Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[Awards] 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Looking for something to read for the Easter weekend? Call or visit your local branch to request one of these 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning titles. 
Remember, all library locations are closed Friday, April 18, 2014.

2014 Pulitzer Prize winners available at the library



Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt















History: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
















Biography or Autobiography: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshal





General Nonfiction: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin 


Click to view all 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalists and winners




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Friday, April 11, 2014

[News and Notes] ALL LIBRARY LOCATIONS CLOSED APRIL 18, 2014



All locations of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center will be closed FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2014 for Good Friday. 

Customers have the option of  reserving or renewing books by going to www.memphislibrary.org or calling 452-2047. The Library’s website also offers several resources customers can use anytime—24 hours a day—seven days a week.   E-books and downloadable audio books can be checked-out for free; online databases contain searchable newspaper and magazine articles, reference books and more; and blogs and newsletters on everything from fiction bestsellers to travel can be read on the web.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

[Book Review] The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor


Fiction/Historical/Women's

Darletha reviews THE BLUE ORCHARD by Jackson Taylor (Simon & Schuster, 2010)

This is a powerful novel I hope fans of detailed historical fiction or strong female protagonists will enjoy.

Verna Krone is a woman who evolves from a poor, uneducated Pennsylvania farm girl into a wealthy nurse during the Great Depression. During this time of widespread unemployment she is able to find work, thanks to a strong work ethic and support from a few male acquaintances. Verna eventually becomes a registered nurse, a profession that instills in her a new form of independence and self-sufficiency.   

Verna’s life takes a profitable turn when she, as white woman, agrees to work for a black doctor named Dr. Charles Crampton. Dr. Crampton runs a clinic for the poor in Harrisburg; he also secretly performs abortions with Verna as his assistant.  Dr. Crampton is part of an influential Republican political machine and a philanthropic community leader, so his secret work is under powerful political protection. 

Verna’s work helps her become very rich but it also taints her view of women and her relationships with the men in her life. As the years pass the political landscape changes. By 1954, Dr. Crampton and Verna are arrested for performing “illegal surgeries,” resulting in a high profile criminal trial.  

Told from Verna's candid but flawed point of view, this novel deals with race relations, women’s rights, and the ongoing issue of reproductive rights. The most fascinating aspect of this novel is that it is based on a true story--Verna is the author's grandmother!

This book is available from our Memphis Library’s Books in a Bag Bookclub Kit and worth a lively discussion.

Darletha, South Branch

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Monday, March 31, 2014

[Library Events and Programs] Bookstock 2014 is Springing Forward

Bookstock is "Springing Forward" at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library.

We've moved Bookstock from October to April 26, 2014, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm.


























Mark your calendars and bring the entire family because Bookstock, Jr. will take place the same day. 

What best-selling author is this year's keynote speaker

Visit the Bookstock 2014 and Bookstock Jr. for details.

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[News and Notes] Library Holiday Closing Friday April 4, 2014

ALL LIBRARY LOCATIONS CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014

All branches of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center will be closed Friday, April 4, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial holiday.  
   
Customers have the option of reserving or renewing books by going to www.memphislibrary.org or calling 452-2047.



The Library’s website also offers several resources customers can use anytime—24 hours a day—seven days a week. E-books and downloadable audio books can be checked-out for free; online databases contain searchable newspaper and magazine articles, reference books and more; and blogs and newsletters on everything from fiction bestsellers to travel can be read on the web.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

[Bookish Images] March 28, 2014




"Reading can seriously damage your ignorance"

-Image from Booklover (Source)

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Friday, March 21, 2014

[Book Review] The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Fiction/Fantasy/Young Adult


Nakia reviews THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books, 2011)
I enjoyed reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.  At the beginning of the book the heroine, Princess Elisa, is not your average heroine, and this is why I like her. Princess Elisa is endearing, intriguing, thoughtful and compassionate. But, she is also overweight and lacks confidence and self-esteem. She is a good balance of lovable and flawed. Although this main character is flawed, she is chosen for a great task.  

Princess Elisa is picked over her pretty sister to become the Chosen One.  In this role she must marry a handsome king and she is selected to be the one in her family who possesses special powers and gifts.  She doesn’t know why or how she will make a difference in this role, but a move to a foreign land forces her to be bold and courageous. Through a journey of intense adventures and self-discovery, Princess Elisa transforms right before our very eyes. 

The other characters in the book also have a good balance of strengths and weaknesses.  If you love Fantasy, you will absolutely love the world building and the mystery of the Godstone. 

I loved the ending!  I loved the fact that the ending wasn't all about the King and her affection for him, rather this ending was all about Princess Elisa – her strength and confidence!

This book was amazing!  


Nakia Armstrong, Central Library

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

[News and Notes] March 20, 2014

Today marks the first day of Spring. St. Patrick’s Day is complete and Women’s History Month is winding down. 

Here are a few interesting links from this month:


We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. According to the New York Times, Bulawayo was born in Zimbabwe in 1981. (Full article)

Steampunk fans, this could be your dream cruise. Watch this NYTimes video about Steampunks at Sea

Literary Statement Skirts for Spring can bring book-loving flair to spring fashions.


Ready to redecorate? Random House offers 20 Ways to Make Your Home More Bookish.


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