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Teen Blog

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

In honor of the upcoming movie for this book, I am doing a review on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book delves into the story of teen cancer patient, Hazel. She regularly attends Cancer Kid Support Group. During one meeting Augustus appears and changes the way Hazel is living her life. For some readers this book can be a bit of a hit or miss. I, for one, love the book and it had me in tears by the end. However it was a miss to some readers because the characters tend to make jokes about their disabilities and illnesses that might seem offensive to others. Overall the book kept a good balance of humor and seriousness. This book is quite interesting, therefore, as I would say with any movie adaptation, “Read the book first.” 8/10

 

Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, is one of the best books I have read in a really long time. Of course that might be because I’m a big “Fangirl” myself of Doctor Who, Sherlock, and several other things. For these reasons this makes the book very relatable to me. The book follows the story of Cath. She is attending college with her twin sister Wren. Wren has grown up and out of her fandom days and left Cath behind. Cath is still in love with the world of Simon Snow and continues to write her well followed fan fiction. She is confronted with several new things as she enters her first year of college and discovers the highs and lows of being on her own. This book had a few twists to it that I was not expecting and it was really interesting. It is something that I would recommend to any “Fangirl”out there. 9.5/10

 
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Adult Blog

The Family Business 2

The Family Business 2

The Duncan crime family is back with a new street drug and old enemies. Internal conflicts and family drama may tear the Duncans apart. Will their competition finally get the better of them? If you’re a fan of urban fiction, crime fiction, or drama you’ll enjoy the follow up novel to The Family Business. Carl Weber’s much anticipated novel, The Family Business 2, is now available through Shreve Memorial Library.
 

W is for Wasted

 

Kinsey is back in the 24th installment of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series, also known as the Alphabet series. W is for Wasted follows Kinsey as she investigates the deaths of two men. The first man, Pete Wolinshy is found murdered in a park. The second man, an unknown relative of Kinsey’s, died and left her a large inheritance. Sue Grafton’s characters are engaging, witty, and fun to read. Fans of the series will be delighted by this newest installment. Add W is for Wasted to your reading list today.
W is for Wasted 
 

Duel with the Devil

Duel with the Devil

Author, Paul Collins, latest work, Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery, weaves a narrative around two of America’s most infamous antagonists. Burr and Hamilton were both Revolutionary War heroes but also political and professional rivals. Collins’ book, set in New York during the year 1800, follows the trial of Levi Weeks, a man accused of murder. The murder of Elma Sands was one of the most sensational news stories at the time. Sands was found dead at the bottom of a well owned by Aaron Burr’s company. Levi, her neighbor, had business connections to Alexander Hamilton. Burr and Hamilton, each motivated for different reasons, come together to form the defense team of the accused man. Little do the two attorneys know that four years after the events of the Levi trail Burr would go on to kill Hamilton in a gentlemen’s duel. If you enjoy true crime you will enjoy Paul Collins newest book surrounding these two infamous patriots.

 

Fables

Are you a fan of graphic novels? Fabletown is a place where fairy tale characters live alongside regular New Yorkers. These characters once lived in a place far away but are now stuck living in our reality. The world of Fables is rich with complicated characters, romances, mysteries, politics, and violence. Bill Willingham created a humorous, and at times, dark world that will keep you guessing to the last page. This is not a series for children. Fables is now available in hardback. Seven of the planned eight volumes have been released and all seven are available through Shreve Memorial Library.

 Fables

 

Book Review: Lud-in-the-Mist

ludinthemistLud-in-the-Mist had been on my radar for quite a while: it popped up in my Goodreads recommendations all the time. I read the blurb, and it sounded like something I’d like, except that my local library doesn’t have it and I couldn’t find an inexpensive copy. Until Amazon got the Kindle version, and it randomly appeared one day in the Kindle Daily Deals. I was like, whaaaaat? Click. Download. I finished Pretty Monsters and dug in.I read a lot of fantasy when I’m stressed out. It helps me forget about what’s going on for a while and relax my mind. It takes me somewhere else, I guess. (Though Hemingway‘s For Whom the Bell Tolls did that, too. After I finished reading it, I was stuck in the hills of Spain for hours. Also: why did I start blogging so late? I talk about all these books I’ve read, and there’s no blog post to link them. Ugh.) Right now, the plan is to stick to fantasy for a few books.

