Monday, March 23, 2009

Adult Book Discussion Group

We'll be discussing Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY and Michael Cunningham's THE HOURS at April's book discussion group at 7 p.m. on April 21. Please join us, or join us for the May 19 discussion of MY ANTONIA.

Audio Books

As someone who will ride around the block a few times to continue listening to a great audio book, I just want to say that listening is great fun! Last week I drove around the block when I was on the last disc of TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS by Dr. Nick Trout. Dr. Trout is a vet at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston. He's originally from Great Britain, and the audio book is wonderfully narrated by Englishman Simon Vance. I'd read somewhere that Simon Vance is a great narrator, and came across this audio book by looking to see if we had any titles narrated by him. And voila, there it was on our shelf. Animal lovers would enjoy this title, but do keep a few tissues at hand. The "book" has some laugh-out-loud parts too (at least to me!). The instant I finished TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS I popped the first disc of TESTIMONY by Anita Shreve into my car's cd slot. The story is loosely based on the sex scandal that took place at Milton Academy a couple of years ago. What makes this audio book particularly interesting is the number of narrators it least 10 or more, so far. Most have only 1, but this title has lots of different characters "speaking" with a different narrator for each. It really does hold the listener's interest.

We purchase audio books from Recorded Books, Books on Tape, and BBC Audiobooks. In addition, as part of Sails, we subscribe to Overdrive, which permits you to download audio books to your computer or MP3 player.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Providence Journal

Unfortunately, we've been notified that the Providence Journal is no longer delivering to Mansfield, so we are no longer subscribing. We may be able to get the Sunday edition, however. You can read some content on-line at