Kick back and relax

Because we’re in for one heck of a long book. The group voted at November’s meeting and even after a recount the vote was close – the top three choices were all one vote apart. However, the winner is….

1Q84-book-cover“1Q84” by Haruki Murakami (woot!). We’re reading a long book because we don’t meet in December, so we have two months to make it through what may possibly be the longest book this humble librarian has ever read. I think the trip will be worth it, though! “1Q84” was a NYT Notable Book of the Year in 2011, translated from Japanese. The Q stands for question mark in this novel paying homage to “1984,” because one of the main characters, Aomame, slips over to a parallel universe that’s full of questions. Meanwhile, another character, Tengo, becomes wrapped up in the chaotic life and work of an author looking for a ghostwriter. Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this epic novel full of strange and truly unique characters. Part love story, mystery, fantasy, dystopian science fiction, and journey of self-discovery, Murakami’s work is testament to imagination.

Copies of the book and audiobook are available to pick up at the Reference. Seriously, come pick one up before these teetering piles collapse and seriously injure us. We meet again on Tuesday January 24 at 7:30 in the left-hand-side bar of Napper Tandy’s. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Maybe let’s not meet in a public place

Station-eleven-book-coverAlright, so our November title, Station Eleven, is really really good, but I’ve never been more uncomfortable working in a public place and breathing other peoples’ air. Germaphobes beware.

But seriously, Allison P. chose a really good book, and we’re meeting Tuesday 11/22 at 7:30 pm in the left-hand-side bar at Napper Tandy’s to discuss.

Not only will we be discussing a fantastic book, we’ll also be voting on which book to read over December and January! Since we don’t meet in December, we like to take the opportunity to read a longer book that we normally wouldn’t try to fit between usual meetings. If you can’t attend 11/22, please tweet @titlesontap or comment below with your vote. We’ll rank choices 1-5, with 5 being your top choice, 4 being your second choice, and so on. And the contenders are:

Jonathan-strange-and-mr-norrell-book-coverJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

 

1Q84-book-cover1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

 

the-rook-book-coverThe Rook by Daniel O’Malley

 

Night-film-book-coverNight Film by Marisha Pessl

 

Orphan-master's-son-book-coverThe Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

 

Believe me, you’re lucky there are only five choices. Vote electronically if you can’t join us, otherwise we’ll see you Tuesday at 7:30 pm!

 

On the one hand, there’s Big Brother…

Security-book-cover…and on the other, there’s “Security.” The first half of this mystery/thriller reads like the script to a horror movie, and the second half reads like a stream of consciousness philosophical rambling, with the middle transition serving up a steamy romance. We’re sure to have an interesting discussion this evening at Napper Tandy’s! Meet us on the left-hand-side bar at 7:30 pm.

Station-eleven-book-coverFor November, we’ll be reading another member-chosen book: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. This National Book Award Finalist, and winner of many other book awards, is science fiction-lite set in a post-apocalyptic world. The story moves back and forth through time, exploring the world before, during, and after the collapse of civilization. What does the sudden heart attack and death of a Hollywood Shakespearean¬† actor have to do with the onset of a sudden pandemic flu? And how can a future traveling troupe of Shakespearean actor/musicians save both art and humanity? And what’s the deal with this grave-digging prophet guy? This novel about truth, beauty, and survival looks good.

Copies of the book and audiobook are available to pick up at the Reference Desk. The ebook and e-audiobook are available through Overdrive, but you’ll want to place a hold soon in order to get it in time. We meet on Tuesday November 22 at 7:30 pm – see you then!

Books & Brews

We know you’re all about the titles in Titles on Tap, but just in case you want a deeper exploration of what’s on tap, you’ll want to join us for a new and exciting collaboration between the Morrill Memorial Library and Castle Island Brewing Co. Over two consecutive Wednesday nights in November, we’ll have Books & Brews programs, first at the library (33 Walpole St in Norwood) and then at Castle Island Brewing Co. (31 Astor Ave in Norwood, just off of Route 1). Don’t forget to sign up for these programs before they fill up!

Lauren-Clark-headshotOn Wed. November 9 at 6:30 pm, courtesy of Castle Island and the Friends of the Library, we’re hosting Lauren Clark, author of “Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day.” Learn more about Lauren’s program here.

 

 
Castle-Island-brewing-logoThen, on Wed. November 16 at 6:30 pm, we’ll all meet over at Castle Island Brewing Co for a tour and tasting, and to learn more about how Norwood’s hidden gem fits into the long, proud history of brewing in New England. Ages 21 and over are welcome at this event. Learn more about Books & Brews, Part 2 here.

 

 
Security-book-coverAnd oh yeah, we’re reading a mystery/thriller for our October 25 meeting of Titles on Tap, “Security” by Gina Wohlsdorf. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 10/25!

Dark Fantasy – no kidding

Library-at-Mount-Char-book-coverWow, our latest book was dark Fantasy indeed, but so worth the trip. We’re meeting tonight, Tuesday 9/27, to discuss “The Library at Mount Char” by Scott Hawkins. We’ll be on the left-hand-side bar of Napper Tandy’s at 7:30 pm – join us!

 

Security-book-coverCopies of October’s book is in, so come and get it. The audio version is available for instant streaming and download through hoopla digital, but we highly recommend reading the paper copy – you’ll see why. For October, we’ll be reading a mystery thriller by Gina Wohlsdorf, “Security.” Her debut novel is cinematic in nature, paying tribute to both Alfred Hitchcock and Daphne du Maurier. Pick up a copy at Reference and join us at Napper Tandy’s on Tuesday October 25 at 7:30 pm. Cheers!

Not a library I ever want to visit

Library-at-Mount-Char-book-cover“Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78.” So opens the contemporary dark fantasy, “The Library at Mount Char” by Scott Hawkins, our Titles on Tap book for September. The story follows a group of people who call themselves “librarians.” They were all raised by a man they call “Father,” who has been to them father, teacher, god, and tormentor – and who is now missing. Is this a weird brainwashed cult living on a compound? Are we looking at a near-future dystopia, and does the America we know still exist? Can the librarians’ strange abilities possibly be real, or are they pure imagination? What power does the Father hold, and if he’s really gone, which librarian will usurp that power?

Beautiful and brutal, this book is hard to put down. We have copies of the book and audiobook at Reference, and the audio is available for instant download from hoopla. Pick up a copy and join us on Tuesday September 27 at 7:30 pm at Napper Tandy’s in Norwood. If the weather is still nice, hey, we might try the deck, otherwise we’ll be in the left-hand-side bar. Cheers!