Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo’s name first broke the scene when Madonna heavily invested in her art. Kahlo was a Mexican painter whose art did not fit any convenient movement of the time; not even the current Surrealism.  No one was like Kahlo. She  had a sad story as a physically challenged woman. She broke her back and was confined to her bed for years. She continued to paint in her reclined position. Instead of the pitiful invalid, Kahlo’s self-portraits show her strength, her sense of humor and her pain. She was married to the famous muralist and philanderer, Diego Rivera, whose murals thematically included the power of the people and political uprisings.
Frida Kahlo: the painter and her work
Prignitz-Poda, Helga.

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Frida Kahlo: the paintings
Herrera, Hayden.

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The letters of Frida Kahlo: cartas apasionadas
Kahlo, Frida.

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection & 20th century Mexican art from the Stanley and Pearl Goodman Collection

759.972 KAHLO, F. PRIGNITZ

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winter Reading Challenge: Even More Book Reviews by You!






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Here are a selection of nonfiction book reviews by patrons who participated in our Winter Reading Challenge. Our Winter Reading Challenge will end on February 28 and all adults are welcome to participate. You may even win a Bundle of Books Basket! Want your book review to be featured on our social media? Take the challenge and write a review of the books you read! Sign up and log the books you read here! Good luck and happy reading!






The Perfect Horse: The Daring US Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts is a real life thriller about how the Nazis tried to apply their eugenics theories to horse breeding by using the Lipizzaners and other thoroughbred horses to breed the perfect war horse and how the Americans acted to save the horses trapped ahead of the advancing starving Russian army. Fascinating reading for horse fans and World War II fans.


Maryagnes R.


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Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow. I found it extremely interesting to read about the early years of this country in the context of current events. I didn't realize how divided and tumultuous things were back then, with frequent talk of civil war, fears about reverting back to monarchy, major personal animosity among the founding fathers. It's a long book, but written very engagingly so it goes quickly. Highly recommended.

Jeanne G.






Image of itemBad Feminist by Roxanne Gay is sharp, introspective, and witty. She provides a much-needed intersectional discussion of race, gender, and sexuality.

Caitlin S.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Treasures from the Worcester Room--Worcester's MVP: Most Valuable Printer!




As Boston Celtics fans are well aware, Isaiah Thomas is having an MVP-caliber season.  What Celtics fans may not know however, is that the City of Worcester was home to another famous Isaiah Thomas who resided here in the 1700 and 1800s.  This Isaiah Thomas was a different kind of MVP: a Most Valuable Printer!


Isaiah Thomas first came to Worcester just before the start of the Revolutionary War, as the British authorities were suspicious of his newspaper, the Massachusetts Spy.  Shortly after, his paper was the first paper in New England to publish a copy of the Declaration of Independence.  After the war, his fortunes expanded.  As the book Forty Immortals of Worcester County states, "He printed the first folio Bible in America, and became the largest publisher in the country."  He would later pass his business off to his son and become a writer himself, writing the book A History of Printing in America.  He would also go on to become one of the founders of Worcester's American Antiquarian Society.

An example of the work that Isaiah Thomas's shop produced can be found in the book History of the Heather Gods, which he printed in the early 1800s.  In fact, our library has a number of books published by Isaiah Thomas and his son Isaiah Thomas, Jr.  It is easy to see the quality of the printing and the detail of the illustration.  Just one more example of the kind of treasure that can be found in the library's Worcester Room Collection.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Winter Reading Challenge: More Reviews by You!

Here are a few more book reviews by WPL patrons who participated in our Winter Reading Challenge. Our Winter Reading Challenge will end on February 28 and all adults are welcome to participate. You may even win a Bundle of Books Basket! Want your book review to be featured on our social media? Take the challenge and write a review of the books you read! Sign up and log the books you read here! Good luck and happy reading!

The Bookshop on the Corner
by Jenny Colgan

Image of itemIf you're looking for a cozy and adorable novel to warm you up on a cold winter day, "The Bookshop on the Corner" by Jenny Colgan is the book for you. For fans of libraries, books, and rural Scotland. 
-Amy K.









by Helen Simonson

Image of itemThe English village novel isn't necessarily my cup of tea (pun intended.) However, I picked this up based on a recommendation from the library's winter reading list and was pleasantly surprised. Author Helen Simonson had some interesting things to say about the role of tradition and the pervasiveness of xenophobia. Plus, it was nice to read something on the lighter and cozier side in the tail end of 2016. I would recommend this one. - Alex L.




Friday, February 3, 2017

Winter Reading Challege: Book Reviews by You!

Here are a few book reviews by WPL patrons who participated in our Winter Reading Challenge. Our Winter Reading Challenge will end on February 28 and all adults are welcome to participate. You may even win a Bundle of Books Basket! Want your book review to be featured on our social media? Take the challenge and write a review of the books you read! Sign up and log the books you read here! Good luck and happy reading!

by Joshilyn Jackson

Image of itemI read Joshilyn Jackson's The Opposite of Everyone. I love everything Joshilyn Jackson writes, and this was no exception. Well written, loved the characters. The only hitch for me was the myths and stories interwoven within the story - for me, they broke up the narrative and I just skimmed over them. But overall, this was a great book.


Melissa C.







by Abby Wambach

Image of itemAbby Wambach's story is an incredible one for soccer fans or not. It tells the real story of a celebrity. It shows a side that is often hidden from the public eye. It reminds one that Famous People are human just like the rest of us. It inspires one to never give up. It reminds us to embrace our imperfections.


Michelle B.