My family has only been in the United States for 3 generations and I’ve been able to find a lot of information on them in U.S. census records, county vital statistics and other records. However, when it comes to going back to records in Italy, I often am challenged finding records that will provide birth, marriage and death records due to the flowery writing of the 19th century, records that were destroyed in WWII, or other issues.
As 2017 comes to a close, I've been getting a lot of reading inspiration from "best of" book lists. My favorites this year feature some action-packed debuts, new volumes from favorite series, and a couple of thought-provoking non-fiction reads:
10. Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf. In this modern thriller, a deaf woman (with the help of her adorable hearing dog, Stitch) tries to solve the murder of her best friend, a...[read more]
What is art house cinema? Picture a small, independent theater. In your mind’s eye, you’re probably not imagining the latest action movie or Summer blockbuster on the marquee. Instead, you may envision foreign, independent, or art films not intended for the mass-market. Many films that started out in art houses are now found in the collection at Mechanics’ Institute. Below are staff recommendations from the 2nd Floor DVD and Blu-ray display.
I’m still pining for...[read more]
Jojo Moyes The horse dancer
Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Sue Ann Jaffarian...
When cold weather sets in, we're compelled to bundle up in warm blankets with a hot drink and a good story. The wintry tales in this month's audiobook selections will leave your hands free to decorate the Christmas tree, sip hot chocolate or bake gingerbread people.
Mike Cunningham The Snow Queen
David Guterson Snow Falling on Cedars also available...[read more]