Author Archive for Anne Mangano



Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York

by Anne Mangano on September 16th, 2017
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New York City. It’s a place where our heroes and heroines of literature go to reinvent themselves. They strike it rich or find themselves desolate. They seek fame or become part of the multitudes of anonymous men in gray flannel suits. New York City can easily play this part. It is a cultural and economic powerhouse and America’s largest city. As Fitzgerald says, the city has “all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”

Francis Spufford shows us a different New York in his new novel, Golden Hill. Spufford’s hero, Richard Smith, a young, educated Londoner, arrives Read the rest of this entry »

Five Things You Can Do With Your Library Card Right at Home

by Anne Mangano on September 5th, 2017

In honor of September, National Library Card Sign-Up Month, here are five ways you can make the most of your ICPL Library card, right at home:

Try digital audiobooks on your smartphone or device today using OverDrive's Libby app.Listen up—You’re busy. Whether it’s work or school, caring for others or commuting, chores or exercising, there isn’t always time in your life to snuggle up with a book. Why not give audiobooks a try and listen to a book wherever you are? ICPL has thousands of audiobooks to choose from, whether you are in the mood for a heart-pounding thriller or an in-depth history. And OverDrive’s new app, Libby makes listening super easy.

Distraction Reading—If getting into that in-depth history—or even that heart-pounding thriller—isn’t in the cards right now, there is nothing like a magazine to give you the short distraction you need. With your Library card, you can read over 175 magazines Read the rest of this entry »

Give Peaks a Chance?

by Anne Mangano on July 25th, 2017

On February 28th, 1991, in the “B” section of the Iowa City Press-Citizen, there is this small article:

 

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IC Press-Citizen, 2/28/91

 

Yes, Iowa City held a protest…well, more like a letter-writing party at The Mill to push ABC to change the network’s mind on cancelling Twin Peaks (1990-1991), the television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. The show was like nothing else on television at the time. (I was watching TailSpin and Rugrats at this time in my life, so I don’t speak from memory but reviews). Twin Peaks was watched, talked about, and had pretty decent ratings. However, during the second season, the show was losing its audience and ABC decided to pull the plug. Lynch called on the show’s fans to write to the network and Iowa City’s chapter of the Citizens Opposing the Offing of Peaks (C.O.O.P.) delivered.

But they didn’t stop there.

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The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

by Anne Mangano on June 20th, 2017
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Lindsey Lee Johnson’s The Most Dangerous Place on Earth is everything you want a summer read to be. It’s fast-paced, full of drama, and you can’t put the book down. The novel weaves the story of a group of wealthy high school juniors in a San Franciscan suburb, all tied in some way to a tragic event that occurred when they were in eighth grade. Fast-forward to junior year, their idealistic new teacher, Molly Nicoll, strives to connect with them. She wants to share her love of A Room of One’s Own and The Great Gatsby. She wants to foster a passion for learning. She wants to understand them and for her students to Read the rest of this entry »

Want to Pick Up Your Hold on the Bookmobile?

by Anne Mangano on June 7th, 2017

You’re in luck! You can choose the bookmobile as a hold pickup location right in the catalog.

To put a book on hold (or a movie, cd, art print, etc.), click on the Place Hold button. If you are not logged in, the catalog will ask for your library card number and password. The pop-up window will prompt you to choose a pickup location (downtown for the library building and the bookmobile).

catalogholds-for-patronsIt works very similar if you are looking to put a hold on a specific volume, like the second disc in a television season or the third volume in a comic series. In the same window you pick the volume you want and choose your desired pickup location.

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Want to make a change to your hold pickup location? You can do that in the catalog too! Log into your account and click on HOLDS. Under PICKUP LOCATION each hold has a drop down menu listing the place you are currently set to pick up your hold. To change a location, use the drop down menu to pick the desired location and click on UPDATE LIST. ***You can make this change as long as the title doesn’t say “In Transit” or “On Holdshelf.”*** Once we’ve set aside an item for you, it has made it to its final destination.

changeholdspatronsFind more information about the bookmobile and its stops on our website: icpl.org/bookmobile.

Learning to Sew

by Anne Mangano on May 31st, 2017
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My mother is a talented seamstress. Everything she sews has a professional look from the curtains on her windows to my childhood Halloween costumes. She hems pants, takes in shirts, and replaces zippers with ease. But she did not transfer any of these skills to me. Since I live half a country away, I cannot have her “help” me with her projects, so this year, I decided to learn to sew and these books helped immensely.

Need help demystifying the sewing machine? Marie Clayton’s How to Use a Sewing Machine is your best bet. The book goes over everything you need to know about the machine, from adjusting tension to Read the rest of this entry »

1917

by Anne Mangano on May 16th, 2017
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There are two major centenaries this year: the United States entered World War I and the Russian Revolution. If you like to acknowledge anniversaries with a great read, then you have many books to choose from and these two are not a bad place to start:

Helen Rappaport’s latest, Caught in the Revolution, tells the story of the Russian Revolution in Petrograd from the perspective of people who found themselves in absolutely the wrong place at absolutely the Read the rest of this entry »

Love eBooks and digital audiobooks? Meet Libby!

by Anne Mangano on March 24th, 2017

Attention OverDrive users! Are you tired of navigating the difference between your shelf and the loans page in the OverDrive app? Do you dislike not being able to stream from the app? Or logging in each time you check out a book? Or the million different steps to it takes to check out and read an eBook?

Then you should try OverDrive’s new app Libby. For the past few months I’ve solely used Libby to listen Read the rest of this entry »

Elementary Reads

by Anne Mangano on March 1st, 2017
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This year marks the 125th anniversary of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s collection of the first twelve Sherlock stories. These short stories created a sensation among readers of the day. Holmes became so popular that Doyle was publically pressured for more stories, even though he killed off the character to write something different. Unlike Victorian readers, we will never have new Read the rest of this entry »

So Big by Edna Ferber

by Anne Mangano on February 8th, 2017
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Selina Peake doesn’t have a lot of options when her father, a professional gambler, is killed by a stray bullet in a Chicago gambling parlor. This being the turn-of-the-century, Selina, armed only with an education and enough money for two dresses (one in burgundy cashmere), decides to become a school teacher and takes a position in the Dutch farming community of High Prairie just outside of the city. Let’s Read the rest of this entry »