Five Books: Often Overlooked

Last month, we talked about the titles that were borrowed most often from the Novel Conversations statewide lending library for book clubs. This month we look at the other end of the spectrum: books that are seldom borrowed but deserve consideration. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – Most of …

February 3, 2014
Five Books: Most Borrowed

The next group of five books in this series about reading at Indiana Humanities consists of the books that were borrowed most often in 2013 from our lending library for book clubs, Novel Conversations. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – A young adult (YA) novel about a …

January 10, 2014
Five Books: My picks from Novel Conversations

Today we start a new series about reading called “Five Books.” Staff member Nancy Conner will check in, from time to time, with notes on books in Indiana Humanities’ lending library for book clubs, Novel Conversations. For the first post, here are Nancy’s picks from the collection: Ashfall & Ashen …

December 6, 2013
Indiana Authors

Indiana boasts many things that Hoosiers can be proud of (did you know we produced the limestone used to build the Empire State Building?) but perhaps the most important thing Indiana has to offer is our wealth of authors. A stroll through your local library or favorite bookstore provides book …

September 23, 2013
Deadly Rivals – Rebecca

Some books, I have to admit, don’t get much of a reaction from me. That was not the case with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. As I often do, I listened to this book on audio CD, in my car, and I found myself repeatedly bursting out with exasperated advice …

March 13, 2013
The Biggest Rivalry

For those of you who thought I was going to name Indiana vs. Kentucky as the biggest rivalry, you may have to think bigger. This blog deals with the third in a series of books on rivalry that I found through a catalog search at the Indianapolis Public Library. Its …

March 11, 2013
Cleopatra: A Life

Women’s history, rivals, the spirit of competition – why not one of the most famous women in history and a great competitor? That would be Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt. The idea for this blog came from one of our Novel Conversations book group leaders, Lynell Wolff, Reference & Homebound …

March 6, 2013
Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck

Today we pause to recognize a great American writer, John Steinbeck, who was born on Feb. 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. A rural area known for growing lettuce and other vegetables, the Salinas Valley left an impression on Steinbeck who later wrote about a downtrodden family of migrant workers in …

February 27, 2013