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Book Hunters in Brief #71: Jazz Appreciation Month

From the 1920s well into the 1950s, the soundtrack of life in this country was jazz in various forms, and why not? The American Century needed its distinctly American music, and jazz is just that. Its deepest and strongest roots may be in Africa, but it was the intertwining of those roots with European traditions that made jazz what it is. It is the music of the "Melting Pot." For every Armstrong and Ellington there was a Beiderbecke and Goodman. To say jazz is "as American as Apple Pie" is to undersell its American-ness. It could not have come to be anywhere else.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Defending JacobTitle to be discussed: Defending Jacob by William Landay.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 pm.  Summary: "Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. When a shocking crime shatters his New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. As the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own--between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive."

New Adult Fiction

I just finished a new adult book called Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine.  What is new adult you ask?  The somewhat controversial “n

Book Hunters in Brief #70: National Library Week

This year, National Library Week's theme is "Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library," Now, let's face it, most of these National [Insert noun here] Weeks overstate by half the importance of the thing they celebrate--yes, oatmeal is an important part of a balanced breakfast, but the fact is that you could replace it with any number of cereal grains and life would go on, more or less, unchanged. That is not the case with our nation's public libraries.

Masters of Suspense Book Club

The Devil's Company

 

Explosive action and scrupulous period research are David Liss's trademarks.

Book Club Friday, April 17 @ 2pm

Crosby Book Club will meet to discuss Stitches, by Anne Lamott, on Friday, April 17th at 2 pm.  A meditation reflecting on how to cope with life's adversities, Lamott shares what has worked for her: "We live stitch by stitch, when we're lucky."  What does the author mean by that? Join us to find out!

The Paranormal Way

Would you like to take a trip to another place or time?  How about spending some time in an alternate universe?  Do you believe that there really are such things as vampires and shifters?  Do angels and demons really walk among us?  Maybe it's time to take a little walk on the paranormal side.  

 

 

Partying Like Crazy

I Like You: Hospitality Under the InfluenceWhether you're planning a party or planning to go to a party, you'll find plenty of help from Amy Sedaris.  Check out I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.  And may I suggest you listen to the audiobook read by Amy herself.  You'll laugh til you cry.

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