Monday, August 14, 2017

What We're Reading

Here's a snapshot of what the library staff is reading.

What are you reading right now? Recommend books to others in the comments section.

The Widow of Larkspur Inn
The Widow of Larkspur Inn
By Blackwell, Lawana
2007-06 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764202674 CHECK CATALOG
Book one of "The Gresham Chronicles" takes readers to an 1860s English village, where recently bereaved Julia Hollis, determined to provide for her children, decides to renovate an old inn. With the help of the town's new vicar, it just might happen. But will a behind-the-scenes scheme jeopardize everything? …More

The Mulberry Tree
The Mulberry Tree
By Deveraux, Jude
2013-06 - Gallery Books
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Lillian Manville, the devoted wife of a business titan, had always taken the blessings of her life for granted--until the devastating news of her husband's death turns everything upside down. With 27 bestsellers to her name, Jude Deveraux follows up "The Summerhouse" with her loveliest work to date--a story of long-buried secrets and exhilarating new beginnings. …More

The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas: A Mystery
The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas: A Mystery
By Ewan, Chris
2011-07 - St. Martins Press-3pl
9780312580865 CHECK CATALOG
Charlie Howard isn't only a part-time crime writer and part-time thief; he's also a magician. For his next trick, he'll relieve Josh Masters, the famous illusionist vying for the affections of Charlie's agent Victoria, of a fortune in casino chips stashed in his hotel safe. Revenge would be sweet--if there weren't a dead redhead floating in Masters' bathtub and Masters himself hadn't just …More

In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
By Opdyke, Irene Gut
With Armstrong, Jennifer
2016-03 - Ember
9780553538847 CHECK CATALOG
"No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful."--School Library Journal, starred
I did not ask myself, "Should I do this?" but "How will I do this?"
Through this intimate and compelling memoir, we are witness to the growth of a hero. Much like The Diary of Anne Frank, In My Hands has become a profound testament …More

The Secret Keeper
The Secret Keeper
By Morton, Kate
2012-10 - Atria Books
9781439152805 CHECK CATALOG
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Distant Hours." During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, 16-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and …More

What Happy People Know
What Happy People Know
By Baker, Dan
Joint Author Stauth, Cameron
2003-01 - Rodale Press
9781579546021 CHECK CATALOG
In this important self-help book, a medical psychologist reveals the science behind humans' instinctual emotions and shows readers how to learn "happiness." …More

Camino Island
Camino Island
By Grisham, John
2017-06 - Doubleday Books
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A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University's Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few

And Then There Were Nuns
And Then There Were Nuns
By Logan, Kylie
2017-03 - Wheeler Publishing Large Print
9781410495563 CHECK CATALOG
The national bestselling author of The Legend of Sleepy Harlow returns to South Bass Island, where the League of Literary Ladies has to find out who's killing off nuns.

B and B owner Bea Cartwright has taken on the responsibility of taking meals to ten visiting nuns, who are on retreat at the Water's Edge Center for Spirit and Renewal on picturesque South Bass Island on

The Passenger
The Passenger
By Lutz, Lisa
2016-03 - Simon & Schuster
9781451686630 CHECK CATALOG
Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband's body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It's not the first time. She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive's eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia …More

The Windfall
The Windfall
By Basu, Diksha
2017-06 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780451498915 CHECK CATALOG
A People Pick

Entertainment Weekly's Must-List

A TIME Magazine Pick

Rolling Stone's Culture Index Pick

" A] charming satire...What Kevin Kwan did for rich people problems, Diksha Basu does for trying-to-be-rich-people problems."


A heartfelt comedy of manners, Diksha Basu's …More

Orders from Berlin
Orders from Berlin
By Tolkien, Simon
2012-12 - Minotaur Books
9780312632144 CHECK CATALOG
"Tolkien's writing has a timeless quality [and] the haunting undertones of other great masters."--"USA Today." A compelling thriller laced with Tolkien's signature writing style takes readers back to the case that started it all for Trave, the hero of his last two critically acclaimed novels. …More

What Alice Forgot
What Alice Forgot
By Moriarty, Liane
2012-04 - Berkley Publishing Group
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After a knock on the head, 29-year-old Alice Love discovers she's actually 39--and she isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice. 432 pp. 30,000 print. …More

Before We Were Yours
Before We Were Yours
By Wingate, Lisa
2017-06 - Ballantine Books
9780425284681 CHECK CATALOG
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a "thought-provoking and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal."*
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when …More

The War That Saved My Life
The War That Saved My Life
By Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
2015-01 - Dial Books
9780803740815 CHECK CATALOG
Children's Book Committee Award (2016), E.B. White Read Aloud Award (2015), Georgia Children's Book Award (2017), Great Stone Face Book Award (2016), Isinglass Teen Read Award (2016), Newbery Medal (2016), Parents Choice Awards (Spring) (2008-Up) (2015)

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Newbery Honor Book

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle School)

Wall Street Journal Best Children's Books of 2015

New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author …More

By Alexander, Kwame
2016-04 - Houghton Mifflin
9780544570986 CHECK CATALOG
National Book Award Long List

New York Times Bestseller

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can't nobody stop you/

can't nobody cop you...

