The Center Will Not Hold: A Reading List

“We tell ourselves stories to live…” It’s a boon if you’ve dipped into Joan Didion’s oeuvre prior to watching The Center Will Not Hold (directed by Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne), but is it necessary? In my opinion, no. As a journalist or in her essays, Didion covered several impactful events in recent history, and this documentary…

Bite-Size: A Reading List

Archer, Jeffrey And thereby hangs a tale Summary:Fifteen short pieces are set in various world regions and include “Members Only,” in which a young man’s life is transformed by a Christmas cracker. Barry, Kevin Dark lies the island Summary:This is a collection of stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope from the man…

It’s Teen Read Week!

What better way to celebrate than with a new YA novel, but if you’re not sure which to pick up next, we have a few suggestions: Reserve John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down and we’ll let you know when a copy is available for you. “It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the…

A Few of Amy’s Favorites: A Reading List

Amy, one of our junior pages, really enjoyed these books (especially the first one on the list!), and thought that a young reader in your home might, too. Trumpet of the Swan – E. B. White “Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis…

Becca’s Spotlight on The Science of Self-Care

The Armchair Scientist: A quarterly roundup of the latest updates to our science collection with a spotlight on: The Science of Self-Care. Are You Getting Enough Sleep? The mystery of sleep: why a good night’s rest is vital to a better, healthier life Written by Meir Kryger, M.D., The Mystery of Sleep offers an up close and personal look…

In the Meantime: Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz’s ode to Golden Age detective novels handily lends itself to a long list of readalike titles. Whether you’re in the mood for another mystery, one with a similar tone to tide you over until Magpie‘s queue turns in your favor, or for a little background information on the authors who excelled in visiting…

Wonder Woman Reading List

Seen the movie? Now read about it! Graphic Novels, Non-fiction and more… Also check out the Read This Display next time you are in the library. The Graphic Novels Bennett, Marguerite Bombshells. Allies Volume 2, Summary:“Based on the hit DC Collectibles product line! As World War II rages across Europe, the Allied forces issue a…

American Gods: A Reading List

Some books to for you to read before, during or after watching American Gods More From Neil Gaiman Gaiman, Neil Anansi boys : a novel Summary:Charles Fat Charlie Nancy leads a normal, boring existence in London. However, when he calls the U.S. to invite his estranged father to his wedding, he learns that the man…

Lets Go For A Walk: A Reading List

As we move (all too) slowly into spring and summer my thoughts, like many, turn to long walks in interesting places. With that in mind I thought our section of hiking books could use an upgrade. Check out the GV section of the New Books Room for the result. In the mean time check out…

Becca’s Reading List: The Armchair Scientist

The latest updates to our science collection with a spotlight on: Physics Everyday Physics Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (October 2014) Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, one of the founders of quantum loop gravity theory, breaks down some of the most basic laws and theorems acknowledged by contemporary physics. Not bad for a tiny volume that,…

Cartography: A Reading List

Sometimes there’s a collection of books at the library that we feel just needs to be noticed. Our books on cartography and maps.fall into that catagory. Its a large collection of books that are scattered around the library. We’ve got everything from Atlases of Civil War Battles to fantasy fiction centered around map making. Here…

Christmas Gift Ideas For 2016: A Reading List

Have a special book lover in your life and don’t know what to get them? Well the staff at the Peabody Institute Library Danvers have you covered. Below are some of our favorite books that we think will make great gifts. Anderson, Scott Lawrence In Arabia: War Deceit Imperial Folly And The Making Of The…

Reading List: Women in STEM

Reading List Curated by Rachel Although I picked up Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World for its charming illustrations, the content is fascinating and makes me want to seek out everything I can on even more rad women. Feel the same way? Here are a few to get started! Ada’s Algorithm:…

Nordic Noir & More: A Reading List

The Noir Headhunters Nesbo, Jo Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but…

Nature Writing: A Reading List

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin Set in the untamed American West, a highly original and haunting debut novel about a makeshift family whose dramatic lives are shaped by violence, love, and an indelible connection to the land. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can’t tell a sea horse from a sawhorse. And…

Wouldn’t You Rather Be On The Riviera?

