Stacy Tomaszewski

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

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Resources for Every Age Level August is well underway, and the time has come to think about getting into the back-to-school groove. At the San José Public Library, we have resources for every age level—from pre-school to college! Research, Test Prep, & New Skills First, check out these lists of carefully chosen resources: Homework Help & Reading - Kids Homework Help Middle/High School The eResources here are geared towards helping with homework research, preparing for tests, and learning new skills. They are appropriate for kids and teens! Learning with Games, Free Tutoring, & More Here are three eResources that you...Read more...
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
August 9 is Book Lover's Day! Books come in all shapes, sizes, and formats. When we talk about book love we often start by praising the smell and the feel and the energy of a "real" book (that is, a book made of paper, cloth, and glue) but I would argue that electronic books have a lot to recommend them, and are worthy of love.Here are my top seven reasons for "picking up" an eBook today: They're portable Never again be caught with nothing to read! With eBooks and eAudiobooks, you can take something along for every mood and every...Read more...
Peter Rabbit
On this day in 1866, Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London, England. Young Beatrix was encouraged to draw and paint, and used her many pets as models. As she grew and her art matured, she became a respected scientific artist. During a family vacation in the Lake District of England, the teenage Miss Potter fell in love with the area and, when she was a published author with her own income, she bought Hill Top Farm, the first of many pieces of farmland she would own. The Lake District and the area around Hill Top Farm would figure heavily...Read more...
Austenland
Although it's been almost 199 years since Jane Austen's death, she's still a hot commodity in Hollywood (and beyond) -- just take a look at her IMDb page! Check out these seven movies that are based on her work! Bride & Prejudice Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice , with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita (Aishwarya Rai), meets American Will Darcy (Martin Henderson) - is it love? Clueless Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is the most popular girl at Beverly Hills High, and...Read more...
Having Tea
The first day of Spring is just around the corner, and as the days get longer and the weather more temperate, my mind always wanders toward afternoon tea. There's something about a table laden with sandwiches and cakes and a nice pot of steaming tea, surrounded by well-liked companions, that brings out the best in just about everyone. How Do I Make the Tea? The first question that many people have when they are embarking on the journey to "true" English tea is "how do I brew my tea?" This a controversial subject and has no easy answer, but my...Read more...
Jane Austen Mysteries
Nine Series: The Louisa May Alcott Mysteries by Anna Maclean Start with: Louisa and the Missing Heiress American novelist Alcott finds herself thrust into various mysteries in this cozy series. The Jane Austen Series by Stephanie Barron Start with: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen is a sharp-witted, keen observer of human nature -- a perfect detective. Sometimes on her own, and sometimes in the company of the dashing and mysterious Lord Harold Trowbridge, Jane solves mysteries while keeping up her duties as a spinster sister and aunt. The Nellie Bly Series by Carol McCleary...Read more...
The portrait in question-Somewhere in Time
Richard Matheson , who was born on February 20, 1926, was a prolific writer who is best remembered for his horror fiction. His oeuvre encompasses so much more, however. He wrote episodes of television shows like The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, romance, sci-fi, metaphysical speculation and, yes, horror. Below is a little sampling of Mathesons's work. Does any of it appeal to you? The book Bid Time Return was later re-titled Somewhere In Time to associate it with the film adaptation. A playwright staying in an old hotel falls in love with the portrait of an actress who starred...Read more...
How to Cook a Wolf
Reading about food is, judging from the number of "gastronomical memoirs" and fully-illustrated cookbooks on the market, a pleasurable pastime shared by a great many people. I love reading about other people's experiences with food and eating, and have read prolifically on the subject. No matter how much I read, though, I always come back to M(ary) F(rances) K(ennedy) Fisher. I first discovered Fisher (like many other 70's foodie kids) as a child reading through my mom's cookbook shelf. She had the entire Time-Life Books' Foods of the World series (and the companion recipes). [I was particularly drawn to the...Read more...
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...