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Memorial Day Weekend

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The Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching, the time when our thoughts turn to those who gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces. It is also the unofficial start of summer for a lot of us. With these things in mind, here are some reading, watching and listening suggestions for the holiday that can be found at the library.

Going to a parade?  Get into the mood and listen to these in your car: 

military band salutei love a paradeSalute to the Services by The Military Band

I Love a Parade by the Boston Pops



Having a barbecue?  We’ve got some cookbooks for you: 

guy on fireGuy on Fire: 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking by Guy Fieri

The Food Network star shares his favorite techniques and recipes for outdoor cooking through the year along with recipes for delectable desserts, flavorful sauces and condiments and delicious drinks.


Planet barbecue!Planet Barbecue! An Electrifying Journey Around the World’s Barbecue Trail by Steve Raichlen 

The TV grillmaster offers his latest globe-trotting barbecue tome, touring 60 countries in six continents to bring more than 300 exotic recipes to your backyard, in a book the offers choices for beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, vegetables, kebabs, wings, ribs and even dessert.

Looking forward to relaxing with a good book? 

9781594204999B.JPGRedeployment by Phil Klay

A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival.

things they carried

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Star for Mrs. BlakeMeeting for the first time for a shared pilgrimage to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons, an Irish maid, a chicken farmer’s wife, a Boston socialite, a former tennis star, and a librarian meet a brutally scarred journalist before confronting a shocking secret.


Or a movie?

Longest DayThe Longest Day (Film)

Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.


Band of BrothersBand of Brothers (TV Mini-series)

The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.

Is a long drive part of your plans?  Listen to an audiobook:

A Blaze of GloryA Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaara

A fictional account of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, told from the perspectives of participants on both sides, recreates the April 1862 surprise attack by Confederate forces on the Union Army at Shiloh.

Under FireUnder Fire by W.E.B. Griffin 

When Captain Ken McCoy is asked to leave the Corps after his report on probable North Korean hostilities displeases his superiors, McCoy is hired by the CIA and must join with other veterans to retaliate against Korea’s invasion of the 38th parallel.

Everyone please have a good and reflective Memorial Day weekend.

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services


In Memoriam: Remembering Fr. Andrew W. Greeley and Vince Flynn

Andrew_GreeleyFr. Andrew M. Greeley Roman Catholic priest, scholar and writer died May 30, 2013 at the age of 85.  Fr. Greeley wrote over 50 bestselling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction including countless articles about Catholic theology, politics and the environment.  He garnered most of his readers from his many novels about Vatican intrigues, immoral priests and middle class Irish Americans.  Some of his more popular novels include The Cardinal Sins, the Nuala Anne McGrail novels including Irish Whiskey and the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels including The Archbishop in Andalusia. His two autobiographies, Confessions of a Parish Priest and Furthermore! were also noteworthy.

Born in 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois, Fr. Greeley was ordained in 1952 after attending St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL.  He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1962 from the University of Chicago.  He donated most of his earning to the Catholic Church and other charities including The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). Priesthood was what held Fr. Greeley’s life together.  “I’m a priest, pure and simple…The other things I do….sociological research, my newspaper columns, the novels I write, are just my way of being a priest.  I decided I wanted to be one when I was a kid growing up on the West Side.  I’ve never wavered or wanted to be anything but.”

vince flynnAuthor Vince Flynn died on June 19, 2013 from prostate cancer at the age of 47.  Flynn was the best-selling author of the hugely popular Mitch Rapp series.  Flynn wrote a total of 15 books all but one, his first, Term Limits, features Mitch Rapp, the undercover CIA Counter Terrorism agent.

Vince Flynn was born in April 1966 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was diagnosed with Dyslexia at age 12.  He received more than 60 rejection letters while trying to publish his first novel Term Limits.  He then decided to self-publish the novel and sold copies out of the trunk of his car.  The character of Mitch Rapp was created in his second book Transfer of Power.  His last book Survivor (book #14 in the Mitch Rapp series) will be published October 2013.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Harry Bernstein (May 30, 1910 – June 3, 2011)

It is my sad duty to report that Harry Bernstein the author of one of my favorite books of the last few years The Invisible Wall passed away on June 3.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to read it I highly recomend doing so.  The Invisible Wall is a memoir, published when Mr. Bernstein was 96 years old, of his early life growing up in a lower class English neighborhood around the time of World War I.  It’s the story of a street where Jews lived on one side and Christians lived on the other, and the invisible wall that separated the two.  It’s also about the war and a love and other events that would, temporarily, bring down that wall.

After writing The Invisible Wall Mr. Bernstein went on to write The Dream and The Golden Willow (an homage to his wife and the love of his life.)

-posted by Susan, Health Reference Services

Love is Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Who hasn’t read the book or seen the movie Love Story?  It was a mainstay of 1970s literature.  It is with sadness that I learned that Erich Segal passed away today from a heart attack. He was 72 years old.  Read the obituaries from the New York Times and ABC News .

Love Story the movie had a perfact cast:  Ryan O’Neal, Ali McGraw, Ray Milland, and my favorite, the MG TC that Ryan and Ali drove around in.  In addition to Love Story, Segal wrote a sequel, Oliver’s Story in 1977, which was also adapted for film.

While Segal was classics scholar, obtaining a doctorate at Harvard and teaching at several ivy league schools, he will be remembered by me for writing Love Story and the script for the  animated Beatles film, Yellow Submarine.  I think that a viewing of Love Story is in order in the near future.  I’m pretty sure I have enough tissues.

-posted by Ed, Reference Services

Robert B. Parker

According to his publisher Robert B. Parker the prolific author of the Spencer series has passed away.

Whether you enjoyed the crime novels or the made for TV movies featuring Tom Selleck you always got the sense that he and his character shared a tough guy shell and a soft heart. Here’s another author that will be missed.

~ posted by Susan, Reader’s Services

Edgar Allan Poe Getting Proper Funeral

Poe FuneralThe year 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth and many cities are celebrating the event.  Baltimore is rectifying one shortcoming, however.  Poe, who died in 1849, did not have a proper funeral.  So, on Sunday, October 11, Poe’s funeral will get an elaborate do-over.

According to the Associated Press, Neilson Poe, Edgar’s cousin, never announced Edgar’s death publicly.  Fewer than 10 people attended the funeral.  “And the injustices piled on.  Poe’s tombstone was destroyed before it could be installed, when a train derailed and crashed into a stonecutter’s yard.  Rufus Griswold, a Poe enemy, published a libelous obituary that damaged Poe’s reputation for decades.”

Additionally, the Baltimore Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit “Edgar Allan Poe: A Baltimore Icon” with illustrations to The Raven by Edouard Manet.

So, for all you Poe fans, don’t forget to look in our collection for your favorite story.

– posted by Ed G., Reference