The Next Thing On My List

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Jill Smolinski
After a car accident, June discovers the unfinished list of the victim. "20 things to do before my 25th birthday"- and only two are completed. So June takes it upon herself to finish the list in honor of Marissa and finds her whole life is turned around as is the life of many other people. It is a very funny book and you want to hurry and read it to see if she makes her goal. I won't tell you about the surprise ending.

Sue N, Youth Services

Accidents of Nature (Audiobook)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Harriet McBryde Johnson
This is a funny, poignant coming of age story that gives one insight to the handicapped world. Seventeen-year-old Jean, who has cerebral palsy, goes away to a camp for the disabled for the first time. She has grown up in a small town where she is the only handicapped person she knows and she considers herself to be part of the normal world. She writes about her 10 days at camp where she gains new insight into the world of the “crips”, the “Mr.’s”, the “walkie-talkies”, the “norms and into herself. The book changed the way I will perceive handicapped people in the future.

Laura G., Youth Services

To the Limit

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Pamela Britton
I don't usually read paperback romances... but a friend showed me this "Nascar library" series of romances and I was intrigued - a NASCAR romance!?
I enjoyed reading this on my vacation. Main character was a strong female who's an engineer designing racecars - she has 2 guys interested in her (both very different - one is a driver; one a billionaire who owns the raceteam) and she needs to figure who she's interested in. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 - I found it enjoyable.

Other NASCAR romances by Pamela Britton: On the Edge and Total Control.

Janice, Youth Services

Winter Study

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Nevada Barr
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale National Park to assist and observe the resident wolf packs’ habits and behaviors since wolves may soon be reintroduced to Rocky Mountain National Park where Anna is stationed. The winter study of Isle Royale’s wolves has been ongoing for fifty years but may now be in jeopardy due to the interference of Homeland Security who feels the park should be opened to the public in the winter so they can use it as a base to monitor potential terrorist threats along the Canadian border. Soon after Anna’s arrival, the odd assortment of study team members, biologists, and Homeland Security folks begin to notice unusual behavior in the wolves. As Anna tries to sort things out, the very survival of everyone on the island, including Anna herself, is terrifyingly called into question.
I love Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series as much for her excellent depictions of the National Parks where they are set as for the characters and stories. I was especially interested in Winter Study because of its focus on the renowned wolf project conducted by Rolf Peterson and Michigan Technological University in Houghton. The book’s forward is written by Rolf Peterson.

Sue A., Reference


Fire Point

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
John Smolens

Tensions simmer in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula when a stranger comes to renovate an old Victorian home and becomes involved with 19 year old Hannah, the town pariah. When Sean Colby, her former boyfriend, returns to town, his jealousy and hostility involve many other townspeople. This is suspenseful up to the chilling end.

Sue N., Youth Services

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River God

Monday, April 14, 2008
Wilbur Smith

While visiting Egypt and after I returned, I read the River God, a fascinating story of history, love, civil war, and the glory of the Pharaoh days. It is very accurate historically and reinforced much that I learned on my trip. It is a long book with much detail but the characters make it flow along with the facts.Wilbur Smith writes "A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile."I highly recommend this read.

Sue N, Youth Services

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Last Night at the Lobster

Monday, April 14, 2008
Stewart O'Nan

Set on the last day of business of a Connecticut Red Lobster, this tells the story of Manny DeLeon, a conscientious, committed restaurant manager any national chain would want to keep. Instead, corporate has notified Manny that his—and Manny does think of the restaurant as his—location is not meeting expectations and will close December 20. On this last night, Manny is committed to a dream of perfection, but no one and nothing seems to share his vision. Small but not slight, the novel is a concise, poignant portrait of a man on the verge of losing himself. I would recommend this to anyone who has ever had a job or a relationship.

Sue A2, Reference

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Great Picture Books!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Perfect Snowman by Preston McDaniels

This wonderfully written and illustrated picture book tells a great story about a snowman who learns some very important lessons about caring for others. The pictures are exquisite and adults will love them as much as the children they are reading the story to will.

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This adorable little picture book is full of fun and may remind parents of their experience trying to get their children to eat what is on their plate. Read along with the cute little pea who doesn’t want to eat his candy and laugh together.

Jen, Circulation & Administration


Nick Adams Stories

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Ernest Hemingway

I hadn't read Hemingway in many years. Reading this book was exactly what my "reading diet" called for at this time! I forgot the simple, short, direct and very satisfying style that he has. Every word is carefully chosen and what's left unsaid is equally important. I really enjoyed this book. It has great themes of coming of age, relationships, and of war. I absolutely love the outdoor life as Hemingway did, and have visited many Michigan places that he writes about in this book. If you have hiked, fished and camped in the north woods, you will enjoy Big Two-Hearted River. This book was chosen to be the first Great Michigan Read. For more information, go to and click on Great Michigan Read.

Margaret, Reference

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Sunday, February 24, 2008
Debra Galant

The McMansion scene in New Jersey is the locale for this hilarious novel. Any resemblance to Livingston County is purely coincidental. A good laugh.

Mary L., Reference

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