On the surface this is a book about books. In reality it’s a poignant tribute to life. Will Schwalbe’s mother, Mary Ann (or Mary Anne–she had always added an “e” to the end) has had a long and illustrious career. A former director of admissions at Harvard and Radcliffe, and a founding member of the Women’s Refugee Commission she’s passionately committed to her work. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she is forced to slow down, albeit unwillingly, as she undergoes chemotherapy. She and Will pass the long hours of treatment by reading and talking about books and forming a two-person book club. Their mother and son bond only grows deeper as they connect through the books they read and share. This is a wonderful story about a remarkable woman. Read it and see what you think.
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Have you always been curious about graphic novels but never actually tried reading one? A graphic autobiography might be a great place for you to start! To celebrate Alison Bechdel’s highly anticipated new book, Are You My Mother?, TIME magazine looks back at other unforgettable autobiographical comics, such as Maus, Persopolis, and more. If you’re looking for something a little different to read this summer, come in and pick one up! I’m personally looking forward to checking out Vietnamerica. Have you read any of these? Do you have any other recommendations?
Have you ever come across a forgotten bookmark left behind in a book? Do you ever wonder who left it, and why they chose what they did to mark their place? For Michael Popek it happens nearly every day. He is a used and rare bookseller who created a blog, http://www.forgottenbookmarks.com/ to showcase the treasures he has found in books. While the blog was initially created for his family and friends, it quickly proved popular with other readers as well. Some of his more interesting finds have been compiled into the book: Forgotten Bookmarks: a bookseller’s collection of odd things lost between the pages which you can find in the library under the call number 790.132 Pop
Check it out and take a look at the “personal, funny, heart-braking and weird” stuff Michael Popek has found within the pages of books.
Entertainment Weekly named Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 by David Browne a “Best New Summer Read.” Browne, an editor at Rolling Stone, covers one of the most interesting times in modern rock history.
Everybody Loves our Town: An Oral History of Grunge was written by Mark Yarm, formerly an editor at Blender. He conducted over 250 interviews to compile this gossipy look at the birth of grunge. Kirkus reviews called it ”one of the most essential rock books of recent years.”
A book that covers a more wide-ranging slice of music history is Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism by Chuck Eddy. Eddy was the music editor at Village Voice, and also wrote for Rolling Stone, Spin, and other influential music magazines. Publisher’s Weekly says “Eddy’s far-reaching insights into rock music push the boundaries of the rock criticism, showing why he remains one of our most important music critics.”
Have you read any of these? Have any of your own favorite music books to add to the list?