Author Birthdays – Out like a (slightly chilly) lamb

Louis L’Amour (b. March 22, 1908, Jamestown, ND; d. June 10, 1988, Los Angeles, CA)

LAmour“Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Sackett’s Land 

For more information on Louis L’Amour, click here.


Tennessee Williams (b. March 26, 1911, Columbus, MS; d. February 25, 1983, New York, NY)

Williams“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Streetcar Named Desire

For more information on Tennessee Williams, click here.


John Jakes (b. March 31, 1932, Chicago, IL)

Jakes“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: North and South, The Bastard

For more information on John Jakes, click here.


William Manchester (b. April 1, 1922, Attleboro, MA; d. June 1, 2004, Middletown, CT)

Manchester“Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Last Lion, American Caesar

For more information on William Manchester, click here.


Milan Kundera (b. April 1, 1929, Brno, Czech Republic)

Kundera“Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

For more information on Milan Kundera, click here.

Celebrate the fall of Barad-dur at the Moline Library!

Tolkien Reading DayAccording to The Tolkien Society, Sauron, the evil Lord of the Rings, was finally defeated on March 25. To celebrate this momentous occasion in fantasy literature (and later, fantasy film) March 25 was declared, by the people who declare such things, Tolkien Reading Day!

So stop into the Moline Library and grab a Tolkien book and find a comfy chair. It doesn’t have to be the LOTR either – The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, The Book of Lost Tales, whatever scratches the Middle-Earth itch.

Author Birthdays – Forward, March!

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. March 6, 1927, Aracataca, Colombia; d. April 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico)

Marquez“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude

For more information on Gabriel Garcia Marquez, click here.


Bret Easton Ellis (b. March 7, 1964, Los Angeles, CA)

Ellis“I’d rather let the fiction speak for itself and I don’t want to write fiction that tells people how to feel, and I don’t want to be judgmental in the fiction.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: American Psycho

For more information on Bret Easton Ellis, click here.


Douglas Adams (b. March 11, 1952, Cambridge, UK; d. May 11, 2001, Montecito, CA)

Adams“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

For more information on Douglas Adams, click here.


Jack Kerouac (b. March 12, 1922, Lowell, MA; d. October 21, 1969, St. Petersburg, FL)

Kerouac“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: On the Road

For more information on Jack Kerouac, click here.



L. Ron Hubbard (b. March 13, 1911, Tilden, NE; d. January 24, 1986, Creston, CA)

Hubbard“I have seen life from the top down and the bottom up. I know how it looks both ways. And I know there is wisdom and that there is hope.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Battlefield Earth

For more information on L. Ron Hubbard, click here.


Richard Condon (b. March 18, 1915, New York, NY; d. April 9, 1996, Dallas, TX)

Condon“I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of suspense that in a sense mirrors life, because nobody knows what’s going to happen three hours from now.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Manchurian Candidate

For more information on Richard Condon, click here.


John Updike (b. March 18, 1932, Reading, PA; d. January 27, 2009, Danvers, MA)

Updike“Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Rabbit, Run

For more information on John Updike, click here.


Author Birthdays – February (almost) over!

Amy Tan (b. February 19, 1952, Oakland, CA)

tan“In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Joy Luck Club

For more information on Amy Tan, click here.


W.E.B. Du Bois (b. February 23, 1868, Great Barrington, MA; d. August 27, 1963, Accra, Ghana)

dubois“What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Souls of Black Folk

For more information on WEB DuBois, click here.



Victor Hugo (b. February 26, 1802, Besançon, France; d. May 22, 1885, Paris, France)

Hugo“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Les Miserables

For more information on Victor Hugo, click here.



H.W. Longfellow (b. February 27, 1807, Portland, ME; d. March 24, 1882, Cambridge, MA)

longfellow“It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Song of Hiawatha”, “Paul Revere’s Ride”

For more information on Longfellow, click here.


John Steinbeck (b. February 27, 1902, Salinas, CA; d. December 20, 1968, New York City, NY)

steinbeck“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath

For more information on John Steinbeck, click here.


Dee Brown (b. February 29, 1908, Louisiana; d. December 12, 2002, Little Rock, AR)

brown2“The Indians knew that life was equated with the earth and its resources, that America was a paradise, and they could not comprehend why the intruders from the East were determined to destroy all that was Indian as well as America itself.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

For more information on Dee Brown, click here.


Ralph Ellison (b. March 1, 1914, Oklahoma City, OK; d. April 16, 1994, New York City, NY)

ellison“America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Invisible Man

For more information on Ralph Ellison, click here.


John Irving (b. March 2, 1942, Exeter, NH)

irving“I think better of our behaviour as individuals than I do when we see ourselves as members of a group. It’s when people start forming groups that we have to watch our backs.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules

For more information on John Irving, click here.


Peter Straub (b. March 2, 1943, Milwaukee, WI)

straub“Everyone wants to get better as they go along, but sometimes it’s all you can do to stay consistent.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Ghost Story

For more information on Peter Straub, click here.


Author Birthdays – Valentine’s Week Ed.

Judy Blume (b. February 12, 1938, Elizabeth, NJ)

blume“Everybody wants to share life and be in love and be loved.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and/or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

For more information on Judy Blume, click here.


Frederick Douglass (b. circa February, 1818, Talbot County, MD; d. February 20, 1895, Washington, D.C.)

ERA:  CIVIL WAR/BACKGROUND: SLAVERY & ABOLITIONISM“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

For more information on Frederick Douglass, click here.


Toni Morrison (b. February 18, 1931, Lorain, OH)

morrison“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Beloved

For more information on Toni Morrison, click here.


Author Birthdays – February, round 2

William S. Burroughs (b. February 5, 1914, St. Louis, MO; d. August 2, 1997, Lawrence, KS)

burroughs“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Naked Lunch

For more information on William S. Burroughs, click here.


Charles Dickens (b. February 7, 1812, Landport, UK; d. June 9, 1870, Higham, UK)

dickens“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, etc.

For more information on Charles Dickens, click here.


John Grisham (b. February 8, 1955, Jonesboro, AR)

grisham“When you work at street level you never know who’s going to walk through your door.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Whistler, etc.

For more information on John Grisham, click here.

Trying to decide what to check out next?

The New York Times Best Sellers List is a good place to start. Here is what currently tops the list for fiction:


  1. A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron – 8 weeks on the List

A canine narrator undergoes a series of reincarnations.

       2.  A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman – 36 weeks on the List

A curmudgeon’s gruff exterior masks a generosity of spirit. Originally published in Sweden in 2014.

  1. NEVER NEVER by James Patterson and Candice Fox – 2 weeks on the List

Harriet Blue, a Sydney sex crimes detective, is sent to the outback (the never never) to investigate the disappearance of a mine worker. The first in a new series.

  1. POWER GAME by Christine Feehan – NEW this week

A super-soldier with enhanced abilities teams up with a genetically engineered spy in this Ghostwalker novel.

  1. DARK HUMANITY by Gwynn White and various authors – NEW this week

A boxed set of science fiction and fantasy offerings.

  1. ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis – NEW this week

A security expert starts to sabotage Elle’s love life.

  1. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins – 101 weeks on the List

A psychological thriller set in the environs of London is full of complications and betrayals.

  1. THE WHISTLER by John Grisham – 14 weeks on the List

A whistleblower alerts a Florida investigator to judicial corruption involving the Mob and Indian casinos.

  1. MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur – 7 weeks on the List

Poetic approaches to surviving adversity and loss.

  1. THE APARTMENT by Danielle Steel – 4 weeks on the List

Four young women share a Hell’s Kitchen loft.