversary Book Challenge. I have to say, although 50 years old, it still seems very relevant today, considering the pressures of extreme fame that many celebrities face. I liked that the story is told from the perspectives of three strong women: Anne, Neely, and Jennifer. All rise in wealth and fame and deal with life’s pressures differently. Even with the novel’s depressing undertones—a very Mad Men feel—I couldn’t put it down. Continue reading

Lorett Treese

A Serpent's TaleWe welcome Lorett Treese on Sunday, February 12 to discuss her book, A Serpent’s Tale: Discovering  America’s Ancient Mound Builders. Ms. Treese took some time to talk to us before her visit:

Briefly describe yourself and your topic:

For over twenty years, I worked as the college archivist for Bryn Mawr College, dealing with the documents relating to the operations and history of the college. I have also worked as a systems analyst and technical writer for the computer company formerly known as Shared Medical Systems. I earned my M.A. in American History from Villanova University, and while I was a student there I also worked as a guide at Winterthur Museum and Gardens and an intern in the Winterthur Manuscripts Collection. A Serpent’s Tale is my ninth book. Continue reading

On the Verge

On the VergeQ&A with Author Cara Bradley

Join author Cara Bradley on Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm as she discusses her book, On the Verge. Ms. Bradley took some time to answer some questions for us.

What is On the Verge about?

 On the Verge is a call to wake up and be fully alive. By learning to shift beyond your busy mind—distraction, drama, doubt, and fear—you arrive, or show up, in this exact moment. This allows you to tap into your limitless potential to shine by directly experiencing your natural clarity, vitality, and confidence. . Continue reading

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

By Charles Dickens

Review by Indumathi Rathakrishnan

The story revolves around Oliver who was born in unappreciable circumstances. Young ones are the most affected by the violence in the society which is well quoted in the story. I found characters in the story well built. Continue reading

The Explorer’s Guild Volume One

The Explorer's Guild Volume OneThe Explorer’s Guild, Vol. I: A Passage to Shambhala

By Jon Baird & Kevin Costner, with illustrations by Rick Ross

Review by Sarah Reisert

A wealthy member of the Explorer’s Guild accepts a challenge to find the Northwest Passage, but on the way he stumbles across a figure of legend: the city of Shambhala. He escapes with his life but falls terribly ill, and enlists his brother (and the rough-and-tumble regiment his brother commands) to help him figure out where on Earth the city will appear next. At least, I think that’s the story. Continue reading

Books to Movies 2017

Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen 2017

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Film release January 6, starring Taraji P. Henson & Octavia Spencer

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane
Film Release January 13, starring Ben Affleck & Zoe Saldana

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Film Release January 27, starring Bradley Cooper & Britt Robertson

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Film release February 10, starring Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan

The Shack by William P. Young
Film release March 3, starring Sam Worthington & Octavia Spencer

Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Film release March 17, starring Emma Watson & Dan Stevens

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Film release March 24, as Allegiant Part 2, starring Shailene Woodley & Theo James

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Film release March 31, starring Jessica Chastain & Daniel Brüh

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Film release April 7, starring Zoey Deutch & Halston Sage

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Film release April 7, starring Jacob Tremblay & Julia Roberts

The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Film release April 21, starring Charlie Hunnam & Robert Pattinson

The Circle by Dave Eggers
Film release April 28, starring Emma Watson & Tom Hanks

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Film release June 2, as Captain Underpants starring Ed Helms & Kevin Hart

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
Film release July 14, starring Rachel Weisz & Sam Claflin

The Empire of a Thousand Planets by Pierre Christin
Film release July 21, as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan & Cara Delevingne

The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Film release July 28, starring Idris Elba & Matthew McConaghey

Jumanji by Chris Allsburg
Film release July 28, starring Dwayne Johnson & Jack Black

It by Stephen King
Film release September 8, starring Bill Skarsgård & Finn Wolfhard

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Film release October 20, starring Idris Elba & Kate Winslet

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Film release November 10, starring Jennifer Lawrence & Joel Edgerton

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Film release November 22, starring Kenneth Branagh & Leslie Odom, Jr.

Dates to be Announced

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Starring Asa Butterfield & Nick Offerman

Back from Tuichi : The Harrowing Life-and-Death Story of Survival in the Amazon Rainforest by Yossi Ghinsberg
Film to be released as Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe & Yasmin Kassim

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Starring Ross Lynch & Anne Heche

The Long Home by William Gay
Starring James Franco & Analeigh Tipton

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Starring Natalie Portman & Tessa Thompson