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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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...
Jane Austen, Game Theorist cover
Janeite noun Jane·ite \ˈjā-ˌnīt\ : an enthusiastic admirer of Jane Austen's writings Jane Austen is arguably more popular now than she has ever been, and her life and work have inspired countless fictional sequels, adaptations, and spin-offs. It is difficult to browse a bookstore these days without seeing a reworking of one of her novels by some distinguished author. Crime novelist Val McDermid recently published her retelling of Northanger Abbey and the popular mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith has an adaptation of Emma forthcoming. Even more interesting than the plethora of Janeite fiction available, are the extremely varied nonfiction offerings...Read more...
The Vanishing Thief
In honor of Valentine's Day, here are a few mysteries--both series and stand-alone--that will appeal to romance readers. Happy Reading! Why Didn't They Ask Evens? Agatha Christie A bad slice on the golf course leads Bobby Jones to the discovery of a dying man on the beach. His last words, "Why didn't they ask Evans?", intrigue Bobby, and he confides in his adventurous friend Lady Frances (Frankie) Derwent. Soon the intrepid pair is in hot pursuit of a clever killer. Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries start with: Death at Wentwater Court ​Carola Dunn In the Roaring 20's, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple shocks...Read more...
The Secret of Lost Things cover
Dip into one of these books about books! 84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff Through a series of letters, American Hanff recounts her quest to understand literature, and her long-distance relationship with a British bookstore and its staff. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie ​Also available as an electronic audiobook Sijie tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with...Read more...
Is Once Upon a Time your favorite tv show? Did you enjoy Snow White and the Huntsman or Into the Woods ? If so, you may like one of these magical novels. Folk and fairy tales have a powerful draw--even for grown-ups. Indeed, many of the tales told to children the world-over have darker, more adult versions. There are countless books for all ages that take the well-know stories of childhood and spin them into something familiar but brand-new. Below are a few examples of stand-out folk/fairy tale adaptations for teens and adults. American Gods Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman...Read more...
Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry
Homemade gifts are always a great idea for the holidays. Here are five beading books that will help you to produce beautiful jewelry--not matter what your skill level might be! Happy Beading!! Beading Basics by Carole Rodgers This book provides guidance for anyone who wants to know the techniques and equipment of beading. Bohemian-inspired Jewelry : 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel The designs in this gorgeous book are classy, classic, and surprisingly easy! The Art of Forgotten Things: Creating Jewelry From Objects From the Past by Melanie Doerman ​This book combines classic...Read more...
Celebrate the holiday season with one of these seasonal mysteries! And Four to Go: a Nero Wolfe Foursome by Rex Stout This collection of four stories features three holiday pieces covering Easter, the Fourth of July, and Christmas. In "Christmas Party", Archie Goodwin--tired of Nero Wolfe micro-managing his life--tells a little fib that leads to a big problem for the rotund detective and his faithful legman. Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier also available as an eBook Lucy Stone is looking forward to her acting debut in "A Christmas Carol", but many of the people in her town of Tinker's...Read more...