Monthly Archives: October 2011

Library fundraising gets creative

DEBORAH SULLIVAN On the shelves One thing that I have observed in my time working on behalf of libraries is that the staff and friends of our York County libraries get pretty creative in their efforts to raise money. They … Continue reading

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‘Tumbling After’ by Susan Parker

“Tumbling After: Pedaling Like Crazy After Life Goes Downhill,” is a memoir written by a woman who used to wholeheartedly embody “outdoorsy.” Susan and her husband, Ralph, would bike long distances, ski in the winters, hike in the mountains on … Continue reading

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Last week’s best-sellers

Best-sellers nationwide as reported by Publishers Weekly for the week ending Oct. 15: Fiction: 1. “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks. 2. “The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides. 3. “Snuff” by Terry Pratchett. 4. “The Affair” by Lee Child. … Continue reading

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‘The Deal from Hell’ by James O’Shea

The subtitle of this book is “How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers.” And that’s the story. While the rise of the Internet and the decline in the economy have done their damage to the newspaper industry in … Continue reading

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‘The Honk and Holler Opening Soon’ by Billie Letts

I never read Billie Letts’ first novel “Where the Heart Is,” although I do vaguely remember commercials for the film starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon. It might have been a great book. But that’s not why I picked up … Continue reading

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‘A Spot of Bother’ by Mark Haddon

George just retired. His younger, somewhat abrasive daughter is getting married. He can’t quite figure out how to handle his son’s boyfriend. His wife is having an affair. And he just found a spot on his hip. It’s cancer. Or … Continue reading

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New books from local authors

Alice Roekle of Conewago Township has written a 69-page novella, “The Space Station Murders,” which is available as an ebook for $3.50 from amazon.com or the publisher, museituppublishing.com. Roekle said her story is a mix of mystery and science fiction … Continue reading

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Fredericks pens new children’s book

Anthony D. Fredericks, an award-winning children’s author from Dover, has just had his latest children’s book published by Rio Nuevo Books.  “Desert Night, Desert Day” profiles the amazing creatures that make the Sonoran Desert their home.   Kenneth J. Spengler is … Continue reading

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Julian Barnes wins the 2011 Man Booker Prize

From Carolyn Kellogg at the Los Angeles Times: Julian Barnes received the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his novel “The Sense of an Ending,” which was announced Tuesday at a black-tie ceremony in London. The Man Booker is one of … Continue reading

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Last week’s best-sellers

Best-sellers nationwide as reported by Publishers Weekly for the week ending Oct. 8: Fiction: 1. “Shock Wave” by John Sandford. 2. “The Affair” by Lee Child. 3. “Survivors” by James Wesley, Rawles. 4. “Neverwinter Saga, Book II” by R.A. Salvatore. … Continue reading

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