Saturday, March 21, 2015
Colin Winnette

Don’t be fooled by the length of this book about a missing child or its title. It’s packed with story, character development, mystery, and angst. And though a coyote is mentioned, it is the symbolism and mythology associated with the animal that the title reflects. Every word counts, revealing bit by bit the child’s parents and their reaction to her disappearance, and deepening the mystery surrounding what happened to her.  The novella won the 2013 NOS Book Contest. Check our catalog

Doris, Reference

Black Heart on the Appalachian Trail

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
T.J. Forrester
Black Heart on the Appalachian Trail


"In the vast wilderness of the Appalachian Trail, three hikers are searching for answers. Taz Chavis, just released from prison, sees the thru-hike as his path to salvation and a way to distance himself from a toxic relationship. Simone Decker, a young scientist with a dark secret, is desperate to quell her demons. Richard Nelson, a Blackfoot Indian, seeks a final adventure before taking over the family business back home. As they battle hunger, thirst, and loneliness, and traverse the rugged terrain, their paths begin to intersect, and it soon becomes clear that surviving the elements may be the least of their concerns. Hikers are dying along the trail, their broken bodies splayed on the rocks below. Are these falls accidental, the result of carelessness, or is something more sinister at work?"  A really good read! Check the catalog.

Donna O., Reference

Rolling Stone

Thursday, July 28, 2011
June 23, 2011

Rude comic darling Zach Galifianakis is on the cover of the June 23, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone, but I think the magazine’s cover story should have been the feature on Justin Vernon, the mastermind behind indie band Bon Iver. I first heard of Vernon’s band Bon Iver a few years ago on National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered. I’ve been waiting for his next record ever since. Vernon sings with a falsetto that he claims he discovered as a fluke. His music is haunting, soothing and unforgettable. Writer Josh Eells spent time this spring with Vernon at his Wisconsin home in the small town of Fall Creek. Eells packs lots of interesting details about Vernon and his life in the two-page article.

Cyndi L., Reference

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The Fifth Witness

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Michael Connelly

I just returned my copy. I enjoy reading Connelly but was disappointed in this one. It took me the full 3 weeks to get thru it. I kept at it, waiting for . . . something. It never came. Plot: The Lincoln lawyer takes on a case that nearly breaks him. If you like to live vicariously thru legal trial fiction, then this is for you. Lots and lots of legal mechanics. But if you just enjoy a suspenseful story . . . then pick up one of his others.

Donna O., Reference