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Tuesday
May232017

Misunderstood by Rachel Toor

Title:  Misunderstood: Why the humble rat may be your best pet ever

Author: Rachel Toor

Review:

In this hilarious book you'll learn about how domesticated rats are totally misunderstood. Rachel Toor talks about the history and science of rats along with many humorous personal experiences she had with her own rats. I had a great time reading this book! It will have you laughing for sure!

Review by:  Melia

Monday
May222017

I Am Nujood by Nujood Ali

Title:  I Am Nujood

Author: Nujood Ali

Review:

Imagine an America where girls as young as 9 were forced to marry men as old as their fathers. Nujood Ali was forced to live through this nightmare in her home country of Yemen. After surviving through many hardships and dangers, Nujood became the first girl to demand, and earn, a divorce. In this touching biography, Nujood recounts the events leading up to her arranged marriage, the horrors she experienced with her husband, and ultimately how she earned freedom and inspired other girls to do the same.

Review by:  Bethany

Sunday
May212017

The Tincture of Time by Elizabeth Silver

Title:  The Tincture of Time:  A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty  by Elizabeth L. Silver

Review: A six-week-old baby girl has a stroke.  Seizures.  A brain bleed.  Her parents rush her to the hospital emergency room.  Looking for help and answers.  More than a few medical specialists become involved in the case.  In spite of the overflowing amount of brain power and the latest in technologies, it doesn’t take long for the parents to realize the hard truth of the uncertainty present when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.  Writing from the pain of a hurting parent and yet with the pen of a writer, this mother-author allows the reader to journey with Abby and her parents on their uncertain path to wholeness.

Review by:  John

Saturday
May202017

How to Be Everything by Emilie Wapnick

Title:  How to Be Everything

Author: Emilie Wapnick

Review:

Can't stick to one thing? Hate the idea of being on a single career path your whole life? You might be a Multi-potential-ite – someone with multiple potentials. But how do you handle all your different interests? This book has the answer.

Review by:  Ben

Saturday
Apr222017

Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng

Title:  Everything I never Told You

Author: Celeste Ng

Review:   Everything I Never Told You is a story about the effect the death of Lydia, the middle child in the Lee household, has on her family, whose story unfolds in flashbacks and in the present day. Told in third person by and omniscient narrator, this book is a gripping mystery. It deals with a lot of issues, like race and gender roles in 1970's Ohio.

Celeste Ng guides the reader through the closely woven nuances and emotions that go unsaid, the familial tension behind closed doors that is overlooked, unexplored, and the way that our family and upbringing influence our lives, for better or for worse

Review by:  Aly

Friday
Apr212017

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Title:  The Undoing Project   Author: Michael Lewis

Review: How is that people go about making decisions.  Any decisions.  For the NBA—how to know which draftees from the college ranks will be the consummate team member.   For the Israeli army—how to know which army recruits will make a good officer.   For the economists—can the field of psychology be applicable to how economists look at the world?   Those questions and others are fielded and expanded on in this story two psychologists, Amos Tversky and David Kahneman began their work together over forty years ago.  Their research of looking at theories of how people think and arrive at decisions makes for interesting reading.  Along the way the author also explores how the two men work, relate, and complement each other in their work.  Michael Lewis provides yet another readable and informative book.

Review by:  John

Wednesday
Apr122017

Free to Make by Dale Dougherty

Title:  Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds

Author: Dale Dougherty

Review:

Starting with MAKE magazine and Maker Faire, Dale Dougherty is known for jumpstarting the Maker Movement.  If you like DIY stuff, handcrafted items, tinkering, or backyard inventing, you will find a community of like-minded enthusiasts in these pages.  This book not only highlights the cool stuff people are doing, but expands your vision for the future.

Review by:  Ben

Monday
Apr102017

Believe Training Journal

Title:  Believe Training Journal

Author: Lauren Fleshmen

Review:

For those looking for a fitness journal! This journal is primary targeted for those who run, though I still found it helpful for logging any type of workout such as weightlifting. It also comes with a lot of fitness and health tips ranging from workouts, how to set goals, mental preparation, and nutrition. Keep yourself motivated and on track with such a useful tool!

Review by:  Rubi

Saturday
Apr082017

Laws of Murder by Charles Finch

Title:  Laws of Murder

Author: Charles Finch

Review:

1876 This, the 8th in the Charles Lenox mystery series, finds Lenox  leaving his seat in Parliament to pursue his first love , detection.  Forming an agency with two like-minded investigators he is at first elated at the prospects, but soon begins to doubt that he has retained his edge.  Has his time away dulled his abilities? Of course not!  This series is a full great suspense and mystery.  Witty, charmingly human characters make excellent reading.

Review by:  Dianne

Thursday
Apr062017

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Title:  Carve the Mark

Author: Veronica Roth

Review:

Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the Shotet, an enemy of the Thuvhe.  He becomes the companion to Cyra, the sister of the Shotet dictator, to help her manage her current gift.  As Cyra’s brother becomes increasingly violent and unreasonable, Cyra and Akos must overcome their differences and work together if either of them wants to survive.  This is a dark young adult science fiction novel.  Recommended for ages 14+.

