The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a sweet and smart and funny take on the romantic comedy. Australian genetics professor Don Tillman is “socially awkward” with OCD and Asperger’s tendencies — I picture a more grown-up version of Sheldon Cooper from the “The Big Bang Theory” who is not as repulsed by the idea of sexual intimacy (but is still technically a virgin). When Don is 39 he decides he needs to find a companion and embarks on the “Wife Project”, complete with a thorough questionnaire to weed out those deemed unsuitable; Don prides himself on his scientific approach and efficiency and does not like to waste any time at all. He soon meets Rosie, who is NOT a match for the Wife Project, but as a DNA expert he agrees to help her with her quest to find her biological father (the “Father Project”). Soon his life is thrown into disarray and joy as he becomes consumed by the “Rosie Project”.
- Review by Donna Bacchiocchi, Manager of Technical Services
The book has been reviewed by The Guardian (read) and The New York Times (read). Read an interview with author Graeme Simsion in The Examiner. Sony Pictures has optioned the screen rights and the author will write the script. Learn more about the author by visiting his website at graemesimsion.com.
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Check the library catalog to see if The Rosie Project is on the shelf.
This fall marks the debut of a new national “library staff picks” program called LibraryReads. All public library staff members (not just readers’ advisory librarians) are invited to nominate new adult titles that they have read, loved, and are eager to share with patron. While the list focuses on adult titles, books from all categories and genres can be nominated. The ten most frequently recommended titles will be calculated monthly.
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View the current month’s LibraryReads list, visit the archive, sign up for the newsletter, and get the latest news by visiting libraryreads.org.
Widely known for her novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger has a new book out entitled Raven Girl. Like her book The Nightmobile, Niffenegger’s Raven Girl is a story told in pictures, that story being a modern fairy tale described by Publishers Weekly as ”an eerie picture book for adults.”
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Transforming the Raven Girl into a ballet, Audrey Niffenegger collaborated with composer Gabriel Yared and Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor to be performed by the London Royal Ballet. Learn more about the ballet and read about Niffenegger’s experiences of dance and the inspiration behind her latest work.
More from Book Buzz
Six summers ago (July 26, 2007 to be exact) the Bentley Library Book Buzz site launched its first book review to promote the library’s Popular Reading collection. Over the years, library staff have posted their reviews about the books and audiobooks in the collection on Book Buzz. Though popular titles come and go, we’ve generally kept the books that have been reviewed and added them to our stacks. We’ve built quite a collection and the display from July 16 through August 26 will feature highlights from our Book Buzz site. Visit our display in the entryway on the Library’s main floor or check out our display on Pinterest!
Want to share your opinion? Visit the individual Book Buzz review to post a comment and tell the world what you thought of one the books our staff has reviewed.
Caught a case of reviewing fever? We’d love to hear from you. Write a review of any of our print or audio titles in the Popular Reading Collection or any of the e-book or e-audio titles in OverDrive. Guidelines are available here.
Do you have associations of certain books based on where you read them? Nora Ephron struck a chord with me as she described not only the books that had a big impact on her but also where she was when she read them.
“I did most of my reading as a child on my bed or on a rattan sofa in the sunroom of the house I grew up in. Here’s a strange thing: whenever I read a book I love, I start to remember all of the other books that have sent me into rapture, and I can remember where I was living and the couch I was sitting on when I read them.”
- Nora Ephron I Feel Bad About My Neck
I remember the lazy evenings I spent one summer reading Joyce Carol Oates’ We Were the Mulvaneys on the white-carpeted floor of my bedroom, the breeze ruffling the pages of the fat book. During the final August days before leaving to begin my freshman year of college, I lingered over the closing pages of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera while reclining on the plaid sofa in the home of a family I was babysitting for at the time. Years later, I read Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections in its entirety one rainy weekend while staying at a B&B in upstate New York. During the first blizzard the winter after we moved into our new home, I remember taking Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems collection down from the shelf in the office, sitting curled up with the book and the hunter green wool blanket on the guest room bed, and reading all the poems about snow and winter in the early pre-dawn light. And more recently, I remember staying up late (and suffering the consequences for doing so) to finish Kathryn Stockett’s The Help on the guest room bed. Just as memories about reading a particular book often remained tied to a specific place, so it goes with the spoken word. Many of my journeys in the car have been accompanied by the narrator of an audio book. I listened to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book during the long car trip out and back to visit family one Thanksgiving weekend. And I remembered while out working in my garden the other week that I spent many hours the previous spring weeding the flower beds while listening to Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
- Colleen Mullally, Reference Librarian
Certain books do have a shared memory of place associated with them. We’d love to hear from you. What are some of yours?
Donna Bacchiocchi from the library’s Technical Services department recently finished Kate Atkinson’s new book. She writes “Life After Life is a complex, layered, intriguing book about Ursula Todd who is reborn again and again in 1910 England and lives her life in various different but still similar ways, always affecting the lives of her friends and family.”
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Internationally best-selling author Anchee Min has released the sequel to her memoir The Red Azalea. Here she tells of her new life as an immigrant to Chicago in 1984, with a desire to study art but knowing no English. Rather than provide my own synopsis, I thought it would be more interesting to let you learn more about the book in an article from Wenguang Huang in The Chicago Tribune (here).
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Three-time National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin’s newest novel Flora has received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly and was named one of the Best Books of Summer 2013 by Publishers Weekly. Set during the final months of World War II, one of the inspirations for this story was Henry James’ ghost story The Turn of the Screw. The narrator is Helen, a woman in her seventies, who is looking back upon her ten year old self. Her mother died when she was three and her father has decided to go off to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to do secret war work following the death of his mother, her beloved Nonnie. And so it was during that summer of 1945 that Helen spent an intense and isolated time temporarily under the guardianship of her mother’s cousin Flora while a polio threat plagued the community.
Read (or listen) to NPR’s Fresh Air book review of Flora.
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Each May we query our database to find out which titles have circulated the most times during the academic year (excluding any items placed on reserve for a class). There are many ties in the rankings this year, so each of the lists includes more than ten titles, giving you even more to choose from. And now for the winners …
Can’t Get Enough of These Top 10 Lists?
If these lists have left you wondering about the most heavily circulated DVDs and books from our Stacks, then have a look our In the Know blog post featuring the full list and Lisa’s year-end recap!
The summer has (unofficially) arrived with finals ending last week and commencement this coming weekend. The public schools are having book fairs, the lilacs are in bloom and – as I recently learned – the public libraries are already beginning to prepare their summer reading programs for kids. When I spoke with one of the librarians in the children’s room about this year’s theme, I was sent down memory lane. I thought back to those summers spent lazing about reading for fun and the paperbacks I’d buy at the book fair and borrow from the library. My favorite place to read was right in my room on the floor by the windows. The fourth grade book fair opened to me the world of Kobie Roberts and her best friend Gretchen in Candice F. Ransom’s YA series. I hurried my way all the way from Going on Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen and Holding, and to Fifteen at Last. As with almost all of my childhood books, I foolishly gave them away. Those books are forever etched as classic childhood reading.
Have a favorite childhood reading memory? Now it’s your turn to share!