Amanda, a vintage clothing shop owner near Astor Place in New York City, finds a journal hidden in the clothing she purchases. Her story alternated with that of Olive, the journal writer of a hundred years earlier. The depiction of the life of a shopgirl in pre-World War I New York City is fascinating. Olive is paid $7 per week at the department store. Her rooming house, with breakfast and dinner, charges $6 per week, leaving just a dollar to cover taking the trolley (at 5 ¢ per ride), laundry and clothing! Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
Lucy's Book Mark
Join us for Movie Matinee on Monday, February 17, 1 pm to watch "The Great Gatsby" starring Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. OUr If you’d like to read more about the roaring twenties, and the Jazz age, check out our Spotlight page.
"Red Rising," a debut novel from Pierce Brown, tops the new LibraryReads list. LibraryReads is a compilation of librarian's favorite forthcoming titles for the month. Oshkosh Public Library buys a copy of each title that appears on the list. "Red Rising" is being called the "next great read for those who loved The Hunger Games." Other titles are "The Martian" by Andy Weir, "This Dark Road to Mercy", Wiley Cash's second book and a nonfiction pick "E.E. Cummings: A Life" by Susan Cheever. Current list that's availalbe is on the display board next to the second floor Reference Desk.
The Oscar nominees are out. Book adaptations made a strong showing in the major categories: Best Picture, Director, Best Actor & Actress and Best Supporting Actor & Actress. "American Hustle," based on "The Sting Man" had 10 nominations, "12 Years a Slave" (9), "Captain Phillips" (6), "The Wolf of Wall Street" (5) and "Philomena" (4) How many have you read or seen? Which was better, the book or the movie?
Chase away the winter chills and curl up with a good book. Now is the perfect time to get to those books you've been meaning to read. When you finish reading three books, turn in your entry form (available at the library) and stop in at the Reference Desk to choose a free book for yourself. You can also fill out the online form and the next time you're here, choose your free book. More information on our "For Readers" page.