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February Closings

The libraries will be closed for Lincoln's birthday on Friday, February 12, 2016 and for President's Day on Monday, February 15, 2016.

Dear Mary-Louise Parker, You've Written A Great Book

The actor's new memoir is disguised as a collection of letters to the men in her life. Critic Jean Zimmerman praises Parker's willingness to show vulnerability and her excellent, stylish writing.

'This Old Man' Looks Back On A Full Life

Roger Angell's latest book is a collection of his writings from The New Yorker, centered on "This Old Man," his memorable essay about the pains and pleasures of living into your 90s.

'Hotels Of North America' Gets 4 Stars

Rick Moody's new novel takes the form of online travel reviews written by the lonely but oddly eloquent Reginald Morse. Critic Jason Sheehan says it's Moody at his most inventive, playful and biting.

Why Eating Out Alone Doesn't Have To Be Lonely

More Americans are eating alone — at restaurants and at home. Writer Simran Sethi argues in a new book that eating alone can be a courageous act that deepens appreciation of food and place.

The Entire Soviet Union Fits Into 'The Big Green Tent'

Ludmila Ulitskaya's new novel follows three childhood friends in the years after Stalin's death — and the dozens of characters their lives intersect with — in a masterpiece of detail and ambition.

'The Night Clock' Ticks With Wit, Fright And Fantasy

Paul Meloy's debut novel fuses humor, horror and personal experience; it's the story of a 40-something psychiatric nurse who discovers he's a part of a cosmic battle against the forces of nightmare.

'The Pickle Index' Is A Tart, Tangy Multi-Platform Romp

Eli Horowitz's surreal story, told via smartphone app and two separate book editions, follows a sad-sack circus performer who accidentally falls afoul of his oppressive dystopian government.

'Tiffany Girl' Is A Jeweled Window Into The Past

Deeanne Gist's Tiffany Girl blends a charming romance with an overlooked bit of history — the women recruited by Louis Comfort Tiffany to complete his stained glass chapel at the 1893 World's Fair.

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