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15 books we can't wait to read in 2015 (Part 1)

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 12:27 Written by
15 new books we can't wait to read in 2015 (part 1) To get you started on a year of excellent reads, the Library has just ordered nearly 200 books that will be imminently available in our collection. Here is a short list of the books (part 1 of 2)…

Top 20 most circulated books in 2014

Thursday, 04 December 2014 15:18 Written by
Top 20 most circulated books in 2014 The year is coming to a close, and we look back at the top 20 most circulated books in 2014 in adult fiction. It's heartening to see classics like The Great Gatsby holding well with recent best-sellers like The Goldfinch. The Library wishes…

Books we are most thankful for

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:33 Written by
Books we are most thankful for We are thankful for many things in our lives and as we work surrounded by books everyday, we are of course grateful for those books that meant something to us, either in the past or right now. Here are a handful of books that…

Cookbooks to inspire your holiday table

Thursday, 20 November 2014 22:46 Written by
In search of culinary inspirations for the holiday table Food plays an essential part of holiday celebrations. Whether you plan on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or prefer to have a Cuban or Asian spread, these recently acquired cookbooks at the Library will give you plenty of ideas and inspiration to…
Galettete Pérougienne by Mimi Thorisson This is a wonderful speciality from the medieval town of Pérouges, near Lyon, made from a lemony yeasted brioche dough that is sprinkled with a generous amount of sugar, dotted with butter, and baked in a very hot oven. the sugar caramelizes and each bite…

Gone Girl reviewed by Wendy Simpson

Saturday, 25 October 2014 23:06 Written by
A review of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is first and foremost a good story. I was hooked from page one. Nick and Amy Dunne are a New York “golden couple”. Handsome, intelligent, successful, and at the outset very much in love. The economic downturn changes all…

The winner of the 2014 Book Award

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00 Written by
An Officer and a Spy wins 2014 Book Award An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris, is the winner of the second annual American Library in Paris Book Award. The annual prize honors the most distinguished book of the year about France or the French-American encounter, and carries a cash…

Oscar de la Renta Remembered

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:42 Written by
Remembering Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014)  "I have always felt my role as a designer is to do the very best I can for a woman to make her look her best. Fashion is only fashion when a woman puts it on." American designer Oscar de la Renta passed away…
 Alexander Lobrano and Clothilde Dusoulier talk about French food and more... Food writers and bloggers Alexander Lobrano and Clothilde Dusoulier met with Library staff at Hotel Amour restaurant to talk about their recently published books, Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover and Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural…

Banned Books Week

Thursday, 25 September 2014 02:54 Written by
 Banned Books Week: Celebrate the freedom to read The freedom to not only to choose what we read, but also to select from a full array of possibilities, is firmly rooted in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  Although…

Best books for fall 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014 20:55 Written by
 The most anticipated books for Fall 2014 With the rentrée littéraire in full swing, it's time to trade in our summer reads for fall's most anticipated books. These books are either on order or backordered by our prolific, extremely thorough, and overall amazing collections librarian Simon Gallo. We encourage you to…

Nadine Gordimer Remembered

Thursday, 17 July 2014 23:08 Written by
In memory of Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)  Nobel prize-winning South African writer Nadine Gordimer passed on 13 July 2014 at the age of 90. She was an outspoken voice against the evils of apartheid, and continued to express strong views even after its collapse and the emergence of a multiracial democracy. Gordimer…

Teens' Top Ten Nominee Books

Friday, 04 July 2014 12:31 Written by
The nominees are here! The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate 25 of their favorite books of the previous year and then vote for the Top Ten. The 25 nominees for 2014 have been named and are  waiting at the American Library in Paris for…
The Future of Libraries The 2014 ALA Annual Conference continues at a relentless pace, with concurrent speaker sessions, poster sessions, informal discussions, and author signings with lines for books by Lois Lowry and Judy Blume wrapping around the exhibit hall. It's heartening to see librarians waiting 45 minutes for a…
The 2014 American Library Association Annual Meeting Library staff members Pauline Lemasson and Celeste Rhoads are reporting from the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, which officially kicked off on Friday 28 June at the Las Vegas Convention Center. So far, it's been an intense schedule of attending sessions, meeting authors, and…
Summer is a MixtapeTeen Summer Reading Club 2014 As part of the Summer is a Mixtape Teen Reading Club 2014, Celeste Rhoads, the Children and Young Adults' Services Manager, has put together a reading list for teens that's inspired by music, songwriters and singers. Come to the Library and check…
Rock 'n' ReadSummer Reading Club 2014 As part of the Rock 'n' Read Summer Reading Club 2014, Celeste Rhoads, the Children and Young Adults' Services manager, has put together a reading list for children that is inspired by music, songwriters and singers. Come and check them out at the Library!And…

And the winners of the 2014 YAFF are...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 17:21 Written by
And the 2014 YAFF winners are... The 2014 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 6 June 2014. Over 240 people attended the celebration event, including the young author finalists, parents and teachers. Each finalist was awarded a certificate and many of them also received a…

Researching America in 1914

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:46 Written by
Researching America in 1914   I enjoy history generally, but especially obscure history, the story of the underdog and the forgotten. So it was very exciting to volunteer for the Library on the exhibition America in 1914, now on display through 31 August. World War I was such a monumental event…

The Julia Child fascination

Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:54 Written by
The Julia Child fascination   Julia Child Rules is the fourth and final installment in what has been dubbed my "Kick Ass Women" series -- a quartet of mini-biography/philosophy/self-help books that delve into the lives of my favorite 20th century icons: Katharine Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Julia Child.…