Tanya H.

Circling the Sun

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Paula McLain
Circling the Sun

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Nine Women, One Dress

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Jane Rosen
Nine Women, One Dress

As part of our staff summer reading challenge, to read in a format you don’t normally read, I chose this novel because it is an epistolary read.  Which is a fancy word that means a collection of stories.  In the case of this novel, each chapter is a short story which centers around one of the nine different women and the little black dress that weaves them together. 

This was a quick, funny and very charming read - the perfect book if you are looking for an escape read.  I’m normally not drawn to chic lit, but I loved how the author developed the characters and used a dress as the common thread between nine completely different women.  Check our catalog

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The Women In The Castle

Friday, July 28, 2017
Jessica Shattuck
The Women In The Castle

If you enjoyed The Nightingale or All The Light We Cannot See, give this one a read.  This story is set at the end of WWII in an old Bavarian Castle which once hosted parties for Germany's high society.  It is a story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined due to the war.  Unlike other historical fiction books I’ve read, this story picks up at the end of the war and looks at the communities and lives that must be rebuilt in the aftermath of WWII. This book has all the usual elements you'd expect of a WWII historical fiction; love, loss, redemption, and historical insight & perspective.  Check our catalog

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The Baker's Secret

Friday, June 16, 2017
Stephen P. Kiernan
The Baker's Secret

For all the World War II historical fiction fans, this one is for you.  This story takes place in France, on the eve of D-Day.  The story centers on the main character, Emma, a bread maker.  This is her story of the extraordinary lengths she goes to sustain her village during the German occupation.  A great story of resilience, perseverance and sacrifice. Check our catalog

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A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Bruce Cameron
A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

For any dog lover out there, this is a heartwarming and insightful tail. Written from a dogs perspective, this story tells the emotional journey of one dog and his quest, over many lives, to find his purpose.  The narrative swings from sadness to happiness to laugh out loud funny.  Guaranteed you will never look at your dog quite the same way.  Check our catalog.

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Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Jeremiah Tower
Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother

I picked this book up on a whim, hoping it would prove to my kids that putting your elbows on the table qualifies as poor table manners (check out the book to find the answer).  This is a very quick read full of practical and relevent advice, dished out in a fun and amusing way.  A great read for anyone who needs a refresher on everyday or business etiquette.  Check our catalog.

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Only Time Will Tell

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Jeffrey Archer
Only Time Will Tell

I love when I stumble upon a book (or in my case an audio book) that delivers not only an epic tale, but provides a great escape.  Only Time Will Tell is the first novel in a series (The Clifton Chronicles) and tells the story of a family across generations.  What appears at the beginning to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred.  There are many cliff-hangers and delightful twist, not to mention surprise endings.  The author weaves a very intricate plot that does not disappoint.   

In addition to the storyline, the two narrators have marvelous voices that make this audio book equally captivating. 

I have just finished the third book in the series; I think it’s fair to say I’m addicted.   Although the author will provide some background in the subsequent books, it is best to start at the beginning of this series in order to fully immerse yourself in the characters and their back story.

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Beyond the tiger mom : East-West parenting for the global age

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Maya Thiagarajan
Beyond the tiger mom

Don’t let the title discourage you! I picked up this book when it first arrived, curious about the phrase “tiger mom”, quickly thumbed through the pages and decided this was information worth reading.  I currently have school aged kids and I was specifically drawn to the information related to the educational approach between Eastern and Western cultures. 

I was quite amazed at the differences between the education that students receive here, in the Eastern hemisphere, and the education that students receive in the Western hemisphere.  She spends the first few chapters discussing math and reading and answering questions such as, why is math more popular in Asia, and why are so many books for children and teens being published in the U.S.?  

After reading this book, it was clear each culture has vastly different strengths and weaknesses.  I appreciated the tips and resources she provided to help find the balance between the two cultures and find an educational style that works best for your child.  I have certainly taken some interesting ideas from reading this book.  

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Girl on a Train (Audiobook)

Thursday, August 18, 2016
AJ Waines
Girl on a Train (Audiobook)

What a great mistake! I downloaded the audiobook Girl on a Train from Hoopla, thinking I was downloading The Girl on the Train; two different books with very similar titles.

As a fan of audiobooks, this one did not disappoint. The narrator had a lovely English accent, which immediately caught my ear. I found myself wanting to drive the long way home, just so I could listen a few more minutes.

This was a fantastic mystery that had me hooked from the beginning. Anna, a journalist, is on a train and sits next to Elly, who is not only strange and fidgety but also leaves the train to jump onto the tracks. Was she killed or was it suicide? Listen and find out.

Find this audiobook on Hoopla. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it. Only Howell district residents may use Hoopla.

 

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The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Antonia Hodgson
The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Do I dare admit that I picked this book by its cover?? Yes, yes I did. Other than pulling it from the new fiction shelf, I had no idea what this book was about. What an unexpected and pleasant surprise! This historical fiction, set in 1728 London has it all: murder, mystery, intrigue, unsavory characters, and plot twists. The rogue and fallen gentleman Thomas Hawkins is headed to the gallows accused of murder. He is praying for a last minute pardon. This is his story and claim of innocence. Unbeknownst to me, this is the second book in a series (The Devil in Marshalsea). However, I didn’t feel I missed out on any of the backstory or character development by skipping the first book. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the story and learning a bit about historical London.

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