Showing posts from 2012

City of Women by David Gillham

Gillham’s smartly written sophisticated novel about women living in Berlin during WWII is a compelling debut. It follows Sigrid a woman who lives with her complaining mother-in-law in an apartment building and her relationships with the other women in the building. It is about how she is seduced by a Jewish man at the theater, what she discovers about him and how she gets drawn into helping a younger woman in the building hide and move Jews in Berlin while making it appear as if she is living a normal civilian life while her husband if off fighting in Hitler’s army. Sigrid’s character evolves.If put in her situation what might any of us do? I highly recommend this book.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

A story of man who goes out to mail a letter and just keeps on walking across England.He walks 500 miles to see a friend who is dying.He reflects on his relationship between him and his wife Maureen and his son David.It is a story about things we say and don’t say to those we care about.Charming, fast read.

Not just for introverts

The Introvert Advantage : how to thrive in an extrovert world by Marti Olsen LaneyDo you enjoy time alone? Dislike noisy situations and large crowds? Tend to turn events over in your head searching for every meaning? If this sounds like you, you may be an introvert.Many may mistakenly equate that with being anti-social but that is not the case.Introverts and Extroverts just process information and experiences differently because the brain is actually arranged slightly differently, and fires on different chemicals.
This book is called the introvert advantage but it is really helpful to both introverts and extroverts in that it explains the difference and what that means in terms of how we see the world and each other.No matter how your brain is set up, you are likely to find this book fascinating. And if you like that one how about the more recent-
Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick

This book is wonderfully written and a pleasure to read.Charlie Beal comes to a town you might think is Pleasantville. Just back from WWII he has a pocketful of money and is looking for an ideal place like this to settle down.He assimilates himself into the small Virginia town easily enough but falls in love with a married woman. This woman is married to the self important rich man of the county Boaty Glass who is 40 years her senior.Now, you know going in that something has to happen and it can’t be good but you won’t be prepared for this ending that may leave you with more questions than answers.

Thomas Jefferson the Art of Power

Jon Meacham delves in depth into the life of Thomas Jefferson in his new biography The Art of Power. He also wrote the Andrew Jackson biography that won him the Pulitzer prize, American Lion.
Both biographies bring to light the driving forces behind these two great leaders of early American history.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Wife goes missing, husband is the suspect -- no surprise. However as you delve into their lives there are so many twists to this story you have no idea how it is going to end. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, Gillian yet again throws a curve ball. It was interesting how she ended the story. After learning about the characters I felt they really did deserve each other. They were crazy! -- Marianne

Red Rain by R.L. Stein

Red Rain is the first adult book by the prolific children’s author R.L. Stine.While his books for younger readers continue to strike fear into the heart of juveniles, his attempt at adult horror falls a bit flat.The novel contains an almost-too- classic formula for horror and the situations in it leave much to be desired as far as realism goes, which becomes distracting and then humorous. The premise of the novel:A travel blogger journeys to an east coast island, only to be caught unaware by a hurricane that leaves the island strewn with debris and bodies.Witnessing the carnage almost puts the writer over the edge…until, in the midst of a mysterious red rain, she finds two orphaned twin boys that she feels called to help.She and her reluctant husband adopt the boys and much chaos ensues. Horror is my favorite genre and I really looked forward to reading this novel.Unfortunately I came away from it much more amused than terrified, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t the goal.Stine seemed to tak…

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Very few authors can read from their own books and leave me wanting to read it. After listening to Barbara Kingsolver read the second chapter of her new book it instantly went on my book list. I have provided the link to the podcast here. Enjoy!

Little Century by Anna Keesey

This is a new Western in the old sense of the genre.Esther comes to the only family she knows, a distant cousin Pickett’s ranch in Oregon, where she encounters a feud between the cattle and sheep ranchers competing for grazing rights on government land.Secrets are kept but when everything comes to a boil and a bad seed of a buckaroo takes matters into his own hands an old friend is lost. Esther and Pick have to choose between what is right and what is expected.Will the little town of Century survive?

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. – Publishers description I enjoyed listening to Steve Jobs on audio CDs in the car. The book was incredibly interesting, and a great tribute to a remarkable person. - Michelle

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

If you are impatiently awaiting the next season of Downton Abbey coming to PBS in Jan. take the time you are waiting to read this book. First published in the UK in1968 and now republished it is the story of Margaret Powell who began her servitude for the luxurious houses of the British wealthy at the age of 15 as a lowly kitchen maid. Her stories are the basis for the popular British TV series Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey.

Plum Ready

Ranger or Morelli, Ranger or Morelli? Does "Notorious Nineteen" contain the decision we've all been waiting for or will we have to wait for number twenty? Does it matter? These Stephanie Plum novels are a nice diversion from the heavier things we may be reading. Always entertaining, Evanovich's characters and their hi jinx make me laugh out-loud! If you care to know who I would choose... I choose Morelli. Who do you choose?  Clicking the image will take you to the catalog where you can place your hold.