Laura P.

Flat Broke with Two Goats: a Memoir

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Jennifer McGaha
Flat Broke with Two Goats: a Memoir

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Mercy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Michael Palmer
Mercy
I found it hard to put this book down, and stayed up much too late on a work night to finish it. Dr. Julie Devereux is a doctor who is passionate about helping patients to heal, and is also an outspoken advocate of a patient's right to die. When her fiance, Sam, is left a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident, she begins to question her convictions. He begs to die; Julie begs him to continue living. Just as he begins to reconsider, he suddenly and mysteriously dies from what appears to be a massive heart attack--from being scared to death. Julie finds a pattern in other cases similar to Sam's, and as her investigation of these gets closer to the truth, someone makes it clear they want her out of the way. If you enjoy medical thrillers, don't miss this one.  Check our catalog
Laura P., Circulation

Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Monday, June 20, 2016
Margaret Mizushima
Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

This is the first book in a new series by an author that is also new to me. Sheriff Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo serve the town of Timber Creek, Colorado. Mattie is a lifelong resident of Timber Creek and has become aware of the drug trade’s increasing presence in their small town. After the murders of two young people and evidence linking these to drug activity, Mattie and Robo have the perfect opportunity to utilize their extensive training. The characters and setting were interesting and appealing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m very much looking forward to more in this series!

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Laura P., Circulation

Lorena Garcia's New Taco Classics

Monday, June 13, 2016
Lorena Garcia with Liz Balmaseda
Lorena Garcia's New Taco Classics

This is one of the best cookbooks I’ve seen recently, and I read a lot of cookbooks. If your family enjoys Mexican food, you might want to peruse this in a shady nook somewhere, preferably while sipping a margarita! Most, but not all, of the recipes have a fairly short list of ingredients. The sauces, slaws, salads, breads, and condiments look surprisingly simple. The pictures are bright, beautiful, and will get your appetite going. The few recipes that call for multiple steps and sub-recipes are the tacos and meat dishes, which include the meat recipe itself and the recipes for sauces, salsas, and slaws to accompany it. If you’re short on time, simply substitute store-bought items such as salsa, sauce, or tortillas. My personal favorite chapters are the breads and slaws.

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Laura P., Circulation

Jane Got a Gun (DVD and Blu-ray)

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Jane Got a Gun (DVD and Blu-ray)

Whether you grew up watching Westerns or not, you may really enjoy this movie. Natalie Portman is Jane, a young woman who leaves Missouri for the New Mexico Territory searching for her fiance, who never returned from the Civil War. Life is not kind to anyone on the frontier, and Jane's search is brutally interrupted by a ruthless crime boss who had promised to protect her. How she extracts herself from a horrendous situation may seem like a predictable storyline, but I cheered nonetheless. I loved this movie and will watch it again!

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Laura P., Circulation

The keeper of Lost Causes

Friday, March 28, 2014
Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Keeper of Lost Causes

I've never read any of the Nordic crime writers that have so many bestselling books out there. But Jussi Adler-Olsen's new book, The Purity of Vengeance, sounded so interesting that I decided to give him a chance. Since I can't bear to read a series out of order, I started with his first Department Q novel, The Keeper of Lost Causes. I was hooked right away on his excellent writing, suspenseful plot with lots of twists, and the very real and flawed (but endearing anyway) characters. Adler-Olsen had me laughing out loud many times, so there is great humor mixed in with all the action and suspense. I'm now on the third novel in the series, A Conspiracy of Faith, and thinking I've found a new favorite author. That doesn't happen very often, and it makes me very happy!

