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    Year zero : a novel

    by Reid, Robert

    August 15, 2016

    Call Number: SF

    I enjoyed this book a lot -- it's quite funny and very clever. I've read other reviews that say that the characters are not very well fleshed out, and that's true, but the plot and the dialog are very strong and worth the read.

    As you might have read in other reviews, the plot of "Year Zero" is fairly original -- aliens have been listening to earth music since 1977, and have only recently realized that they have been committing copyright violations on a galactic scale. The protagonist is a copyright lawyer who is working with a group of aliens who want to... Read Full Review

  • Everybody behaves badly : the true story behind Hemingway's masterpiece The sun also rises

    by Blume, Lesley M. M,

    August 14, 2016

    Call Number: 813 H488Blu

    This novel explores what went on around Ernest Hemingway leading up to and immediately after writing his breakthrough novel "The Sun Also Rises." The reader gets a good sense of Hemingway in how he thought and planned for his highly desired greatness. He really wasn't a nice guy and most often turned against those that encouraged and nurtured his talent and progress.

    However, this book is beautifully written and though it honors and respects Hemingway's huge contribution to American literature, is not afraid to also show his less attractive side. Really, not... Read Full Review

  • The girl with a clock for a heart

    by Swanson, Peter, 1968-

    August 13, 2016

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    I've been really into crime fiction/thrillers lately and this did not disappoint! I was prepared for twists in his writing, as I had recently read The Kind Worth Killing, but Peter Swanson manages to keep the suspense going! This was a quick read for me as I wanted to keep going to find out what was really happening with the main characters.

  • Tuesdays with Morrie : an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson

    by Albom, Mitch, 1958-

    August 13, 2016

    Call Number: 370.92 S399Al

    This book was a pleasant read, even though the memoir ends with the death of Morrie who has ALS. What I like about this book is that it wasn't thick or preachy. It captured the relationship between the author Mitch Albom and his former professor Morrie Schwartz and positivity and gratitude that Schwartz embraced as he faced the challenges of the last part of his life as well as the foreseeable death. There were some simple lessons dealt with in a non-preachy manner, and it makes you think about your life.

    I took this book everywhere, and strangers who were curious about what I... Read Full Review

  • If rocks could sing : a discovered alphabet

    by McGuirk, Leslie.

    August 13, 2016

    Call Number: xz

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fun seeing how the author matched the rock letters with images. I highly recommend this book for an afternoon mind relaxation activity.

  • The secret place : a novel

    by French, Tana.

    August 12, 2016

    Call Number: M

    Fun read but not Tana French's best book.

  • Hippie boy : a girl's story : a memoir

    by Ricks, Ingrid.

    August 11, 2016

    Call Number: 289.3092 R539

    This book is memoir about a twelve year old girl growing up in Utah with a very devoted Morman mother and super outgoing, good looking, traveling salesman father out to become rich but rarely comes out ahead. It's a great contrasting tale. The girl is fascinated with her father and after the church guides the mother to divorce, she is eager to spend every summer selling, traveling, and sleeping in motels. It's beautiful story of a father-daughter relationship and growing up and finding your own way. The book also offers a peek into Mormon customs regarding marriage and family... Read Full Review

  • Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

    by Copeland, Misty.

    August 11, 2016

    Call Number: 793.324 C782

    This book was a great read! As someone who is somewhat new to dancing in a structured sense this book was very eye opening. I learned a lot from the author. Misty Copeland is very inspirational and her story proves that even when you start from the bottom, you can still achieve greatness in life and be a role model to others along the way.

    This book in not strictly geared towards dancers, but also to those that have an interest in the art. I would recommend this book and I would even read it again! Loved it.

  • Take me with you

    by Hyde, Catherine Ryan.

    August 11, 2016

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    This was a wonderful book which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was almost like a diary of relationships between adults and children (natural or adopted) and how trust developed into love, trust, confidence and safety. The adventure was written in the first person. He didn't know that he would be changed and influence abused youth. His occupation, as a science teacher, helped him to inspire young boys to love him more than their natural father. They knew that he was real and reacted to him. The encounters were very heart-warming and encouraging. It was a beautiful story of... Read Full Review

  • Harold and the Purple Crayon

    by Johnson, Crockett, 1906-1975.

    August 10, 2016

    Call Number: xz Ed.a

    In this day and age of electronic distractions, children are losing the ability to imagine. This book should be required reading. The readers of this book will read and watch a boy see what can be imagined with just a purple crayon.

  • The travelers : a novel

    by Pavone, Chris,

    August 10, 2016

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    Part Mr. and Mrs. Smith, part True Lies, with a mix of John Grisham’s The Firm tossed in, The Travelers by Chris Pavone weaves a complex tale of international intrigue and mystery. Will Rhodes, a travel journalist for Travelers magazine, crisscrosses the globe looking for the perfect story that captures the essence of a vacation destination—the best food, restaurants and wines. His new assignment is to interview expats to learn why they made the move and what living outside the US is like. Everything is going well, until people start getting nervous and the expats start disappearing.... Read Full Review

  • Press here

    by Tullet, Hervé.

    August 9, 2016

    Call Number: xz

    After reading this twice, I found out that children enjoy doing the activities from the book. But they are also learning about colors, a shape, listening to directions, and how to read. I would say it is a good book to read to children from ages 3 to 9. It will be a way to get them into reading.