Andrea’s Christmas Reads

Every year I dedicate the month of December to reading Christmas books, and to watching a lot of Hallmark Christmas movies. It’s the time of year when sentimentality is just what the doctor ordered. So here’s my annual list of Christmas reads. Join me in devouring some holiday fiction! Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of…

Genre Study Favorite Books

Every month, the members of our Popular Services department get together for a “genre study” discussion. We go through book genres, like crime or historical fiction, pick representative authors, and then discuss their books. It’s not like a staff book club, though: we review the books with an eye toward recommending them to our patrons.…

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Bluebird, Bluebird took me to a place that is completely unfamiliar to me: East Texas. Apparently it is its own little world; Wikipedia says “East Texas is a distinct cultural, geographic and ecological area in the state” and “is often considered the westernmost extension of the Deep South.” Lark, Texas, the fictional heart of the…

Fun Facts about Favorite Authors

Like many of you, I love crime fiction. Last week I got to go to mystery nirvana — I attended Bouchercon, THE annual conference for mystery authors and fans. I discovered new authors, learned about trends in crime fiction, and picked up trivia about some of the most popular writers. Nothing too juicy, of course,…