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.

Glittering 'Past' Channels Chekhov

Tessa Hadley's new novel follows four siblings as they gather at a dilapidated family cottage for a bittersweet summer together. Critic Heller McAlpin praises Hadley's "wry compassion."

Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

From brogurt to gastrosexual, humorist and food writer Josh Friedland has collected many of the new words born of our current foodie culture in a new food dictionary, Eatymology.

'The Comedians' Stand-Up History And Some Laughs

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy traces what we know now as stand-up comedy. Kliph Nesteroff tells Renee Montagne where the term stand-up comedy came from.

New French Book Is One 27 Years In The Making

NPR's Scott Simon notes that one of the best selling books in France this holiday season is by a man who begged on the streets of Paris for 27 years: Jean-Marie Roughol.