Farewell, Edith … and Tony Soprano, Mrs. Krabappel and the Quintessential Mouseketeer
We followed the life of sweetly, naïve Edith Bunker for nine years and 200-some episodes of television’s All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, coming to love her and, by extension, the actress who portrayed her, Jean Stapleton.
When Cold Weather Strikes, Wrap Up with an Audiobook!
These past few days, I have been wondering where all the warmth has gone. It seems like just earlier this week, I was enjoying a leisurely bicycle ride and picnic in the park, now my hands become icicles within seconds of being outside. As a funny happenstance, I unknowingly began to listen to an audiobook earlier this week that is now turning out to be quite timely in its subject matter. I had heard about Between Shades of Gray; it's a historical fiction book based around the time of the holocaust.
I have stated before that I have never really been a fan of mysteries. Recently, I began exploring a little more of this genre, and I have found a couple of good books. I just finished my first Agatha Christie novel and enjoyed it quite a bit. I was also delighted with theNo.
I had just started reading James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird when I heard it had won The National Book Award. I was pleasantly surprised to hear this because I had enjoyed the book from the beginning. The story centers on Henry, a child slave who is sort of “abducted” by abolitionist John Brown when Henry’s father is killed in a skirmish between Brown and Henry’s owner. Brown thinks Henry is a girl, partly due to the sackcloth he’s wearing, and nicknames him Onion. The boy pretty much just goes along for the ride, but finds he’s become fond of this incredibly strange man.
It is the year 4,000,000,000. Beneath the baleful glare of the red giant Sun, post-human cyborg archaeologists are working frantically to excavate, record, and preserve the history of Terran civilization before the planet is consumed by the ever-swelling Sun. As they reach the deeply buried strata corresponding to the 20th and 21st centuries and analyze the artifacts, these future scientists come to the following conclusions about our society:
I came home the other night to a warm home filled with the smells of a wonderful meal my wife had just prepared. As I took off my coat, gave her a peck on the cheek, and got myself a beverage from the refrigerator, I asked her where our oldest daughter was and if she was joining us for dinner. She said that the teenager was in her room and would be joining us. My wife then pulled out her cell phone and typed something. She was sending a text message to the girl to let her know dinner was ready! Now, this girl has a room downstairs in part of our finished basement.
Have you ever tried MCPL's database, Books & Authors? This database allows you to search for your favorite books and find other books with similar subjects, settings, time periods, or main characters. You will find information on fiction titles as well as popular nonfiction books.
I have discovered that sometimes the best mentor we could ask for comes to us from a rather unexpected time and place, and they lend us some of the most profound insights that only time helps us make sense of it. Sometimes, this place and time is the here and now. Other times, this person makes their entrance from a completely different avenue—a period that does not, did not, nor ever will exist. And yet they are just as real and influential as any friend or family member you know today.