Friday, February 17, 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 Battle of Hackham Heath
The Battle of Hackham Heath
By Flanagan, John A.
2016-11 - Philomel Books
9780399163623 CHECK CATALOG
John Flanagan, author of the bestselling Ranger's Apprentice fantasy adventure epic, delivers a second prequel to Ruins of Gorlan, the novel that started it all, with Halt and Crowley preparing for war against a near-unstoppable enemy

When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen. But Morgarath, now in hiding, is
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Scythe
Scythe
By Shusterman, Neal
2016-11 - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
9781442472426 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Michael L. Printz Award (2017)

Two teens must learn the "art of killing" in this Printz Honor-winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life--and they are
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The Girl in the Torch
The Girl in the Torch
By Sharenow, Robert
2015-05 - Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
9780062227959 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Sydney Taylor Book Award (2016)


The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets True Grit in this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, from award-winning author Robert Sharenow.
At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of immigrants are arriving in the promised land of New York City. Twelve-year-old Sarah has always dreamed of America, a land of freedom and possibility. In her …More


The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
By Barnhill, Kelly
2016-08 - Algonquin Young Readers
9781616205676 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Newbery Medal (2017)

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal

The New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016

An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016

A School Library
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The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale
By Setterfield, Diane
2007-10 - Washington Square Press
9780743298032 CHECK CATALOG
In this rousingly good ghost story, Setterfield's debut novel rejuvenates the genre with a closely plotted, clever foray into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths. …More


Orphan Train
Orphan Train
By Kline, Christina Baker
2013-04 - William Morrow & Company
9780061950728 CHECK CATALOG
The author of "Bird in Hand" and "The Way Life Should Be" delivers a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers. …More


To Catch a Treat
To Catch a Treat
By Johnston, Linda O.
2016-05 - Midnight Ink
9780738746272 CHECK CATALOG

When a Dog-Snatching Scheme Leads to Murder, Carrie Must Sniff Out the Truth
Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal—mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie feels only sympathy …More


A Love Transformed
A Love Transformed
By Peterson, Tracie
2016-09 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764213267 CHECK CATALOG
The Riveting Final Story in the Sapphire Brides Series


When Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned--but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara
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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

Monday, February 6, 2017

This is just a preposterous book. And I haven't read a book that was so engaging and so much fun in a long time. Will is lured into being a reluctant "spy"... he's a travel writer who's to bring back contact info and gossip from his around-the-world travels and give it to his beautiful but ruthless handler. The book takes off from there. It's a spy novel so, obviously, things are not what they seem. The pace is breakneck and like any good spy novel, the action takes place in diverse locales. There's sex, mystery, and action. If you're a spy novel junkie like me, this book has all the expected elements and then some. But you can also kind of figure out what's going on. So that, for me, knocks off a star. However, if you're headed to the beach this summer, going on a long plane ride, or if you simply want a good fast-paced yarn, "The Travelers" is for you. Highly recommended for spy novel fans. Recommended for anyone else looking for a fun read.

I
t’s a well written cat and mouse game. The plot is intriguing and I actually think this might make a killer movie.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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.


Kissing in America
Kissing in America
By Rabb, Margo
2015-05 - HarperCollins
9780062322371 CHECK CATALOG

Awards:
Tayshas Reading (2016)


Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb's Kissing in America is a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls, raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love).
In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels 118 of them, to be exact to dull the pain of …More


All the Broken Pieces
All the Broken Pieces
By Burg, Ann E.
2009-04 - Scholastic Press
9780545080927 CHECK CATALOG

Awards:
Black-Eyed Susan Award (2011), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2010), Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (2012), Charlotte Award (2012), Cybils (2009), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2011), Georgia Children's Book Award (2012), Golden Sower Award (2013), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2012), Heartland Award (2010), Iowa Teen Award (2012), Jefferson Cup (2010), Land of Enchantment Book Award (2013), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2012), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2011), Sequoyah Book Awards (2012), South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (2012), Texas Lone Star Reading List (2010), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2013), William Allen White Childens Book Award (2012), Young Hoosier Book Award (2012)

By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant, this searing debut novel, written in lucid verse, reveals an unforgettable perspective on the lasting impact of the Vietnam War on its survivors and the healing power of love. …More


Lockwood & Co., Book Four the Creeping Shadow
Lockwood & Co., Book Four the Creeping Shadow
By Stroud, Jonathan
2016-09 - Disney-Hyperion
9781484709672 CHECK CATALOG

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them--and only them--to locate and remove the …More


The Walk
The Walk
By Evans, Richard Paul
2013-01 - Simon & Schuster
9781439191422 CHECK CATALOG

Evans presents the first novel in an inspiring new series about an executive who loses everything and embarks on a walk that takes him across America. …More


The Mistletoe Promise
The Mistletoe Promise
By Evans, Richard Paul
2014-11 - Simon & Schuster
9781476728209 CHECK CATALOG

A love story for Christmas from the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk.

Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.

Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall
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Orphan Train
Orphan Train
By Kline, Christina Baker
2013-04 - William Morrow & Company
9780061950728 CHECK CATALOG

The author of "Bird in Hand" and "The Way Life Should Be" delivers a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers. …More


Murder, Served Simply
Murder, Served Simply
By Alan, Isabella
2014-12 - New American Library
9780451413659 CHECK CATALOG

Amish quilt shop owner Angie Braddock has a lot on her plate this Christmas. But things only get worse after someone develops a taste for murder

Angie's parents are visiting Rolling Brook for Christmas but unfortunately, her ex is joining them. Luckily, Angie has no time to dwell on her romantic troubles as she prepares her store, Running Stitch, for the town's traditional
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44 Scotland Street
44 Scotland Street
By McCall Smith, Alexander
Illustrator McIntosh, Iain
2005-06 - Anchor Books
9781400079445 CHECK CATALOG

Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings all the warmth of his extraordinary No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books and the Sunday Philosophy Club series to this witty novel chronicling the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Originally serialized in "The Scotsman, 44 Scotland Street is already an international sensation.

When twenty-year-old Pat rents a
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Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
By Doty MD, James
2016-02 - Avery Publishing Group
9781594632983 CHECK CATALOG

Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart



Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of
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Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lady Chatterley's Lover
By Lawrence, D. H.
1983-11 - Bantam Classics
9780553212624 CHECK CATALOG

Lyric and sensual, D.H. Lawrence's last novel is one of the major works of fiction of the twentieth century. Filled with scenes of intimate beauty, explores the emotions of a lonely woman trapped in a sterile marriage and her growing love for the robust gamekeeper of her husband's estate. The most controversial of Lawrence's books, "Lady Chatterly's Lover joyously affirms the author's vision of …More


The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: A Vish Puri Mystery
The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: A Vish Puri Mystery
By Hall, Tarquin
2012-07 - Simon & Schuster
9781451613155 CHECK CATALOG

Hall's irresistible protagonist Vish Puri is an international favorite in a series that "splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India" ("The Seattle Times"). The spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias. …More

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Simple System For Discovering Your Personal Style

Sue Hill

5 Stars

October 7, 2016



  This book is about what works for YOU. It starts with a look at your current outfits (as opposed to pieces in your wardrobe). She asks you to take pictures of your outfits for two weeks and then looks at your FAVORITE outfits, that you felt the best in, and helps you analyze them to figure out WHY you love them and then build your whole wardrobe around those elements. This is different from every other challenge I've looked at, which have you look at all the clothes you WORE and build your wardrobe around the pieces you wore, which is NOT the same as building it around your favorite outfits.

Walking away from this book I am purging a good chunk of my wardrobe but now have a clear set of guidelines for building it back up. I have a color palette, a couple of go-to outfit formulas, and a very specific but concise shopping list, of what I want to add, in order of priority. I finally feel like I've reached an end-goal and don't need to purge anymore! All that's left is to find the few pieces on my shopping list, and enjoy finally having my ideal wardrobe.

This book' design is very clean and minimalist like your closet should be.  Her exercises make you really realize what works for you.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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 Princess Spy
The Princess Spy
By Dickerson, Melanie
2014-11 - Zondervan
9780310730989 CHECK CATALOG

Awards:
Christian Retailing's Best (2015)


Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha one of the few who speaks his language understands the wild story.
Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin's …More


Paper and Fire
Paper and Fire
By Caine, Rachel
2016-07 - New American Library
9780451472403 CHECK CATALOG

THE "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER

In "Ink and Bone," author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library and rewrite history...

