Dear Reader, I’ve always loved heist stories: the high-octane car chases, the smooth-talking con artists, the crew that comes together against all odds. I’ve watched the Ocean’s movies more times than I can count. At the same time, they often feel like glimpses into another world, one that doesn’t always have space for people who […]
Oh hello lovely librarians, I was always told, quite clearly, that books were a child’s greatest treasure. I knew it because my grandfather had sold encyclopedias and we had been ceremoniously gifted volumes A-K before he became a paint can salesman instead. But the best part about books was that you could gain all the […]
Dear Librarians, Thank you. Sincerely, wholeheartedly, enormously, thank you. I’ve always been a librarian devotee, but about twenty-five years ago, I was invited to be on the Board of Trustees of Nantucket’s library, the Nantucket Atheneum. I was charged with starting a Friends of the Library group, because our new library director, Charlotte Maison, wanted […]
Dear Librarians, As the tenth Maggie Hope novel, The Hollywood Spy, goes out into the world, I think it’s more than fitting that a pivotal scene is set in a library. This particular scene takes place in Los Angeles’s magnificent downtown Central Library, and for guidance on how that library worked I must thank Jen […]
The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. Below, author Anissa Gray talks about her love for libraries. The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but […]
On the Fall Kick-off epsiode of PBS’s the Great American Read, George R. R. Martin discussed the impact that The Great Gatsby, a finalist on the list of 100 books that Americans are voting on, made on his life. Watch below! Click to Learn More about the Great American Read.
There’s a reason Alison Green has been called “the Dear Abby of the work world.” Ten years as a workplace-advice columnist have taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don’t know what to say. Green’s new book Ask a Manager is a witty, practical guide to 200 difficult professional conversations. Here, she […]
A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves, Pieces of Happiness will reaffirm your faith in friendship, second chances, and the importance of indulging one’s sweet tooth. In a letter […]