In Episode 2, Molly will research the The Manhattan Well Murder Trial of 1800.Read More
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ― Zora Neale Hurston
Go 'down the rabbit hole' each Monday evening with Molly Riportella, Westwood's Head of Adult Services Librarian and super geek.
Teen Librarian Felicia O'Keefe lists some of her favorite reads for Westwood Reads Together, Apart: The 12 in 12 Challenge. Each title is avaialble in a digital format.Read More
The Westwood Public Library invites you to join “A Universe of Stories” and take part in the 4th Annual Adult Summer Reading Challenge!Read More
Pre-Pub Pick: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Expected publication: June 4, 2019 by Penguin Press)
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is the new, authentic American novel that lifts the veil of the life of young man on the outside. Little Dog, a Vietnamese first generation American, writes a pensive letter to his mother. This letter is a lyrical, stream-of-consciousness personal history that illustrates the conflicting societal narratives, issues and experiences of adults who came of age in the late 90's and early 2000's- particularly for Asian Americans and other minorities. Anyone who grew up in America in the past 30 years has known or loved someone who has overdosed- and Little Dog wistfully recounts the heartbreak, anger and shame felt by those left behind.
Little Dog's searing truths about his family secrets, sexual awakening, and the poverty and addiction that have surrounded him are, to him, a private release- his mother cannot read- but the catharsis leaves the reader with much to mull over. Vuong's raw descriptions reflect of the realities of how race, class, family, sexual orientation and immigration status- all these labels- are all parts on a often conflicting, American identity. Highly recommended for all.
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Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Press for providing me an advanced e-galley of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Pre-Pub Pick: Haunting Paris by Mamta Chaudhry (Expected publication: June 18, 2019 by Nan A. Talese)
Paris, 1989: Sylvie, a middle aged musician and piano teacher, is deeply grieving the loss of her older lover, Julian. Though unable to divorce his wife, Sylvie and Julian's love for eachother transcends death, as Julian watches over Sylvie. Perhaps sensing his presence, it seems Sylvie will never escape her all consuming sorrow- until she finds a strange note in Julian's desk that sets forwards a series of questions that Sylvie is unwilling to leave unanswered.
An authentic and original story about love, grief, and learning to move forward, even when your heart is stuck in the past. With multiple narrators (including one supernatural being) Chaudhry gracefully portrays the varying points-of-view in a compelling and relevant style that propels the entire story. Haunting Paris is a romantic, literary mystery that leaves the reader wholly satisfied.
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