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the
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Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo
Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo
By Fishman, Boris
2016-03 - Harper
9780062384362 CHECK CATALOG


The author of the critically admired, award-winning A Replacement Life turns to a different kind of story an evocative, nuanced portrait of marriage and family, a woman reckoning with what she's given up to make both work, and the universal question of how we reconcile who we are and whom the world wants us to be.
Maya Shulman and Alex Rubin met in 1992, when she was a Ukrainian exchange …More


Wonder
Wonder
By Palacio, R. J.
2012-02 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375869020 CHECK CATALOG

Awards:
Bluebonnet Awards (2013), Bluebonnet Awards (2014), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2013), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2014), Georgia Children's Book Award (2014), Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (2015), Texas Lone Star Reading List (2013)

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. …More


Summerlost
Summerlost
By Condie, Ally
2016-03 - Dutton Books for Young Readers
9780399187193 CHECK CATALOG

A tender and compelling contemporary novel for young readers about facing loss and finding friendship, from Ally Condie, international bestselling author of the Matched series.

Kids are awesome. And they are diverse. There are children with different abilities and backgrounds and experiences, and every one of them deserves to find themselves in children's literature and to know that
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The Washington Hypothesis
The Washington Hypothesis
By Ballard, Timothy
2016-08 - Deseret Book
9781629721781 CHECK CATALOG

We know that George Washington was a moral man and an inspiring leader, but did he possibly know more than we suppose? Was he a national covenant maker like Moses, Abraham, Lehi, or Captain Moroni? Did he understand that he was fighting for the liberty of a promised land protected by God, a place where the Lord's holy temples could be built?
The Washington Hypothesis explores the intriguing …More


The Nest
The Nest
By Sweeney, Cynthia D.
2016-03 - Ecco Press
9780062414212 CHECK CATALOG


Instant New York Times Bestseller
Hilarious and big-hearted, The Nest is a stellar debut. People, Book of the Week
Her writing is like really good dark chocolate: sharper and more bittersweet than the cheap stuff, but also too delicious not to finish in one sitting. Entertainment Weekly
Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel. New York Times Book Review
A warm, …More


The Choice
The Choice
By Mandino, Og
1986-03 - Bantam Books
9780553245769 CHECK CATALOG

Choice! The key is "Choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame, and self-pity. But, hold on! If this is true then why have so many among us apparently elected to live in that manner? The answer is obvious. Those who live in unhappy failure have never exercised their options for a better way of life because they have never been …More


The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle
By DiSilverio, Laura
2015-12 - New American Library
9780451470843 CHECK CATALOG

Agatha Christie is on the book club's reading list in the latest from the author of "The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco." This time, Amy-Faye and her friends might have to read between the lines to catch a killer.

Amy-Faye Johnson's book club, the Readaholics, is engrossed in "Murder on the Orient Express," and Poirot's surprising resolution is stirring up debate. Is the solution
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
By Rowling, J. K.
Author Tiffany, John
Author Thorne, Jack
2016-07 - Arthur A. Levine Books
9781338099133 CHECK CATALOG

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.

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Plaid and Plagiarism: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series: Book 1
Plaid and Plagiarism: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series: Book 1
By MacRae, Molly
2016-12 - Pegasus Books
9781681772561 CHECK CATALOG

Unfortunately, Janet Marsh's move into her house has been delayed due to vandalism; she's convinced the vandal is Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper who's trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. Then, when the women go to look for clues that might tell them to who is guilty, they find Una Graham's corpse (murder ) in Janet's garden shed Constable Hobbs …More


Britt-Marie Was Here
Britt-Marie Was Here
By Backman, Fredrik
2016-05 - Atria Books
9781501142536 CHECK CATALOG

The bestselling author of" A Man Called Ove "and "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" returns with an irresistible novel about finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places.

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She begins her day at 6 a.m., because only lunatics wake up later than that.
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The Lake House
The Lake House
By Morton, Kate
2015-10 - Atria Books
9781451649321 CHECK CATALOG

One of "People" magazine's Best Books of Fall Morton's moody, suspenseful latest is the perfect page-turner for a chilly night.

From the "New York Times" and internationally bestselling author of "The Secret Keeper" and "The Distant Hours," an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.

Living on her family's idyllic lakeside
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Dark Tides: A Thriller
Dark Tides: A Thriller
By Ewan, Chris
2015-12 - Minotaur Books
9781250074423 CHECK CATALOG


When Claire Cooper was eight years old her mother mysteriously vanished during Hop-tu-naa, Halloween on the Isle of Man. At fourteen, Claire is still struggling to come to terms with her disappearance when she's befriended by a group of five teenagers who mark every Halloween by performing dares. But Claire's arrival begins to alter the group's dynamic until one year a prank goes terribly …More


The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project
By Simsion, Graeme
2014-06 - Simon & Schuster
9781476729091 CHECK CATALOG

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion's distinctive debut will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. "The Rosie Project "is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection. …More