2019 Town Wide Read … THE LITTLE PRINCE



Falmouth Reads Together, a library sponsored community committee, has chosen for 2019 a book that can be read, enjoyed and shared by young and old: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  The book is fewer than 90 pages! This brief, but extraordinary work explores the importance of friendship, love, and the quest for truth. Written in 1943, Saint-Exupery was serving as a French air force pilot. He died prematurely in a 1944 airplane accident, leaving this work as a legacy for the world. The library has scheduled a number of events including a complete read-aloud of the book in both English and French. All are welcome to attend.


Thurs, Jan 16th @ 7:00 pm – Library Fiction Book Club to discuss the Little Prince

Fri, Feb 8th @ 2:00  – Screening of the 1974 Little Prince film directed by Stanley Donen

Fri, Feb 22 @ 2:00 – Screening of the 2016 Little Prince film directed by Mark Osborne

Sat, March 2nd @ 2:00 pm – A discussion of the Little Prince as literature by David Buskey

Sat., March 16th @ 11:00 am – Come and enjoy a complete reading of the book in both French and English. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.


Please join us for any or all of these events which will be held in the Hermann Meeting Room! There will also be a book discussion group held at the East Falmouth Branch Library on Tuesday, February 12th at 10:00 am.

This Year I Will … Resolutions for the New Year

On The Point with Mindy Todd this morning we discussed books that might inspire you to set a few resolutions for the New Year, or make you decide that there was no need to make a resolution. As Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary on Friday, January 2nd, 1931: “Then — well the chief resolution is the most important — not to make resolutions. Sometimes to read, sometimes not to read. To go out yes — but stay at home instead of being asked. As for clothes, I think to buy good ones.” Vicky Titcomb, of Titcomb’s Bookshop joined us for this show. The show was pre-recorded, so if you would like to share any of your favorite books on New Year’s Resolutions, please leave a comment and we will add it to the list!

Vicky’s Picks

The Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Make Your Bed: little things that can change your life … and maybe the world by Admiral William H. McRaven

George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

Forks Over Knives — the cookbook: over 300 recipes for plant-based eating all through the year by Del Sroufe

Gmorning, gnight!: little pep talks for you and me by Lin-Manuel Miranda; illustrations by Johnny Sun

Wherever You Go, There You Are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace by Dr. Patrizia Collard

TBC30: 6 steps to a stronger, healthier you by Michael Wood

The Yoga Deck by Olivia H. Miller

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: a life-changing list by James Mustich

What Good Should I Do This Day?: a journal inspired by Benjamin Franklin

Jill’s Picks

The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume Four, 1931 – 1935. Letter from Friday, January 2nd, 1931.

How to Be a Better Person by Kate Hanley

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamont, particularly chapter eleven, “Food.”

Food & Life by Joël Robuchon and Dr. Nadia Volf

Letters of Wallace Stevens selected and edited by Holly Stevens. See journal entry for December 31, 1900.

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker

The Year of Reading Dangerously: how fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones) saved my life by Andy Miller

A Calendar of Wisdom: daily thoughts to nourish the soul Written and selected from the world’s sacred texts by Leo Tolstoy

This Year I Will: how to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true by M. J. Ryan

Selected Letters of Dylan Thomas, edited and with commentary by Constantine Fitzgibbon.  See the letter of 25 December 1933.


Listener Picks (We weren’t live, but we still have some listener suggestions!)

You Are a Bad Ass: how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life by Jen Sincero



Self-Help Dewey Numbers  To Use When In Your Public Library …

Aging and Longevity 155.6719
Anger 152.47
Anxiety 152.46
Assertiveness 158
Codependency 155.9
Empathy 152.41
Emotions 152.4
Fear 152.46
Forgiveness 155.92; 179.9
Grief 155.937
Habit Breaking 158.1
Left and Right Handedness 152.335
Meditation 158.12
Memory 153.12
Perfectionism 158.1
Rejection 158.2
Relationships 158.24
Relaxation Exercises 155.9042, 158.12
Self-Acceptance 158
Self-Esteem 158.1
Self-Help Techniques 155.264
Self-Hypnosis 154.7
Stress Management 155.9042
Time Management 158.1
Worry 158.1

Dick Carter: Yacht Designer & Author

The Falmouth Public Library is pleased to present a local author talk, Dick Carter: Yacht Designer in the Golden Age of Offshore Racing on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:15 PM.  Dick Carter will talk about his surprising career in yacht design and show slides from his entertaining and inspiring new memoir.  Copies of the book will be for sale.  This program is free and registration is not required.

In the introduction to the book, John Rousmaniere writes, “When he came out of nowhere in 1965, The New York Times called Dick the ‘mystery man in American yachting.’   A young business man and Yale graduate from inland New Hampshire who first sailed on a small lake, he transformed himself through a spectacular act of will into a brilliant, daring yacht racer and designer.  He changed his sport, creating new types of boats and winning big races while surviving daring voyages.”  All of Carter’s early sailing was in Buzzard’s Bay.