ANYWAY. Off to Lud.

I’m not sure where this book fits age-wise. It seems to be stuck in teen fiction, but it’s not, really. The main character is a middle-aged mayor – most of the kids run off. Which brings me to the plot. You’ve already got the middle-aged mayor part and the Lud part. It’s a city close to the border of Fairyland, but it’s citizens don’t like fairies and any words associated with them are considered dirty. They don’t like imagination or creativity: they like money and the law. But Fairyland is creeping in by way of fairy fruit, which is smuggled into Lud. Many citizens eat it and go a little crazy or run off to Fairyland. That includes the mayor’s children and lots of the other politicians’, too. And Things Happen.

I really enjoyed this novel, though the fact that it bleeds allegory irritated me a little bit. It’s the Most Obvious Allegory Ever about the importance of imagination and creativity, which, I guess is why it gets put in the teen boat. None of that makes it a bad novel – it’s just a little corny, and corny can be soothing. Lud-in-the-Mist is considered a classic. It’s 1920s fantasy before Tolkien and was very influential among fantasy writers, including Neil Gaiman, who loves it. (He has a new novel coming out very soon, by the way.) It’s also the best-known novel Hope Mirrlees wrote (which, I guess, isn't saying very much). She sounds like an interesting character.

So read the book if you like fantasy. I certainly liked it.

Bonus: Hope Mirrlees wrote the best description of a sunrise I think I’ve ever read. Here it is:

It was not so much a modification of the darkness, as a sigh of relief, a slight relaxing tension, so that one felt, rather than saw, that the night had suddenly lost a shade of its density…ah! yes; there! between these two shoulders of the hills she is bleeding to death.

At first the spot was merely a degree less black than the rest of the sky. The it turned grey, then yellow, then red. And the earth was undergoaing the same transformation. Here and there patches of greyness broke out in the blackness of the grass, and after a few secondsone saw that they were clumps of flowers. Then the greyness became filtered with a delicate sea-green; and next, one realized that the grey-green belonged to the foliage, against which the petals were beginning to show white–and then pink, or yellow, or blue; but a yellow like that of primroses, a blue like that of certain wild periwinkles, colors so elusive that one suspects them to be due to some passing accident of light, and that, were one to pick the flower, it would prove pure white.

Ah, there can be no doubt of it now! The blues and yellows are real and perdurable. Color is steadily flowing through the veins of the earth, and we may take heart, for she will soon be restored to life again. But had we kept one eye on the sky we should have noticed that a star was quenched with every flower that reappeared on earth. And now the valley is again red and gold with vineyards, the hills are clothed with pines, and the Dapple is rosy.

Then a cock crowed, and another answered it, and then another–a ghostly sound, which, surely, did not belong to the smiling, triumphant earth, but rather to one of thise distant dying stars.

 
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Children's Blog

Clifford Visits the Library!

 

Please join us on Friday, February 22 at 10:30 AM to meet Clifford and hear some great Clifford the Big Red Dog stories! This program is presented by Shreve Memorial Library, in partnership with Barnes and Noble.

 For more information contact Jenifer French or Virginia Walker at (318) 674-8172.

 

North Shreveport Branch

4844 North Market St.

Shreveport, LA 71107

 

 

Little Paper Hearts in Red, Pink, and Slimy Green

Whether you’re love sick, or sick of love, hopefully you’ve had the pleasure of laughing, crying or sighing over some sappy sweet book, or some ridiculous tale of love and adventure. I’m the Teen Coordinator and also a veteran storyteller, so Valentine’s Day books have crossed my desk and most of them are so sappy that my appetite for chocolate leaves by page three.   The most successful books for Valentine’s Day stories, in my experience, are funny unpredictable and only a little sweet. Books that subversively or subliminally infuse self confidence in a young reader are my favorite. I won’t mention my favorite YA love story here…. Please consider the following books if you want to give your Valentine’s Day a twist this year.

