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Best of 2019! The annual ultimate pre-holiday mega-list of RPL staff picks

Posted about 1 month ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
What’s the best book you read this year? We asked our staff and this is what they had to say: Tonya Tyler, Senior Library Technician, Belmont Library: I read anything […]
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Hopper-esque Reads

Posted about 2 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
Like many, many other people, I visited the Edward Hopper exhibit now on display at the VMFA over Thanksgiving. Hopper is one of my favorite artists so I was especially […]
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Rising seas

Posted about 2 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
In The Great Derangement, acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh questions our collective “imaginative failure” in the face of global warming. He examines our failure to “grasp the scale and violence […]
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Engaging with authors

Posted about 2 months ago by Natalie Draper
I admit it, I am the sort of person who shares YouTube videos of favorite authors talking and reading at university lecterns, or hanging out in nice chairs on stages […]
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Under the radar: Coming soon from indie presses and new in translation

Posted about 6 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
Pardon me, I’m just coming down from the experience of taking in the new Colson Whitehead novel, The Nickel Boys, in one sitting and having a hard time focusing on […]
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Audiobooks as art

Posted about 9 months ago by Natalie Draper
There are good audiobook narrators, bad ones, just ok ones, or really excellent audiobook narrators. And sometimes the audiobook version of a novel enhances the text so much that it […]
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New Books in Translation

Posted about 10 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
This week I’m bringing you a short list of what I’ve been enjoying from distant shores lately. The Wall by Max Annas, translated from the German by Rachel Hildebrandt I […]
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Robert’s picks: French Film Festival

Posted about 10 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Film
Bonjour (or bonsoir, depending on what time of day you’re reading this)!   Time again for the French Film Festival, hosted by the Byrd Theatre as it has been for over […]
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RPL’s “Best of the Best” of 2018

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
2018, what a great year for books! What year isn’t, really, but some years feel special. This year my personal list of favorites was 31 titles long. While I work […]
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Robert’s Reviews

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Film
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Natalie Draper

Natalie is the Main Library manager, blog editor, and a compulsive reader of all genres, except romance. She has a particular fondness for the strange and unusual, and for small indie presses, so look to her reviews if you're in the mood for something a little different.

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