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017



Sue Hill

5 Stars

May 24, 2017

What a delightful book!

As a cat lover, I’ve heard all the old clich├ęs, and usually laugh along good naturedly, but I’m happy to see people embracing our feline friends more than ever these days, and am especially happy to report more men are stepping out from behind the shadows of us ‘crazy cat ladies’ to boldly proclaim their love for these most majestic of creatures.

This book is short, mainly made up of some of the most charming illustrations of famous male cat lovers with their furry friends, and gives a brief accounting of the relationship between these famous men and their feline companions, as well as providing some insightful quotes along the way.

The ‘blurb’ give you a list of the famous cat loving men featured in this book, so I won’t go over that again, but one of my favorite quotes was from poet Charles Bukowski:

“If you’re feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you’ll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is. There’s nothing to get excited about. They just know. They’re saviors. The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you’ll ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It’s truly ridiculous.”

The illustrations are what makes this book so special! Wonderful, colorful drawings, that translate surprisingly well in digital format!! So, no matter which format you enjoy, this book is must for cat lovers, and would make a lovely gift!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

What We're Reading

Here's a snapshot of what the library staff is reading.

What are you reading right now? Recommend books to others in the comments section.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
By Simonson, Helen
2010-11 - Random House Trade
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Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside, is filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and contains a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of readers' own families. Their interactions are both hilarious and heartbreaking. …More

Mark of the Thief: Mark of the Thief #1
Mark of the Thief: Mark of the Thief #1
By Nielsen, Jennifer A.
2015-12 - Scholastic Paperbacks
9780545561556 CHECK CATALOG
When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing

One Half from the East
One Half from the East
By Hashimi, Nadia
2016-09 - HarperCollins
9780062421906 CHECK CATALOG

Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia, Thanhha Lai, and Rebecca Stead, internationally bestselling author Nadia Hashimi's first novel for young readers is a coming-of-age journey set in modern-day Afghanistan that explores life as a bacha posh--a preteen girl dressed as a boy.
Obayda's family is in need of some good fortune, and her aunt has an idea to bring …More

The End or Something Like That
The End or Something Like That
By Ellis, Ann Dee
2015-07 - Speak
9780142422632 CHECK CATALOG
From the author of "This Is What I Did, " named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, comes an achingly raw and surprisingly funny novel about teen still coping with the loss of her best friend as the one-year anniversary of her friend's death approaches. …More

The Moon and More
The Moon and More
By Dessen, Sarah
2015-05 - Speak
9780142425817 CHECK CATALOG
From a #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author comes the story of a life-changing summer romance. During her last summer at home before leaving for college, Emaline begins a whirlwind romance with Theo, an assistant documentary filmmaker who is in town to make a movie. …More

The Chosen One
The Chosen One
By Williams, Carol Lynch
2010-08 - Griffin
9780312627751 CHECK CATALOG
Williams strikes just the right balance between informative and cautionary in this gripping tale about a 13-year-old trapped in a polygamist cult.--"Publishers Weekly," starred review. …More

All the Truth That's in Me
All the Truth That's in Me
By Berry, Julie
2013-09 - Viking Books for Young Readers
9780670786152 CHECK CATALOG
Beehive Awards (2016), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2014), Carnegie Medal (2014), Edgar Allan Poe Awards (2014), Gateway Readers Award (2016), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2015), Tayshas Reading (2014)

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled, and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home. But when the town is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light. …More

Friday, May 19, 2017


The SYNC program returns to give you free audio books all summer long
Posted April 26, 2017 by Adam Sockel under Library, Schools.

There are few things more exciting than when the calendar turns to late spring and summer. Schools will soon be letting out and students and parents alike can spend their time enjoying the outdoors. The one thing to be cautious of during these months, however, is the dreaded Summer Slide. As students are away from classrooms, they tend to read less and their comprehension levels can taper off. Luckily, there’s a solution that readers of all ages can take advantage of. Audiobooks are wonderful for reading while on the go and thanks to AudioFile’s SYNC program, you can get two free audiobooks each week for the next 16 weeks straight. The program starts today (April 27) and runs throughout summer.
How it works
Visit each week to get your two free audiobooks. Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET so be sure to visit frequently so you don’t miss out on any books. All titles are in MP3 format and they play in the OverDrive app. While at the SYNC website you can sign up to receive weekly reminder alerts by text message or email newsletter. SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience. The program demonstrates that required reading can be completed by listening but these titles can be enjoyed by literature lovers of any age.
The program kicks off with two outstanding selections. The first one is The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, a masterclass in innocence and corruption that has endured for over 100 years. The second title is The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, a terrifying psychological thriller that will keep you guessing long after you’ve finished the book.
You can learn more about the program, see all of this year’s selections and get promotional materials by visiting We would like to thank AudioFile for once again partnering with OverDrive on this exciting program to help bring summer reading to headphones around the world.