This list is for pre-K through Elementary!

                     loatheyou            

I Loathe You written and illustrated by David Slonim If you love the Sam McBratney classic Guess How Much I Love You, it will be easy to see the humor of this book. Big Monster loathes so much about Little Monster- more than chicken pox, mosquito bites, and fuzzy mold on cheese. And this is a good thing! Monsters loathe instead of love. All of these declarations are in a couplet rhyme scheme that encourages the listener to predict the next word. The water color illustrations are adorably expressive. It’s never been so good to be loathed. (Pre-K- First Grade)

 
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Movie Blog

A Good Day to Die Hard

The Roy Rogers of the NYPD is back and he says Do svidaniya to the USA and is Yippe-Kai-Yaying across Mother Russia. In the fifth title of this franchise both of John McClane's children are all grown up but it seems John Jr. is more like his dad than his dad knows. John finds out that his son is on trial for murder in Moscow so he travels to Mother Russia to attempt a rescue. There he goes from fire fight to car chases to irradiated cities fighting alongside his CIA agent of a son so that they prevent nuclear war and return to the home of the brave in one piece. This movie is a shining example of the award-winning action packed movie franchise that we have come to love and I highly recommend watching this latest battle against terrorists that John McClane wages. Since the 1980s this franchise has given us a true American action hero and it is still doing a bang-up job of it in the 21st century. So I hope you enjoy it!
 

The skies, they are a-falling

Space, the final frontier. These are not the voyages of a particular Constitution or Galaxy class starship. Not even the voyages of Firefly class ship. Nope, and if you get any of those references, silver stars to you. In truth, I’m not talking about going to space but space coming to us. To Earth.

Recently I got to go to my first ever festival/con/whatnot. Technically it’s a festival, and it was for one of my favorite things – TV! I brought my mom along because I’m just that kind of gal, and she was somewhat interested in the whole adventure. That was until a particular show had a viewing and panel. Mom fangirls; I’m talking little squealing glee with the squinched up arms in miniature flailing mode (think Kermit the Frog post announcing the guest on a more constricted scale). She was so very happy and excited; funny thing, it’s for a show by all rights I should be interested in. I should be, if I were given to it, fangirling right along with her.

Now, I can’t say the writing’s bad. It isn’t. I can’t say the effects are bad; they aren’t.   The acting is pretty darn good. So, that’s not a problem.

It’s about aliens and their taking over the Earth. They want it; they attack it, and they use humans for slave labor, like any alien would. I wouldn’t say they’re smart aliens because anyone who’s seen anything about humans we do tend to revolt, unless the alien has plans to serve man (‘nother star if you get that one). The humans fight back, but it’s not a perfect rebellion. In fact, it’s grimy, dirty, hard fought, barely won – or not won at all. This is a fight, and this particular fight is now going into its third season, which means it’s a pretty darn good fight. Yet, it doesn’t click with me.

No, it clicks with the woman who raised me. The woman who started me on my way to space adventures, mutants, and superheroes. The one who let me dabble in the macabre, the undead, and the night creatures when they just didn’t speak with her. So, there’s got to be something to this show.

It’s not Earth Final Conflict (humans aren’t exactly in such dire straits or that aware), V (again, pre-all out rebellion by the humans, mostly), or even Spaced Invaders (not a tv show!). The show I’m talking about that made my mother get so adorably excited was and is Falling Skies.

Noah Wylie takes a turn at the action-y good guy stuck in some very tough situations, a nice turn from the action-y camp in the Librarian series (oddly, I have seen all of those). Wylie’s character has three boys, each dealing with the aliens in different ways, including abduction and destruction, or being abducted and destructed(?). The show doesn’t focus solely on Wylie’s character, and it does bring in some really great actors and stories, creating a decent alien-war-survivor drama.

Yet, it’s just not my show. So, why bring it up at all? Because sometimes it’s not about my things; sometimes it’s about others’…things – in this case, one of my mom’s favorite shows. Maybe it’ll be yours; give it a try.

 
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Music Blog

Music Recommendation: Robert Johnson

“At first the music almost repelled me, it was so intense, and this man made no attempt to sugarcoat what he was trying to say, or play. It was hard-core, more than anything I had ever heard. After a few listenings I realized that, on some level, I had found the master, and that following this man's example would be my life work.” ― Eric Clapton

Robert Johnson – “The King of the Delta Blues” – was born 102 years ago today. Johnson’s legacy and influence still reverberate throughout popular music. Your library offers a few opportunities to explore the music of Robert Johnson. I recommend you check out the following titles:

Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues Singers includes many of Johnson’s classic recordings from the 1930’s.

