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Classic Books to Read

23 Books You Didn't Read in High School But Actually Should

Always interesting to see which books I've read from lists.  Only seven in this case.  Looks like I have some reading to do!

Top 10 Historical Mysteries

Top 10 Historical Mysteries
by Aaron Sanders
The Strand Magazine

Female Detectives

Top Ten Female Detectives
by Nichole Christoff
The Strand Magazine

Most Literate


Walt Whitman Letter

Walt Whitman's Letter for a Dying Soldier to His Wife Discovered 

Although Walt Whitman wrote hundreds of letters for the hospitalized Civil War soldiers he visited, this is only the third such letter currently identified.  I wonder how many other letters are in attics and family archives?

Stephen King--June 14

The Bookworm in Omaha made the list of twelve lucky bookstores chosen by Stephen King as stops on his promotional tour for End of Watch.

Date:  June 14, 2016
Time:  TBD
Location:  TBD  (Likely one of the auditoriums in Omaha for maximum audience.)
Cost:  TBD  (Advance ticket purchase required.  Copy of End of Watch included in fee for admission.)

I'll post an update as soon as I hear more information.

George R.R. Martin Quote


Downton Abbey's Library

I know a few of you are Downton Abbey fans, so I thought you might enjoy reading about the library at Highclere Castle, around which the series is based.

Inside Downton Abbey's Library
Fine Books & Collections

Job Fair

CHI Health St. Elizabeth Job Fair
555 S. 70 St.--Lower Level
Saturday, March 12 (today)
9 a.m. to NoonI have a Library table, so stop by if you attend the job fair.

Facebook Group

I just created a closed Facebook group for our book club.  Only members can read the posts, and membership requires an e-mail invitation.  Send your e-mail address to me at if you're interested in joining the group.

Book Quote


Supreme Court Apple Decision

Update for Reading Self-Challenge 2016

Reading Self-Challenge 2016
Read a Book Where the first word in the title starts with the letter JWith a mostly blue coverWhere a water word is included in the title (examples--river, lake, water, rain)The Call of Ice by Simone MoroBy an author who shares either your first name or your last namePublished in 2016 Thief by Alexa RileyThat is a collection of short stories, either by the same author or various authorsFor the First Time by various authorsTo a child or a petThat is a collection of poetry, either by the same poet or various poetsThat is a collection of quotesBy a deceased authorIncluded in The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection That won an award (examples--Newbery, National Book Award, Golden Sower)That interested you just on the basis of the cover Life After the Undead by Pembroke SinclairFrom a genre you don't normally read (examples--historical fiction, biography, science fiction, romance, mystery)The Lost City of Z by David Grann (narrative no…

PubLib Favorite Reads of 2015

Favorite Books 2015
The Best of PubLib

A librarian from the Austin Public Library asked members of the discussion list PubLib, directed at people working in public libraries, to tell him their favorite books read in 2015.  The publication date didn't matter, just that the book was read by her/him in 2015.

Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson received the most mentions at four.  The full list, in alphabetical order by title, is at the link above.

Stephen King Quote


Karen Shoemaker--March 8 & 18

Karen Gettert Shoemaker, author of The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection, visits Kearney and North Platte this month.  Sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.

What You Need to Know to Go: Book Talk Kearney Public Library
18 East 22nd Street March 8, 2016 7 p.m.
Free Admission

Book Talk
North Platte Public Library
120 West 4th Street
March 18, 2016
12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Free Admission