What We're Readin' and Watchin'

Book and video reviews by the Lucy Robbins Welles Library staff. The public library of Newington, Connecticut.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Title: Housekeeping
Author: Marilynn Robinson

This book title was ironic. The main character did not have a knack for housekeeping in the traditional sense but just the opposite. Yet she tried to do what housekeeping symbolizes - keeping a family together. Do you think she succeeded?

There is a reader's guide to this book for those of you who may want to read it in a book discussion group.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a good story.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

I must be the last woman on the face of the earth to watch Gray's Anatomy and Dr. McDreamy!!! I have seen the first three episodes. It's witty, intelligent and informative. I am enjoying the characters more each episode. This could be a winner. By the way Dr. McDreamy is not my cup of tea!


Saturday, December 09, 2006

Some Best Books of 2006 lists

Mark Flanagan from About.com literary section suggest 10 books from 2006. If you like me you are still on the waiting list for Stephen King's Lisey's Story! I can't believe I haven't read any books on this list! I think I'll go check out Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld.

The Washington Post list 10 books for children. Of course you must read Here Lies the Librarian; a book proported to kill off the sterotype of the typical bunned and shushing librarian!

Book World picks there 10 best. After This may well be one of the best books of 2006 but I don't think it's Alice McDermott's best book. I loved Child of My Heart.

ALA's list of best books for Young Adults.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

New take on an old joke!

Title: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Author: Many EGG-cellent Illustrators!

Your thoughts:
Here's your chuckle for the week! 14 EGGS-tremely talented illustrators have their own take on why the chicken did indeed cross the road. Included are Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka, Mo Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) and Jerry Pinkney. It's sure to CRACK you up!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Plot Against America

Title: Plot Against America
Author: Philip Roth

This is very timely material although the story is set just before WWII. I have never read Philip Roth before. I know a big hole in my reading resume. However, this book did not grab my attention. It should have. I have a strong commitment to social justice for all people. I believe in personal freedoms and the bill of rights. Orwell's 1984 made we want to change the world. this book just made me glad it was over.

My Cedar Mountain Commons book discussion group will talk about it next Monday. Maybe they can help me appreciate this story.