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October 2012

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    Books in the News - 10/14/12 ()

    The Lighthouse Road

    Here are the books the local papers are discussing this week!

    On the Saint Paul side of the river, the Pioneer Press featured Paul Wellstone Jr.'s new memoir Becoming WellstoneThe Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye, a novel about three generations and the search for love, was also reviewed.

    Minneapolis-wise, the Star Tribune offered Next to Love by Ellen...

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    Books in the News - 10/7/12 ()

    Illuminations

    What books are being discussed in the Twin Cities papers this week?  Here's your guide!

    The Pioneer Press featured a lovely article about Mary Sharratt and her novel Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von BingenRamsey County Library is excited to be hosting Mary Sharratt at two upcoming library appearances: White Bear Lake on Monday, October 15 and Mounds View on Thursday, October 18, both at 6:30 p.m.  Sharratt will appear in 12th century costume, read from her book, and play brief recordings of Hildegard's ethereal music.  Don't miss it!

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    James Bond at 50 ()

    Dr. No

    James Bond, celebrating fifty years on screen this year, is all over the media these days. 

    The on-screen magic first started in 1962, when Sean Connery first portrayed Ian Fleming's spy on screen.  Six actors (who played Bond the best?  Check out NPR's poll for the results)  and twenty-three films later (Skyfall, the 23rd film, comes out in November), there is a lot of James Bond goodness to enjoy at the library. 

    In addition to the 22 James Bond films owned in our collection (check out ...

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    Tags: Movies, Music, Nonfiction

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    Books in the News - 9/30/12 ()

    The Truth About Style

    What's being reviewed in your local papers?  Here's your guide!

    At the    Pioneer Press, there was a profile of Amy Lyon, who wrote Only God Knows Why: A Mother's Memoir of Death and Rebirth, stylist Stacy London's new book The Truth About Style and Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf. 

    On the books page, Minnesota mysteries were the focus with reviews of Mad River by John Sandford,...

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    Rock Memoirs - Spilling It All ()

    My Cross to Bear

    Recently, the New York Times had a great article called Warts and All in New Pop Memoirs, which investigated the deluge of rock and pop memoirs and autobiographies flooding the market (and libraries!) these days.  According to the article:

    "At a time when record sales are plummeting, the reasons for the memoir surge seem to be personal and artistic as well as commercial.  For many of the pop stars of the 1960s and '70s, now in the 60s or older and with an audience to match, writing a memoir is a way to round out their musical career, albeit in a new genre."

    Some of the newer titles coming out include the...

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    Tags: Memoirs, Nonfiction