Stacy Tomaszewski

Reading Interests: 
Mysteries, YA literature, Poetry
What I'm Reading Now: 
I'm re-reading the Nero Wolfe Mysteries!

Blogs by this Author

Hallowe'en Party
It can sometimes be hard to get in the Halloween Spirit these days, what with busy schedules, long commutes, and other more pressing commitments. A spooky mystery is just the thing to get you in the mood, and the San Jose Public Library is your one-stop shop for all things Halloween! Classic Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie When she is a guest at a party where a child is murdered in the apple-bobbing bucket, mystery writer Ariadne Oliver turns to her friend Hercule Poirot for answers. Also, check out the film version of the same story--starring David Suchet as Poirot...Read more...
Country Churchtyards
Eudora Welty, who died on this day in 2001, was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909. She is best known as a writer of novels and short stories, but she was also an accomplished photographer, essayist, and book reviewer. Here's a little taste of her work... Photography Eudora Welty Photographs Country Churchyards Fiction (a short selection) Th e Collected Stories of Eudora Welty ​ ​​ The Optimist's Daughter (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1973) Delta Wedding A Curtain of Green The Robber Bridegroom Nonfiction Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews The Eye of the Story: Collected Essays and Reviews...Read more...
The Woman Who Married a Bear
In honor of Independence Day, here is one mystery for each of the states! Try to read every one... Alabama Susan Wittig Albert The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree The Depression-era women of a Darling, Alabama, garden club get to the bottom of a mysterious buried treasure and a young woman's murder. Alaska John Straley ​ The Woman Who Married a Bear In Sitka, Alaska, the bizarre death of a big-game hunter years before is investigated by Cecil Younger, who uncovers a many-layered mystery involving the folklore and mythology of the local Tlingit Indians. Arizona Tony Hillerman The Blessing...Read more...
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
Summer is a time to sit on the beach and soak up the warm sun in some exotic locale. Even if you can't travel the world this summer, you can vicariously visit paradise with one of these mystery/thrillers! A Caribbean Mystery Agatha Christie Miss Jane Marple, on vacation at a tropical island resort in the Caribbean -- courtesy of her nephew Raymond, stumbles upon a mystery involving an old photograph and a forgotten murder. While you're reading Agatha Christie, try Evil Under the Sun -- a Hercule Poirot mystery set at a seaside hotel in the south of England. Sunbathing...Read more...
A Walk in the Woods
Now that Summer is upon us, it's time to start thinking about enjoying the great outdoors! We are lucky--living in Northern California -- to be near some of the choicest hiking in the country. Check out one of these books for instruction or inspiration! This is just a sampling--we have many, many more where these came from! ...and don't forget: some of these books are also available in multiple formats. General Information for Hikers and Backpackers Eyewitness Companions: Backpacking & Hiking by Karen Berger Hiking & Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide by Buck Tilton ​ Staying Safe, Sound, and Found!...Read more...
Cats in Hats
Knitting and Crochet are more popular than ever, and there is a book for every taste and skill level. Books for Beginners These books offer beginning knitters/crocheters step-by-step instructions and easy projects that build on the knowledge of each lesson. Chicks With Sticks Guide to Crochet: Learn to Crochet With More Than 30 Cool, Easy Patterns by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O'Connell And try the Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting ! Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller Standard Early Projects Now that you're on your way, you might want to start picking out your own...Read more...
Byron in Love
If you think that celebrity scandal is a relatively new invention, think again! Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson “Gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s autobiographical novel is based on two drug-soaked, debauched trips to Las Vegas taken by Thompson (Raoul Duke) and his attorney, Oscar Zeta Acosta (Dr. Gonzo) in 1971. Lizzie Siddal: Face of the Pre-Raphaelites Lucinda Hawksley Elizabeth Siddal, wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and model and muse to the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood, had one of the art world's most famous faces, but her short...Read more...
Dorothy Parker: Complete Poems
Happy National Poetry Month ! Many people, often through bad early experiences, are convinced that they hate poetry! I'm convinced, however, that there is a poet out there for every person -- they just have to be brought together. Below are ten poets whose works have broad appeal. Check them out and see if you find something to love. While you're at it, check out The Poetry Foundation and The Academy of American Poets for poetry you can search and browse. The possibilities are endless! Maya Angelou The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou A former US Poet Laureate, Angelou...Read more...
The Secret of the Old Clock
If you love mysteries, or if you're curious to find out what about all the fuss is about, check out one of these classic stories/series. This list is, by no means, exhaustive! If you crave even more classic mysteries, reach out to your local librarian. Margery Allingham Detective: Albert Campion Start with: The Crime at Black Dudley (1929) Though rumored to have been created as a parody of Lord Peter Wimsey, Albert Campion soon became a popular detective in his own right. Campion is a thin, blond aristocrat with a penchant for helping those in need and for finding trouble!...Read more...
Living With Less
"Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" - Henry David Thoreau , Walden The approach of Spring is a perfect time to think about cleaning, downsizing, and simplifying. The mess and clutter of the previous year can be swept out to make way for the cleansing warmth of the Summer sun. It's not always easy, unfortunately, to know how or where to start the process. Happily, we're here to help!...Read more...