Fiction

The Hate U Give

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give

Janice H., Youth Services is reading...The Hate U Give

Night School

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Lee Child
Night School

Jan H., Technical Services is reading...Night School

Flunked

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Jen Calonita
Flunked

Jen R., Youth Services is reading...Flunked

Great Small Things (eAudio via Libby)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Jodi Picoult
Great Small Things

This book came up as available on Libby, by OverDrive, when I was looking for something to listen to, and since you can never go wrong with Jodi Picoult, I checked it out. I’m glad I did. Kennedy is a white public defender who steps up to help Ruth Jefferson when she’s being arraigned on a murder charge, then continues on her case. Ruth, an African-American nurse with decades of exemplary service and experience, was told not to care for the infant son of white supremacists, but then ends up being alone in the room with the boy when he becomes distressed, and ultimately he dies while she’s performing CPR. Through the backstories of the characters and the unfolding of the legal case, the book explores racism, discrimination, justice, and redemption, and gives fresh awareness of social justice.  Check our catalog

Doris M., Reference

Elsewhere

Friday, March 16, 2018
Gabrielle Zevin
Elsewhere

After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live." 

LOVE THIS BOOK!! This is one of my favorite books! I love how the author takes a spin on the after-life as something I would have never thought about and really got me thinking. I was drawn into the characters and couldn't put the book down. She has you truly caring for the characters and what happen to them. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!  Check our catalog

Jen R., YS

Descent

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tim Johnston
Descent

When the Courtlands head to the Rocky Mountains for a family vacation before their daughter Caitlin leaves for college, they have no idea how their lives are about to change.  Caitlin, who was a track star in high school, loves to run.  She and her brother, Sean, go for a run the first morning of their vacation and Sean is hit by a car.  The driver offers to take Caitlin down the mountain for help.  Instead he abducts her.  Read on to find out the fate of Cailtin and the struggles her family goes through as the search for her and deal with their loss.  Check our catalog

Jan H., Tech Services

Another Day

Friday, February 16, 2018
David Levithan
Another Day

Imagine you wake up every day in the life of a stranger. Imagine you fall in love with the girlfriend of one of those strangers. What would you do to be with her? This is the life of “A.” A has been jumping between the lives of stranger for as long as A can remember. As a toddler, A thought that was how everyone lived. When people talked about doing things “tomorrow,” A didn’t understand. Now A is a teenager and wakes up in the life of Justin and falls in love with his girlfriend Rhiannon.  A struggles between maintaining the lives of the hosts and pursuing a relationship with Rhiannon. What would you choose?

Not only is it a great love story but it also challenges gender, race and body type presumptions in a way that's as entertaining as it is unexpected. I enjoyed every thing about this book. I loved the writing style, characters, story, and how it dealt with many important themes. I especially enjoyed reading from A's point of view.  Check our catalog

Sara D., Youth Services

The Book of Henry (DVD)

Thursday, January 18, 2018
The Book of Henry

Following the death of her genius son, a mother is at a loss how to continue living.  Then she begins to follow the instructions he detailed in a notebook to get justice for the girl next door.  But will she carry out the instructions completely before coming to her senses?  And will the outcome be what Henry intended?  Maybe not the most plausible story, but nonetheless original.  Check our catalog

Doris, Reference

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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