I picked up Caitlin Moran’s half-memoir, half-manifesto, How to Be a Woman, having no knowledge of her previous work. Being that she’s primarily known as a television host and journalist in England, it’s entirely possible that you’ve never heard of her either. That said, you might be wondering why you should give her your attention for 320 pages. Well, first off, because she’s incredibly clever and funny. Moran covers a wide range of topics from the trivial (fashion choices, learning how to flirt) to the substantial (sexual harassment, motherhood) with such a witty, unique voice that you’re halfway through the book without even realizing it. On becoming a mother for the first time, Moran writes, “Six weeks into being poleaxed by a newborn colicky baby… I would have happily shot the world’s last panda in the face if it made the baby cry for 60 seconds less.”
How to Be a Woman is a funny, thought-provoking look into what it means to be feminine in the 21st century. You can currently find it on the New Non-Fiction shelf under call number 305.42 MOR.8 months ago
For those of you who enjoy Janet Evanovich mysteries, try the Cat DeLuca series by K. J. Larsen.
The setting is Chicago and Cat’s family (lots of Cops and an overprotective mother) keep her on her toes and make her work as a P. I. challenging. Her agency is called “Pants on Fire.”
The first mystery is Liar, Liar, followed by Sticks and Stones and the newest: Some like it Hot.9 months ago
Check out the Nathan Active mysteries for a great read. There are four in the series:
White Sky, Black Ice
Village of the Ghost Bears
If you enjoyed reading the Tony Hillerman mysteries, you will like this series. Read them in order of publication to follow the story lines.4 years ago
There is a new mystery series that takes place in Botswana. Like the wonderful Alexander McCall Smith gentle mysteries centered on Mma. Precious Ramotswe, this new series features a wise and persistent detective. His name is Detective David Bengu and he is known as “Kubu” (Setswana for hippopotamus!).
Check out The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu by Michael Stanley.
The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu: A Detective Kubu Mystery
By Stanley, Michael
Botswana’s Detective Kubu is caught in a twisted tangle of money, murder, andhidden motives, in his second evocative mystery from the author of “A CarrionDeath.”
Two vicious murders, only hours apart
Normally a peaceful wilderness retreat, the Jackalberry bush camp has suddenly become a ghastly crime scene—and the details are still emerging when Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is assigned to the case. Zimbabwean teacher Goodluck Tinubu and another tourist have been found bludgeoned to death, while another guest at the camp—rumored to be a dissident wanted in Zimbabwe—has disappeared without a trace.
With the local police unable—or unwilling—to provide much assistance, Detective Kubu relies on his own instincts to track down those responsible for the crimes. But a startling piece of forensic evidence from Goodluck Tinubu’s murder adds a complicated twist to the investigation, and Kubu must work fast to solve a seemingly impossible riddle before any more Jackalberry guests meet their death. Suspecting that everyone at the camp has something to hide, the wily detective from Gaborone sets a clever trap to find the truth.
The memorable Kubu of “A Carrion Death” returns in this gripping story of murder, greed, and hidden motives. Set in northern Botswana, amid lush vegetation and teeming wildlife, “The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu” captures the intense loyalties and struggles taking place at the country’s borders—and the shattered dreams of those living just outside this modern democracy.4 years ago
A great new book available at the Library is The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys. It is a book of 40 short stories, most only a few pages long. Each story takes place during one of the years between 1142 and 1895 that the Thames River was frozen solid.
Check the SWAN online catalog to place a hold on this book.
4 years ago
Abraham Lincoln: His Life and Legacy
Cadillac Records—Adrien Brody
Cahokia Mounds: Ancient Metropolis
Damages—The Complete First Season—Glenn Close
Encounters at the End of the World—Werner Herzog
Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews
Frozen River—Melissa Leo
Happy Go Lucky—Sally Hawkins
Historic Pubs of Dublin
Inspector Morse—Second Time Around
Katherine Hepburn TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection
- Adam’s Rib
- Woman of the Year
- The Philadelphia Story
- Bringing up Baby
Let the Right One In—Tomas Alfredson
Living Goddess—Sanjani Shakya
Man on Wire—Philippe Petit (Documentary)
Michael Powell Double Feature
- Age of Consent
- Stairway to Heaven
The New Americans (PBS)
The New Detectives (Discovery Channel)
Our America—Josh Charles
Over New England
Promised Land—John Thaw (Inspector Morse)
Rachel Getting Married—Anne Hathaway
Secret Life of Bees—Queen Latifah
Tropic Thunder—Ben Stiller
Quantum of Solace—Daniel Craig
Vicky Cristina Barcelona—Penelope Cruz
The Visitor—Richard Jenkins
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