Sunday, November 11, 2007


Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. Originally celebrated as Armistice Day to commemorate the "official" end of WWI, it has since become a day to honor veterans of any war.

Some recent books about soldiers and war to be found at the Elk Grove Village Library include:
My Men Are Heroes by Brad Kasal (NEW 956.704 KAS)
Band of Sisters: American women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt; foreword by L. Tammy Duckworth (NEW 956.70443 HOL)
Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground by Robert D. Kaplan (NEW 355.00973 KAP)
Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John Ferling (NEW 973.33 FER)
The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz (NEW 956.7044 RAD)
Back from the Front: Combat Trauma, Love, and the Family by Aphrodite Matsakis (NEW 616.85212 MAT)

Saturday, November 10, 2007


The noted American author Norman Mailer died this morning in New York. He was a novelist, a poet, a playwright, a journalist, a screenwriter, an actor... A recent interview with Mr. Mailer can be found on EW. He was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes--for Armies of the Night (General Non-fiction) in 1969 and for The Executioner's Song (Fiction) in 1980. A "Selected Bibliography" and links to other websites can be found on Wikipedia.

The Elk Grove Village Library has several works about and by him:
Mailer: A Biography (1999) by Mary V. Dearborn (BIO MAI)
The Lives of Norman Mailer: A Biography (1991) by Carl Rollyson (BIO MAI)
Mailer: A Biography (1982) by Hilary Mills (BIO MAILER)

Will the Real Norman Mailer Please Stand Up, (1974) comp., Laura Adams (813.54 ADA)
Norman Mailer (2003) edited by Harold Bloom (813.54 MAI)
The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism Revolution (2006) by Marc Weingarten (818.54 WEI)
Norman Mailer (1978) by Philip H. Bufithis (813.54 BUF)
Norman Mailer (1986) edited by Harold Bloom (813.54 NOR)

The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing (2003) by Norman Mailer (808.02 MAI)
Oswald's tale: An American Mystery (1995) (364.1524 MAI)
The Armies of the Night; History as a Novel, the Novel as History (1968) (959.7 MAI)
Miami and the Siege of Chicago; an Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968 (1968) (324.9046 MAI)
Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man: An Interpretative Biography (1995) (BIO PIC)

Ancient Evenings (1983) (MAILER, N.)
The Executioner's Song (1979) (MAI)
Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984) (MAI)
The Naked and the Dead (1949) (MAI)
Harlot's Ghost (1991) (MAI)
An American Dream (1965) (MAI)
The Gospel According to the Son (1997) (MAI)
The Castle in the Forest (2007) (MAILER, N)
The Long Patrol; 25 Years of Writing from the Work of Norman Mailer (1971) Edited by Robert F. Lucid (818.54 MAI)

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Daylight Saving Time for 2007 ended early this morning. Did you remember to turn your clocks back one hour?

Thursday, November 01, 2007


The 2007 winner of the Man Booker Prize was recently announced. The surpise winner of the prize, awarded for
the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland,
was Anne Enright for her book The Gathering.