Best of BARD: June 2016

Fri., Jul. 15
Baking out in the bright summer sun must lead us to dark thoughts, because this month's Best of BARD is nothing but the grittiest of the grit. Every one of these books features murder, abductions, chaos and mayhem, and I'm loving every minute of it. Patterson leads the pack, as he will do, but sniffing at his heels are some wonderful new names - welcome…

Elie Wiesel: An Author Remembered

Tue., Jul. 12
Last week we lost author, activist, and humanist, Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel (1928-2016). In addition to his prolific career as a writer, Wiesel was a professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor. Remember Elie Wiesel with the titles below. DB 42074 The Night Trilogy Night is the story of a Jewish boy who is deported with his family and community from Hungary to the horrors…

Simpler Times

Fri., Jul. 8
I found it fascinating to learn while watching a documentary that discussed the trends of television programming in the 1970s that a surge of shows found success in covering themes and settings of simpler times in American history. Such shows included Little House on the Prairie and The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams that featured the appeal and folksiness of American country life. Other…

Life Doesn't Come in Chapters: TBI, Guilt, and Gratitude

Tue., Jul. 5
Abigail Thomas's books are glimpses of a well-lived life, each one containing scenes of wise, vivid prose that replicate the inconsistency of memory: "Life doesn’t arrange itself conveniently into chapters, not mine anyway," writes Thomas about her writing process."You can’t just slice it neatly into segments. My truth doesn’t travel in a straight line, it zigzags, detours, doubles back. Most truths I have to learn…

On the Road Again

Fri., Jul. 1
Summer is upon us, and with it, the unmistakable urge for going. I’ve got a trip lined up in a few weeks to visit my family on the west coast, and it’s great that I can get on a plane in Pittsburgh and land in San Francisco five hours later, but (and I may be in the minority when I say this), I’d rather drive. The Great…
Randy Pausch giving a talk in front of presentation screen

Nonfiction Books about Grief

Tue., Jun. 28
  Randy Pausch was a Pittsburgh professor whose book, The Last Lecture (DB 66601), became a bestseller in 2008. Pausch wrote this while dying of cancer and it was based on the common occurrence of a retiring teacher giving a last lecture to impart a final bit of wisdom to his students. For many, the book was inspirational in its message of the joy of…

Only Lovers

Fri., Jun. 24
What do you like to do on the weekend? Me, I like to make a nice breakfast, take some naps, sing a little off-key to the radio, and now and then put on a documentary or a movie. A few weekends ago I checked out one of the audio described DVDs from our library. It’s entitled Only Lovers Left Alive (DVD1180), and it was recommended…
Stonehenge on a clear day.

Happy Solstice!

Tue., Jun. 21
The Summer Solstice is right around the corner. That means it’s time to think about the days getting shorter, and to contemplate the trip around the sun that we’re all taking on this planet. One excellent way to think about this phenomenon is to reflect on what some ancients did in their attempts to observe the world around them and unlock the secrets of the…

Best of BARD: May 2016

Fri., Jun. 17
Keeping King Patterson out of the Top Five is one feat in of itself, but off the charts completely takes the solid work of the heavy hitters. Luckily, we got them and then some on this month's Top Five. Sandford, Baldacci, Robb and Robert Parker (risen in the form of Ace Atkins), join newcomer Christina Dodd team up with their own brand of hardened thrillers,…

June is LGBT Pride Month!

Mon., Jun. 13
Historically, June is a momentous month for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) movements—the Stonewall riots of 1969, the first Gay Pride parades, and last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry—all transpired during the month of June. Pride Month has been celebrated during June for years, but it wasn't recognized in an official capacity until just last week when…