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Friday, May 15, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Farewell B. B. King
King was known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby.  He was born in Mississippi in 1925 and began performing in the 1940s.

His awards included:
Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal, for The Thrill Is Gone, 1971; and for Best Traditional Blues Recording, for Blues 'n' Jazz, 1984, for My Guitar Sings the Blues, 1986, and for Live at San Quentin, 1991. Humanitarian Award, B'nai B'rith Music and Performance Lodge of New York, 1973; NAACP Image Award, 1975. Inducted into Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, 1987; Lifetime Achievement Awards from National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (special Grammy), 1988; from Songwriters Hall of Fame, 1990; and from Gibson guitar company, 1991. Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1990; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1990; National Heritage Fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts, 1991; Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Blues Album, for Blues Summit, 1993; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, for Blues on the Bayou, 1999; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, for Riding with the King, 2000; Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?, 2000; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, for Christmas Celebration of Hope, 2002; Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, for Auld Lang Syne, 2002; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, 80, 2005; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, for One Kind Favor, 2008.

"B. B. King." Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 7. Detroit: Gale, 1994. Biography in Context. Web. 15 May 2015.
For material by and about B. B. King, click here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Me Before You
by Jo Jo Moyes (2012)

"They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common--a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? (From publisher).

Monday, April 20, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (2015)

Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Gunter Grass
Novelist / Poet / Playwright
Gunter Grass cemented his reputation as one of the most important postwar German authors with The Tin Drum, which addresses the dark page in German history of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's rise. While this book focused on the years before World War II, Grass later penned two others which became the Danzig Trilogy; the second centering on the war years and the last volume dealing with the postwar era. All of the three are set in Danzig, the writer's childhood home, and use mythic or folkloric characters who are often physically unusual in order to force a new perspective of the events of the time. Thanks to these and other politically outspoken works, the left-leaning Grass was once widely known as the conscience of Germany's postwar generation. A prolific writer, he has created several plays and works of poetry in addition to more than 45 books. In 1999, he was honored with the Nobel Prize in literature.
Source: "Gunter Grass." Newsmakers. Detroit: Gale, 2000. Biography in Context. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Freeport Author

Freeport Author
Michael Harrison

Michael Harrison presents his new book Pinstripes and Penance: The Story of Ex-Yankee John Malangone to Librarian Cynthia J. Krieg

Monday, March 16, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Dead Wake: The Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson (2015)

Freeport's own Erik Larson (Freeport High School class of 1972) has written a book that tells the riveting story of the final voyage of the top-of-the-line British passenger ship the Lusitania.  After leaving New York  on May 1, 1915, the Lusitania was torpedoed six days later off the coast of Ireland. The ship sank in 18 minutes leaving only 764 survivors from a total of 1,959 passengers. This event eventually pushed the United States into World War I.

Like all of Larson's books, Dead Wake has been thoroughly researched and tells the story through the individuals involved.  As we honor the 100 anniversary of World War I, this narrative history is a must read.

More about Erik Larson from the Library's March/April Newsletter

Erik Larson
by Regina G. Feeney and Cynthia J. Krieg

Erik Larson grew up in Freeport and graduated from Freeport High School in 1972. He earned his B.A. in Russian history and culture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and went on to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and graduated in 1978 with an M.S. He has been a feature writer for the Wall Street Journal and Time and has written articles for Harper’s, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New Yorker. He taught nonfiction writing at San Francisco State, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Oregon. He now lives with his family in Seattle, Washington. Larson has fond memories of living in Freeport.  According to his biography he had “three main pursuits: climbing tall trees, riding my bike to the far reaches of the island (typically without my parents’ knowledge) and body-surfing at Jones Beach (field no. 9).”
When asked recently about the Freeport Memorial Library, Larson said, “I remember going to the library quite a bit. As a young kid I participated in the summer reading competitions, where each kid was represented by a fish on a large sea-like poster. I never won. Later, as a teen, the library was where I went to study with friends...and, um, make out. So, a multi-purpose institution. There you go.” Some of Erik Larson’s books owned by the Library are:
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (March 2015): This nonfiction narrative about the sinking of the Lusitania tells the harrowing tale of wartime travel in 1915. While Captain William Thomas Turner placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare hat kept civilian ships safe from U-boats, Captain Walther Schwieger decided to change the rules of the game.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (2011): The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.(call number: B Dodd L)

Thunderstruck (2007): A true story about two men--Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication--whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. (call number: 364.152 L)

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (2003): Set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, this book combines the true story of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair’s construction, and H. H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. (call number: 364.1523 L)










Thursday, March 12, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Sir Terry Pratchett
Fantasy Author
Called the "master of humorous fantasy" by a critic for Publishers Weekly, British author Terry Pratchett won the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2002 for his novel The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, Pratchett was known primarily for his Discworld series and his Bromeliad trilogy for children.  Discworld  offered humorous parodies of other famous science fiction and fantasy writers, such as J. R. R. Tolkien or Larry Niven, and spoofs such modern trends as New Age philosophy and universal concerns like death.  Pratchett was knighted in 2009.
Sir Terry Pratchett died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.  His final tweet was "The end."
Terry Pratchett." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 54. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Biography in Context. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.
"Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66," BBC, http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31858156