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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

The Jealous Kind

 The Jealous Kind

by James Lee Burke

Review by Susan Williams

If you have never read James Lee Burke’s books, you are missing some truly great writing. Burke’s writing is lyrical and his descriptions are pure magic. Burke has won two Edgar awards and numerous other recognitions for his prose. Stephen King said he reads Burke because he is a “gorgeous prose stylist”. Continue reading

Midcentury Christmas

Midcentury ChristmasMidcentury Christmas at Tredyffrin Public Library!

We welcome Sarah Archer at the library on Sunday, December 11 to discuss her book Midcentury Christmas. 

Ms. Archer took some time to let us get to know her before she comes for her presentation: Continue reading

Swedish Authors

Swedish Author Invasion

Reviews by Lois Plale

I enjoy reading international authors and a few years ago, I discovered two Swedish authors, both of whom are becoming popular in this country.  They are Jonas Jonasson and Frederik Backman.  Both authors use humor and a lot of heart.  I have reviewed two books for each author. Continue reading