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Going on vacation with Slash

Slash

This year I'm skipping the traditional beach read and taking some rock 'n' roll with me instead.

These stories will surely make any vacation debauchery seem tame in comparison. So if you find yourself cringing after a night of too many margaritas, take solace in knowing that the boys of Mötley Crüe have you beat by a mile. Seriously.

Sporting PRIDE

White baseball hat with PRIDE decal.

If you're a sports fan, chances are good you've heard some trash-talk at sporting events.  Athletes are now bringing their A-game to promote tolerance.

The San Francisco Giants have made sports history with their contribution to Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth with the promise that their futures will be brighter. The National Basketball Association along with its partners has promoted Think B4 You Speak during the NBA finals.

Oversized Treasures

Emily Dickinson's Herbarium. Houghton Library, Harvard University

Books, like plants, come in varied shapes and sizes. An "oversize" book requires more shelving space to insure easy access and browsing.

The Central Library's oversize collection located on the second level features many treasures including a facsimile of Emily Dickinson's Herbarium. A popular activity during the Victorian age, Dickinson notes her own work on a herbarium at age 14. Her love of flowers and their symbolic imagery is reflected in much of her poetry throughout her life.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Michael Sabbeth

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Michael Sabbeth on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m at Schlessman.

Mr. Sabbeth is a practicing lawyer who has taught classes on moral reasoning in Denver area public and private schools for twenty years. His book, The Good, the Bad, and the Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values, is a guide for parents and for other people working with children on how to talk with children about ethics and values and how to teach moral reasoning. Books will be available for sale.

The Epic Novel

infinite jest

Summer is supposed to be a time of long sunny days and carefree fun. Why in the world would anyone want to bog themselves down with a thousand-plus page novel? A valid question for sure, but I don't think I'm alone in taking on an epic novel this summer.

My poison of choice, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, a polarizing brick of a book full of nonsequential chapters, more characters than you can count, and 100 pages of fictional footnotes.

Cotton Mill Girls

Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls

Browsing the new biography section at the Central Library led me to discover a collection of personal histories of women living and working in Southern mill towns, a surprising link to my own family history.

My great grandmother Zella was a child employee for the  Eureka Cotton Mill in Tennessee.  She was nearly 102 years old by the time I discovered this fact.  Zella wasn't tall enough to reach her work so she was hoisted on boxes and tied in place, making sure she wouldn't fall into the dangerous equipment.  Job safety being what it was, some of her friends weren't as fortunate.  She wouldn't say much about this experience other than she and her family had been grateful for the work.

May is Zombie Appreciation Month

World War Z by Max Brooks

May is Zombie Appreciation Month, here's a list of Zombie novels that are not to be missed!

Zombies Zombies everywhere and not a brain to eat!

Getting to Happy

It has been 18 years since Terry McMillan has told of the story of Gloria, Savannah, Bernadine and Robin in the novel Waiting to Exhale.

Years later McMillan follows up with the highly anticipated sequel to these ladies lives and friendship.

Getting to Happy, wastes no time telling the reader what these ladies have been up to the last 12 years.

Over the years these four friends have dealt with divorce, death, addiction, raising children as well as trying to find happiness!! McMillan is a master at telling the story of Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine and Robin.

The question is will they all finally find happiness?

Johnny Depp reads to me

Life by Keith Richards

Oh, yes, I've been spending a lot of time with Mr. Depp.

Ok, so I might be stretching the truth just a bit. The truth is I recently began listening to Keith Richards' autobiography, Life, read by Johnny Depp and I don't think there could be a more perfect reader. Depp's droll tone conjures Richards (except Depp is easy to understand!) and when he slips into a British accent it doesn't sound fake (a must for me).

Illustrations are NOT just for children!

world of edward gorey

There is a movement right now of novels being turned into graphic novels, and I would like to tip my hat to those who create illustrated novels.

I am a huge, huge fan of picture books for adults, if it was good enough for Dickens then it's good enough for me! Ok, I'm not sure what I mean by that besides the fact that I get all mooshy for an illustrated novel. There are some excellent ones out there, and here is a list of a few of my favorites:

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