Monday, January 25, 2010

Drumroll Please!

Announcing our newest READS-TO-GO kit: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

The kit is hosted by Kelley Library in Salem. There has been a little delay in having it appear in the NHU-PAC, so, for right now, don't look for it there. Faithful readers of this blog have first crack at booking it! Call Kelley Library at 898-7064. Ask for Elizabeth or Paul in Reference.

Caryn James begins her New York Times review of the book:
Will Americans embrace a heroine who skulks like a spy among the intelligentsia, an apparently unlettered concierge who secretly disdains Husserl’s philosophy, adores Ozu’s films and is so passionate about Tolstoy she named her cat Leo? Or will Muriel Barbery’s studied yet appealing commercial hit be a purely European phenomenon, exposing a cultural fault line?

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
, a best seller in France and several other countries, belongs to a distinct subgenre: the accessible book that flatters readers with its intellectual veneer.
From the number of recent interlibrary loan requests coming through for this title, I'd say it is a book discussion group hit!

Maybe a little French philosophy is just what your group needs! Don't forget to serve up some French pastries, too!

--Diane

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