Nonfiction

On the Shelf: The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives

I wasn't sure I'd like The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis, but the reviews I’d read had been good. I was also intrigued by the premise - thirteen wealthy-ish women pool their resources to purchase a very expensive diamond necklace.
 
My first thought, as I opened the book was dismissive – divas with too much time on their hands and money to burn. By the end of the first chapter, I began to realize how wrong I was.
 
I loved the camaraderie of these women, their kindness to each other and to others in their Ventura, CA community, and the fun they had (and continue to have) with the necklace they named Jewelia (too cute!). I'd love to have these women for friends. They are wealthy (not to mention generous and supportive) in ways that can’t be measured in dollars and cents.
 
I highly recommend their heartwarming, life-affirming story.

Apollo 11 Anniversary

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Were you watching it live as the images were beamed back to Earth on July 20, 1969? Maybe you have never seen the original broadcast.  If you would like to see it again, or for the first time, you can now view NASA’s restored clips of the transmission online.  

If you're curious to know more about the Apollo 11 mission, check out these titles from the HCPL catalog:

Frank McCourt Passes

Angela's AshesIf you've read Angela's Ashes, you probably feel like Frank McCourt was a well-known friend.  His writing style made you forget your own life and get absorbed into his.  Frank McCourt passed away yesterday at the age of 78.

Manage my Time - Please!!!

Getting Things Done by David AllenHeard this lately: “Where did the time go?!?” Or this: “I know I’m forgetting something…..just…can’t…remember…what.....” 

Staycation Tips @ HCPL

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary contains nearly 100 new words. One of those newly minted entries is staycation and you may want to take one before the summer ends.

Photo Books

The AmericansMy head always turns when I see a photography book sitting face out on a shelf. It’s probably a throwback from when I was little and only liked books with pictures. But now I can appreciate “picture books” with more grown-up themes. The latest one I’ve come across is a re-issue of The Americans by Robert Frank with black-and-white pictures from the 1950s. The faces of the people and the moments Frank captured are sometimes comical, sometimes haunting. Most of all they give you a picture of who we Americans were not so long ago.

 

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