Fiction

The Christmas Letters

Thursday, December 28, 2017
Lee Smith
The Christmas Letters

The Christmas Letters is a novella.  A compilation of letters from Birdie Pickett starting in 1944 while her husband is off at war and she is living with her in-laws and raising a new baby far from her home. The letters continue each year and become a Christmas tradition.  They also each contain a recipe and a little history of the recipe. They continue in 1967 with Mary, Birdies’ oldest daughter taking on the tradition, complete with a recipe.  In 1996, Melanie, Mary’s daughter takes over the tradition.  Through all the letters, the reader gets a sense of what life was like in the 40’s and how each generation had it a little easier. You follow the love and loss through the years.  A quick read and it will make you smile this Christmas season.  check our catalog

Jan H., Tech Services

Origin

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Dan Brown
Origin

Once again, Dan Brown writes a fast-paced and extremely detailed novel featuring Harvard Professor Robert Langdon.  This one takes place in Spain and involves an astonishing breakthrough by one of his former students, Edmond Kirsch, who is a billionaire futurist with a renowned global reputation for accurate predictions of upcoming mathematical and financial events.  Mr. Kirsch plans an extravagant event at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao where he plans to unveil the answers to the fundamental questions of human existence which are “where do we come from” and “where are we going?”  In the middle of his presentation, just before he reveals the first answer, he is assassinated.  The director of the Guggenheim, Ambra Vidal, who is also the fiancée to the heir apparent to the Spanish throne, and Prof. Langdon realize that an intricate plot is unfolding to prevent Edmond’s presentation and the possible conspiracy involves everyone from the Spanish throne to powerful figures in the local Catholic Church. They must stay ahead of the Royal Guard, news teams, and various police units while trying determine who the real players are in this life and death saga. 

As with his other novels, I found myself spending a great deal of time looking up the actual places and details which he tells you are all real.  (I think that all of his novels should be like the later edition of The DaVinci Code and come with the pictures of the actual buildings, artwork, etc. as it would save a lot of time!)  In this case, I didn’t enjoy the “science” and “computer” parts of the novel as much as I enjoy the history and while Edmond’s break-through was supposed to “disprove” the involvement of God or a spiritual being in our development, I wasn’t completely convinced with his rational or methodology and it does not allow for the possibility that there is still a combination of coming from primordial soup along with some divine intervention.  However, the future is very disconcerting and very realistic. His theory and some of his theories are completely accurate. It makes me very happy that I’ve probably reached my halfway point (or beyond) and hopefully won’t be around to see it come to fruition! 

I read the large print version because the wait time was shorter but we have the book in regular print and as an audiobook as well.  Check our catalog 

Dana, Administrative Clerk

 

 

 

 

The Marriage Lie

Friday, November 24, 2017
Kimberly Belle
The Marriage Lie

Think there’s only one thing a spouse can lie about? When a plane goes down, and her husband, Will, is listed as a passenger, Iris learns there are numerous things a spouse can lie about. And in Will’s case, none of those things involve cheating.  Disbelieving Will is dead, Iris sets out to learn the truth about her husband, and all the plot twists keep us guessing too.  Check the catalog

Doris, Reference

The Lines We Cross

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The Lines We Cross
The Lines We Cross

This is a young adult story about a girl who is an Afghan refugee in Australia and a boy, Michael, whose parents are very involved in an Aussie Values group that stands against accepting refugees.  Their paths cross at a protest and then again at school and they begin to get to know each other.  As they do, Michael begins to get a better understanding of what it means to be a refugee and who they are.  It is a timely novel, given the situation in today's world.  The Australian setting was also interesting to me because it is so similar to things we hear in the United States.  It was a quick and thought provoking read.

