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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Talking Books with Nancy Pearl


Nancy Pearl tells a funny story about a woman who enjoyed her presentations so much that she begged her to come and book talk for her social group. As she prepared her lists, Nancy overheard another lady saying to the first woman, "You must really enjoy reading the books that Nancy suggests." "Oh, no," said the woman. "I've never liked anything that Nancy recommends - I just like hearing her talk about books!"
on Whidbey Island last week, Nancy Pearl was as charming as ever as she book talked her latest list. She would be the first to agree that no single book will appeal to every reader. Here are the ones that struck my fancy:
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie With an eleven-year-old heroine reminiscent of Harriet the Spy, this is Alan Bradley's first novel.
Little Bee Chris Cleave's haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between an illegal Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from suburban London.
The Photographer Didier Lefèvre's photography paired with the art of Emmanuel Guibert tells the harrowing story of going into war-torn Afghanistan with Doctors without borders.
Dancing to the Precipice: The life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, eyewitness to an era. This biography by Caroline Moorehead provides a fascinating glimpse into France's history during the 1770's.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Free Program: Picturing America

The Friends of the Oak Harbor Library present Picturing America: Art, History and Culture at the Oak Harbor Library on Thursday November 19 at 3pm
Patricia Haines-Ainsworth, artist and playwright,hosts this free tour of America's unique art as it reveals the fabric of our nation's culture and history. She will highlight several well-known American masterpieces and tell the stories behind them. This program is for all ages.
Picturing America is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) designed to bring masterpieces of American art into libraries nationwide. The program aims to give students and citizens "a deeper appreciation for our country's history by introducing them to its great art." Through a grant, Oak Harbor Library was awarded forty high quality reproductions of selected American masterpieces. These works of art are on display throughout the library on a rotating basis. Call the library at 360-675-5115 for more information.