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.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite books of 2014

Here is my list of favorite books from 2014.
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
One Kick by Cheldea Cain
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

This is a coming of age story about a boy growing up in a Baton Rouge neighborhood in the 1990s. When the love of his young life, next door neighbor Lindy, gets raped a block away he doesn't really understand what the word "rape" means. Obsessed with wanting to know who did this to Lindy he finds out a lot in the next few years of high school. He learns what a lot of words mean, he learns a lot about his neighbors he learns a lot about his own family, and about himself.
Very good!

Monday, January 26, 2015

February Library Reads List

Announcing the February 2015 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and February's LibraryReads Favorite is:
A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel
by Anne Tyler (Knopf)
“In this book, we come to know three generations of Whitshanks--a family with secrets and memories that are sometimes different than what others observe. The book’s timeline moves back and forth with overlapping stories, just like thread on a spool. Most readers will find themselves in the story. Once again, Tyler has written an enchanting tale.”
Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads February Top 10:
A Touch of Stardust: A Novel
by Kate Alcott
“With the background of the making of Gone with the Wind, this is a delightful read that combines historical events with the fictional career of an aspiring screenwriter. Julie is a wide-eyed Indiana girl who, through a series of lucky breaks, advances from studio go-fer and assistant to Carole Lombard to contract writer at MGM. A fun, engaging page-turner!”
Lois Gross, Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken, NJ

Half the World
by Joe Abercrombie

(Del Rey)
“Fifteen-year-old Thorn, determined to become a king’s soldier, is fighting not just physical opponents, but her world’s social mores. Girls are supposed to desire nothing more than a wealthy husband. Period. Thorn's struggles to achieve her dream make for a riveting read. Second in a series, this book reads very well as a standalone.”
Cynthia Hunt, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo, TX

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
“Loved this mystery! The acerbic narrator is 40-year-old British book publishing editor Samantha, whose best author goes missing after writing a tell-all book about a famous French fashion designer who died under suspicious circumstances. Very funny, and great secondary characters as well.”
Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR

My Sunshine Away
by M.O. Walsh
(Putnam Adult)
“A crime against a 15-year-old girl is examined through the eyes of one of her friends--a friend who admits to being a possible suspect in the crime. This is a wonderful debut novel full of suspense, angst, loyalty, deceit, and most of all, love.”
Alison Nadvornik, Worthington Libraries, Columbus, OH

Finding Jake: A Novel
by Bryan Reardon
(William Morrow)
“Stay-at-home dad Simon Connelly receives the call every parent dreads: there’s been a shooting at his children’s school. Through flashbacks and present-day narratives, he mines his memory for clues to what may have happened. This is a refreshing take on the well trodden “bad kid” novels, and an excellent thriller to recommend to all who liked Defending Jacob or We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
Alissa Williams, Pekin Public Library, Pekin, IL

The Siege Winter: A Novel by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman
(William Morrow)
“I couldn’t have been more excited when I learned Franklin wrote a new book. This wonderfully written novel takes place during King Stephen and Empress Matilda’s tumultuous civil conflict to claim England, no matter what cost to themselves or their subjects. The story conveys the brutality of the period without sacrificing the complex nature of the time and the people.”
Elizabeth Carroll, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
by Julia Quinn
“At a dreaded music recital, a cellist catches Sir Richard Kenworthy’s eye, and he determines to marry her. Iris Smythe-Smith is a smart cookie and rightly suspicious of Sir Richard's motives when he comes courting, but finds herself falling for his charm. Things seem to be working out well until Iris finds out what a big secret Richard is keeping.”
Sharon Redfern, Rockville Public Library, Vernon, CT

A Darker Shade of Magic
V. E. Schwab
“Fantasy fans should enjoy this atmospheric novel, where London is the link between parallel universes, and magician Kell is one of two Travelers who can move between them. Now something sinister is disturbing their equilibrium, and Kell must try to unravel the plot with only feisty street thief Delilah Bard as an ally.”
Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
by Laurie R. King
“Considering that King is one of the finest mystery authors writing today, it’s no surprise that the latest in the Russell/Holmes series is an engaging read. Intrigue follows the duo as they board a liner bound for Japan and meet up with a known blackmailer and a young Japanese woman who is not all that she seems. Great historical research and rich atmosphere!”
Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Favorite books of2014

We would love to hear what your favorite books of 2014 were. Please comment to this post below. You may make anonymous posts anytime.