Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kathy recommends "Elizabeth the First Wife"

Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, finds her perfectly dull but perfectly orchestrated life upended one summer by three men: her movie-star ex-husband, a charming political operative, and William Shakespeare. Until now, she’d been content living in the shadow of her high-profile and highly accomplished family. Then her college boyfriend and one-time husband of seventeen months, A-list action star FX Fahey, shows up with a job offer that she can’t resist, and Elizabeth’s life suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting. She’s off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the summer to make sure FX doesn’t humiliate himself in an avant-garde production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  As she did so skillfully with her first novel, Helen of Pasadena, which spent more than a year on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List, Lian Dolan spins a lively, smart, and very funny tale of a woman reinventing her life in unexpected ways.

For other recommendations, please join our librarians at the Main Library on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 7-8 pm for Chapter One.  Chapter One is our re-designed semi-annual book talk program.  Formerly known as Once Upon a Crime, we have broadened the scope to include all genres of fiction, and possibly some nonfiction.  Four librarians will give you the inside scoop on books – new and not-so-new – that you might enjoy!