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Nine Books and a Guttenberg

Sep 14, 2010 3:31 PM | 0 comments

Funny man Steve Guttenberg always brings back great memories for me. Whether it was his turn in Police Academy or his fumbles at parenting in Three Men and a Baby, he had plenty of classic moments. I was even inspired when I was eight to write to him to request his autograph, which he kindly sent. So, I was thrilled when he shared some of his favorite reads with us. Check them out:


Books for Kids 

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop


Books for Adults


Essays: First and Second Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Naked by David Sedaris

Rebels on the Backlot by Sharon Waxman

Sinatra in Hollywood by Tom Santopietro

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From Big Screen to Bookworm

Sep 9, 2010 3:35 PM | 0 comments

Starring in both big screen and small screen hits alike, actor Harold Perrineau is quickly becoming a household name. The Matrix, Lost, Fame (the original), The Best Man and HBO’s Oz are just a few of the big-name productions in which he stars.

When he isn’t flexing his acting muscle, the Brooklyn native can be found enjoying a book with his wife and two daughters. Here are his favorites:

Books for Kids
The Very Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Books for Adults
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Catch A Fire: The Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand


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Your Weekend Is Booked

Sep 8, 2010 1:23 PM | 0 comments

It’s a red carpet kind of month. The Emmys were a few weeks ago, Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow and the Brooklyn Book Festival goes down at Borough Hall on September 12. If you don’t think this event belongs in the red carpet category, then clearly you haven’t checked out the free event’s roster of literary superstars; anyone who’s anyone is going to be there.


The festival features themed readings and timely, lively panel discussions with top national and international authors:  



Those are just highlights, so be sure to check out the event’s website for the full schedule.


Like any good event, there are plenty of pre-“parties.” They’re happening at various locations, including Brooklyn Public Library. Check out we’ve got to offer. And look for us at the festival itself. We’ll be there, signing you up for library cards, answering your questions and doing small craft workshops for kids. 

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The Play’s the Thing—Gender Isn’t

Sep 3, 2010 11:37 AM | 0 comments

Theresa Rebeck is a serious writer—serious about writing, serious about reading and seriously prolific.

Early in her career, she found herself saddled with the task of transcending the designation “woman playwright”—to become simply a playwright—and has this to say about it:

“As a writer, I have always considered it my job to describe the world as I know it; to struggle toward whatever portion of the truth is available to me… I believe that the hero’s journey is both male and female… I’m interested in writing about the way both genders make mistakes and the ways we grow, or don’t grow.”


Originally from Cincinnati, the novelist, playwright, and film and television writer now lives here in Brooklyn. She shared some of her favorite books with us; among them, a few classics featuring heroines struggling to transcend assigned identities.


Books for Kids


The Tangerine Bear by Betty Paraskevas & Michael Paraskevas

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh


Books for Adults


Middlemarch by George Eliot

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Possession by A.S. Byatt

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