Review by:  Jannelle

Tuesday
Apr042017

Voices in the Stones by Kent Nerburn

Title:  Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way

Author: Kent Nerburn

Review:

Read this book and discover, maybe for the first time how deep the veins of spirituality run for Native Americans.  Soak up the reverence and spirit among those who live in the Native Way.  Read of their history in this land, the stories of how their lives intersect with their great trust and respect for the ancestors and how the voices in the stones have much to teach all of us, First People and we immigrants as we all continue to live and dwell together in this land.

Review by:  John

Saturday
Mar112017

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Title:  Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Review:

I love baking with my kids and thought this book was a great companion for bedtime reading. Rosenthal uses cookies as metaphors and examples for words such as cooperation, loyalty, fair, generous, and many more in a way that little children can begin to understand.

Review by:  Rubi

Friday
Mar102017

Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Title:  Hidden Life of Trees

Author: Peter Wohlleben

Review:

After reading this book you’ll never look at a tree (or a forest) the same way again.  They communicate with each other and the world around them in ways I never knew.

In spite of pests, logging, and forest fires, you’ll also see how trees survive and thrive.  In the end, you may realize like I did, that trees are some of the most amazing things on the planet.

Review by:  Ben

Thursday
Mar092017

Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

Title:  Amy Snow

Author: Tracy Rees

Review:

Amy Snow was left in the snow to die as a newborn.  Found by Aurelia, the willful, spoiled daughter of a wealthy family, she was grudgingly raised on their expansive estate.   When Aurelia dies after a long illness, Amy finds a letter left behind that begins a treasure hunt to discover a hidden secret and maybe, the mystery of her own origins.  This book had the feel of Jane Austen’s novels.

Review by:  Jannelle

Wednesday
Mar082017

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

Title:  Barkskins

Author: Annie Proulx

Review:

For anyone who has read Annie Proulx books, it won’t be difficult to find this one a special read.  As always the characters are a unique collection of people with seemingly the same goal of a ruthless subduing of the land regardless of the cost to the rivers, forests, or native peoples.  Her research, parlayed into a masterful story will carry the reader through 300 years as the woodcutters, and those who followed marched through New France here on the North American continent. This novel is longer than any of her others but well-worth it.  It will entertain while also being environmentally informative for this 21st century. 

Review by:  John

Tuesday
Mar072017

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Title:  The Invisible Library

Author: Genevieve Cogman

Review: This is like Dr. Who and a Sherlock Holmes story all rolled up in to a spy fantasy novel that keeps you guessing.

Irene is a spy for a mysterious organization called the Library. She is tasked with find and retrieving books from different times in history and alternative histories .

Irene and her assistant Kai, are charged with getting a particularly dangerous book. Sometimes things go right and it goes off without a problem.  But, Irene is not that lucky this time. This time there are vampires, fate and the brotherhood to deal with.

All in the days work of a librarian.

This is a fun romp and a great read! Turns and twists in every page.

Review by:  Julie

Thursday
Feb022017

Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie

Title:  Gutenberg’s Apprentice

Author: Alix Christie

Review: This deeply-researched historical novel details how the art of printing and more importantly, the printing of the Gutenberg Bible was attained.  Though the three protagonists were not saints, and often times at each other’s throats, saw the project through to completion. Peter Schoeffer, a successful scribe is brought back home by his foster father to work as an apprentice to Gutenberg while Johann Fust provided the finances and Johann Gutenberg took care of the printing.  The journey of Schoeffer, Gutenberg, and Fust do see the project through in spite of their own infighting as well as the frightful force of the Catholic Church to end this un-Godly new invention of the printing press.

 

Review by:  John

Wednesday
Feb012017

A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink

Title:  A Walk in the Sun

Author: Michelle Zink

Review:

After the devastating loss of her mother, Rose Darrow struggles to care for the family farm. Her father rarely leaves his room, which leaves Rose to care for the entire farm. When her aunt hires Bodhi, a mysterious boy who has problems of his own, to help out at the farm, Rose finally finds someone she feels like she can confide in. This is a great young adult novel, I couldn't put it down.

 

Review by:  Bethany

Tuesday
Jan312017

All Dogs Go To Kevin by Jessica Volgelang

Title:  All Dogs Go To Kevin

Author: Jessica Volgelang

Review: This is a wonderful touching biography about Dr. Jessica’s  journey from childhood to adult. From adolescence to veterinary school and all that comes from life, love, marriage, and motherhood.

Through it all she has had dog by her side. A dog to love, to hear her sobs, and to bring joy to the whole family.  Then there is a family friend Kevin, who is carefree and is a joy to everyone around him.

This story will bring tears to your eyes, will make you want to hug your dog, and realize that the animal that sleeps at the foot of your bed is to always be cherished. 

Review by:  Julie

 

Monday
Jan302017

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Title:  A Gentleman in Moscow

Author: Amor Towles

Review: This is the story of the "second life" of Count Alexander Rostov.  Accused and sentenced by the Bolshevics of writing a seditious poem, the aristocrat must adjust to living under house arrest in the storage attic of the elegant Metropol Hotel where which he previously occupied the entire third floor.  With humor and curiosity, he encounters people and circumstances he would never have known, making him a new person.

It is a story of acceptance, hope, and enlightenment full of warmth and humor played against the turmoil of Russian politics.

I highly recommend this charming story.

Review by:  Dianne