Making Monte Carlo: A History of Speculation and Spectacle by Mark Braude. A rollicking narrative history of Monte Carlo, capturing its nineteenth-century rise as the world’s first modern casino-resort and its Jazz Age heyday as infamous playground of the rich. [GoodReads] The Other Side of Silence  by Philip Kerr. The war is over. Bernie Gunther,…

The Olympics: A Reading List

Reading list curated by Tracy | The Summer Olympics are around the corner, with the opening ceremony set to take place Friday, August 5th. To help you get inspired and excited for the Olympics, we’ve compiled a list of nonfiction and fiction books related to the Olympics as well as nonfiction books on the topic…

What’s Your Four? – Vol. 1

We asked our staff to list four books they planned to read over the summer – here are the titles they responded with: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware “In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been…

The Tony Awards: A Reading List

Reading list curated by Rachel Nominees for the 2016 Tony Awards were announced May 3rd and – no surprise here – Hamilton snagged a record-breaking sixteen, but there’s more to Broadway than just a genre-spanning musical about dead white guys. (Even though it’s awesome!) While there were twenty-six musicals and plays nominated, this list is…

Happy National Poetry Month!

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’ve put together a reading list based on the works and lives of New England poets. It’s by no means an exhaustive list; the majority of the poets included here are practically household names (I’m looking at you, Robert Frost. You too, Emily Dickinson). You’ll find below: biographies, letters, fictionalized…

Rachel’s Hold Shelf

Very rarely do I place library holds on new releases – either because I can’t predict when a book will find its way to me (when I’m in the middle of something else??) or because there just isn’t anything I absolutely have to read right away. And then there are these titles: The City of…

New Irish History | Reading List

Over the past year or so I’ve noticed an uptick in books being published about Irish history. It only occurred to me last week that the reason for this uptick was probably the up coming hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising (April 24-29). Given the holiday I thought it appropriate to give you a list…

Hamilton The Musical: A Reading List

Perhaps you’ve seen Hamilton: An American Musical? Or read Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, the biographical seed of inspiration that grew into the musical? Or perhaps the buzz has simply piqued your interest? From biographies of people like Burr, Lafayette, Jefferson and Hamilton himself to stories of the creation of the United States of America, we’ve got…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reading List

This is a reading list for those who need a little Star Wars fix leading up to seeing the The Force Awakens, or after having seen it. This is not an exhaustive list that includes, in no particular order, books from both Canon (books published after April 2014) and Legends (books from the original Star…

Reading List: In the Heart of the Sea

You’ve already read Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex, you’re this-close to making plans to see the film (starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw), and the whole thing has provoked a deeper curiosity about the whaling industry, perhaps, or maybe you’d like to read…

Armchair Traveler’s Reading List: France

A selection of these and other titles on France can be found on display just beyond the New Book Room. Fiction: Murder in the Marais (An Aimee Leduc Investigation) by Cara Black “Private investigator Aimée Leduc must decrypt a digitized photo from the 1940s. But when Aimée visits the historic Jewish quarter of Paris to…

Reading List: Kingsman (Get Your Spy Game On)

So you’ve seen the recently released Kingsman: The Secret Service and have been bitten by the spy craft bug. One: Trust me, you’re not alone. Two: We can help fill the time between now and when you go back to the theater to see the movie again, or between now and when it’s released on DVD, whichver is in keeping with how you roll. The majority of the titles on this list, both fiction and non-fiction, can be found on display in the new book room.

An Ottoman Reading List

Because you know you have always wanted one. Ok maybe not but if you are into either European, African or Middle Eastern history you should really check them out. They started out as a tribe of Turkish horsemen wandering around in Anatolia. While still basically a nomadic horde (although they were early adopters of artillery)…

Reading List: Outlander

“Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited…

Reading List: The Many Styles of BUNRAKU

A mysterious drifter and an ardent Japanese warrior both arrive in a town terrorized by criminals. Guided by The Bartender at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two join forces to bring down the corrupt reign of Nicola and his lady Alexandra. Remember Ethan Chandler (from this post on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful)? Well. Josh Hartnett plays…

Reading List: The World of Penny Dreadful

Jim and I (Michelle) are fans of Showtime’s new series Penny Dreadful, which takes and twists classic literary characters and throws them in with original (or are they?) characters, where they get down to business (see also: wreak havoc) in the ballrooms and back alleys of 19th century London…