Carter has given his talk and slide show at the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth, England and the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London, as well as at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island.

Friday Reads: Dinner in Camelot

“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.  Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here.   This blog was written by reference librarian, Donna Burgess.

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Dinner in Camelot by Joseph A. Esposito, with a Foreword by Rose Styron

Imagine hosting a dinner with some of the world’s most distinguished and famous guests.

In April 1962, President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, invited America’s greatest scientists, writers and scholars to dine at the White House. Included in the guest list were 49 Nobel prize winners.

“Held at the height of the Cold War, the dinner symbolizes a time when intellectuals were esteemed, divergent viewpoints could be respectfully discussed at the highest level, and the great minds of an age might all dine together in the rarified glamour of the ‘people’s house.”

One invited guest, Linus Pauling, had been protesting outside the White House that afternoon. He opposed the Cold War, and nuclear activity. Later he was critical of Kennedy’s handling of Cuba and the Cuban Missle Crisis.

This book is a snapshot of the Kennedy years and of the glamour and intellectual aura that surrounded the “Camelot couple.”

Take a short tour down memory lane and peruse the photos of John Glenn, James Baldwin,

William Styron, and group photos of this highbrow crowd.

JFK’s quote about the evening captures the event best:

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Pick up this gem and reminisce about those halcyon days.

Call # 973.922 ESP on the New nonfiction shelf.


The American West on The Point

This morning on WCAI we talked books about the American West. Clearly we could do an entire year of books about the American West! So many books, so little time, as they say. Author Peter Abrahams joined us and Kathryn Eident sat in for Mindy Todd. If you missed the show, you can listen online anytime!

Kathryn’s Pick

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Peter’s Picks

Chet and Bernie mystery series by Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams!)

The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited by Bernard DeVoto

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Money and the Power: the making of Las Vegas and its hold on America by Sally Denton and Roger Morris

My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

Print the Legend: the life and times of John Ford by Scott Eyman


Jill’s Picks

The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

When Women Were Birds: fifty-four variations on voice by Terry Tempest Williams

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the technological wild west by Rebecca Solnit

My Faraway One: selected letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

Sorrow of the Earth: Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull and the Tragedy of Show Business by Éric Vuillard

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

When Esther Morris Headed West, Women, Wyoming, and the Right to Vote by Connie Nordhielm Wooldrige, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Where I Was From by Joan Didion

“John Wayne: a love song” in Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

No time for, but you should really read! The Meadow by James Glavin, West by Carys Davies, and Cowboys Are My Weakness: stories by Pam Houston.

Listener Picks

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Recommended by Steve Junker before we went on the air!)

Old Jules by Mari Sandoz

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

This House of Sky by Ivan Doig

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig


Scary Stories for Halloween as Heard on The Point

If you missed today’s Halloween scary story edition of the book show on THE POINT, have no fear … you can listen online! And if you enjoyed Dan Tritle’s choice of spooky sounds, you too can have spooky sounds by checking out Martha Stewart’s CD Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween!

Mindy’s Pick

Communion: a true story by Whitley Streiber


Mary Fran’s Picks

The Shining by Stephen King

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Taker of Morrows by Stephen Sayers

Scream and Scream Again presented by R. L. Stine

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Quicksand by Malin Giolito

Not Enough Time For:

The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands by Barbara Sillery

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson



Jill’s Picks

Collected Stories by Roald Dahl. Particularly “Taste”, “Lamb to the Slaughter”, and “Pig”.

The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes

American Fantastic Tales: terror and the uncanny from Poe to the Pulps, edited by Peter Straub

American Fantastic Tales: terror and the uncanny from the 1940s to now, edited by Peter Straub. And Dan Tritle’s favorite story from this collection is “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger, and it includes the character Cthulhu, who made his first appearance in “The Call of Cthulhu” … also a favorite of Dan Tritle!

Scream: chilling adventures in the science of fear by Margee Kerr

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” the authorized graphic adaptation by Miles Hyman

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton (and you can pair this with Edith Wharton A to Z, in which there are many mentions of her ghost stories.)

Listener Picks

“The Colour out of Space” a story by H. P. Lovecraft, which can be found in The Classic Horror Stories by H. P. Lovecraft, Necronomicon: the best weird tales of H. P. Lovecraft, and Tales by H. P. Lovecraft. And, of course, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, if you want all the annotations.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A Rose for Emily … a story in Collected Stories by William Faulkner

Friday Reads: The Red Notebook

Friday Reads” is a blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.  Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here.  This blog was written by reference librarian, Donna Burgess.

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Friday Reads: The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

What would the contents of your handbag reveal about you? Would your make-up kit reveal a woman who wears bright red lipstick or soft coral lip gloss? Do you carry a hand cleaner? A spritzer of perfume, your current read in book or e-book format? A notebook, a dry cleaner pick-up slip, earrings that you didn’t have time to put on, keys, business cards? If your cell phone and wallet were stolen, how would someone identify you?

