Monthly Archives: February, 2016

Children’s Author Joseph W. Orobona

Author Joseph Orobona, a resident of Clayton, NY, recently visited us at The Reading Room bookstore. Joe is a former school superintendent from Long Island. He waited until retirement to begin publishing children’s books. So far, he has five titles in print: Bear in the Basket and Bear in the Bathtub, both charmingly illustrated by …

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Little House Lies… Albert WHO?!?

Yesterday, my Author Spotlight blog acknowledged the birthday of the great American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Specifically, I talked about Pamela Smith Hill’s Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography, and some of the dark details of Laura’s life that were omitted from her children’s books. Today, I want to talk about the TV series. Oh, you …

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Laura Ingalls Wilder: Happy Birthday, Half-Pint!

    Today marks the birthday of one of America’s most beloved children’s book authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was born on this day, February 7, 1867. Laura was in her sixties when she decided to write her memoirs. She already had many years’ experience writing farm-related articles for the Missouri Journalist newspaper. (These are …

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Little Girl Blue: Remembering Karen Carpenter

  February 4 marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of singer Karen Carpenter. One half of the Grammy-winning duo, The Carpenters, Karen tragically succumbed to cardiac arrest, caused by complications from anorexia nervosa, at the age of thirty-two. Her unmistakable, dulcet, smooth vocals helped elevate easy-listening hits such as “(They Long To Be close …

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