This just In: What I couldn't Tell You on TV

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Bob Schieffer
This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You On TV

As a news junkie I love stories about the news and the news shows that I love to watch. Among my favorites are Meet the Press and Face the Nation. Bob Schieffer has been on the list of my favorite broadcasters so I really enjoyed his own story of his career in journalism and his coverage of some of the most important events in history from 1960 to the present. I was reminded of many events over the last 40 years and I heard some "insider" information that was new to me. I listened to this book on audio on a long car trip and it was read by the author so a very good voice to listen to! Check the catalog for the book Check the catalog for audio book

Jan K. Youth Services

Liesl and Po

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Lauren Oliver
Liesl and Po

This fun and timeless story has great characters, some who are likeable and some who are not.  Liesl is locked in an attic by her stepmother after her

father has died.   Po comes from the Other Side quite unexpectedly to befriend her.  Will, an alchemist’s apprentice, comes into the story and the

three are brought together after Will accidently delivers a box with the most powerful magic in the world to the wrong place.   The adventure they

experience is full of magic, fantasy and human emotion.   This is written for children ages 8-12, but adults will enjoy this.  Check our catalog.

Kathleen Z., Administration


Saturday, November 24, 2012
Maggie Stiefvater

I listened to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater on audio. It’s a teen fiction book in the paranormal  genre about werewolves. The author tells the story from alternating points of view.  Sam is the male werewolf who lives in the woods behind Grace’s home. Grace has been fascinated with Sam as a wolf ever since she was attacked by the wolf pack when she was younger and saved by Sam in his wolf form. When Grace finds Sam as a human on her back porch after he was shot, she realized that he is “her” wolf.  It is a paranormal teen romance that sets the story up for the sequel. As a parent myself, I found the role that the parents were relegated to in the book irritating…either completely absent and uninvolved or abusive. I didn’t like it as well as others that I have read but it was enjoyable.

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Laura G., Youth Services 

Remarkable Creatures

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tracy Chevalier
Remarkable Creatures

This well-written piece of fiction is based on actual history and written by the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring,     The setting is early 19th century (1800s) in Lyme England.  The main characters, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, were some of the many who were based on real people.  In an era when women were not allowed to be full participants in their culture especially in academic circles, Mary and Elizabeth become kindred spirits discovering fossils and identifying them at a time before Darwin took his voyage when people were just beginning to question the age of the world.   Despite the struggles and setbacks due to the sexism and class division at the time, Mary’s fossil finds were crucial to the advancement of early paleontology.  Check our catalog

Kathleen Zaenger, Director


The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Anthony Brandt
The Man Who Ate His Boots:The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Pas

My husband and I listened to this audio book on a long car trip this summer-it was enough history for him and enough story for me so we were able to agree and listen to it. It is the story of the British Navy's search for the Northwest Passage from 1818-1880. So little was known at the time about the Arctic and these explorers like Franklin and Parry were setting out to vast new territories under very hard conditions. It surprised me that they would have a failed mission with deaths due to extreme cold, ice, fog, lack of food and they would sign up to go again! At one point Franklin and his men were starving and literally ate the leather from their boots to survive-thus the title and Franklin's nickname. The Northwest Passage was not open until 2007 when, due to global warming, there was enough ice melt to allow ships to go through. We enjoyed listening to the book but often wished we had the maps available in the printed version to refer to while listening.  Check our catalog for the audio book or the print book.

Jan K., Youth Services



Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Robin Cook

Robin Cook has written several books where New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are the main characters.  In this story Laurie returns to work now that her son's neuroblastoma is in remission. She finds her very first case back to be a dangerous puzzle of the highest order, involving organized crime and two start-up biotech companies.  I listened to this as I drove to and from work and often wished my drive was longer since I wanted to hear more. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would develop next. I recommend this as a fun, light read or in my case a “listen to”. Check our catalog.

Betsy H., Reference

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Garth Stein

I listened to the audio CD of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and loved it.   It’s a story that is told from the point of view of the main character who is a dog.  The story opens when Enzo is at the end of his life.  Enzo relates the story of his master, Denny who, after adopting Enzo, marries, has a child and begins his auto-racing career.  Enzo is with Denny through the unexpected death of his wife and a three year custody battle for his daughter.  Enzo learns about human life and how Denny’s racing knowledge applies to many life issues.  It’s an emotional story with laughter, tears, love and hope.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right

Friday, April 27, 2012
Atul Gawande
Checklist Manifesto

I'm a list maker by nature: to-do lists, books to read lists, things to knit lists, places to visit lists. Checklists haven’t been my thing.  After reading The Checklist Manifesto, that might be changing.  This short book is a fascinating look at what seems to be such a simple idea, the checklist.  Atul Gawande, a general and endocrine surgeon, leads the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program.  Gawande starts with surgery, but looks to other professions that deal with complexity and how they create and use checklists.   It’s about the 3 “C”s…complexity, checklists and conversation.  Check our catalog   Also available as an audio book.

Holly, Youth Services

For the Win

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Cory Doctorow
For the Win

I pulled this audio off the shelf for something different to listen to and found myself learning a lot about the world of online gaming and real life issues.  An international group of young people begin a fight for real world rights via online games.  Youth from all over Asia and the U.S come together to support each other.  This is not an easy read but is worth the effort.  It will make you think about the way you shop and play by giving you a picture of the people who produce so many of the items we use.  This was published in 2010 but it show how the internet can be used to rally people to a cause…as during the Arab spring.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services


Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Charles Frazier

On Thanksgiving morning I listened to the audio book of Nightwoods while stuffing the turkey and baking pumpkin pie. I was grateful to have the time to listen to this suspenseful story of a loner who ends up caretaker for her murdered sister’s traumatized twins. Narrator Will Patton expertly gives voice to Charles Frazier’s novel, with hushed quieter tones when speaking for the heroine, Luce, and bringing a hard-edged disgust and cruelty to his voice when portraying, Bud, the smooth-talking villain.  Anyone who enjoyed Frazier’s debut novel, Cold Mountain, is sure to like his third which is also set in the mountains of North Carolina.  Check our catalog for the audio book or the print copy

Cyndi L., Reference


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