2019

August 1st 2019

The Great New Orleans Kidnapping case : race, law, and justice in the Reconstruction era

It's the end of summer, what are you going to read next? How about The Great New Orleans Kidnapping case : race, law, and justice in the Reconstruction Era by Michael A. Ross. Request it now!

July 31st 2019

This week the Discovery Channel holds its annual celebration of all matters shark-related. Without a doubt, sharks are fascinating: two-thirds of their brains are devoted to their sense of smell; they grow up to 50,000 teeth in a lifetime; shark embryos sometimes devour each other in the womb—what’s not to love? But for people in the Boston area, sharks are of more than just academic interest: 17 great white sharks have been seen in the waters off Cape Cod in the past week. 

Sharks... Read Post

July 2nd 2019
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Looking for a summer reading book? Try Delia Owens new book in audio, digital audio, ebook or large print!

Request it now even while your on vacation!

 

May 16th 2019
humulus lupulus "hops"

You might guess from the book groups we run at Remnant and Aeronaut Brewing that we are fond of hops, and you would be right! But would you have guessed that New England was once the center of hops production in the U.S., and that a Ten Hills resident revolutionized the processing of harvested hops?

Samuel Jaques, an avid plant and livestock breeder known for his luscious peach variety (Jaques Admirable) and dairy cattle breed (Jaques Cream Pot, famous for its rich milk) bought the... Read Post

May 5th 2019

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

This title is available in a variety of formats from large print, spoken CD, ebook and digital audiobook.

Need to download the Libby App? check out this page here or ask your librarian by calling 617-623-5000 x2955!

April 23rd 2019

At the West Branch storytime, we like songs, movement, and stories, and we particularly like interactive books. (Note: some people use the term interactive books to refer to books on a tablet or another electronic version of a book.  Here, we use it to refer to books that ask the reader questions, give the reader prompts, or otherwise engage the reader in the story.)

 

Interactive books have many benefits, including encouraging the reader to be part of the story, and showing... Read Post

April 18th 2019
West Branch Somerville Public Library

Before the West Branch library got a proper building in 1909, library service in West Somerville (and in East, North and South Somerville) was delivered by partnerships with local businesses, which became the early branches - then usually called agencies - of the SPL. These agencies served as pickup/dropoff points for library books, but for the most part provided no reading rooms or other library services.

In 1896 the library trustees voted to establish an agency for West Somerville... Read Post

April 18th 2019

April 27-May 4 is Sustainaville Week, the city's annual celebration of the environment and the fight against climate change. You can see a list of local activities and events here. Hannah Payne of the City's Office of Sustainability and Environment kindly put together a list of topical books recommended by Somervillians. Below are some selected titles.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

"Andrea Wulf does an incredible job of narrating... Read Post

April 12th 2019
Cover of the Book The Pisces

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Summary: Bottoming out after a dramatic breakup, doctoral student Lucy accepts her sister's invitation to dog-sit at her home on Venice Beach for the summer, where she meets an eerily attractive swimmer whose Sirenic identity transforms her understanding of what real love looks like.

All Summaries are taken from the Minuteman catalog.

 

Read the Kirkus Review of this book here.

Available as an... Read Post

April 4th 2019

I love reading published collections of letters. You get to see people at their frankest and most unguarded moments. And depending on when the letters were written, they provide a window into the past, how what we now call history looked to people as it happened.

Of the many such collections we have in the Minuteman Library Network, here is one of my favorites:

The journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) (left) was an outrageous presence on the American political and... Read Post

March 23rd 2019

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish, spendthrift Sir Walter Elliot, is a woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. When she was nineteen, she fell in love with-and was engaged to-a naval officer, the fearless and headstrong Captain Wentworth. But the young man had no fortune, and Anne allowed herself to be persuaded, against her profoundest instinct, to give him up.Now, at twenty-seven, and believing that she has lost her bloom, Anne is startled to learn... Read Post

March 11th 2019

Looking for something to read this Saint Patrick's Day? Try one of the following:

 

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning

Summary: Jamie seeks a way to prove that he is not too young to march in the big St. Patrick's Day parade.

Fiona's Luck

Summary: A clever woman named Fiona must pass the leprechaun king's tests when she tries to get back all the luck he has locked away from humans.

In the Woods

Summary: Detective Rob Ryan and his partner... Read Post

March 6th 2019

Another St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and while for some of you that might mean having a Guinness at the Burren and listening to Irish folk music, you might consider passing the time with a good book. I assume you’re all familiar with at least the names of the classic Irish writers such as Swift, Joyce, Shaw and Yeats, so I’m going to focus on contemporary Irish books and authors.

 Let’s start with arguably the most important Irish writer of our time: John Banville (left). He won... Read Post

March 3rd 2019
Viggo Mortensen in a blue car

Green Book

When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on a book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

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February 20th 2019
A Man Falling

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book is a must-read: Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.- Summary taken from the Minuteman Catalog.

For more information about the author, check our Greer's website.

Available as a... Read Post

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