Working in a library means hearing about future best sellers long before they’re published, and then having easy access to them once they hit the shelves. It’s truly an embarrassment of riches, and undoubtedly one of the major perks of the job, but it has skewed my perception of what constitutes a “new” book. This… Continue reading Not Brand New
I read an article earlier this month that really struck a chord. It was headlined “The Protagonist Problem” (tinyurl.com/vox-protagonists). In it, the writer posits that men (especially straight white men) are raised to believe that they are the protagonists of their story, as well as the stories of those around them. With this belief that… Continue reading She Has a Name!
2018 has, unsurprisingly, ushered in the publication of a myriad of excellent books on women’s experiences and women’s rage. Here’s a roundup of some of this year’s most intriguing feminist titles. (CW for descriptions of books that discuss sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and other tactics used to oppress women.) NONFICTION Rage Becomes Her: The Power… Continue reading Women’s Rage and Women’s Hope
There is a lot to look forward to during fall in New England: leaves changing, students coming back and agriculture fairs. Last week’s heat has me wishing for the need to wear a sweater more than anything. Another thing to look forward to is the release of a strong batch of debut authors—perfect timing for… Continue reading Debut Authors to Check Out This Fall
The Instant Pot®, the spiralizer and the Air Fryer are three new(ish) gadgets that can help you save time in the kitchen and eat in a healthier way. What are they and how can you use them? I will give you a quick run-down on each and suggest cookbooks to help you out. The Instant… Continue reading Hot Kitchen Gadgets
Did you know that there have been four great bearded movements through human history, beginning with Hadrian in the second century? Of Beards and Men by Christopher Oldstone-Moore How about the fact that there were sound economic principles underlying whether or not pirates chose to fly a pirate flag, and how they distributed liquor? The… Continue reading Everything I didn’t know I needed to know
Did you know that our 5th annual 5k is in just a little over a month?! Whether you’ve joined us every year or this will be your first—and whether you run marathons or stroll down the block—our 5k is a wonderful way to join with your community and support your local library! For more information… Continue reading WFPL 5k: Books About Running