Posts on November 2018
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Mad Scenes and Exit Arias

Mad Scenes and Exit Arias cover

Heidi Waleson, opera critic for the Wall Street Journal, provides an in-depth history of the New York City Opera from its founding, through 70 years of ups and downs, and on to its declaration of bankruptcy in 2013 and the aftermath.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Cover of The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network tells two parallel stories, in alternating chapters. One is about a young woman who worked as a spy, in an all-female spy network, in France during World War I. The other is about an American college student who goes to France shortly after World War II, to look for her French cousin who disappeared in occupied France. These two stories intersect in a powerful way and make for a very suspenseful novel.

Books to Support National Novel Writing Month

It's every writer's favorite time of year, National Novel Writing Month! That means it's officially time to get cracking on that novel you've always wanted to write. This month, our Shapiro display features books about writing of various kinds, including novels, short stories, screenplays, and more! There's surely something here to help motivate you, or help you out if you get a bad case of writer's block. Good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo 2018!

Reader, Come Home

In Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, Maryanne Wolf discusses the impact of reading digital content on the neural processing in the brain, deep reading, and empathy, among other topics.