This small book intrigued me. Laurent Letellier, a bookseller, finds a beautiful leather handbag on a dumpster and so begins a story about his search to find the owner of the purse. Within the bag is a small red notebook with notes about the fears, likes and dislikes of the owner. Those jottings convinced Laurent he wished to meet the woman who owned it.

In the story we meet Laurent’s daughter, his current girlfriend and a woman-chasing friend who cannot understand his fascination with a woman he never met.

“Laurain’s gentle, satirical humor remind this reviewer of Jacques Tati’s classic films, and, no, you don’t have to know French politics to enjoy this charming novel. Fans of Muriel Barbery’s  The Elegance of the Hedgehog will want this.”—Library Journal

Pick up this little gem, we have it on the Staff Picks shelf in both book and CD format.

Food Glorious Food on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning on The Point our book topic was food. Here are our picks.


Kellie’s Picks

Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
Jill’s Picks
The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes by Deborah Ruddell, illustrated by Joan Rankin

Scrambled Eggs Super! by Dr. Seuss

Adventures in Slow Cooking by Sarah DiGregorio

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey “The Doughnuts” chapter

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book with a foreword by M. F. K. Fisher

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder & Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which includes the character Thurston, the cook

Stories From the Kitchen edited by Diana Secker Tesdell

Cod by Mark Kurlansky

Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: a novel of pastry, guilt, and music by Mark Kurlansky

Voracious: a hungry reader cooks her way through great books by Cara Nicoletti

The Food Activist Handbook by Ali Berlow

Not Enough Time For

Much Depends on Dinner by Margaret Visser

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

Cake by Maira Kalman with recipes by Barbara Scott-Goodman

The Kitchen Book/The Cook Book by Nicolas Freeling

Blood, Bones & Butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton


Listener Picks

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

On Rue Tatin: living and cooking in a French town by SusanHerrmann

La Cucina: a novel of rapture by Lily Prior

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Guns, Germs and Steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond

Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

Babette’s Feast, which is both a film and a short story by Isak Dinesen

Friday Reads: The Sun Does Shine

“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.  Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here. 

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Today’s book is an important one.  The Sun Does Shine:  how I found life and freedom on death row by Anthony Ray Hinton is recommended by reference librarian Kasia Piasecka, an avid reader of true crime and social justice books.

“In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama.  Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution.  He spent his first three years on death row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence, full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death.  But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but to find a way to live on death row.  For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon, transforming his own spirit and those of his fellow inmates.”  (Excerpted from the publisher’s summary.)

Kasia wrote on her staff pick card: “A powerful story and a call to action. I highly recommend listening to the e-audiobook on Overdrive,” which is narrated by Hinton’s remarkable attorney, Bryan Stevenson.

I am also familiar with Hinton’s story having read about his ordeal with the Narrative Nonfiction Book Club last November in the book Just Mercya story of justice and redemption by the above mentioned attorney Bryan Stevenson.  It is one I won’t soon forget.  Stevenson says in the foreword to The Sun Does Shine: “Mr. Hinton is one of the longest-serving condemned prisoners facing execution in America to be proved innocent and released.  Most of us can’t possibly imagine what it feels like to be arrested, accused of something horrible, imprisoned, wrongly convicted because we don’t have the money needed to defend ourselves, and then condemned to execution.  For most people, it’s simply inconceivable. Yet, it’s important that we understand that it happens in America and that more of us need to do something to prevent it from happening again.”

You can find this book on the Staff Picks shelf.   Also look for Just Mercy in the nonfiction area with the call #353.48 STE.

Photo: www.sfexaminer.com April 1, 2018. (courtesy photo) of Anthony Ray Hinton

September 7, 2018

Friday Reads: Saints for All Occasions


“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.  Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here. 

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This week’s book is a novel I put on the Staff Picks shelf recently.  I don’t read fiction very often, (Okay, I admit to some fluffy escapist fiction occasionally.) but this novel had me hooked from the beginning.  It is deep, thought-provoking, well-crafted and spot on in describing a particular time, place and group of people.  I highly recommend Saints for All Occasions (2017) by J. Courtney Sullivan.

The publisher summarizes it thusly:

“Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she’s shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn’t sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan–a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children: John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant; Bridget, privately preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend; Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career; and Patrick, Nora’s favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache. Estranged from her sister and cut off from the world, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. Until, after decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago.”

Sullivan also wrote the novels Commencement (2009), The Engagements (2013) and Maine (2011) which was a New York Times best-seller, Time magazine best book of the year and a Washington Post Notable Book.

For readers who enjoyed My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, you are sure to enjoy Saints for All Occasions as well.   It makes a wonderful book club book as there is a lot to keep a discussion rolling.

You can find the regular print hardcover on the Staff Picks shelf.  It is also available on CD, in large print, e-audio and e-book.