But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.
Tired of all the snow, ice and grey weather? Wish you could escape to a tropical destination but don't have the budget? Well how about escaping with a great beach read? Try one of these titles for a break from the bitter cold:
It happened in South Beach by Jennie Klassel
Beachcomber by Karen Robards
Tropical getaway by Roxanne St. Claire
Library Journal Best Books 2010: Genre Fiction
Mystery Writers of America-Edgars
Tired of squinting while reading? Getting a headache from focusing too hard for too long? You're not alone — one in six Americans over the age of 45 have trouble reading small print.
Juliet by Anne Fortier
Spider bones by Kathy Reichs
61 hours: a Reacher novel by Lee Child
Bloodroot by Amy Greene
Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay — Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' D' Hiv roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel' D' Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal and to reevaluate her marriage. A popular book club selection.
Isn't it exciting when two perfectly unrelated, but equally beloved, things mash together? I love reading romances and I love watching ice hockey. Apparently, I am not the only one. Rachel Gibson and Deirdre Martin are just two of the authors who have written fiction with hockey players as the heroes. Grab one today and get in a little reading before the Wings take on the Blackhawks tomorrow.
Body check by Deirdre Martin
Brad Meltzer, author of recently released The Inner Circle will speak at Borders Books in downtown Birmingham this Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7:00PM. For more information call (248) 203-0005.
Borders Birmingham — Downtown
Birmingham, MI 48009
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are shipped off by their father to spend a month with their estranged mother in Oakland, CA. But their mother has no time for them. Instead of taking them to Disneyland as they had hoped, she sends them to the People's Center run by the Black Panthers so she can write poetry. Delphine is a remarkable older sister, wise beyond her years, and an expert at handling her siblings. Each girl has a distinct response to their mother and the ideas and people to which they are exposed. They develop a hard-won, tenuous connection with their mother and an awareness of injustice on a personal and universal level. With endearing characters, a vivid depiction of a pivotal moment in African-American history, and beautiful, poetic language, this is a book worth reading more than once. Readers will wonder what happens to the sisters when they return to their father in Brooklyn with their 'radical' new ideas about the world.
If you enjoy books by authors like John Hart, then check out this list:
Reversible errors by Scott Turow
The rainmaker by John Grisham
False testimony by Rose Connors
Congratulations to Ms. Stead on winning this prestigious award!
- 2011 Newbery Winner — Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
- 2011 Caldecott Winner — A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead
- 2011 Printz Winnter — Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
- 2011 Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook — The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
- 2011 Coretta Scott King Award — One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia