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From the Library
By Betsy Sterman
What’s more fun than reading a good book written by a famous author? Reading a good book written by your across-the-hall neighbor!
Here at Orchard Cove people you join at dinner or in an exercise class or the ballroom are authors of books you’ll enjoy reading.
Their books are in a special collection in the library, so take a break from familiar authors and treat yourself to a unique experience. You’ll not only enjoy your reading but also learn something new about the experiences, interests and talents of residents you see every day.
Isadore Waber’s satiric novel, U2 CAN GROW UP TO BE…, takes a look at presidential election politics and, no surprise, does it with the same quirky humor we all enjoy in his artwork. Savor this laugh-out-loud book but beware: afterward you might look at real-life politics with quite a different eye.
Cindy White, writing under the name Cynthia Griffin Wolfe, has authored two highly-acclaimed literary biographies. One, A FEAST OF WORDS, is subtitled THE TRIUMPH OF EDITH WHARTON. The other is called simply EMILY DICKINSON. Meticulously researched and filled with perceptive insights into each woman’s life and work, these books bring to vivid life the struggles of two of America’s most important literary figures.
PASSION AND PEDAGOGY, co-authored by Debora Sherman, presents a thoughtful collection of essays by a wide range of educators whose teaching experiences not only served as satisfying connections with students but also expanded their own lives in unexpected ways.
In RISKS WORTH TAKING noted journalist Bernard Redmont describes his adventurous life tracking the news. Subtitled THE ODYSSEY OF A FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, Redmont takes us on a fascinating journey through a distinguished career in many parts of the world, and finally to a new and unusual challenge – an academic wrestling match with the powerful head of a large university.
Herta Loeser’s WOMEN, WORK AND VOLUNTEERING presents her deeply held belief that there are many ways in which even busy working women can, and should, use their time and talents to help others.
“I have an appetite for light,” writes Mildred Adler in one of the poems in her collection called CELLO AND OTHER POEMS. As you read through this slender book you may find yourself developing your own appetite for more of the lovely images presented in every poem on every page.
When you read TOO MUCH MAGIC and BACKYARD DRAGON by Betsy and Sam Sterman you’ll understand why these award-winning fantasy adventure novels written for middle graders continue to bring the Stermans fan mail from adults as well as young readers.
SARATOGA SECRET, Betsy Sterman’s historical novel set during the American Revolution, has won prizes for its suspenseful story of a sixteen-year-old farm girl who undertakes a dangerous journey to halt the invading British.
In HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH STRESS Avis Brenner has written a textbook for elementary teachers describing ways to recognize children who are under stress. She then suggests techniques adults can use to help youngsters learn successful coping strategies.
If HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT, Sarah Miller’s memoir of life during the Nazi occupation of Paris, hasn’t yet surfaced on your reading list, check it out soon and let it take you back to those hazardous days when the slightest slip could bring disaster to one’s whole family. And don’t forget the compelling memoirs by George Goldstein and Bernie Rothschild, the wide-ranging collections of poems and essays by Esther Adler, and the many works by fondly remembered residents Larry Fuchs, Trudy Settel, Joe Neipris, Abrasha Wilcher, Anne Freed and Hans Loeser. Although they are no longer with us their writings keep informing and entertaining us.
Next time you’re in the library look for the freestanding bookcase at the left of the Circulation desk. There, on shelves labeled ORCHARD COVE AUTHORS THEN AND NOW, you’ll find these books and many others, each marked with a light blue strip on its spine. Sign out your choices at the desk and let this rich collection by your Orchard Cove neighbors give you delightful new reading experiences.
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