Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Some Luck by Jane Smiley



Jane Smiley does a good job of depicting a typical Iowa farm family with a German immigrant background. Her story follows the family from 1920-1953 raising children and caring for parents and neighbors, surviving the wars and depression along with personal struggles of their own and their children's. Marveling at the difference in each one. Each one set on his or her own path. A father, Walter, wanting them to be satisfied with a farm life and stay close, a mother, Rosanna, wanting more for her children than being tied to the land.

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.