Eric Clapton’s Me and Mr. Johnson serves as a full-length tribute to the blues master.

Big Head Blues Club released a great Robert Johnson tribute album in 2011 entitled 100 Years of Robert Johnson . This album was recorded by the band Big Head Todd & The Monsters along with legends B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, and Honeyboy Edwards.

Bob Dylan’s Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased, 1989-2006 includes a fitting solo-acoustic version of Johnson’s “32-20 Blues”.

Cream’s The Very Best of Cream has an excellent cover version of Johnson’s “Crossroads”. 

 

Music Recommendation: GRRR! by The Rolling Stones

I know it’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but I like it, like it, yes I do!

The Rolling Stones, arguably the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. To commemorate this occasion they released GRRR! in November 2012.

My dad was a huge fan of The Rolling Stones. He still talks about listening to them and Jimi Hendrix on his transistor radio in Plain Dealing, LA back in the 1960’s. He was lucky enough to see The Stones when they played the Hirsch Youth Center in 1965. Man, I wish I could have been there with him!     

GRRR! contains 40 of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time. My personal favorites include “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women”, and “Beast of Burden”. If you are like me, sometimes you need that cheesy/gritty type of music that The Stones are simply the best at. I cannot listen to the opening chords of “Tumbling Dice” without wondering how Keith Richards is capable of making a guitar sound like melting butter. These songs are that good!

GRRR! was released in numerous formats. You can check out the two-disc version from Shreve Memorial Library.

You might also enjoy these selections:

 

Music Review: The Beast in Its Tracks by Josh Ritter

 Artist: Josh Ritter

 Title: The Beast in Its Tracks

Pytheas Recordings, March 2013

“I can’t pretend that all is well.  It’s like I’m haunted by a ghost.  There are times I cannot speak your name for the catching in my throat.  There are things I will not sing for the sting of sour notes.”  - Josh Ritter, "New Lover" 

The Beast in Its Tracks serves as singer-songwriter Josh Ritter’s response to his divorce from musician, Dawn Landes.  Ritter displays humor, anger, and warmth as he honestly processes his experiences and emotions through song. The result is an extremely intimate and rewarding album.

I was first introduced to Josh Ritter’s music by checking out one of his CDs from the library. Luckily, Shreve Memorial Library now offers three opportunities to explore the music of Josh Ritter. The Beast in Its Tracks and 2010’s So Runs the World Away are available for checkout. My favorite tracks from these albums include “New Lover” and “Joy to You Baby” from The Beast in Its Tracks and “The Curse” (possibly the greatest love song between an archaeologist and a mummy that you will ever hear) from So Runs the World Away. You can also download 2007’s The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter from SML’s new music service – Freegal.

Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band will be performing in Baton Rouge on Sunday, June 30th and New Orleans on Monday, July 1st.    

 

Music Review: The Magic Door by The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Artist: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

 Title: The Magic Door

Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records, September 2012

The Magic Door is the second release from The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Formed in 2011, CRB consists of Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes), Neal Casal (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals), Adam MacDougall (The Black Crowes), George Sluppick, and Mark Dutton.

I have been a fan of The Black Crowes since their debut album, Shake Your Moneymaker, was released in 1990. As a matter of fact, their February 1993 concert at the Municipal Auditorium had a huge impact on me and strongly influenced my love of music. Needless to say, I was very excited to find this gem from CRB available at the library.

The Magic Door is a jam-heavy set of psychedelic/countrified roots music that I just can’t take out of my stereo. This album grabbed me from the opening cover of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters’ 1960 classic, “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go” through the closing Grateful Deadish “Wheel Don’t Roll”.

Admittedly, I do not listen to the music of The Black Crowes or the side projects of Chris Robinson as much as I used to. However, I’m glad to see one of my favorite musicians of all time making some of the most inventive and inspired music of his 20+ year career.  

The Magic Door is available at the Main, Hollywood/Union, and Mooretown locations of Shreve Memorial Library.

Fans of this album should also check out the following titles from the library:

  • The Grateful Dead – Europe ’72 (available at Main)
  • Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger (available at Hamilton/South Caddo and West Shreveport)
  • The Allman Brothers Band – Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival (available at Cedar Grove/Line Avenue)

 Enjoy!

