gilpin libraryBy Larry Grieco, Librarian

After fourteen years Helen Fielding returns to her “Bridget Jones” series with the third installment, Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy. Bridget is middle-aged now, and a single mother to boot. She is “stumbling through the challenges of loss…tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality.” It all began, long ago, with Bridget Jones’s Diary, and continued with Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason, both made into terrific movies, starring Renee Zellweger. Bridget’s voice is still unmistakable, and her life is “bloody hilarious.” Of course the book is “tender, touching, page-turning, witty, wise, and outrageous.” In other words, as it was written in Elle: “Bridget Jones is channeling something so universal and (horrifyingly) familiar that readers will giggle and sigh with collective delight.”

There’s a terrific new book out by writer and historian John Strausbaugh in which he chronicles the centuries-old history of Greenwich Village. In The Village: a History of Greenwich Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, Strausbaugh “traces the Village’s role as a culture engine, a bastion of tolerance, freedom, creativity, and activism that has spurred cultural change on a national, and sometimes even international, scale.” Nobody is left out of this long and compelling history: Poe, Whitman, Cather, Baldwin, Kerouac, Mailer, Ginsberg, O’Neill, Pollock, La Guardia, Koch, Hendrix, and Dylan “all come together across the ages, at a cultural crossroads the likes of which we may never see again.”Greenwich Village Composer David Amram: “With the publication of [this] book, the whole world is welcomed to come down below Fourteenth Street to feel at home in the Village. I learned more about the history of Greenwich Village by reading this book than I did during the forty years I lived there.” Strausbaugh’s book is more than 600 pages of sheer pleasure, within which I have been immersing myself for the past several weeks. (Having spent a little time there myself, in the 60s and 70s, I find this book is the next best thing to actual time travel.)

And now to a series that is several years old already, but has just made it to the small screen. Melissa de la Cruz’s Witches of East End has been adapted into an exciting new TV series, airing on the Lifetime channel on Sunday nights. If you want to read the book, published in 2011, we now have it in the library (better late than never.) This is the story of a family of witches, mother and two daughters. They’ve lived a series of lives over the centuries, and are now to be found in North Hampton (a fictional town), located on the eastern tip of Long Island. The fun in their recurring lifetimes is the challenge of surviving in the face of many-faceted and deadly obstacles. It seems it is never a good time for practicing witches to ply their trade. The New York Times: “In her first novel for adults, the author…lets her repressed sorceresses rip.”

Renowned actor, director, and author, Sidney Poitier , at the ripe old age of 86, has just published his first work of fiction. Montaro Caine is a novel about a magical coin, one that has a hold on the people it comes in contact with. A baby was born with the coin in her hand. Montaro Caine, now a CEO of a corporation, analyzed the coin year earlier, as a graduate student working in a lab at MIT. The coin’s appearance “draws the attention of scientists, collectors, financiers, and thieves.” And then there is a medicine man living on a remote hilltop on a Caribbean island, who “knows precisely why these people have been brought together and what wisdom the coin imparts.” This book has been called “a radiant debut from an American legend.”

The CSU Extension Office in Gilpin County, along with the Timberline Fire Protection District, announces a public meeting here at the library on Tuesday evening, November 19, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., on the subject of the recent Wildfire Mitigation Grant. Gilpin County residents were recently awarded grant money to assist homeowners in financing fire mitigation and fuel reduction around their homes and property. At this meeting you will learn how you can participate in the grant and work with your community for big payouts. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, call CSU Extension, 303-582-5062.