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The Cardturner

by Louis Sachar
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Okay, okay, my only exposure to playing the card game bridge was when I was 12 years old and my dad tried to teach me.  He lost me at "left bower" . . . nevertheless, both my parents were avid bridge players - my mother still plays occasionally when her friends need a fourth.  That's what attracted me to this book.  

Alton Richards is a high schooler who is "volunteered" by his parents to drive his wealthy, sickly, great-uncle to and from his bridge club 4 times a week and be his cardturner.  Alton at first finds this job to be boring and tedious but before long, he starts to pick up on...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The True Tails of Baker and Taylor," by Jan Louch, a super fun, informational book, about the "goings on" inside a small library in Nevada.  They have the 2 resident cats, so between the cats, the staff and the patrons, it is an interesting read.  Check our catalog.

Marilyn S., Circ. 

In This Grave Hour

by Jacqueline Winspear
Friday, April 21, 2017

It is September 3, 1939, Great Britain has declared war against Germany, and Maisie Dobbs has reopened her private investigations office with her partners and friends Billie and Sandra. As everyone in London is preparing for the imminent conflict, Maisie receives a visit from the mysterious Belgium Embassy official and secret agent Francesca Thomas asking her to look into the murder of a man who was a Belgian refugee during the First World War.  Dr. Thomas suspects that there is more to the story than the police have come up with and hopes that Maisie can dig deeper and find out what really may have happened.  While the investigation gets underway...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The subject of the book is theoretical physics, but it is written in beautiful prose for a reader who has an enthusiasm for the wonder of the universe.  This works even if you don’t understand the complicated equations that are included for those who do understand them.  The author’s enthusiasm is contagious as he presents some amazingly creative ideas that challenge how to think about “reality”.  Some of the best sections are the descriptions of the
evolution of physics from ancient times to present....

Sweetgirl

by Travis Mulhauser
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

While searching for her meth-addicted missing mother,16 year-old Percy James discovers a baby girl in the freezing home of a local minor criminal.  Taking the child, (or is it a rescue?), forces her to confront the nature of her mother’s affliction while she finds her own fate tied to that of the child’s.  Mulhauser captures the sweeping sense of cultural and geographic isolation of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a story of courage and sacrifice.

Sample some of Percys' story and get an idea of the author's excellent sense of place:

...Still I missed her.  I missed her …and I was...

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