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Book Review: Patience

January 15, 2019

Daniel Clowes’ 180-page vibrant science-fiction graphic novel, Patience, is a love story for the ages. Shortly after finding out she was pregnant, Patience is killed by a mysterious stranger. After spending decades lamenting his lost love, Jack discovers a way to time travel and launches on a journey to save Patience. What he finds is […]

Annual Teen Art Show is in April!

January 11, 2019

If you are a student in grades seven to twelve and have created art you would like to share with the world, please consider submitting it for display in our annual teen art show in April. The submission period runs from January 15 through March 22. Questions? Contact Roberta Jordan (rjordan@patten.lib.me.us.)

Book Review: Circe

January 9, 2019

Circe (2018) Madeline Miller I decided to read this book because it was on so many top ten lists for 2018, but I confess I started it with low expectations. I have never been a huge mythology/classics fan. I liked Latin because the translating was like a puzzle, not because the stories and characters captivated […]

Book Review: The Library Book

January 4, 2019

The Library Book (2018) Susan Orlean On April 28, 1986, a massive fire at the Los Angeles Public Library consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators at the time ruled that the devastating fire had been set intentionally, and pointed the finger at enigmatic, aspiring actor Harry Peak. Decades later, […]

Book Review: My Plain Jane

December 20, 2018

My Plain Jane Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows Hear, dear reader, is a frothy concoction of humor, romance, mystery, and adventure, packed in a well-plotted Young Adult novel. A reinvention and expansion of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre, it will entertain those of you who labored through the original for school, as well […]

Book Review: A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety

A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety Donald Hall As always, the book flap has a nice concise summary of this slim but wonderful volume: “New essays from the vantage point of very old age …” Donald Hall, a U.S. poet laureate and husband of poet Jane Kenyon (who died in 1995 of leukemia), finished […]

Book Review: The Collector’s Apprentice

The Collector’s Apprentice B.A. Shapiro There are several collectors in this story but only one is murdered! Like B. A. Shapiro’s other two novels (The Art Forger and The Muralist), The Collector’s Apprentice masterfully blends art history with suspense, creating a perfect piece of historical fiction. It’s the roaring 20s Europe, and a young Belgian […]

Book Review: Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo Jarrett Krosoczka Hey, Kiddo is a graphic memoir written by children’s author Jarrett Krosoczka. Jarrett tells his story of growing up with his grandparents, as his mother battles addiction and his father is out of the picture. To make sense of his difficult situation, he expresses himself though art. A National Book Award […]