New books to consider


Frankenstein is 200 years old this year, and our copy was printed in 1912. There’s a sense of permanence about a library, especially one like the Mercantile, which as been around since 1835.

New books to consider2019-05-02T10:33:23-04:00

Paris reading list


Reading about Paris, c. 1900 The announcement that Cincinnati Art Museum will open Paris 1900: City of Entertainment on March 1 sent us nosing through our stacks to see what books might get us in the spirit to see the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Rodin, Antoine Bourdelle, Camille Claudel, and others. We came up with a shelf-full of books exploring and explaining Paris before the destruction and upheaval of World War I.  Walks in ParisNooks and Corners of Old ParisBy George CainCain was a French painter, illustrator, and writer who specialized in the history and monuments of Paris. These gorgeously illustrated books in [...]

Paris reading list2018-12-18T14:47:00-04:00

Reading recommendations from Alice McDermott and more


Writers tend to be readers, really good readers. So one of our favorite questions to ask any visiting author is: What are you reading? Leading a few of the author panels at Books By The Banks, we took our opportunity and asked National Book Award winner Alice McDermott and others to share the best books they'd read recently. Their answers made our TBR lists a great deal longer -- and smarter.

Reading recommendations from Alice McDermott and more2018-11-06T13:27:34-04:00