 

Music Review: A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart by Black Prairie

Artist: Black Prairie

Title: A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart

Sugar Hill, 2012

A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart is the current release from Portland, Oregon’s Black Prairie.

Black Prairie is comprised of 3/5 of The Decemberists (Chris Funk, Nate Query, and Jenny Conlee) along with Jon Neufield and Annalisa Tornfelt.  Shreve Memorial Library offers three albums from The Decemberists in case you are not familiar with their music.  However, Black Prairie is a completely different band and sound. 

Americana-fusion is how I would best describe this album. Mixing elements of bluegrass, jazz, klezmer, and folk, the originality of Black Prairie is both refreshing and creative. Acoustic guitar, dobro, accordion, and violin comprise most of the instrumentation heard throughout the album, and the playing is phenomenal! Each and every instrument shines throughout. My personal favorite is the violin and vocal performance of Tornfelt.

I immediately knew I would enjoy this album when I saw the song title “For the Love of John Hartford”. Sure enough, this instrumental named for the late, great master of Americana music is a perfect tribute. Another song entitled “Richard Manuel” respectfully pays homage to the late multi-instrumentalist of The Band.

You can find this album at the Belcher, Cedar Grove/Line Avenue, and Main libraries. Check it out or place a hold today.

 
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Events Blog

Geek the Library!

Yep, you heard it right! GEEK. We GEEK the library!  And so do you! We want to know what else you GEEK. Find your nearest Shreve Memorial Library branch, go to a GEEKED library event or program (http://shreve-lib.org/geek), post on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/shrevememorial or go the national GEEK THE LIBRARY website (http://geekthelibrary.org/). Whatever you do, TELL us what YOU GEEK. And we will listen.

 

Sportran Public Meeting Notice

Sportran is holding a public meeting to discuss moving the Sportran bus terminal from Crocket Street and constructing a new intermodel transportation terminal on Murphy Street. The first exhibit viewing is on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, located at the Sportran Bus Terminal. There is an additional Exhibit viewing on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, directly followed by a Presentation at 6:00. The June 13th event takes place at Airport Park, located at 6500 Kennedy Street. Discussion may include new bus stops and extending the stops farther North.

 

Persons with special needs and/or accomodations who are interested in attending the meeting are asked to contact Bill Spickerman, ADA Coordinator at (318) 673-7415, at least five working days prior to the meeting.

 
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Blogs

Spring Book Sale

Tomorrow, April 12 (9am-5pm), and Sunday, April 13(pm-4pm), at the Main branch, we will have the Annual Spring Book Sale for the Friends of the Library. In addition to all of the normal gently used books available, Our “Collectors Corner,” full of those specialty items you are looking for, has doubled in size!

Don't forget about the Jazz! In conjunction with the Book Sale, local jazz ensembles, including Green Oaks Performing Arts and The Highlands Original Dixieland Jazz Band will perform at the library! We'll have a slew of other programs going all day Saturday so come check out what we have going on!

 

Donate a Handbag, Grow a Professional


In partnership with Dress for Success, we are accepting donations (new or used!) of black handbags and briefcases. Dress for Success is a nonprofit organization that specializes in developing both professional skills and professional attire.  

Dress for Success Donations will be accepted at the following branches during the month of March:

Mooringsport

Wallette

Atkins

Broadmoor

Main

North Shreveport

Hamilton/South Caddo

Cedar Grove/Line Avenue

Mooretown

West Shreveport

Bring a donation and change a life today!

 

SML Celebrates Sunshine Week

sunshineweek
March 16-22 marks Sunshine Week, a nationwide discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. As a public library, the concepts of free expression and open access to information are the foundation of our existence. How do you exercise "your right to know"?
 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

In honor of the upcoming movie for this book, I am doing a review on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book delves into the story of teen cancer patient, Hazel. She regularly attends Cancer Kid Support Group. During one meeting Augustus appears and changes the way Hazel is living her life. For some readers this book can be a bit of a hit or miss. I, for one, love the book and it had me in tears by the end. However it was a miss to some readers because the characters tend to make jokes about their disabilities and illnesses that might seem offensive to others. Overall the book kept a good balance of humor and seriousness. This book is quite interesting, therefore, as I would say with any movie adaptation, “Read the book first.” 8/10

 

Introducing Zinio, a New Service from Shreve Memorial Library

Ever feel like you just don't have enough magazines in your life? Well, we felt the same way!

