Tuesday, October 21, 2014

High Divide by Lin Enger

Gretta Pope doesn't know what to think when her husband of seventeen years up and leaves without a word. Eli and Danny take off after their Dad looking for an explanation. Gretta travels to visit relatives for clues and finds out her husband's name is not Pope and that he fought in not only the Civil War but also later under Custer in the Plains Indian war. What else has he not told her and where did he go?
This book will take you from the plains of Minnesota to the Montana badlands. From  a small farming community to Buffalo hunting. From a broken family to strong bonds of faith, growth and love.
I recommend this book.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lilia by Marilynne Robinson

Lila a neglected, half starved, toddler was taken from her family and raised by Doll, a homeless lady who protected and cared for her until she was an adult. Now on her own, trying to find her place in the world, Lila begins a new life with a kind old pastor in the small town of Gilead, Iowa.
I found it to be charming, compassionate story.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

November Library Reads List

             
Announcing the
 November 2014 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and November's LibraryReads Favorite is:

Us: A Novel
by David Nicholls (Harper)
“Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that makes you wish you could meet the characters in real life. This is the case with Us, the poignant story of a middle-of-the-road British family spiraling out of control, and one man’s attempt to win back their love. Quirky, delightful and unpredictable, the novel delves into what makes a marriage, and what tears it apart.”
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
You still have a few days left to vote for the longlist of the LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites!Get your vote in by October 15 and keep an eye out for the finalists.

And now, the rest of the LibraryReads November Top 10:

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels
 

by Sarah MacLean 
(Avon) 

“Having lost her innocence in a teenage love affair, Lady Georgiana is a social pariah. Trying to save the tatters of her reputation, she must marry and marry well. By night, she is Anna, the most powerful madame in London, and a powerful seductress in her own right. Will Georgiana succeed in re-entering society, or will her past catch up with her once and for all?”

Emily Peros, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

Mortal Heart: His Fair Assassin Trilogy #3 by Robin LaFevers 
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

“Annith has been forbidden from leaving the convent of St. Mortain, so she breaks the rules to find out why. On her journey, she meets someone unexpected: the leader of the Hellequin, a group of dead souls repenting for their past wrongs and trying to track down those who are left wandering the earth in order to help them cross over. This is the best of all three books!”

Hannah Berry, Aurora Public Library, Aurora, IL

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King 
(Pegasus)

“A unique, engaging collection of short stories written in honor of Sherlock Holmes. It’s wonderful reading all of the different styles with twists on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales, such as a Facebook-type narrative and a story written from the point of view of a horse. Sherlock aficionados will appreciate the whispers of the great detective on every page.“

Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble 
by Marilyn Johnson 
(Harper)

“Johnson takes a fascinating look at the field of archeology, profiling a number of archaeologists at work. She visits sites as diverse as an army base, Rhode Island, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Peru, but the best part of this book is learning about the archaeologists and their passions. A fun, interesting read that may cause an uptick in field school applications.”

Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA

The Ship of Brides: A Novel 
by Jojo Moyes 
(Penguin)

“Moyes presents a different take on the war bride novel, telling the story of four Australian women who must travel to their husbands in England at the end of World War II. It is a difficult journey under the best circumstances, but for the 650 brides making the trip, it is almost unbearable. These four are the last of the brides to be shipped out on an aircraft carrier.”

Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ


Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron 
(Soho Crime)

“Jane, her sister Cassandra, and her mother are spending Christmas with her brother's family at Steventon Parsonage. They’re invited to visit the Vyne, where the weather and then a murder (or two) keep them houseguests. Jane's personality and all of those around her shine throughout this story. I'm now planning to start back at the beginning of the series.”

Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA

The Burning Room 
by Michael Connelly 
(Little, Brown and Company)

“In this page-turning procedural, the veteran Harry Bosch is paired with a rising star in the cold case department. Bosch may be nearing the end of his service in the LAPD, but he still has many tricks of the trade to pass along to his young partner, who has a personal stake in one of their investigations. Another great entry in the Bosch series.”

Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY


The Forgers 
by Bradford Morrow 
(Mysterious Press)

“Narrator Will and Adam Diehl have something in common: they are both forgers, able to produce and sell authentic-looking inscriptions of Arthur Conan Doyle and Henry James’ books. When Adam is found bludgeoned and missing his hands, Will is inevitably drawn into the murder investigation. The clues and horror mount until realization bursts upon the reader at the end.”

Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH

Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel 
by Lydia Millet 
(W. W. Norton & Company)

“This delightful book starts out as almost chick-lit, turns into a fantasy adventure, then leads into an underdog heist. The tone reminds me of Libba Bray's Beauty Queens, with just enough absurdity in a tropical location to keep you on your toes. Protagonist Deb's husband, Chip, is a total babe (in a nerdy way) and her BFF, Gina, is the best kind of snarky. A highly entertaining read!”

Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta




A high adventure murder mystery. Young Jace is witness to murders at the abandoned quarry just behind his house. His parents send him to a mountain wilderness survival program run by Ethan Serbin and his wife Allison. It is fire season in those mountains and the brutal Blackwell brothers have more than a boy to contend with when they hunt down the witness who could put them away.
Very good and an easy read.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

A coming of age story, Trevor travels with his father to the family's estate outside of Seattle, Washington. Riddle House was built by his great uncle Ben and great great grandfather Elijah, who made the family's fortune in logging. Trevor never expects to uncover hard truths about his family's past exploring the old decaying log mansion with the help of the ghost of his great uncle Ben.

