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September 2013


    Inquiring Minds - What's Stranger Than Fiction? ()

    Stranger Than Fiction

    Every week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review.

    Q. I recently came across this quotation: "What if we are all characters in a book? What if when you forget what you were going to say, it's the author backspacing?" A friend says he thinks this is the plot of a book, but he doesn't remember the title. Can you help?

    A. This quote appears all over the Internet, but we haven’t found a link to a specific novel. The concept, however, does form the plot of an entertaining movie from 2006 called Stranger than Fiction, in which Will Ferrell, playing a...

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    Tags: Inquiring Minds


    Books in the News - 9/22/13 ()

    Bleeding Edge

    Here's your easy-to-use, linked-up scoop on the books reviewed in our local papers this week! 

    From the Pioneer Press Books section:

    The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Secret Boyhood Diary edited by Dave Page -
    When F. Scott Fitzgerald was fourteen and living in St. Paul, he began keeping a short diary of his exploits among his friends, friendly rivals, and crushes. The Thoughtbook includes a new introduction by Dave Page that covers the history and provenance of the diary, its meaning in Fitzgerald's literary development, and what it says about Fitzgerald's life and writing process.


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    Tags: Newspapers


    Celebrate Your Freedom to Read! ()

    Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

    Mark your calendars and get out your reading glasses:  September 22-28 is Banned Books Week!  Read a banned book today!

    For over thirty years, librarians, booksellers, teachers and readers have celebrated the right to read during this annual event.  Banned Books Week draws attention to "efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books" and "draws national attention to the harms of censorship." (From The American Library Association's website, which has tons of great info about banned books.)

    The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. The ALA put...

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    Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction


    The Top 100 at Ramsey County Library ()

    Private L.A.

    Ever wonder who the most popular author is at Ramsey County Library?  Any guesses?  I bet almost everybody guessed right ... it's James Patterson!  From Detective Alex Cross to the Women's Murder Club and many, many more, Patterson definitely has sheer volume on his side. 

    Who else is really, really popular at our library?  Check out the list below for a quick refresher on our bestsellers--and a reminder of old favorite authors who you might have forgotten about.  Hey, they might have a new book out that you haven't read yet!  

    Without further ado, here's the list of:

    The Top 100 Authors at Ramsey County...

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    Tags: Bestsellers, Fiction


    Books in the News - 9/15/13 ()

    The Lowland

    Here's the scoop on the books reviewed in our local papers this weekend! 

    In the Pioneer Press Books section, Mary Ann Grossmann offered a comprehensive list of Minnesota authors coming out with new books this fall, from "mysteries to Jesse James, a superhero squirrel to James J. Hill."

    Also, Duplex by Kathryn Davis - Time, place, and mind all bend in extraordinary ways in this new novel.

    The ...

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    Tags: Newspapers