Zinio is an online digital magazine service that allows access to full-color magazine issues directly from your mobile device or PC. How many can you check out, you ask? All of them. All of the magazines. Not only that, but you may keep them for as long as you like! Our new service is fully searchable by genre and title, and we already have a considerable collection that is consistently updated with each new issue that is published.

Click here to start your Zinio experience!

 

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Summer Reading Program at Belcher

The SRP programs begin at 3:00 p.m.

June 5      Monte & Marsha - Singers

June 12    Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park

June 19     Unannounced

June 26     DAT Does the Trick - Magician 

July 3       Holiday Have a Happy and Safe 4th

July 10     Wildlife and Fisheries - Trapping and furs

July 17     Daniel Vining - Teen Juggler

July 24     End of Summer Party

 

Nook & Kindle Classes @ North Shreveport

So you want to learn how to check out library books on your Nook or Kindle? Easy! Attend one of our classes for step-by-step instructions.

You can't attend one of these classes? No problem, just call us at 674-8172 to set up an appointment for a one-on-one demonstration!

During the weeks of July 2nd & July 23rd we will have live demos all week from 10:00 AM -3:00 PM

 *You will need a valid library card to check out eBooks

 **If you have not yet registered and set-up your device please call ahead and speak to Jenifer French.

Nook Classes:
Friday July 27th @ 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 14th @ 10:00 AM
Friday, August 24th @ 10:00 AM
Please bring these devices if you own them:
Nook, laptop, USB cord, smart phone, etc.
Kindle Classes:
Tuesday, July 24th @ 10:00 AM
Friday, August 10th @ 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 28th @ 10:00 AM
Please bring these devices if you own them:
Kindle, laptop, USB cord, smart phone, etc.
 

Author Spotlight: John Steinbeck

Bio

steinbeck2John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 1902. His birthplace is a major influence in many of his works, notably East of Eden. He came from a middle-class family. His parents were John Steinbeck and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck (If you’ve read East of Eden, do these names sound familiar?). John was the Monterrey county treasurer, and Olive was a teacher. Salinas was a very small town. He went to school there and spent his summers working on the surrounding ranches. He went to Stanford in 1919 and left five years later without a degree. In 1925, he went to New York and worked as a freelance writer. In 1928, after being unable to get his work published, he moved to San Francisco, where he published some shorter works. He married Carol Henning in 1930. He became well-known only after he published his fifth novel, Tortilla Flat, which is a collection of stories about the kinds of people he might have worked with on the ranches in summer. After Tortilla Flat, he moved on to more serious fiction like The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. Besides writing numerous successful novels, Steinbeck had an interesting life. He was a World War II correspondent and was wounded in 1944. He also traveled extensively around the Soviet Union. He died in New York City of heart disease and congestive heart failure. (Sources: Wikipedia and Nobelprize.org)


Links

The National Steinbeck Center - Located in Salinas, CA, a museum dedicated to Steinbeck’s life and works.

The Center for Steinbeck Studies - The only university research archive in the world dedicated solely to John Steinbeck’s life and work. Here, you can find lots of general information on Steinbeck, along with lesson plans and a bibliography search.

Nobelprize.org’s Steinbeck entry - Read about Steinbeck and watch his 1962 Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Steinbeck quotes - Many quotable lines can be extracted from Steinbeck’s novels and stories. Here are some good ones.


Library Resources

Shreve Memorial Library has a wealth of books written by John Steinbeck. Here are a few that stand out:

The Grapes of Wrath - Traces the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships as migrant farm workers.

East of Eden - Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families -- the Trasks and the Hamiltons -- whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

Of Mice and Men - Tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant workers during the Great Depression in California.

Travels with Charley - A travelogue that recounts tales of a 1960 road trip with Steinbeck's standard French Poodle, Charley, around the United States.

Here's the full list.

Some titles are also available on OverDrive. Just search for Steinbeck!

If you want to delve more deeply into Steinbeck's work, check out our library databases for essays and articles. The Scribner Writer's Series and Twayne's Author Series are good places to start.

 


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