Staff picks

The Expats as a First Time Novel is First Rate!

Aimee’s entry about first-time novels leads me to tell about a first-time novel that I enjoyed reading this past summer:  The Expats, a spy thriller by Chris Pavone, who has previousl

An Exciting New Way to Take Classes!

Have you ever wished you could learn something new, but don’t have the time or money to take a class?   Would you like to learn tools to advance your career?   Master a new craf

The Website You Can’t Live Without

If you have ever wondered where a title is in a series, or if an author has written other books, I have a website for you: Fantastic Fiction (

Want to listen to an arresting audio book?

Then listen to The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent., a compelling historical novel that is primarily set in the Andover-Billerica area of Massachusetts in the 1690s.  The narrator

Thought Provoking Summer Reading

In the summer I, like many people, tend to focus on light reading. And, I’m usually pretty good at it.

Review: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

This was an engrossing read, but it was not what I expected.  With her debut novel Walker has depicted a world uncomfortably familiar to our own.  The book is centered on a young girl and

Review: A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennett Conant

This is a fascinating book, but I felt it was less about Julia and Paul Child than about their friend and OSS (Office of Strategic Services) colleague, Jane Foster.

Cookbooks Galore!

Purchasing cookbooks for the library is the most challenging part of my job. I’ve come to terms with it by acknowledging we all have some responsibilities that we struggle with more than others.

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