Great Books to Read This Week​

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You might feel lucky to run into the Little Free Library (LFL)—those whimsically decorated chests that book lovers love to plant in their front lawn, inviting passersby to take a free book or leave it behind. Now the non-profit organization behind the concept has an app that allows users to find over 150,000 LFLs around the world, read their backstories and save their favourites. Download the app for free on iOS and Android devices, or search online. I found six LFLs a few blocks from my house in northwest Washington, D.C., only missing one. (Some supervisors, as they are called library owners, choose not to register with the LFL organization, according to Director of Communications Margret Aldrich.)

Here’s how to start your own Little Free Library.

    Hilderbrand and her fans gather in Nantucket for this weekend's roster.

Hilderbrand and her fans gather in Nantucket for this weekend’s roster.

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Beach bound? Try the latest version of Hilderbrand

It’s beach reading time, folks! And few writers are more like a nerd than beloved Eileen Hilderbrand, who has been writing her novels in Nantucket for more than 20 years. The new one is Nantucket Hotel – Next on my TBR list is the renovation of a storied hotel on a Massachusetts island that is haunted by the ghost of a 19-year-old maid who died there in a fire decades ago. It strikes a personal chord: at 18 I spent the summer working as a maid at a different hotel in Nantucket. Fortunately, the experience was far from tragic, but the book conjures up some fond memories of those golden few months (apart from flushing the toilet).

If you’re one of the world’s countless Hilderbrand fans, by the way, consider joining her for the annual weekend of Ellen Hilderbrand’s Bucket List, which has been held every January in Nantucket for seven years. But the writer announced that 2023 will be the last year for this festive gathering (usually around 150 fans attend), so she’s planning two: January 5-9 and January 12-16. Both are full, but there is a waiting list. And while itineraries have not been confirmed, last year’s gathering was packed with author-led activities, including a picnic on the beach, a cocktail party, yoga, and a dinner party at the Nantucket Hotel (not to be confused with the aforementioned room maid of the Nantucket Hotel).

Still image of Paul Newman from the 1962 movie Sweet Bird of Youth;  Paul Newman's memoir cover: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man

Still image of Paul Newman from the 1962 movie Sweet Bird of Youth; Cover of Paul Newman’s memoirs: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man.

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Upcoming attractions

Entertainment fans can look forward to a long line of celebrity memoirs coming out in October, including Go Bold: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder by Tricky William Shatner, 90, writing with Joshua Brandon; Morning on: Karate Boy and Me By Ralph Macchio and Gina Davis death of literature. And on November 1, we will get books from Bono (Give up) And the friends Star Matthew Perry, who talks candidly about his battles with addiction Friends, lovers and the big terrible. (Read our interview with Jennifer Gray, The dirty dance The actress whose memoirs outside the corner Hitting shelves this spring.)

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