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Laura P., Circulation

The Airmen and the Headhunters

Friday, March 8, 2013
Judith M. Heimann

 

In 1944, a crew of Army airmen flew out as one of fifty-four B-24 bombers from their base in the Netherlands East Indies, near the Philippines, on a bombing mission to the Borneo coast. Their target was a lone Japanese heavy cruiser, possibly accompanied by a single aircraft carrier. What they encountered instead was what was left of nearly the entire Japanese Imperial fleet. Amid heavy antiaircraft fire, they were shot down and crash-landed in the uncharted interior jungles of Japanese-occupied Borneo. Some of the crew parachuted to safety, but still may have perished from starvation, injuries, or discovery by Japanese troops were it not for the assistance of the Dayak, one of the native headhunter tribes. The Dayak cared for and protected the surviving airmen at tremendous danger to themselves, their families, and neighboring tribes. Headhunting had been outlawed for many years, but resumed again in order to protect the American soldiers and allow them to be rescued by Allied forces. In what sounds like a good storyline for a zombie horror film, this is a fascinating and gripping true account of Bornean headhunters and their role in the Allies winning the war in the South Pacific. Check the HCDL Catalog for the Audio Book and MeLCat for the Printed Book!

Laura P., Circulation

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

Friday, March 8, 2013
Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

I can't believe no one but me has checked out this new cookbook by the authors of Plenty: Vibrant Recipes From London's Ottolenghi. While Plenty is also a gorgeous book, there are very few recipes in it that I'd actually make. Not so here. Jerusalem is a stunningly beautiful book in every way, from the cover and binding to the photography and movingly written prose and personal stories of the authors. Both grew up in this ancient city: Tamimi on the Muslim east side, Ottolenghi on the Jewish west. They talk about their personal food memories and the flavors of a rich and complex cuisine, the result of a city with a four thousand year history. I love Middle Eastern food, but this book goes far beyond tabbouleh and stuffed grape leaves, or even the ubiquitous hummus recipe. They admit that hummus has become a shared obsession, and relate how political and nationalistic influences created the "Hummus Wars," fought not with weapons but chickpeas, tahini, and herbs in hummus shops around the city. I've loved and eaten a great deal of hummus in my life, but none like this. The truly illuminating story and social context of hummus reveals it as far more than just some ethnic chip dip. Now I am obsessed too. Read the book for the whole fascinating story, and for the luscious variety of recipes. Many are vegetarian, others feature lamb, fish or chicken. There are so many I want to make that I can't decide where to begin. Maybe...hummus? Come on, check this book out. You know you want to. Check Our Catalog!

Laura P., Circulation

Sleep No More

Friday, March 8, 2013
Iris Johansen

 

I thought Iris Johansen had wrapped up her Eve Duncan series with Bonnie, and was surprised to find that her latest, Sleep No More, featured Eve yet again. What more could be added to the series to keep it fresh and compelling? I had my doubts, but took the chance on this one and was glad I did. Eve's mother, Sandra, finally discloses her deepest secret: she gave birth to a child before Eve, and now this unknown sister may be in grave danger. With the addition of this new character and the return of Kendra Michaels, introduced in Close Your Eyes, there are plenty of surprises and plot twists to keep things interesting. Enough that I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series,Taking Eve, due out next month. Check the Catalog!

Laura P., Circulation

The Surgeon (Jane Rizzoli Series, Book 1)

Friday, January 6, 2012
Tess Gerritsen

 

I've become hooked on Tess Gerritsen's novels and have been powering through the Rizzoli-Isles series.  "The Surgeon" is a Staff Choice selection and the first in this series.  I simply could not put it down and stayed up so late reading that I came to work bleary-eyed the next day.  As soon as it was finished, I read "The Apprentice," which continues the edge-of-your-seat story begun in "The Surgeon."  I read that one in a day and a half, and immediately went on to "The Sinner."  Now I'm on "Body Double" and thinking that no housework or chores are getting done in my apartment until I finish this series, only 5 titles away.  The characters are unique, quirky, imperfect, and likeable; the suspense is non-stop.  Can't ask for much more if you like suspense-thriller mysteries that keep you guessing (and maybe sleeping with the light on!)  Check Our Catalog!

Laura P, Circulation

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