Wednesday, March 18, 2015

April Library Reads List

Announcing the April 2015 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and April's LibraryReads Favorite is:
At the Water's Edge: A Novel
by Sara Gruen (Spiegel & Grau)
“Set in Loch Ness, right in the middle of WWII, a foolish group of rich Americans arrive in search of the famous monster. Narrator Maddie must make sense of the circumstances that have brought her to this wild locale. Only then can she discover the strength she needs to make her own decisions. Enjoy a delightfully intriguing cast of characters and the engaging style of storytelling that has made Gruen so popular.”
Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads April Top 10:
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
(Grand Central Publishing)
“This delightful spin on the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton is the perfect beachy, weekend read for anyone who loves love stories with a healthy dose of humor. Here, Will and Kate are replaced by Nick and Bex--he's the heir to the British throne, she's the American who effortlessly steals his heart. Can they weather many obstacles to find their Happily Ever After? Part fairy tale, part cautionary tale, the novel is pure fun from start to finish.”
Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH

Still the One
by Jill Shalvis

“Oh Jill Shalvis, how I love thee! Although all the books in this Animal Magnetism series have strong heroines, this one is the absolute best. And chemistry--wowza, it’s intense. The novel brings a focus on two important social issues: the lack of funding available for those who need physical therapy, and the fact that service dogs who do not pass their certification should not be thrown away. I fell in love and learned something at the same time. Instant classic.”
Amanda Brown, Roanoke Public Libraries,  Roanoke, VA

The Precious One: A Novel
by Marisa de los Santos
(William Morrow)
“Taisy hasn’t seen her father since he dumped her family and started another one 17 years ago. An unexpected invitation to write his biography returns her to her hometown, and gives her a rare chance to knit together a broken web of relationships. Like all de los Santos’ books, The Precious One features smart, funny characters who form an unconventional family. It’s luminous and heartwarming, without an ounce of sap.”
Heather Bistyga, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC

A Desperate Fortune
by Susanna Kearsley
(Sourcebooks Landmark)
“While transcribing an old manuscript of a young girl’s diary, Sara decodes an account of Jacobite spies. Long before, Mary Dundas gets involved in a mission which makes her confidante to the King of Scotland in exile. And along the way, both women fall for men they know little about. Kearsley is a master at seamlessly blending stories from two time periods. Readers who enjoy a little puzzle solving with their historical fiction will be rewarded.”
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

Inside the O'Briens: A Novel
by Lisa Genova
(Gallery Books)
“The O'Briens are an Irish Catholic family living in Boston. Joe, the father, is a cop, and when he is diagnosed with Huntington’s, he must somehow tell his wife and four grown children and learn to live with the disease. I couldn't put the book down for too long. Genova made me feel as if I was part of the family. I loved the way she developed her characters with style and warmth.”
Valerie Giambona, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

The Bone Tree: A Novel
by Greg Iles

(William Morrow)
“Based on a real series of unsolved murders from the civil rights era in Louisiana, and the crusading journalist who uncovered the story, Iles’ novel shines a bright light of truth upon one of America’s darkest secrets. Iles’ compelling writing makes this complex tale of good versus evil a must-read for those who love thrillers, and those who want to learn a little bit of American history not normally taught in school.”
Ellen Jennings, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

The Dream Lover: A Novel
by Elizabeth Berg
(Random House)
“George Sand leaves her estranged husband and children to embark on a life of art in bohemian Paris. A talented writer who finds monetary and critical success, Sand adopts a man's name, often dresses as a gentleman and smokes cigars. Through her writing, politics, sexual complexities and views on feminism, Sand is always seeking love. This novel has spurred me to learn more about George Sand, a woman truly ahead of her time.”
Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

House of Echoes: A Novel
by Brendan Duffy
(Ballantine Books)
“Eager to get out of the big city, Ben and Caroline Tierney purchase a large, old house upstate hoping to renovate it into a hotel. However, their house, called The Crofts, has a dark, mysterious past, and terrifying secrets begin to threaten the family. This wonderfully eerie and atmospheric debut novel is a great recommendation for fans of Bohjalian’s The Night Strangers and McMahon’s The Winter People."
Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH

Where They Found Her: A Novel
by Kimberly McCreight
“Molly Sanderson is covering a feature for the Ridgedale Reader that not only stirs up her recent grief over a stillborn child, but secrets that have been kept hidden for over two decades in this northern New Jersey college town. As the stories of four different women unfold, a new piece of the puzzle is revealed. Chilling and gruesome at times, this is a novel with characters who will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.”
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

This debut novel by Swedish writer Zander is certainly an international espionage page-turner! It begins with a Damascus car bombing that kills a woman with an infant girl, Klara. The bomb was meant for the Klara's father. Years later Klara, now an adult and working as an aid in a government building, finds herself in the middle of  a hunt for information on a computer she possesses that could be the end of the CIA if it is released. Complete with a cold and stormy winter night on an island in the Swedish Archipelago who will come to Klara's rescue?
Very Good!

Monday, March 9, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

With Harper Lee’s new book “Go Set a Watchman,” coming out in July, the Evening Book Club chose to read “To Kill a Mocking Bird” in April.
It is one of my favorite classics that takes you back in time.  Thankfully a lot of things have changed in regards to racism that happen in 1936.
It is interesting to see a little girls view on segregation fifty years ago.
I loved Harper Lee’s book in high school, and enjoyed rereading “To Kill a Mockingbird” years later.

