The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 2009

We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving, so let’s make today’s trek to the past just a short hop – I think you can remember most of these, right? (And, if not, you might want to bulk up on the broccoli next week!)

In addition to the books listed below, 2009 was the year that:

  • Somali pirates hijacked the Maersk Alabama; Captain Richard Phillips was rescued four days later. (April 8)
  • Michael Jackson died. (June 25)
  • Windows 7 launched, replacing the much maligned Windows Vista OS. (October 22)

Take a quick ride back and pick up one of the books you missed reading the first time around! Titles are from the New York Times Best Seller list for the week of November 22, 2009.



1. Ford County by John Grisham

2. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

3. Kindred in Death by J. D. Robb

4. The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

5. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

6. True Blue by David Baldacci

7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

8. Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn

9. The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell

10. Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

11. No Less Than Victory by Jeff Shaara

12. Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly

13. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

14. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

15. Heat Wave by Richard Castle



1. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

2. Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

3. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

4. Arguing with Idiots by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe and Others

5. The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

6. The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

7. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

8. The Sellout by Charles Gasparino

9. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin

10. When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson with Jackie Macmullan

11. The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi

12. True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy

13. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

14. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

15. Bon Jovi by Jon Bon Jovi

Take Ten: War Movies

If you’re looking for something to binge-watch this weekend, why not watch a few war movies in observation of Veterans’ Day tomorrow. The best ones not only reflect what the experience is like for the combatants, they also show us the inhumanity and the humanity of war (and maybe help us understand how to prevent them in the future). Besides, some are just plain good entertainment!


Grab one of these:

All Quiet on the Western Front (WWI)

Black Hawk Down (Operation Restore Hope: Somalia)

Drums Along the Mohawk (Revolutionary War)

Glory (Civil War)

Green Zone (Iraq)

The Great Escape (WWII)

The Last of the Mohicans (French and Indian War)

Pork Chop Hill (Korean War)

The Thin Red Line (WWII)

We Were Soldiers (Vietnam War)

NaNoWriMo 2016


It’s NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth! Your challenge: Write a 50,000 novel in 30 days. We know you can do it!

Check out and register for free – you’ll get access to forums with other writers, pep talks and other writing tips, and a chance to “officially” list your word count (you know, for those of us who need to answer to an authority greater than ourselves).

Don’t forget that the Library is a great place to write if you need a quiet change. Plus, we’re throwing a “Write-In” on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30-8:30 PM, a time to share, commiserate, inspire, and snack!

The next big Best Seller may be rattling around in your brain – let it out this November!

Can’t Get Enough? “Stranger Things” Edition


The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey

My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Grady Hendrix

Neverland – Douglass Clegg

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock – Paul Tremblay

The Boy Who Drew Monsters – Keith Donohue

American Elsewhere – Robert Jackson Bennett

It – Stephen King

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Get Out!

The past two months, we’ve hosted the “Explore Earth” exhibit, featuring information and interactives focusing on a natural theme. As the exhibit comes to a close, two of our last events highlight observing and writing about nature – a discussion of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (Wed, Oct 19 at 6:30 PM) and our Poetry Contest (don’t forget to vote inside the Library through Tue, Oct 25). Because of that, we thought we’d share some resources that might inspire you to get outdoors, look around, and record what you observe.



The Bumper Book of Nature: A User’s Guide to the Outdoors – Stephen Moss

The Handbook of Nature Study – Anna Botsford Comstock

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World – Julia Rothman

The Nature Handbook: A Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors – Ernest Williams, Jr.

How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook – Susan Leigh Tomlinson

The Practical Naturalist: Explore the Wonders of the Natural World (Audubon)

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth (Smithsonian)



Henry Thoreau as a Model for Nature Writing

Nature Writing (online magazine for nature writers)


Take Ten: Bob Dylan

636px-joan_baez_bob_dylan_cropIf you’ve been living under a rock lately (or maybe just avoiding election news), you might have missed the announcement that Bob Dylan is the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. And, if on hearing that you thought, “I didn’t know Bob Dylan wrote books,” you’re sort of right. He was chosen on the basis of his inspirational song lyrics, but he has written a book of poetry and the first volume in an autobiography. And, though the choice may be unconventional, his lasting impact – using words to prompt change – is undeniable.



Bob Dylan in America – Sean Wilentz

  • A noted historian presents an assessment of Bob Dylan and his music that draws on unprecedented access to rare materials and illuminates key cultural influences.

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia – Michael Gray

  • A look at the man, his influences, and how he has influenced the world.

Chronicles, Volume 1– Bob Dylan

  • The first volume of this autobiography explores the critical junctions in Dylan’s life and career.

Tangled Up in the Bible: Bob Dylan and Scripture – Michael J. Gilmour

  • A look at Dylan’s lyrics through the lens of his use of elements of the Good Book.

Tarantula – Bob Dylan

  • A combination of lyrics, poetry, prose from the legendary singer/songwriter.



Blood on the Tracks

Fallen Angels

Highway 61 Revisited

John Wesley Harding

Modern Times

Banned Books Week

We’re in the midst of Banned Book Week, so celebrate your freedom to READ!