Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

How well do you know your parents? Sure you pretty much know about their life spent with you but what about their life before that? If they told you something that no one else would believe would you believe them or would you think they were crazy?
So begins this story when Daniel's retired mother runs away from her husband to tell a story that no one will listen to.
A quick read and one that begs the question, "How well do any of us really know those closest to us?"

Thursday, July 24, 2014

August Library Reads List

Announcing the
 August 2014 LibraryReads list!

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

One Kick: A Novel
by Chelsea Cain (Simon & Schuster)
“Kick Lannigan survived being kidnapped as a child. Now, at twenty-one, determined never to be a victim again, she has reinvented herself. Martial arts and weapons handling are just a few of the skills she has learned over the years. Kick catches the attention of John Bishop, a mystery man with access to unlimited funds, and together they go after a cabal of child pornographers. A read-in-one-sitting, edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
And now, the rest of the
LibraryReads August Top 10:
Lucky Us: A Novel
by Amy Bloom(Random House) 
“Is a family the people you are born to, or the people who you find along the way? That’s what Bloom explores in this novel set in pre- and post-WWII Ohio, Los Angeles, New York and Germany. The story follows resourceful Eva, who was abandoned by her mother at an early age, and her sister Iris, an aspiring actress who tries to find love at a time when her kind of love must be secretive. Every character is beautifully drawn, warm, and believable.”
Kathryn Hassert, Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, Chester Springs, PA

The Miniaturist: A Novel
by Jessie Burton(Ecco) 
“A dollhouse whose figures and furnishings foretell life events, mysterious notes, family secrets and the powerful guild and church of 1686 Amsterdam. All these elements combine for an engaging story of a young bride's struggle to be the ‘architect of her own fortune.’”
Elizabeth Angelastro, Manlius Library, Manlius, NY

An Unwilling Accomplice
by Charles Todd(William Morrow) 
"Bess Crawford, a courageous World War I battlefield nurse, is faced with another complex mystery. A patient about to receive a high honor from the King manages to disappear on Bess's watch, sending her life into a tailspin. In order to clear her name, she must find the missing patient and find out why he is now accused of murder. Intelligent and fantastic, just like the others in this series!"
Monicah Fratena, La Porte County Public Library, La Porte, IN
Heroes Are My Weakness:
A Novel

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips(William Morrow) 
"Any Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel is going to make it onto my must-read list, but this one is particularly wonderful, and here's why: she creates, then cheerfully destroys, the romance cliche of the brooding hero with a dark secret who lives in a crumbling mansion and captivates a plucky heroine. The hero is a horror novelist, and the heroine a failed actress-turned-puppeteer. This warm, witty, comedy-drama is a perfect summer read."
Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn/Putnam) 
"A horrible act of violence occurs at the Pirriwee Public School's trivia night fundraiser for parents, but what happened and who was involved? The novel begins six months before that fateful evening and lets us in on the lives of single mother Jane, divorcee Madeline, and Celeste, who secretly suffers from domestic abuse. Big Little Lies is another page-turning read from Moriarty that had me gasping with surprise at the end."
Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
The Magician's Land: A Novelby Lev Grossman(Viking Adult) 
"Even if you haven’t read the first two books in the wonderful Magicians Trilogy, you will enjoy the escapades of Quentin Coldwater. Now 30 years old, Quentin finds himself back at Brakebills, experiencing school from the teacher's side of the desk. But his adventures are far from over! Although I’m not generally a fantasy reader, I’ve been rooting for Quentin ever since I first picked up this series and am sad to see it end."
Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
Lock In
by John Scalzi(Tor)
"There’s been a good run of fantasy and science fiction books this year. Joining the list of great fantastical reads is John Scalzi's Lock In. Scalzi is best known for his military SF (especially the Old Man's War series), so his latest is a change of pace. A blending of science ficion and police procedural that hits every note just right."
Jane Jorgenson, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

The Truth about Leo
by Katie MacAlister(Sourcebooks Casablanca) 
“I always adore Katie MacAlister! Her sense of humor is outstanding, and her heroines have real bodies. This is another installment in the delightful historical Noble series, and it doesn't disappoint. Fans of humor with their romance are sure to enjoy this regency romp.”
Jessica C. Williams, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH

The Story Hour: A Novelby Thrity Umrigar(Harper) 
“Another beautifully written novel by Thrity Umrigar. A relationship develops between Maggie, a psychologist, and Lakshmi, a troubled Indian woman. As their stories develop, it is hard to figure out which woman does more to impact the other's life. Highly recommended.”
Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

You know it's a good book when you get so wrapped up in a character's plight that you have to keep reading even though it is a hefty 700+ pages.
This is a story of Theo a young boy who survives a bomb explosion while visiting the New York Art Museum with his mother. The world famous "Goldfinch" painting also survives and leaves the museum in Theo's care. His mother does not survive.
Tartt so vividly describes Theo's life that you feel what he feels, you see what he sees, you experience his anxiety over the painting, his search for love and to be loved and his goodness. You wonder how can so many things can go so horribly wrong in his life and you always wish him the best. Tartt herself paints many vivid characters and their effects on Theo's life along with the impact that art can have on anyones life.  I highly recommend this book.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

I loved Lisa Genova’s book “Still Alice” and her second novel, “Left Neglected” is a very good read also.   “Love Anthony” is the author’s third book and is a wonderful story about heartbreak, understanding and healing.

The book is a touching story about Anthony, a little boy with autism and the struggles his family goes through in his short life.  Most of us don’t know what a family goes through or what a child with autism may be thinking or feeling.  This story gives us a better understanding of the world they live in. 
-- submitted by Michelle P.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

For those of you who like legalese and court room drama here is one you might like. In this Grisham novel a terminally ill, multimillionaire, Mr. Seth Hubbard hangs himself and leaves a handwritten will that leaves almost everything to his black housekeeper Lettie. Leaving  his children and grandchildren nothing. The question is why? As you can imagine a legal fight and racial tensions ensue in this Ford County, Mississippi town.
I really didn't get into this story until Lettie's daughter enters the picture and starts digging up family history trying to find out who Lettie's family was. Then I was hooked. Can I just say, "Sins of the Fathers"...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

I am here to tell you that the much anticipated third book in the Harkness trilogy was worth the wait. It will keep you turning pages until the bitter sweet end. Wonderful, scintillating, exciting, magic! Enjoy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Minding the Manor by Mollie Moran

Click this cover for a(n) eBook sample of Minding the Manor.I found this book while perusing the nonfiction e-book section on OMNI. If you like the PBS show Downton Abby this book will give you one of the best glimpses into the job of the cook, scullery maids, and kitchen maids of the time during the 1930s.  Molly Moran was all of these, working her way up from the age of 14 she spent the next 10 years of her life in servitude to the wealthy gentry of Norfolk. Growing up an adventurous sort, Molly gets herself into some humorous scrapes while working as a scullery maid under the watchful eye of Mrs. Jones the cook. She includes some of her recipes and tips throughout the book.
I enjoyed this book.