Peggy G.

The Spy Who Couldn't Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI's Hunt for America's Stolen Secrets

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
The Spy Who Couldn't Spell

 

This is a true story about a spy named Brian Regan who worked for a United States government agency.  He stole secrets which he tried to sell to foreign countries. It was a well-written, quick read.  I was horrified by how simple it was for the spy to steal secrets and fascinated by how he encrypted his messages and other information.  The author does a wonderful job of describing Brian’s personality and state of mind as well as giving background to other major characters in the story. A real page turner.  I read it in electronic form through our “Libby” app but we also have it in actual book form here at the library.  Check our catalog
Peggy, Circulation

The Cardturner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Louis Sachar
The Cardturner

Okay, okay, my only exposure to playing the card game bridge was when I was 12 years old and my dad tried to teach me.  He lost me at "left bower" . . . nevertheless, both my parents were avid bridge players - my mother still plays occasionally when her friends need a fourth.  That's what attracted me to this book.  

Alton Richards is a high schooler who is "volunteered" by his parents to drive his wealthy, sickly, great-uncle to and from his bridge club 4 times a week and be his cardturner.  Alton at first finds this job to be boring and tedious but before long, he starts to pick up on the rules of the game and begins to learn bridge.  He begins to forge friendships with his uncle's bridge buddies and with a girl his age, Toni, who used to be his uncle's card turner until they had a falling out.  
 
Along the way, Alton learns some things about life, death, love and himself.
 
The author gives quite a bit of information about playing bridge - but if you're not interested in that you can skip those details and still enjoy a good story about a young man forging friendships with both kids his own age and adults that are a couple generations older than he is.  Check our catalog.
 
Peggy G.,Circulation

Agatha Raisin TV Series

Friday, March 17, 2017
Agatha Raisin TV Series
This was such a fun little series to watch.  There is only one season with a handful of episodes.  Each episode is based on one of MC Beaton’s mystery books about an amateur detective named Agatha Raisin.
 
The main character is a successful PR executive who decides to retire early and move to the Cotswolds in England.  As she attempts to make friends and fit in to her new country environment she encounters some resistance from her new neighbors.  To overcome their reluctance to take in a newcomer, she enters the village quiche competition.  Agatha doesn’t let the fact that she can’t cook stop her – she buys a quiche from one of her favorite London shops and enters it as her own. 
 
When the judge of the competition is found to be poisoned by Agatha’s quiche, she is compelled to investigate in order to clear her name and get into the good graces of her fellow village residents.
 
I think you’ll find this murder mystery series to have humor and suspense and a little romance.  What it does not have is graphic violence, gore or terribly strong language.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Check our catalog.
 
Peggy G., Circulation

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
W. Bruce Cameron
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

This book caught my eye because it is set in the Michigan’s upper peninsula.  It’s humorous, has an interesting protagonist and is a good mystery!  Ruddy McCann is an ex-con repo man who gets drawn into solving a murder.

One night Ruddy has a dream that he is being chased through the woods and murdered.  When he wakes up the next day, he has a voice in his head of the actual victim of the murder he dreamed about.  This voice in his head will not let Ruddy rest until the murder is solved!

I really enjoyed getting to know Ruddy and his friends and acquaintances.  If you like this one, Bruce Cameron has written a sequel called “Repo Madness”.  Check our catalog

Peggy G., Circulation

Noggin

Thursday, June 9, 2016
John Corey Whaley
Noggin

I read this young adult book on my iPad using Overdrive. The book is about a 15-year-old boy, Travis Coates, who dies of leukemia. His head is cryogenically preserved in anticipation that, one day, medical science will progress to the point where he will be given a new body. Much to everyone’s surprise, technology progresses much more rapidly than anticipated and he is brought back to life only five years after his passing.

Okay, sounds all sci-fi and what-not, but really this book is more about how Travis copes with the fact that his best friend and his girlfriend are suddenly five years older than him, have gone on with their lives while he “slept,” and how disorienting it is to go to sleep, wake up, and have the world pass you by.

It’s told completely from Travis’ point of view and is both funny and sad. I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed reading this book and how much I sympathized with Travis’ situation. It was a sweet story. Good for young adults and older teens.

Interested in reading this book? Check our catalog.

Want to download the ebook to your iPad, Kindle, or other mobile device using Overdrive? Find the book on the MCLS site. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it.

