Tuesday, September 12, 2017



Sue Hill

5 Stars

September 12, 2017

With all the excitement over the eclipse that just happened in August, "Draw 50 Outer Space" by Lee J. Ames is a popular book for all artists from ages 10 to 13 to adult.  This out of the world assortment features astronauts, satelities, space stations, rockets, and more.  As you travel into space, you will also learn how to draw all the planets, the sun, meteors, and even a black hole.  Ames's drawing method has proven successful for all children and adults of all ages for more than 40 years.  It's easy to blast off when it's done the Draw 50 way.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Audiobooks: Not Enough Time To Read? Listen To A New Book!

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Prob
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Prob
By Amen, Daniel G.
2015-11 - Harmony
9781101904640 CHECK CATALOG
Our brains can produce negative thoughts, but you can "reprogram the way you think." This collection of methods from neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author, Daniel G Amen, M.D., teaches you how. Use the easy techniques described in this deck to:

- Stop obsessive worrying

- Curb your anger

- Fight automatic negative thoughts

- Enhance your people

Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot
Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot
By Atkins, Ace
Created by Parker, Robert B.
Read by Mantegna, Joe
2014-05 - Random House Audio Publishing Group
9780449807958 CHECK CATALOG
The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in an outstanding new addition to the "New York Times"-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. …More

Watch Me Disappear
Watch Me Disappear
By Brown, Janelle
2017-07 - Random House Audio Publishing Group
9780525531968 CHECK CATALOG
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic mother leaves her family to piece together her secrets in this propulsive novel for fans of Big Little Lies--from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.
"Tantalizing and twisty . . . a spider's web of a novel . . . You won't be able to put it down."--Megan Abbott …More

The Late Show
The Late Show
By Connelly, Michael
2017-07 - Little Brown and Company
9781619694309 CHECK CATALOG
Introducing Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood--also known as the Late Show--beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. A once

By Cook, Robin
2017-08 - Penguin Audiobooks
9781524775599 CHECK CATALOG
The explosive new thriller from New York Times-bestselling author and master of the medical thriller Robin Cook.

Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching

Y Is for Yesterday
Y Is for Yesterday
By Grafton, Sue
2017-08 - Random House Audio Publishing Group
9780385393997 CHECK CATALOG
Of #1 New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton, NPR's Maureen Corrigan said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters." With only one letter left, Grafton's many devoted readers will share that sentiment.
The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private …More

An Obvious Fact
An Obvious Fact
By Johnson, Craig
Narrated by Guidall, George
2016-09 - Recorded Books
9781501939501 CHECK CATALOG
In the 12th novel in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix orginal series Longmire, Walt, Henry, and Vic discover much more than they bargained for when they are called in to investigate a hit-and-run accident involving a young motorcyclist near Devils Tower. …More

Robert B. Parker's Blackjack
Robert B. Parker's Blackjack
By Knott, Robert
Created by Parker, Robert B.
Read by Linn, Rex
2016-02 - Random House Audio Publishing Group
9780451485298 CHECK CATALOG
Itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch return in the gritty new installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Appaloosa, the hometown of Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, continues to prosper, but with prosperity comes a slew of new trouble: carpetbaggers, gamblers, migrants, peddlers, drifters, thieves, and whores, all

The Silent Corner
The Silent Corner
By Koontz, Dean
2017-06 - Recorded Books
9781501939563 CHECK CATALOG
A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
"I very much need to be dead."
These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for--but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his …More

Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Initiative
Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Initiative
By Van Lustbader, Eric
Read by Graham, Holter
2017-06 - Grand Central Publishing
9781478913719 CHECK CATALOG
Jason Bourne returns in this stunning new thriller from Eric Van Lustbader, continuing Robert Ludlum's classic series.
General Boris Karpov, head of the feared Russian FSB, is dead. But Karpov has reached out from the grave with an unstoppable cyber operation he conceived before his murder, aimed at the heart of the United States--a way to steal the president's nuclear launch codes. Who …More

Tom Clancy Point of Contact
Tom Clancy Point of Contact
By Maden, Mike
Read by Brick, Scott
2017-06 - Random House Audio Publishing Group
9781524780449 CHECK CATALOG
In the latest electrifying adventure in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series, Jack Ryan, Jr., learns that sometimes the deadliest secret may be standing right next to you.
Former U.S. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company--quickly. He turns to …More

16th Seduction
16th Seduction
By Patterson, James
Author Paetro, Maxine
2017-05 - Little Brown and Company
9781478921691 CHECK CATALOG
Detective Lindsay Boxer faces a heart-stopping threat in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller.Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect--she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a criminal who'd brazenly detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing twelve people. But Joe wasn't everything that Lindsay thought he was, and she's still …More

The Painted Queen
The Painted Queen
By Peters, Elizabeth
2017-07 - HarperAudio
9781538418925 CHECK CATALOG
Egypt, 1912--Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti.Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath …More

Two Nights
Two Nights
By Reichs, Kathy
2017-07 - Random House Audio Publishing Group
9780804147866 CHECK CATALOG
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A standalone thriller featuring a "tough-talking, scarred heroine"* from the author of the Temperance Brennan series, the basis for the hit TV show Bones.
Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .
Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which …More

The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War
The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War
By Shaara, Jeff
Read by Michael, Paul
2017-05 - Random House Audio Publishing Group
9781524780074 CHECK CATALOG
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.
June 1950. The North Korean army invades …More

House of Spies
House of Spies
By Silva, Daniel
2017-07 - HarperAudio
9780062354419 CHECK CATALOG

#1 NYT Bestseller
#1 USA Bestseller
#1 WSJ Bestseller
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Black Widow comes the thrilling new summer blockbuster featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon.
A heart-stopping tale of …More

The Valley of Amazement
The Valley of Amazement
By Tan, Amy
Performed by Wu, Nancy
Performed by Bean, Joyce
2013-11 - Brilliance Audio
9781423322405 CHECK CATALOG

"New York Times" bestselling author of "The Joy Luck Club" Amy Tan brings us her latest novel: a sweeping, evocative epic of two women's intertwined fates and their search for identity from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village
Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most …More

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Journey Into The Art of A Manga Artist

A Journey Into The Art of A Manga Artist

Sue Hill

5 Stars

August 29, 2017

This book proved to be not only educational to me, but also inspired me to doodle and let the sketching fly of the blank sheets of paper, but for me it was notebook lined papers… The wealth of the artistic journey taken by Mark Crilley and shared in the book was very fascinating to me. Every page contained technique, story behind it and the variety of challenges which reader can embrace during reading and art processes… Love his work… The artist always encourages for his reader to try new styles, new backgrounds, new colors, and new strokes. Combination of two different styles might bring some new and stunning results… or it may come disastrous! But it’s never revealed until one tries to risk it all in order to broaden the artistic view and discover new potential illustration.
To summarize the book, he provides much detail to the tools he used for each image.
Many contain the sketch to final product with some of them taking the whole page to clearly notice the detail.
There are 5 chapters: Characters, Japan, Science Fiction, Conceptual Art, and Style Play
You can tell Mark really stepped out of his comfort zone to provide as much explanation and suggestions to his viewers
considering that everyone has their own style and tastes, he went above and beyond to support as many he could and had fun while doing so.
I would recommend this book to other art lovers, illustrators, and manga fans!

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
9781476754574 CHECK CATALOG
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
9780385543026 CHECK CATALOG
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
9780425247440 CHECK CATALOG
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,