Fiction

This Beautiful Fantastic

Thursday, July 27, 2017
This Beautiful Fantastic
“This beautiful fantastic” is a heartwarming movie. It is about a woman that has OCD, does not like dealing with nature, let alone speaking with anyone. She works in a library shelving books and has a “Shhush” type boss. Bella is challenged with taming the jungle of a backyard into a garden or she will be evicted. She learns that the codger of a man next door is actually her landlord. He eventually helps her transform the space into something comparable to his fantastic garden by giving her plants. They also share the same cook. A blooming romance is also part of the story.
 
Geralyn, Technical Services

Brown Girl Dreaming

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jaqueline Woodson
Brown Girl Dreaming
 I chose to listen to this book instead of reading it because I wanted to hear it in the authors’ voice. I am so glad I did! The story would not have had the same impact if I had read it in my voice in my head. The story is about an African American girl growing up in the 60's and 70’s.
I usually stick to the Fairy Tale Retelling or Fantasy genres so I was a bit worried that I would not "get into it." Happily, I was wrong! Jaqueline and I had some similar experiences growing up in the south although we had very different childhoods. The way she wrote the story and her voice was very soothing, almost lyrical. Every page is a gift of innocence and discovery as she matures into the great author she is today. If you are looking for a break from your usual genre or want to read a beautifully written book that takes you back in time, this is the book for you.  Check our Catalog
 
Sara D., Youth Services

A Fall of Marigolds

Friday, July 14, 2017
Susan Meissner
A Fall of Marigolds

A moving time-travel tale that vaccillates between the two most tragic events in the history of New York City. The story begins in September 2011 with Taryn, who has just lost her husband in the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center. It soon interchanges with Clara, who is a nurse at Ellis Island and has lost a potential suitor in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. The two stories are woven together by a sense of love, loss, and hope and are connected physically by a scarf which becomes pivotal in both of women's lives. I found myself fulfilling the author's wish to "keep you up at night" as I stayed up until 3 AM on the night I finished reading the book. I was anxious to learn the outcome for both women. This story is an interesting and believable work of Historic Fiction.  Similar in style to Marie Bostwick's Field of Gold and On Wings of the Morning.  I will definitely read other books by Mrs. Meissner!  Check our Catalog

Dana, Reference

Logan

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Logan
A fitting and poignant ending to the Logan saga.  This movie has a great message about family, friendship and taking a stand.  This movie is very dark and not family friendly.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that because there is a “little girl wolverine” that this movie is appropriate for young children.   The level of violence is needed to make the point of the story and to clearly define the mentality of the characters.  For mature X-men fans, this movie does not disappoint.  Check our catalog.
 
Barb C., Tech Services

My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry

Friday, July 7, 2017
Fredrik Backman
My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry
Elsa's grandmother told her stories of the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. After she leaves 7 year old Elsa a series of letters apologizing to people, Elsa's adventures teach her about what her grandmother was really like. The author also wrote A Man Called Ove.  Check our Catalog
 
Sue A2, Reference

Breaking cat news : cats reporting on the news that matters to cats

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Georgia Dunn
Breaking cat news : cats reporting on the news that matters to cats

Often times graphic novels are just that: graphic. But Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News That Matters to Cats is a graphic novel you shouldn’t miss checking out. It’s apparent author and illustrator Georgia Dunn lives with and knows the minds of cats. I especially liked the pages where the cats reported on their (aka the expected baby’s) new furniture. I would’ve liked to have seen another panel or two for some vignettes, but that didn’t detract from the stories. Check our catalog.

Doris M., Reference

Inside out and Back Again

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Thanhha Lai
Inside out and Back Again
It is 1975 and the Vietnam War has reached the home of 10 years old Hà, in Saigon. She and her family flee their home by boat and end up in Alabama, USA. This is a story about family, perseverance and hope. The story is captivating and the writing style compelling.
 
This is the first verse novel I have ever read. A verse novel is a novel-length narrative in which the story is told through poetry rather than prose. The blank space on the page creates time to reflect on Hà and her experiences.
 
I could envision her and her family sleeping on grass mats while the boat rocked back and forth. I could feel the sense of loss she must have felt to learn her country had fallen. I could sense her culture shock upon meeting “The Cowboy” and his wife for the first time.  If you like history, personal diaries, poetry, or unusual perspectives you will enjoy this book.  Check our Catalog
 
Psara(h) Dee  - Youth Services

Defy the Stars

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Claudia Gray
Defy the Stars

This is a teen science fiction story that I found very enjoyable.  It appears to be the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Neomi is a young soldier defending her planet from Earth.  Abel is a one of a kind “mech” or robot who was left behind for 30 years in an abandoned space ship.  They meet as a result of a battle and start on an adventure to save her planet by sacrificing Abel.   Along the way they learn about the politics of the solar system as well as themselves.  There’s plenty of adventure, just a bit of romance and an ending that leaves you waiting for more.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Everything, Everything

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything
An interesting twist for a basic “star crossed” love story.  Very clever dialogue and an easy read.  A great beach book. Check our catalog
 
Barb C., Tech Services

This is your life, Harriet Chance!

Friday, June 2, 2017
Jonathan Evison
This is your life, Harriet Chance!
After Harriet's husband Bernard dies, she is notified about an Alaskan Cruise that he won. Harriet decides to take the trip, and her life will never be the same. There is something for everyone in this book!  Check our catalog
 
Sue A2, Reference

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