(Need help downloading and using ebooks and digital audiobooks from the library? Visit the Reference Desk or Book a Librarian!)

 

Peggy G., Circulation

Alone In the Wilderness (DVD)

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Alone In the Wilderness (DVD)

My family (husband and 3 kids ages 5, 10, and 12) watched this together on the recommendation of my co-worker, Marilyn S.. We ALL were fascinated by this documentary of a man who moved to the Alaskan wilderness at age 50, built a log home with hand tools, and lived there until he was in his eighties.

It was amazing to watch him craft things like door hinges and a bowl, seeing the cabin in the dead of winter covered in snow. The scenery is beautiful and the narration of life in the wilderness is interesting. Hope you like it as much as we did.

Check our catalog for this DVD.

 

Peggy G., Circulation

Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Audiobook)

Friday, March 4, 2016
Spencer Quinn
Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Audiobook)

I listened to this on CD – which took FOR-EV-ER because I don’t have long commutes and often have my four-year-old in the car with me. Even though it took me a couple months to listen to, it was funny and delightful and (mostly) clean (some swearing by bad guys).

Bernie is a private investigator with no money, no current cases, and bills to pay. Chet is his partner who happens to be a dog and the story is told from his point of view. They soon are hired to find a missing teenager which quickly becomes a twisty mystery. Chet solves the crime but is unable to tell Bernie – since he’s a DOG. I laughed out loud in some places because Chet is so easily distracted and has such a joyful outlook on life. As is often the case with audiobooks, the narrator really makes this a wonderfully told tale.  It would be a nice distraction for a long car ride and older kids (high school) would enjoy it too.

Check our catalog for the audiobook.

Peggy G., Circulation

Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Camille Roskelley
Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks

"Camille Roskelley, best-selling author of Simplify with Camille Roskelley, puts a brand new spin on traditional-block quilting. By exploring modern print combinations and employing innovative techniques such as supersizing blocks, Roskelley offers a fresh interpretation of classic blocks in 12 achievable projects. Simple enough for beginners, all of the projects are easy to piece using precuts, yardage, and scrap fabrics. And, as always, Roskelley’s fail-proof instructions and expert knowledge will guide and inspire every step of the way.

• Master a variety of simple techniques such as half-square triangles and easy Flying Geese for a bold, sophisticated style
• Classic-block quilting gets a modern makeover with jumbo sizes, fresh prints and colors, and secondary patterns created with color placement
• Bridge the traditional and modern with quilts that have timeless appeal"

I love the fabric selection in the quilts in this book.  The blocks are reworked for ease of assembly so a novice quilter can put together a quilt top relatively quickly.  Since the block patterns are based on traditional blocks, any fabric selection would look lovely.  This book is great for either inspiration or for actual instruction on block construction.  Show me your quilt when you have it all put together! Check our Catalog

Peggy G. - Circulation

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

I came upon this book when I was searching for another book by the same name and was intrigued enough to borrow it through MelCat.  It is classified as Science Fiction but is not typical science fiction.  It is more a tale of military strategy and how it would play out in Space.  One reviewer compares it to the Horatio Hornblower stories - which I do enjoy. 

The premise of the story is that a naval captain who has been in suspended animation for 100 years is found and revived.  Through a sudden loss of all superior officers, he finds himself in command of an entire fleet.  He soon learns that 100 years of fighting a space war has led to a loss of knowledge about  critical battle strategy and the rules of engagement for war.  The main character is likable and honorable this was an enjoyable book and not too "science fictiony" for my personal taste.

This is the first book in a series.   Check our Catalog  It is available on MeLCat



Peggy G., Circulation

The Green Glass Sea

Monday, July 6, 2015
Elle Klages
The Green Glass Sea

"It's 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all--"the gadget." None of them--not J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Dewey--know how much "the gadget" is about to change their lives."

My 11 year old daughter and I read this together - we both enjoyed the story immensely and had a lot to talk about - especially with MY mom who would have been Dewey Kerrigan's age in 1943!  It was so interesting to read about an aspect of World War II that I knew so little about - the secretiveness of the project, the scientists involved, the idea of a whole "town" that nobody can talk about.  Ellen Klages also includes several real life scientists and other personnel who were involved in the Manhattan Project.  So many interesting aspects to this story and nice to be able to share and discuss with the young people in your life.

I ordered this title through MelCat.

Peggy G. - circulation 

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