The Heights Library System has a local authors’ collection that is continually growing. Sometimes we stumble upon authors and find that they lived in or were associated […]
Galileo said that it is “sunlight, held together by water”, while Robert Louis Stevenson stated it was “bottled poetry” and Thomas Jefferson declared that it is “a necessity […]
You’ll find these oldies but goodies on library shelves or in your bookstore. Dust them off and give one a try! The Odd Sea: A […]
My husband says that I read everywhere, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I always have a book with me, just in case. So, […]
Let’s get real here! We all know that Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is not serious literature. It probably won’t be required reading for your […]
At first glance, the Jamaicans seemed to be some of the happiest people we’d ever met. They were all smiles as they sold those “Jamaica, […]
I first encountered good ol’ Southern charm in middle school when Peyton, a teenage boy’s vision of a goddess, with long blonde hair and cornflower […]
Are you curious about Beijing now that the Summer Olympics have begun? Of course, on any given day you can watch NBC, PBS or the Travel Channel and see kaleidoscopic images and all the sights and sounds of this highly populated historic city. But, for a dose of the real unadulterated Beijing, pick up the book The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed by Michael Meyer. Meyer is a native Minnesotan who moved to China with the Peace Corps and volunteered to teach English in a Beijing elementary school. He’s one of the few Westerners who has had the opportunity to live among the native Chinese and experience the city, culture and cuisine in a manner that most outsiders could only dream of. This is a fascinating mix of history, politics and customs and gives an inside look at this mysterious city.
My First Summer Without Philip Craig
Technically, this is my second summer without Philip Craig. Last year I lived in blissful ignorance as I read the eighteenth mystery in his Martha Vineyard series not knowing that he had died in May of 2007. Then I stumbled across a tribute to him written by his good friend and Boston author, William Tapply.
If you didn’t love books you probably wouldn’t be checking out our Readers’ Advisory blog site. So, I imagine you’ve heard how books can inspire you, change your life or entertain you, etc, etc. But, have you ever heard that books can upgrade you to first class?
Here’s the scenario and how it worked for me. Try it at your own risk.