Laura G., Youth Services

Button Holed

Monday, October 30, 2017
Kylie Logan
Button Holed

This is the first in the Button Box Mystery series and introduces the reader to Josie Giancola who is an expert in buttons and the owner of the newly opened Button Box store in Chicago.  Josie has helped design costumes for a cult classic film and through the director, has come to the attention of a rising starlet Kate Franciscus, who is currently designing her wedding gown.  Ms. Franciscus returns early for a second appointment with Josie and is mysteriously murdered while Josie's assistant has popped into a neighboring shop.  When an errant button is discovered in the aftermath, the police ask Josie to help them locate the source and hopefully the killer. Between juggling her ex-husband and the investigating detective, with whom she's had an unsuccessful blind date, Josie tries to balance crime-solving and running her new business.  Although there are some unbelievable moments, there are some nice twists and the solution isn't completely obvious.  I plan to follow up this debut with the next installment HOT BUTTON, which is also owned by Howell Carnegie Library. This book was in a LARGE PRINT format. Check our catalog

Dana, Administration

 

 

News of the World

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Paulette Jiles
News of the World
Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through post-Civil War Texas performing readings from major world newspapers to paying audiences who are hungry for news of the world.   After becoming a widower and losing his printing business to the Civil War, he takes to the freedom of the road to         make a meager, but honest living.  At the ripe age of 70 he has established a reputation of integrity.  For this reason, a friend asks him to deliver a 10 year
old orphan to her relatives near San Antonio for a 50 dollar gold piece.  The blond blue-eyed orphan had been captured by the Kiowa Indians four years
earlier and recently recovered by the U.S. Army.  The 400 mile trip to the girl’s relatives home is long, and treacherous because of unforgiving terrain
and the anarchy that reigns in much of Texas due to a corrupt Reconstruction administration in the State government.  This is a masterful story told of
family, responsibility, trust and honor and the terrible choices that come when faced with hostile conditions.  Check our catalog
 
Kathleen Z., Administration

Bulls Island

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Dorothea Benton Frank
Bulls Island

Elizabeth “Betts” McGee of Charleston was once engaged to J.D. Langley, the son of the wealthiest Charleston family.  Now 20 years later, she is a successful banking executive in New York.  When her boss asks her to head up a building project on Bulls Island, her favorite childhood spot, she is leery of going back.  Can you guess who she is forced to work with? Find out what happens and what other secrets the McGee family has is this easy, fun read.  Check our catalog

Jan, Tech Services

 

Last Bus to Wisdom

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Ivan Doig
Last Bus to Wisdom

 

Orphaned 11 year old Donal Cameron has to leave Montana when his Gram becomes ill, so he sets off on a Greyhound bus for Wisconsin to live with an aunt. This memorable trip turns into more of an adventure than Donal ever dreamed. A thoroughly enjoyable coming of age tale!  Check our catalog
 
Sue A2, Reference

Railroad Hank

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Lisa Moser
Railroad Hank
On his way to visit Granny Bett, who is feeling blue, Railroad Hank stops at the farms of several friends and, misunderstanding their offers to help, winds up with a trainload of crazy cargo.  If you have a preschool-age child in your life, they might enjoy this picture book as much as my preschooler and I have been!  During the story silly Hank misunderstands things and wonders where things like milk & apples come from – a great opportunity for your preschooler to share that they know these things!  Check our catalog
 
Janice H., Youth Services

Strands of Bronze and Gold

Monday, August 28, 2017
Jane Nickerson
Strands of Bronze and Gold

 

Romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale. Sophie is a seventeen-year-old girl, in the late 1800’s, who just lost her father.  Sophie receives, an invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, the godfather she has never met. When Sophie first arrives at Wyndriven Abbey in Mississippi, she is enchanted by the generosity of Monsieur Bernard de Cressac. She begins to hear rumors about her godfathers past wives. She soon becomes alarmed by what she hears.
 

The story is told in the first person as Sophie unravels the plan Monsieur Bernard de Cressac has for her. The author takes great care to describe that house and the grounds with all of it’s locked doors, dark secrets and hidden objects. The scene is set. Can Sophie solve the mystery of the 4 wives and save herself?  Check our catalog

Sara D., Youth Services

 

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