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  • Book of the Week: DARKNESS VISIBLE: A MEMOIR OF MADNESS by William Styron

    From hopeless to hopeful; the novelist’s terrifying tale about his depression.

  • Holiday Reading for Kids

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterley THE DRUM OF DESTINY by Chris Stevenson LIKE A RIVER: A CIVIL WAR NOVEL by Kathy Cannon Wiechman     HOMESICK by Jean Fritz ON TO OREGON by Honore Morrow IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY (a […]

  • Movie of the Month: Mary Poppins

    The children of preoccupied British parents get an unexpected visit from a nanny with magical powers that upends the household. Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Ed Wynn star.    

  • December 2018 Book Recommendations

    Betty White’s BETTY & FRIENDS; the actress’s stories about her animal pals. William Styron’s DARKNESS VISIBLE: A MEMOIR OF MADNESS; from hopeless to hopeful; the novelist’s terrifying account of his depression. Pearl S. Buck’s THE GOOD EARTH; 1920s China before the mid-century social upheavals, and the first work by a woman to win the Nobel […]

  • Book of the Week: BETTY & FRIENDS by Betty White

    The actress’s stories about her animal pals.

  • Book of the Week: BABY DOLL by Tennessee Williams

    A voluptuous flirt refuses to consummate her marriage to an older man.

  • Book of the Week: CHAMBER MUSIC by Doris Grumbach

    Doris Grumbach’s CHAMBER MUSIC; a ninety-year-old widow reflects on her marriage to a famous composer.

  • Patriotic Picks: November 2018

    Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win […]

  • Book of the Week: THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    A gothic novel based–in part–on the 17th century Witch Trials.

  • Book of the Week: MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS by Richard and Florence Atwater

    A couple’s life changes when 12 penguins turn their household upside down.

  • November 2018 Book Recommendations

    Richard and Florence Atwater’s MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS; a couple’s life changes when 12 penguins turn their household upside down. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES; a gothic novel based–in part–on the 17th century Witch Trials. Doris Grumbach’s CHAMBER MUSIC; a ninety-year-old widow reflects on her marriage to a famous composer. Tennessee Williams’s BABY DOLL; a […]

  • Movie of the Month: The Queen

    Suddenly, the beautiful and beloved Diana is dead, and the circumspect monarch is hurled into a quandary: to mourn publicly–or not? Because the savvy Prime Minister, Tony Blair, recognizes a potential public relations disaster if the Event is not acknowledged, he persuades Elizabeth to pay tribute to her daughter-in-law. With Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen.   […]