Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Spinning Silver: A Novel

Spinning Silver: A Novel by Naomi Novik 

 With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.

When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar.

But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

Channeling the vibrant heart of myth and fairy tale, Spinning Silver weaves a multilayered, magical tapestry that readers will want to return to again and again.

This book is on order and will be in soon.  I loved this great fantasy novel, as well as her Novella winning "Uprooted."


Friday, May 18, 2018

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 Indian Bride The Indian Bride
By Fossum, Karin
Translator Barslund, Charlotte
2008-06 - Mariner Books
9780156033367 CHECK CATALOG When long-time bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the town of Elvestad is stunned. Then, on the day the Indian bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found on the outskirts of town. The "good people of Elvestad" can't believe that anyone among them could be capable of such a brutal murder. But in his quiet way, Inspector Konrad Sejer …More

The Final Cut The Final Cut
By Coulter, Catherine
Author Ellison, J. T.
2014-09 - Berkley Books
9780515154528 CHECK CATALOG Scotland Yard's new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is joined by Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich from Coulter's FBI series to find the Fox, a cunning international thief. The Fox is responsible for the murder of Drummond's colleague, killed while guarding the Queen Mother's crown on display in New York. …More

The Book Thief The Book Thief
By Zusak, Markus
2007-09 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375842207 CHECK CATALOG
Delaware Diamonds Award (2011) Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (2009) Green Mountain Book Award (2009)

BookPage Notable Title

Set during World War II in Germany, Zusak's groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing, encounters something she cant resist: books.

Renegades Renegades
By Meyer, Marissa
2017-11 - Feiwel & Friends
9781250044662 CHECK CATALOG

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.

Extraordinary Powers.

She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The …More

The War I Finally Won The War I Finally Won
By Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
2017-10 - Dial Books
9780525429203 CHECK CATALOG This sequel to Bradley's Newbery Honor-winning "The War that Saved My Life" continues Ada's World War II journey as new challenges force her to figure out who she really is now that she's free. …More

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
By Joinson, Suzanne
2013-04 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781608198337 CHECK CATALOG Like "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" or "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," a wondrous, richly conceived, irresistible debut novel that sweeps the reader away to a different world. …More

The Reader The Reader
By Chee, Traci
2017-09 - Speak
9780147518057 CHECK CATALOG
An instant New York Times Bestseller, this is a stunning debut set in a world where reading is unheard-of. Perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize and nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with …More

Fires of Invention Fires of Invention
By Savage, J. Scott
2016-08 - Shadow Mountain
9781629721569 CHECK CATALOG Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and "invention" is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion--an event the

One Half from the East One Half from the East
By Hashimi, Nadia
2018-02 - HarperCollins
9780062421913 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, …More

Mischling Mischling
By Konar, Affinity
2017-05 - Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books
9780316308090 CHECK CATALOG A New York Times Notable BookAn Amazon Best Book of the Year

A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick

An Indie Next Pick
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Flavorwire Best Book of the Year

An Elle Best Book of the Year


The Road The Road
By McCarthy, Cormac
2007-03 - Vintage
9780307387899 CHECK CATALOG
Tayshas Reading (2009)

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that

Clara and Mr. Tiffany Clara and Mr. Tiffany
By Vreeland, Susan
2012-03 - Random House Trade
9780812980189 CHECK CATALOG The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Girl in Hyacinth Blue" creates a dynamic portrait of Clara Driscoll: lead designer for Louis Comfort Tiffany (famous for Tiffany lamps) and a woman conflicted between her desires for artistic recognition and romantic love. …More

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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.

By Meyer, Marissa
2017-11 - Feiwel & Friends
9781250044662 CHECK CATALOG


From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.

Extraordinary Powers.

She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The …More

Cry, the Beloved Country
Cry, the Beloved Country
By Paton, Alan
2003-09 - Scribner Book Company
9780743262170 CHECK CATALOG

An Oprah's Book Club selection

Paton's deeply moving story of Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the backdrop of a land and people riven by racial inequality and injustice, remains the most famous and important novel in South Africa's history. Published to coincide with the Miramax film release in December, starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.

Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
By Gladwell, Malcolm
2011-06 - Back Bay Books
9780316017930 CHECK CATALOG

In this stunning investigation of success, Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? Brilliant and entertaining, "Outliers" is a landmark work that will transform the way success is understood. …More

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
By Macintyre, Ben
2008-08 - Broadway Books
9780307353412 CHECK CATALOG

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. "Agent Zigzag" offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal. …More

Winter's Child
Winter's Child
By Dokey, Cameron
2009-09 - Simon Pulse
9781416975601 CHECK CATALOG

Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale "The Snow Queen is retold in a dramatic new way by a bestselling author of more than 30 teen novels. Original. …More

By Balog, Cyn
2017-11 - Sourcebooks Fire
9781492655473 CHECK CATALOG

This must-read for lovers of Stephen King's The Shining will leave readers breathless as Seda and her family find themselves at the mercy of a murderer in an isolated and snowbound hotel. Get ready for what Kirkus calls "A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride."
When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda's almost excited to spend the summer …More

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
By Bruder, Jessica
2017-09 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393249316 CHECK CATALOG

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of …More

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
By McCullough, David
1978-10 - Simon & Schuster
9780671244095 CHECK CATALOG

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Truman," here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. In "The Path Between the Seas," acclaimed historian David McCullough delivers a first-rate drama of the sweeping human undertaking that led to the creation of this grand enterprise.
"The Path Between the Seas" tells the story of the men and women who fought …More

Only Child
Only Child
By Navin, Rhiannon
2018-02 - Knopf Publishing Group
9781524733353 CHECK CATALOG

"Perfect for fans of Room... a heartbreaking but important novel." --Real Simple
Readers of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty will also like this tenderhearted debut about healing and family, narrated by an unforgettable six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts and the quietest voices speak the loudest.
Squeezed into a …More

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
By Doerr, Anthony
2014-05 - Scribner Book Company
9781476746586 CHECK CATALOG

ALA Notable Books (2015), Alex Awards (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (2015), Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2016), Dayton Literary Peace Prize (2015), Idaho Library Association Book Award (2014), Indies Choice Book Awards (2015), National Book Awards (2014), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2015), Pulitzer Prize (2015)

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. …More

Serafina and the Black Cloak
Serafina and the Black Cloak
By Beatty, Robert
2016-06 - Disney-Hyperion
9781484711873 CHECK CATALOG

"Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul."
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate.There's plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate's …More

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Three become friends while attending a university for mages. One’s an extra royal prince. Arram’s is poorer but talented and from a land across the ocean where there are no slaves. The other is a girl, Varice, who is beautiful and smart. The story centers around Arram and his learning about his powers as a mage. Arram’s about ten years old when the story starts and 14 when it ends. This book has some excellent stories about Arrams encounters with the gods for the first time, injustices in the world, and his introduction to the world of the royal court. There are stories of his powers gone wrong and when he uses them for good and fair. I liked Arram very much, he is shy, polite and has a strong moral compass.

This book reminded me of Harry Potter, a magic school, master teachers, and three friends growing up and their magic together. It seemed to be written to a slightly older reader than Harry Potter. It was easy to read, flowed well, and enjoyable. The ending seemed somewhat abrupt and clear on setting the stage for future adventures of these three. I love that there is a map and glossary. This is a world building book. However, the glossary didn’t have or contain names of people. a few times I had lost track of who all Arram’s master teachers were and back stories.

This book will be published in early February, 2018.  We recieved a review copy from the publisher and Netgalley.  Sue Hill