Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Spotlight: Astoria

Coming this March a true life adventure.

Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
     by Peter Stark

In the tradition of The Lost City of Z, Astoria is the thrilling true adventure tale of the now forgotten 1810 Astor Expedition.At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day.Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. Astor set out to establish a global trade network based at the mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Oregon.He dispatched two groups of men west: one by sea around the southern tip of South America and one by land over the Rockies.Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In Memory

Harold Ramis 1944-2014   

Harold Allen Ramis, actor, director and writer,  started his career in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. Before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray. His Hollywood debut came when he collaborated on the script for National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). This success was followed by many critically acclaimed films including Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and Caddyshack.
 Harold Ramis died of autoimmune disease at his home in Chicago last week.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Films added to the National Film Registry for Preservation

In December, 2013, the Library of Congress inducted 25 films into the National Film Registry to preserve for future generations based upon cultural, historical, or cinematic significance.

You can rest easy that these favorites were added:

Mary Poppins

Right Stuff

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Check out the list and see if  some of your other favorites are included and reserve them from the library!


2014 Grammy Award Winner: Best Spoken Word Album

Did you know that there's a Grammy Award for best spoken word album?  

Check out this year's winner and request from the library today!

America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert

Other Nominees:

Carrie and Me by Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett shares her personal diary entries and correspondence revealing her anguish as a mother of a troubled teenager, the epiphanies that helped her help her family, and the grief and then the hope she felt after Carrie's death.

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour.

Still Foolin' 'Em By Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt.

The Storm King by Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems, set to new music created by over 70 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic Music, Classical Guitar, Folk, Israeli Music, Jazz, Native American Music, and Tuvan Throat Singing.


Friday, February 14, 2014

New Mystery and Fiction for March

What are some new fiction titles for March?

Three Brothers by Peter Ackroyd
This author is a Guardian and Whitbread winner for his fiction and his new novel follows the lives of three brothers as they make their way in the world in 1960s London.

Hangman by Stephen Talty
Policewoman Abbie Kearney returns to track a nasty killer called the Hangman who has escaped from jail.

Kill Fee by Owen Laukkanen
One of Minnesota's wealthiest men is murdered in broad daylight in downtown St. Paul, witnessed by Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens and FBI agent Carla Windemere.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

JSTOR--Named Best Overall Database by Library Journal

JSTOR named "Best Overall Database" by Library Journal

Hundreds of searches of the arts, humanities, and social sciences have been completed on JSTOR by academics, local authors, students, and interested Wellesley residents.  

This unique database of articles from over 2000 current and archival journals, books, and primary sources offers information not found in the popular periodical databases and on the Internet.  

So what are you waiting for?  Call the Reference Desk for more information or try it out and then tell your neighbors and friends!  SH