Friday, September 19, 2014

A New Leaf



Autumn is a great time to enjoy the beauty of nature. The leaves are turning colors and slowly leaving the trees. For a truly gratifying look, check out Trees Up Close: The beauty of bark, leaves, flowers, and seeds by Nancy Ross and Robert Llewellyn. These colorful photographs provide a chance to see buds, cones and seeds in varying stages. The book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The trees in your backyard never looked so good! DB

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blood on the Snow

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You can think of As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka as Nordic crime fiction "lite" -- it's a young adult thriller in the (less gruesome) vein of works by authors like Jo Nesbø and Stieg Larsson.  This first in a trilogy introduces readers to 17 year-old Lumikki, an invisible outsider living on her own while attending high school in frigid Tampere.  When she discovers a stash of euros covered in blood, she's pulled into a dangerous mystery that takes her deep inside the Finnish criminal underworld.  Honed by a childhood trauma that is hinted at throughout the book, Lumikki possesses a unique skillset that makes her part detective, part action star -- she herself jokes that she is the secret lovechild of Lisbeth Salander and Hercule Poirot.  Fast moving, this title is enjoyable on its own, but is also an effective setup for the rest of the trilogy, as readers will want to know more about Lumikki and her own mysterious background.  HM

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The end of the world as we know it...



Set in the days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, is a novel about the twists of fate that bring us together. As a Hollywood star has a heart attack and dies on stage, the virus that will change the world takes over. An EMT leaps on the stage in attempt to save him and a child actress watches in horror. The lives of these characters intersect, in the twenty years after the collapse, in unusual ways, which is part of the charm of the book. Spanning decades with multiple points of view this suspenseful novel is full of beauty and humor as well as the darkness of the times. ML

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Totally Awesome Towels!



Have you ever been on a cruise and wondered how they make all those cute little towel animals? Well check out The Lost Art of Towel Origami for the answer! Author Alison Jenkins gives instructions for a cute fish, puppy, and ladybug. There’s even a basket made of towels that you can fill with bath goodies. This book is full of great ideas to customize gifts for birthdays, showers or just bath-time treats.  You could even try the designs with napkins for a special dinner party. Enjoy! DB

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School

 
It’s back to school time and parents everywhere are preparing for the big day with shopping - for school clothes, lunch boxes and supplies.  I would like to recommend some of our books to help you prepare for the big day.  TheParent Backpack by ML Nichols is for parents of students Kindergarten through Grade 5.  The sub-title says it all “How to Support Your Child’s Education, End Homework Meltdowns, and Build Parent-Teacher Connections.”   You can find many other titles at the library including books on homeschooling, books to help you prepare for tests, information on tutoring (such as A Parent's Guide to Tutors and Tutoring by James Mendelsohn) and books on bullying.  We have books for adult learners as well such as The Adult Student’s Guide to Survival & Success by Al Siebert and Mary Karr.  This book will help you find money for college, get family support, take classes from home and more.  And if you’re interested in just reading about education in America I recommend Back to School: Why EveryoneDeserves a Second Chance at Education by Mike Rose and for fun I’d Like toApologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High by Tony Danza.  These books are on display right now in the Adult Department and we have plenty more.  Ask us to show you where they’re located in the library and be sure to stop by and check out the new Parent-Teacher collection in the Youth Department.  SG

One plus one of things going wrong!

 
Jojo Moyes new book, One Plus One, is a sympathetic story of a young single mom whose luck has run out. She is a likeable character who has lots of heart.Her husband has done a vanishing act, her teenage stepson is being bullied, and her math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she can't afford to pay for. That's Jess's life in a nutshell-until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess's knight turns out to be  Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages, maybe ever.
A good read for all you folks who like romance. ML

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dreams--Lost and Found



Kate is a grown woman now. She’s a recent widow, the mother of eight year old Devin. After being in mourning for about a year she is pushed by circumstances to do something drastic to reclaim control of her life. She packs her daughter into the car and takes a road trip to Suley, Georgia—to Lost Lake. It was at this odd little resort, run by her great aunt Eby that she enjoyed a magical summer. But, Lost Lake is not completely like she remembers. The resort has aged and Eby is considering selling it. Kate and Devin meet a host of misfit characters and manage to uncover some old secrets that help them make sense of their current situation.    Lost Lake by Sarah Allen is part drama, part fairy tale but basically moving. DB