A "couldn't put it down" book with an ending that was meant-to-be but will bring you to tears.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Belle Cora by



This historical fiction story looks back on the life of an aging on-again-off-again madam of the 1800's and how she came to be a wealthy lady of San Francisco. Annabelle is a strong female character who makes the most of the harsh life she has been dealt, staying a true protector of her troubled little brother and smart manipulator of men.
Good but a bit long at almost 600 pages.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

October Library Reads list

             
Announcing the
 October 2014 LibraryReads list!


You voted, we counted, and October's LibraryReads Favorite is:


A Sudden Light: A Novel 
by Garth Stein (Simon & Schuster)
"Garth Stein has given us a masterpiece. This beautiful story takes readers on a thrilling exploration of a family estate brimming with generations of riveting Riddell family ghosts and secrets. This is a true exploratory novel, taking readers through secret passageways, hidden rooms, and darkened corridors that engage all of the senses."
Whitney Gayle, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT 
This month, LibraryReads is celebrating its first anniversary! Hearty thanks to all reading this email for their support, be it in the form of votes, recommendations, tweets, and displays. Next week we will be sending a survey that will let you select your favorite of all of the last year's LibraryReads picks--keep an eye out and join in the celebration!

And now, the rest of the LibraryReads October Top 10:
Leaving Time: A Novelby Jodi Picoult(Ballantine) 
Leaving Time is a love story - love between mother and child, love between soulmates, and love between elephants. The story is told from a variety of narrators, all of whom are broken and lost. Jenna is searching for answers to the disappearance of her mother, and seeks the help of a retired police detective and a psychic. Alice, Jenna's mom, disappeared after a tragic accident at the elephant sanctuary, and her work with the elephants is fascinating and touching. The book is an ode to motherhood in all its forms--the good, bad and the ugly--and it is brilliant.”
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
Some Luck: A Novel
by Jane Smiley

(Knopf)
"Smiley’s latest is a love song to American farms and the people who keep them. This glorious and heartfelt novel chronicles the lives of an Iowan farm family over 30 years, beginning in 1920. Family members are born, grow, change, and die. Readers follow their triumphs and crushing losses and, along the way, learn about the evolution of farming and society in the United States. Definitely one of the best novels of 2014.”
Laurie Van Court, Douglas County Libraries, Parker, CO
Reunion: A Novel
by Hannah Pittard

(Grand Central)

“When Kate learns that her estranged father has committed suicide, she and her siblings travel to Atlanta to bury him and work out years of resentment. Life seems overwhelming to Kate as she battles with infidelity, divorce, and a massive debt. It’s only when she takes a good look at herself that she begins to heal the rift in her family. Unfolding like a saga, this short book packs a punch.”
Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden, foreword by Rob Reiner(Touchstone)
“Even if you don't have a crush on Cary Elwes, you'll enjoy this vivid behind-the-scenes account of the making of The Princess Bride. His stories, especially those involving Andre the Giant, will leave you in stitches. Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, and others also recount their experiences. An amusing account of a group of performers who came together to make a heartfelt film that is loved by many.”
Emily Weiss, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, IN
The Boy Who Drew Monsters:
A Novel 
by Keith Donohue

(Picador)
“Emotionally scarred by a near-drowning experience, young Jack Keenan spends all his time indoors, fanatically preoccupied with drawing strange things. While Jack's parents chalk his drawings up to the imagination, Nick, Jack's only friend, notices mysterious things happen whenever Jack picks up a pencil. This detailed coming-of-age tale with a twist offers unique insights into boyhood friendships and the complexities of adult relationships.”
Courtney Block, Charlestown Clark County Public Library, Charlestown, IN
Malice: A Mystery
by Keigo Higashino;
translated by Alexander O. Smith

(Minotaur Books)
“Detective Kaga is investigating the murder of best-selling author Kunihiko Hidaka. Hidaka’s wife and best friend both have rock-solid alibis, but Kaga discovers that the friendship might not have been what it seemed. A classic cat-and-mouse game with twists that keep the pages turning.”
Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
by Alan Cumming

(Dey Street Books)
“This memoir focuses on Cumming's reaction to being told that his father was not, in fact, his father. An appearance on the UK's Who Do You Think You Are was meant to reveal the mystery behind what happened to Cumming's maternal grandfather. Instead, his father’s admission leads Cumming to resolve long-held memories of verbal abuse. Cumming is extremely open, allowing readers to share in his pain and understand his relationships.”
Tracy Babiasz, Alachua County Library District, Newberry, FL

       
The Life We Bury

by Allen Eskins

(Seventh Street Books)
“In this well-crafted debut novel, Joe Talbert has finally left home, but not without guilt over leaving his autistic brother in the care of his unreliable mother. A college assignment gets the young man entangled in a cold case, racing to clear the name of a Vietnam veteran. Characters with layers of suppressed memories and emotions only add to the suspenseful plot. Looking forward to more from this Minnesotan author!”
Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery
by Ashley Weaver

(Minotaur Books)
“Lovers of Agatha Christie and Jacqueline Winspear will enjoy this elegant murder mystery set on holiday at the English seaside. What starts out as a lark, intended to make Amory Ames's misbehaving-but-oh-so-delicious husband jealous, turns into a dangerous and deadly game of whodunit for Amory and her friends. Love, jealousy, and revenge are tangled together in this smart and sophisticated British mystery reminiscent of the genre's golden age.”
Vanessa Walstra, Kent District Library, East Grand Rapids, MI