WML Recommends

WML Recommends

It’s almost the season where a good book paired with a strong, hot cuppa sounds terribly enticing. Here is a list of books we recommend when you feel like curling up and staying indoors. Jessica Francis Kane’s Rules for Visiting combines a dose of wit with a plethora of botanical facts as gardener May Attway undertakes a journey to reconnect

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Women in Translation Month

Women in Translation Month

August has been celebrated as Women in Translation month since 2014, when book blogger Meytal Radzinksi brought attention to the underrepresentation of women’s work in translated literature. One of the great powers of the written word is its ability to articulate the human mind across boundaries and to envelop us in other worlds. With so many phenomenal women writers across the globe, our

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A Toni Morrison Reading List

A Toni Morrison Reading List

“They reach, grown people, for something beyond, way beyond and way, way down underneath tissue. They are remembering while they whisper the carnival dolls they won and the Baltimore boats they never sailed on. The pears they let hang on the limb because if they plucked them, they would be gone from there and who else would see that ripeness

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Book of the Day: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Book of the Day: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

“Without her girls, all she had was this breathlessness. Terrible as it was—and it was, it was—it was all she had left to mother.”  This is the loss upon which Julia Phillips’ breathtaking debut novel Disappearing Earth pivots: two young sisters on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula go missing, and while rumors of a kidnapping swirl, their mother Marina faces a desolate horizon without

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International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The library is working with the Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program to recognize and remember members in our community who have been lost to an overdose. We ask you to join us by decorating a square quilt in their memory. Materials are provided for and located on the 2nd floor of the library by

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Milkman

Milkman

Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize and 2019 National Book Critics Award for Fiction, Anna Burns’ Milkman follows the story of an eighteen-year old unnamed narrator, exploring what her life is like in a community living under oppression and divided by conflict. Even though Anna Burns did not specify where and when the novel is set, one could easily surmise that

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Pride Month

Pride Month

This June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, a turning point for the LGBTQ movement in the United States that has led to June’s designation as Pride month in an evolving form of celebration and reflection. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a New York bar populated by gay patrons. The

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Book of the Day: The Dry

Book of the Day: The Dry

When I feel like reading an atmospheric and gritty crime fiction novel, my mind takes me to the cold and snowy landscape that is Scandinavian or Nordic noir. Jane Harper’s gripping debut novel, The Dry, shows that the heat of the Australian outback is as good place as any for a good mystery story. Set in a parched climate of

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5 Questions with Eleanor Phillips Brackbill

5 Questions with Eleanor Phillips Brackbill

Eleanor Phillips Brackbill has a true love for history. She earned her M.A. in art history at Boston University and studied in the art history doctoral program at City University of New York. For twenty-five years, she served as the director of education at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. Afterwards, she embarked on

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Book of the Day: A Woman Is No Man

Book of the Day: A Woman Is No Man

Etaf Rum’s debut novel A Woman Is No Man interweaves the narratives of three women from a Palestinian family: Fareeda, her daughter-in-law Isra, and Isra’s daughter, Deya. Spanning from 1970 to 2008 and from Palestine to Brooklyn, the novel confronts the suffocating expectations and violence inflicted upon the women in this culture and questions whether actions and attitudes have or can change. Throughout

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