Elinor Lipman

Happy Books by Cindy Hulsey

I’ve been thinking about the concept of happiness quite a bit lately.  Maybe it’s because I’m growing older and wondering what it’s all about, or because I lost my father-in-law this year, or because the world becomes more complex and demanding by the minute.  The good news is that science has revealed that we can actually change our brains, making happiness attainable.  Two good books about how our brains adapt are The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, whi

Embracing Eccentricities by Rebecca Howard

Generally speaking, I love strange people.  Let me clarify.  I love the quirky, offbeat, and freakishly brilliant.   These are people who might obsess over a certain historical figure or know everything imaginable about farming practices during the Neolithic period.  They might read 5 books a week on whatever topic has captured their keen attention and then move onto their next area of study.  If they were teenagers in the late 1980s, they made hundreds of mix tapes full of songs by unknown bands.  While perhaps a bit socially awkward, these kinds of people are both infinitely gifted and g

Make Mine a Moriarty by Laura Raphael

Recently, another librarian and I were batting around title ideas for a new book discussion group when I had to stop and double-check the names for two authors. Was I remembering their names correctly? Surely they didn’t BOTH share “Moriarty” as a last name. I mean, that’s kind of unusual, isn’t it?