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Posted by on Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 - 11:51 AM

You have seen and heard much about the life of Steve Jobs lately...including the fact that he was adopted. His birth parents met as graduate students at the University of Wisconsin.His birth mother gave him up, because her father did not accept his birth father's being Syrian. After her father's death, Joanne Simpson married Jobs' father and they had another child, the novelist Mona Simpson. Simpson's 1987 novel, Anywhere But Here is dedicated to her mother and her brother Steve. However, the siblings first met at a promotional party for the book, where Mona revealed to Jobs that they were sister and brother. Steve Jobs was 32.

They forged a close relationship and their strong similarities influenced Jobs to modify his previous belief that experience trumped genetics. Steve Lohr of the New York Times has speculated that learning about his birth family had  the effect of "calming fatalism" in Jobs.

Simpson's fiction has been awarded several prizes including a Whiting Prize, a Guggenheim, a grant from the NEA, a Pen Faulkner finalist, and a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has published five novels; her 1996 book A Regular Guy told the story of a college drop-out who invented a new kind of business, starting out in his parents' basement.

Mona Simpson writes complex characters with shifting alliances, strong family ties and stories that derive from their interior motivations.

Birds of Paradise

Posted by on Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 - 6:37 PM

In Birds of Paradise, Diana Abu-Jaber  creates a world of sensuous immersion reminiscent of Diane Ackerman's  non-fiction gems. But this is a novel, the story of a family whose 13-year-old daughter has run away "for good."read more

Sybil's List: fiction

Posted by on Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 - 12:25 PM

She did it again! Somehow Sybil Steinberg covered forty-some books in her latest book talk at the Library .read more

Time Travel

Posted by on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011 - 4:20 PM

Historical fiction seems to be a favorite among our **Book Chat attendees. Today, we heard about The Long Song by Andrea more

Stories That Connect

Posted by on Monday, Aug 1, 2011 - 4:25 PM

It's such a treat when you find a good book by chance. This happened to me when I picked up a book of stories by Christine more

New Fiction: add to your reading list

Posted by on Saturday, Jul 23, 2011 - 3:14 PM

These books are on order and due to arrive at the Library in August & September. Place your hold now; plan ahead for your reading more

Hot Fun in the Sun

Posted by SusanM on Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 - 2:24 PM

Around this time of year it seems as if every newspaper, magazine and web site publishes a list with suggested summer reading choices for anyone who has some vacation time or at least has the opportunity to relax a little and enjoy those lazy days of summer.  Lots of book clubs take a break for the summer, so this is a great opportunity to pick up a book that you might not normally be inclined to read and just relax and enjoy.  After surveying quite a few suggested summer reading lists, here are a few titles that seem to be high on everyone’s more


Posted by on Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 - 12:52 PM

See if you can identity these authors. Each of them is enjoying the popularity of a newly published more

I want to read that!

Posted by on Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 - 11:32 AM

The calendar year is just about half over. Best books, so far?read more

Press play...

Posted by on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 - 2:59 PM

Have you heard about Thirteen Reasons Why: a Novel by Jay Asher? It's a book written for teens and I recommend it to anyone with a teenager in his or her more