Author Archive

J. D. Salinger Died Today

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

J. D. Salinger died today at his home in New Hampshire.  He was 91 years old.  He is an author who defies adjectives; legendary, iconic, reclusive, mysterious.  To me, each of his books is deeply personal, so that I am always surprised to learn that other people feel as strongly about his work as I do.  Best known for the book on almost everyone’s reading list, The Catcher in the Rye, I am partial to the books about the Glass family, Franny & Zooey, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and SeymourMy favorite of his works, however, is his book of stories, Nine Stories. 

I mourn the loss of someone who touched me as deeply as anyone I have never met.

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The Beatles Digitally Remastered

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Fab Four

Do you have a favorite Beatle?  Do you have a worn-out copy of a favorite album?  On 09/09/09, digitally remastered versions of the Beatles’ studio albums, unchanged for the last twenty-two years, will be released. Kent District Library is ordering copies of all fourteen of the digitally remastered CDs.

The Beatles Remasters:

Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles for Sale
Rubber Soul
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (The White Album)
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Past Masters
Yellow Submarine


Place a hold on your favorite.


*For more future music CD releases, link to Future Music CD Releases

from KDL’s Future Releases Page.

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April Nonfiction Titles

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

A short list of April’s new nonfiction shows a Spring-like streak of optimism.

Always Looking UpI'll Scream Later 

Michael J. Fox is Always Looking UpMarlee Matlin will Scream Later, and Marie Osmond Might as Well Laugh About it Now.

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March Nonfiction Madness

Friday, February 27th, 2009

New titles in nonfiction for March should appeal to any taste.  New memoirs are coming from Mary Tyler Moore as well as Reggie Arvizu from Korn.  We’ll be mad for basketball and Martha Stewart

Mary Tyler MooreFieldyWhen March Went MadEncyclopedia of Crafts






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2009 Nonfiction

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

This year in nonfiction has much to offer animal lovers.  Look in the new nonfiction lists for January and February for the following titles:

All Pets Go to Heaven Animals Make Us Human American Buffalo Adopted Dog Bible

You’ll also find advice on food and finances, and a variety of memoirs.

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December Nonfiction

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Things I've Been Silent AboutIf you need a distraction from the holiday season this month, take a look at the varied list of new nonfiction.  Look for memoirs as different as Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, and Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher, author and actress known for her role as Princess Leia. 

 Also listed are self help titles such as What’s Age Got to Do with It?: Living Your Healthiest and Happiest Life by Robin McGraw, wife of Dr. Phil, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life by David Allen.

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Books on the Economy

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008


“Libraries will get you through times of no money, better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”  — Anne Herbert

To help get through this time of financial upheaval, check out Money Matters, a list of books trying to map the rollercoaster, and perhaps flatten it a little. 

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Family Films for Fall

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

The following DVDs are on order and ready for holds.


 After hundreds of lonely years doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Join them and a hilarious cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe. Transport yourself to a fascinating new world with Disney-Pixar’s latest adventure, now even more astonishing on DVD and loaded with bonus features, including the exclusive animated short film BURN-E. 
Street date – November 18.



Kit Kittredge

 Kit Kittredgebased on the American Girl book series,  is a touchingly believable story about a smart 10-year-old girl, and how her family survives the Great Depression.   Kit’s father is forced to look for work in Chicago, and her comfortable home is turned into a boarding house.  Kit’s dream to become a reporter takes off when she rights about her situation.  Kit determinedly submits her articles to the local Cincinnati Register paper, regardless of the chief editor’s stern ways and obvious lack of interest.   American Girl fans will love this movie.
Street date – October 28.



Space Chimps

For something more on the silly side, try Space Chimps.  When a NASA probe disappears into a intergalatic wormhole, the agency recruites Ham III, grandson of the first chimpanzee in space, to help retrieve the wayward craft. However, the simian slacker becomes a reluctant hero and learns the true meaning of courage as he and his fearless Lieutenant Luna and thier uptight commander, Titan, risk everything in an effort to save the peaceful inhabiatants of a distance planet from the evil dictator Zartog. 

Street date – November 25.

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Attention: Stephenie Meyer Fans

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

The Twilight Saga Official Guide

The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide by Stephenie Meyer is coming at the end of this year.

Fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling Twilight Saga will treasure this definitive official guide!

This must-have hardcover edition — the only official guide — is the definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. With exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more, this comprehensive handbook is essential for every Twilight Saga fan.

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Food Allergies

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

A big thank you to a Kent District Library Patron who used the Recommend a Purchase link on the website to let us know about a series of books and DVDs about kids with food allergies.

  Coming soon to a library near you:  Alexander the Elephant Who Couldn’t Eat Peanuts DVD and Alexander the Elephant Goes to School  DVD. 

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