Fiction

Jimmy Bluefeather: A Novel

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Kim Heacox
Jimmy Bluefeather: A Novel

Being a lover of nature and adventure, our library has 2 books by Kim Heacox that I have enjoyed: Jimmy Bluefeather: A Novel and Rhythm of the Wild: A Life Inspired by Alaska's Denali National Park. One of the storylines is about Jimmy Bluefeather, a high school student that is guaranteed a spot on a NBA team, until his leg is injured in a logging accident. James struggles to “reinvent” his life’s path while swallowing the speculation that the accident was caused by rivaled negligence. His grandfather, Old Keb, being a native of mixed blood that includes Tlingit, successfully steers a reluctant James in a direction that involves his hands rather than his legs. Keb introduces James to the ancient practice of carving a canoe. The canoe is carved from a log that Keb has saved from a time when his mentor was still alive. Keb’s wood shed becomes the town’s gathering place to help or watch the boat come into form. Being a respected elder of the village, the townspeople, are aware of Keb’s deteriorating health, and wonder if the hand carved “vehicle” will become a way that Keb is brought “home.” This book weaves Keb’s life, which is rich in ancient culture, to “modern times” that are embroiled in land rights.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

Hate List

Friday, November 6, 2015
Jennifer Brown
Hate List

I hope the teens are reading this book and I recommend it for adults.  It tells the story of a school shooting, told from the views of the shooter's girlfriend.  It is an amazing book into the culture of high school today and the thoughts of teenagers.  It was published in 2009  but still current now with all the school shootings  Please read this book. Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

The Secret Sense of Wildflower

Friday, November 6, 2015
Susan Gabriel
The Secret Sense of Wildflower

I recently read this book on my Nook and then MelCatted it because I wanted to have it in my hands.    In the 1940s Appalachia, Louisa May "Wildflower"  is devastated when  her father is killed in a sawmill accident. Her mother pulls back from her thrree daughters in her grief and the strength of the girls to survive is the theme of the story.  A teen age trouble maker  sets his sights on Wildflower and causes problem for the whole family.  This book is such a good picture of life in that part of the country at that time.  Being from that area, I really enjoyed reading it.   I recommend. 

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Sue N., Youth Services

Our Souls At Night

Friday, November 6, 2015
Kent Haruf
Our Souls At Night

Kent Haruf's final novel , published posthumously, is an homage to love. While this lovely story may appear short and simple, it is not. I would not call this a romance novel, but rather an account of two members of the 'senior' generation who still have a lot of life to live. Addie and Louis come together to talk at night when they are the most lonesome, and find adventure in the simple things in life. Haruf has a way of making everyday things come to life with his beautiful writing. Check our Catalog

Sue A., Reference

The Reluctant Midwife

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Patricia Harman
The Reluctant Midwife

During the Great Depression when West Virginia was hit hard, Becky Myers moves back to Hope River to help her friend and midwife Patience who is having a baby. Becky also is  responsible for her former employer, Dr. Blum, who has become disabled mentally after the death of his wife. Becky enjoys working with women but is needed as a midwife even though she prefers not to be in that capacity.  This historical novel of the 1930s  gives the reader a picture of the CCC and the people of this Appalachian region.  It is definitely a woman's novel and since I am a West Virginian, the book meant a lot to me,  I highly recommend it.  Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

Disposable Asset

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
John Altman
Disposable Asset

This book was a quick read with it's fast paced plot that kept the story moving.  At times during the story you find yourself somewhat rooting for Cassie even though she shouldn't be rooted for.  The story is about Cassie, a spy for the U.S. who completed her mission in Russia, trying to escape Russia and also preventing herself from being terminated by her bosses.  Check our Catalog

Jeremy E., Administration

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, October 26, 2015
Betty Smith

I never would have read this wonderful book if I hadn’t read When Books Went to War. Man after man participating in the Armed Services Edition program mentioned this book as a favorite, piquing my curiosity. It didn’t disappoint. A coming-of-age story about Francie Nolan, the book also is a social history and commentary about growing up poor in an ethnic neighborhood in the early twentieth century. I couldn’t help but admire Francie for her industriousness and her unswerving drive for an education. But even more, I admired how she accepted her familial responsibility to help support her family but never gave up her dream of an education. Check our catalog.

Doris, Reference

The Lost Wife

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Alyson Richman
The Lost Wife

This book begins at the end of the story and then keeps you reading to see how it will all work out.  There are two main characters, Lenka, a Polish woman, who falls in  love during WW 2 and ends up in a Nazi ghetto.She chooses to stay with her family instead of leaving Poland with Josef and his family.  She survives a terrible life and in alternating chapters, we learn of Josef, who managed to get to America and become a successful obstretician.   Both of them went on with their lives and remarried but always had the other person in their hearts.  The reader learns of the two different lives and how they both connected.  This was a great read.  Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

Merida, Legend of the Emeralds

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Ellie O'Ryan
Merida, Legend of the Emeralds

My granddaughter who is 3 doesn't see much TV or many movies but she has seen Brave and likes the character Merida.  We have a new children's fiction called Merida, Legend of the Emeralds by Ellie O'Ryan. It is short and has some Disney illustrations and  think girls from grade 1 through 5 will enjoy reading it or have it read to them.  I really enjoyed it.

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Villa America

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Lisa Klaussmann
Villa America

Villa America, a work of historical fiction, is the story of Sara and Gerald Murphy, an expat American couple who were the real-life inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. The Murphy’s built a house to escape to on the French Riviera called Villa America where they entertained their friends Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway, John Dos Passos, Archibald MacLeish, Dorothy Parker as well as Pablo Picasso and Cole Porter, Gerald’s Yale roommate. These were the golden days of the 1920’s and life for this group of expats was filled with fabulous parties, champagne, and caviar. But underneath the glittering layers were people with real lives and real secrets whose idyllic world in Cap d’Antibes would ultimately end in tragedy and heartbreak. This is a great read, and I highly recommend it, particularly to anyone who enjoyed Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife.  

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Sue A., Reference

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