The Library's Evening Book Club is on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm if you care to join us. -- submitted by Michelle

Friday, March 6, 2015

Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine's Passion for Ancient Civilizations and the Journey to Recover the World's Greatest Stolen Treasures by Matthew Bogdanos

Marine Matthew Bogdanos has a law degree, a degree in classics, and two Master's degrees in classics and strategic studies from the Army War College. It is no wonder then that he was sent to investigate the supposed looting of the Museum complex in Baghdad.  He did much more than investigate, heading a team of experts in finding and restoring valuable treasures.  A lot like the recovery efforts of the Monuments Men. -- submitted by Joan

Monday, March 2, 2015

Believer: My Forty Years in Politics by David Axelrod

This is the autobiography of the powerful political consultant who helped elect Barack Obama. It delves into Axelrod's childhood and early interest in politics, his education and forays into journalism which helped him see campaigning from both perspectives - the journalist and the campaign strategist. Fascinating! -- submitted by Joan

Friday, February 27, 2015

March 2015 Library Reads LIst

Announcing the March 2015 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and March's LibraryReads Favorite is:
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel
by Rachel Joyce (Random House)
“Miss Queenie Hennessy, who we met in Joyce’s first book, is in a hospice ruminating over her abundant life experiences. I loved the poignant passages and wise words peppered throughout. Readers of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will enjoy this book. There’s no fast-paced plot or exciting twists--it's just a simple, sweet story of a life well-lived.”
Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads March Top 10:
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
“In cinematic terms, this dramatic page-turner is Das Boot meets Titanic. Larson has a wonderful way of creating a very readable, accessible story of a time, place, and event. We get three sides of the global story--the U-boat commander, British Admiralty and President Wilson--but what really elevates this book are the affecting stories of individual crew and passengers.”
Robert Schnell, Queens Library,
Jamaica, NY

Cat Out of Hell
by Lynne Truss

(Melville House)
“Cats don't live nine lives. They survive eight deaths. There's something special about Roger, the cat, and it's not that he can talk. Truss spins readers through a hauntingly portentous tale. When my cat's tail thrums, I'll forever wonder what devilment will follow. “
Ann Williams, Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, IN

The Fifth Gospel: A Novel
by Ian Caldwell
(Simon & Schuster)
“A murder on Vatican property begins this tale of religion, politics, and family. Two brothers, both priests, struggle to make sense of their friend’s murder. When one is accused, the other must go to extreme lengths to prove his brother’s innocence. Caldwell’s second novel is a book to savor. This is a heart-wrenching book you will want to read more than once.”
Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ

by Gail Carriger
“I was hoping we'd be seeing Prudence in her own series. Baby P--Rue to you--is all grown up and absolutely delightful. First-time readers will think it’s a wonderful book on its own merits. However, it becomes spectacular when we get to revisit some of the beloved characters from the Parasol Protectorate. Gail Carriger is always a delight!”
Lisa Sprague, Enfield Public Library, Enfield, CT

Vanishing Girls
by Lauren Oliver
“Reminiscent of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this book begs for a re-read after you finish it. Nick, the main character, is recovering from a devastating trauma. Her family life is turned upside down, and a longtime childhood friendship is strained due to her sister’s exploits. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read multi-layered stories.”
Sybil Thompson, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH

The Pocket Wife: A Novel
by Susan Crawford

(William Morrow)
“Dana is a ‘pocket wife’ because her lawyer husband barely gives her the time of day. One afternoon, she drunkenly argues with her neighbor Celia, takes a nap, then wakes to find Celia dead. Could she have murdered Celia? Dana, suffering from manic episodes, tries to solve her friend's murder before she loses all self-control. Highly recommended for fans of Gone Girl.”
Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN

The Witch of Painted Sorrows
by M. J. Rose
(Atria Books)
“Rose weaves a passionate tale of sensuality, heartbreak and despair, exposing readers to a side of Paris that is as haunting as its main characters. The melding of time and generations transform Sandrine and La Lune into a single force to be reckoned with. The unexpected ending will leave readers wanting more.”
Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY

Delicious Foods: A Novel
by James Hannaham
(Little, Brown and Company)
“How can you not be immediately intrigued by a novel that opens with a teenage boy driving from Louisiana to Minnesota after both his hands have just been cut off at the wrist? When you read this novel, you're dropped right into a world--darkly funny and audaciously bold.”
Meghan Hall, Timberland Regional Library, Lacey, WA

Where All Light Tends to Go
by David Joy
(Putnam Adult)
“This beautifully written novel juxtaposes the glory of the Appalachians against the despair of everyday life. Jacob McNeely recognizes his family’s brutality, but Maggie, the love of his life, gives him hope. Achingly told, the visceral prose will stay with readers long past the conclusion. Fans of the Southern fiction of Ron Rash and Wiley Cash will fall in love with this new voice.”
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

Monday, February 23, 2015

Emma, Otto, Russell and James by Emma Hooper

When the Canadian Emma, now 80 years old, decides to take off and walk to see the sea what will the two men she leaves behind do?
This may be a reminder to all of us to not lose ourselves in caring for those around us.
Very good and a quick read.