• Diving into the wreck

    Monday, April 7, 2014 - 5:47pm
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    Diving into the wreck

    There's something like detachment that floats across the pages of Akhil Sharma's highly lauded  "Family Life." Slated to appear at the library at 7pm on April 16, the author is receiving wide praise from critics for the story of an immigrant Indian family whose lives are torn asunder when their eldest son sustains injuries that render him almost lifeless aft

  • Time on "Trial"

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 4:16pm
    Time on "Trial"

    Spring hasn't caught up to the school calendar. I was home with my daughter for the first day of spring break. Originally scheduled as a vacation day, the stomach flu that's been making its way through legions of little bellies had its way with my girl. Determined to advance progress on getting our place tidy to put up for sale, I took advantage of the ill conceived down time. I worked all day, taking things down from the walls, tossing things out, while trying to keep a certain someone hydrated. Fortunately, she had moments of perkiness.

  • Title inspiration

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 7:00am
    Title inspiration

    What’s on your pile of books to read? Why is it there? Word-of-mouth? Is it the cover that compels you to pick up a book? For me, the title can be a great trigger to assumptions of what's between the covers. It can also serve as a source of word whimsy as I sit here, looking at my stack of reading choices:

  • Partners, parents, love

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 3:01pm
    Partners, parents, love

    Author Ann Patchett, whose latest book is "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage," revealed in an interview with Terry Gross how she was determined not to marry for a second time.

  • 2013 Staff picks in pictures

    Friday, November 22, 2013 - 8:00am
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    2013 Staff picks in pictures

    What is the best book you've read this year? Need to refresh your memory? The lists are beginning to roll out. Additionally, there are always the award winners. In the land of fiction,  "Good Lord Bird" by James McBride (our second Princeton Reads author, circa 2006) is this year's National Book Award winner.

  • On tap: Silver Linings Playbook, hut-hut!

    Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:00am
    On tap: Silver Linings Playbook, hut-hut!

    Sunday, October 20th marks the official kickoff of this year's Princeton Reads.We're planning on seeing you at 10 am for the family fun garbage bag race (we're supplying the bags). The run commences at Princeton High School, and ends at the library where there will be a pep rally, and all sorts of fun activities.   Continue reading

  • John Searles, a sweet noontime treat

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:55pm
    authors, book, programs
    John Searles, a sweet noontime treat

    Join us Wednesday, September 18 at noon for an appearance by exuberant, entertaining author John Searles, whose latest book, "Help for the Haunted," debuts September 17.

  • Drop and give me 20

    Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 6:00am
    Drop and give me 20

    Scheduling a class called Librarian Bootcamp, on a weekday at 2 p.m. might be a little risky in terms of whether anyone will show up.

  • Molybdenum, or element 42

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 6:00am
    Molybdenum, or element 42

    At 80, Oliver Sacks is mercury. Last year, aged 79, he was gold. In a New York Times opinion piece published last week, “The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.),” the famed professor of neurology and author ruminates about his life in connection with elements, mortality, and, yes, the joy of it all.

  • Collision of stars

    Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:45pm
    Collision of stars

    I was in a serious collision this past week. No injuries were sustained. It was a collision of goodness that began with a trip to BookExpo America at the Javits Center. This annual convention of publishers and authors touting their forthcoming releases is Mecca for the book set.