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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

February 6th 2019

Looking for a Valentine's Day Read? Try the titles below:

Unmarriageable : a novel

"In this retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry--until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider. A scandal and vicious rumor in the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching... Read Post

January 30th 2019
Superbowl Sunday

Ready for the Super Bowl? It's coming, on February 3rd, 2019, the Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams. Millions of Americans gather around the television on this day to celebrate this de facto holiday. The first Super Bowl took place in 1966, the Game was originally called the AFL-NFL Championship game, if you would like to read more about the history of the Super Bowl, click here!

If your interested in Tom Brady, check out his TB12 book today! Or try Giselle Bundchen's new book,... Read Post
January 13th 2019
Picture of the White House, We're closed

The government of the United States has now been shut down for longer than any other time in the nation's history. What does this mean? For starters, many Federal workers--who often live paycheck to paycheck--don't have an income. A food pantry has been opened on the Boston US Coast Guard Base. Over 400 families came for food during the first 2 days it was open. Government workers and their families are facing hardship as unpaid bills mount. Across the country business are trying to ease the... Read Post

January 8th 2019

By Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh writes a beautiful memoir about her life growing up in rural Kansas. She speaks to her future child wishing her child will learn from her life experiences and writes what she would have hoped for her child not to have experienced growing up in an area of America where it’s impossible to leave your situation because of socio-economic status.

Smarsh’s grandmother had her mother at 16 and her mother had Sarah at 17. Smarsh tells the heartbreaking... Read Post

December 30th 2018

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December 3rd 2018

Our great senior substitute Annie Schapira is a dedicated and discerning reader of YA fiction. Enjoy her latest review!

What would you endure in order to be beautiful? The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton’s 2018 novel, introduces Young Adult readers (and others!) to the kingdom of Orléans, whose citizens have been cursed with grotesque appearances until and unless a Belle can be hired to transform them - slowly, painfully, and expensively - into visions of beauty.  Although all of the... Read Post

November 11th 2018

Looking for something to read? Try checking out our staff picks page, here's the link.

It features what your current Somerville Librarians are reading!

Comment below and tell us what your going to read next!

November 2nd 2018
Great American Read logo

The Great American Read, the 8-part series in which PBS attempted to determine which novel is America's favorite, is over.  On October 23rd the network announced (to no one's surprise) that the winner was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To Kill a Mockingbird was on my list of favorites too, as were many of the other titles on the list of 100 novels which were selected for inclusion in the contest.  Continuing in the spirit of competition, I hereby announce that all of my best-... Read Post

September 20th 2018
Hurricane 1938 Somerville Smashed Car

This week we were spared the worst of Hurricane Florence’s destruction, but 80 years ago on September 21, the 1938 hurricane known as the Long Island Express walloped New England with 100+ mph winds, killing more than 700 and leaving more than $300 million in damage (in 1938 dollars).

Here in Somerville, the damage was estimated to be $1 million. According to the Somerville Journal, the storm hit around the 5pm rush hour, injuring a dozen people, uprooting thousands of trees, and... Read Post

September 11th 2018

We love storytime at the West Branch.  We love the books, the friends, moving and dancing and singing, and we really love the song “Roly Poly”!!! 

Some of our friends have recently moved and are missing Storytime at West, others want to share this song with grownups who can’t make it to storytime, and some just love Roly-Poly-ing their little hearts out.  A few Storytime regulars sat down with Alison this morning to record an enthusiastic version of Roly Poly for everyone to share at... Read Post

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