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Friday
Oct202017

The Knowing by Sharon Cameron

Title:  The Knowing

Author: Sharon Cameron

Review:

This is the companion book for The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron.  Set in the same world as The Forgetting, we follow Samara, one of The Knowing, as she desperately tries to find a way to forget.  You will spend the whole book trying to figure out how everything can possibly fit with what you learned in The Forgetting.  The end will not disappoint!

Review by:  Jannelle

Sunday
Oct152017

The Way of Letting Go by Wilma Derksen

Title:  The Way of Letting Go 

Author: Wilma Derksen

Review:

What does a person do when the unthinkable happens?  One woman’s response is recorded here as she shares her journey following the kidnapping and murder of her daughter.  Such journey, never easy, will instruct and provide encouragement as one learns from her the restorative power of forgiveness.

Review by:  John

Friday
Oct132017

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Title:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Review:

I would have to say that this is one of my all time favorite series I have read so far. I picked this book up after a little hesitation because of the first person perspective, but once I started it I could hardly put it down. When I finished I lasted all of twenty-four hours before buying the second one, it was that fantastic. I haven’t read a book in a long time where I relate to the characters as much as I did in A Court of Thorns and Roses. S. J. Maas is a wonder. The way she can make you viscerally feel what the characters are feeling, even in first person POV, is one of the reasons I love her work so much. Feyre is a dear, Tamlin is intriguing, and how can you complain about the shadowy and mysterious Rhysand of the dreaded Night Court? This book has everything, and you know you have found a favorite author when the only way to get out of a book hangover is to read another series by the same author. 10/10 would recommend.

Review by:  Kat

Saturday
Sep302017

One Thousand White Women by James Fergus

Title:  One Thousand White Women

Author: James Fergus

Review:

In this imaginative but well-researched novel is the tale of American women agreeing to marry Indian warriors.  The book is based on a real 1875 treaty between the Cheyenne Indian tribe and the U.S. Government. Whether or not the trading of horses for women was part of this treaty is not clear.  Regardless, the fictional protagonist, May Dodd writes well the stories of one group of ladies as they lived and learned amongst the Cheyenne.  If one enjoys Western American history this will be an enjoyable book.

Review by:  John

Friday
Sep292017

Fireband by Kristen Britain

Title:  Fireband

Author: Kristen Britain

Review:

This book is by far one of the best in the green rider series.  If you have not started reading this series it is a must! Class fantasy at its best!!

Karigan gets herself into trouble, once more ,king Zachary has some problems with second kingdom, I am not going to tell you more... you must read this series!

Review by:  Julie

Friday
Aug252017

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Title:  The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Review:

This is the tale of Vasilisa, who took her first breath, as her Mother took her last. A child born to magic like her Mother and her Grandmother. Raised by her nanny Dunya who is filled with stories of the old ways, Vasilisa becomes a child of the forest. She speaks to trees, animals, and the spirits of the earth and home. It is in the forest Vasilisa first meets the man with one eye, and her life changes forever.

The Bear and the Nightingale is beautifully written Russian fairy tale and I highly recommend it. 

Review by:  Aly

Sunday
Aug202017

How Art Can Make You Happy by Bridget Watson Payne

Title:  How Art Can Make You Happy

Author: Bridget Watson Payne

Review:

Feeling like you need more art in your life?  This little book will give you the permission to do it.  You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy art.  Knowing a little can help you enjoy a lot.  Included is a handy timeline of the major art movements in history.  If you find yourself looking at art in a gallery, a museum, or even on the street, art can, and should make you happy.

 

Review by:  Ben

Saturday
Aug192017

Voices in the Stones by Kent Nerburn

Title:  Voices in the Stones

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
Aug192017

A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley

Title:  A Mind for Numbers

Author: Barbara Oakley

Review:

Barbara Oakley makes it easy to read and understand how the brain processes and stores information which makes it easier on forming the correct study habits. While this book targets  mainly math and science subjects, it's tips and tricks will help in mastering just about any subject. I personally used this book before studying for a state exam and it definitely made a difference!

Review by:  Rubi

Thursday
Aug172017

Plutopia by Kate Brown

Title:  Plutopia

Author: Kate Brown

Review:

This book will be of interest to those who have an interest in the nuclear buildup in the United States and Russia during the 1940’s and the years following.  The author, through meticulous research shares a fascinating (and sometimes frightening) history of two cities, Richland and Ozersk where the respective governments built factories to produce plutonium for military purposes.  It may not a book to read for relaxation purposes but if one resides in Eastern Washington it is a book to read.

 

Review by:  John

Sunday
Jul232017

The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols

Title:  The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters

Author: Tom Nichols

Review:

If you have even the slightest hint of interest in this topic, you need to read this book.  So many times I was thinking, the author is … exactly…. right! 

Sadly, I think the people that need to read this book the most, are the ones who won’t even know about it.

Review by:  Ben

Friday
Jul212017

Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker

Title:  Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Author: Eric Barker

Review:

One of my favorite behavioral science books just because the author included many anecdotes as well as research to back up what seemed contradictory advice to success. Most of what is usually considered sound advice to give can actually be wrong! Why do valedictorians rarely become millionaires and why over confidence can ruin your chances at success. Eric Barker draws his conclusion from various psychology books and topics,  which makes the book a bit like a buffet... you get a taste of everything.

Review by:  Rubi

Wednesday
Jul192017

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Title:  All The Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr

Review:

All the Light We Cannot See is beautifully written. From the beautiful writing to the strong and caring characters, as well as the way people touched each other's lives during the trying times of WW II, this book had me hooked.

Parallel stories are told in alternating chapters of Marie Laure, a teenage French girl who has been blind since the age of six and Werner, an intelligent, perceptive and sensitive German orphan who learns to fix radios and becomes noticed by the German army. Each of their stories will move you in their own right, but especially when their paths cross.

Review by:  Aly

 

Monday
Jul172017

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Title:  The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Author: Dav Pilkey

Review: George Beard and Harold Hutchins are the local pranksters at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. When they’re not pulling impressive pranks at school, they are selling the comic books they made. However, when a series of epic pranks involving some black pepper, a helium-filled football, and a serious itching fit is caught on camera by the principle Mr. Krupp, the two friends must hypnotize the principle to escape the hard labor he has blackmailed them into doing. Unfortunately, in the process of the hypnotization, the two accidently turn Mr. Krupp into Captain Underpants who jumps out the window, leaving the two boys to track down the ‘superhero’ through town.

Review by:  Chandler

Saturday
Jul152017

Iris Grace by Arabella Carter-Johnson

Title:  Iris Grace: How Thula the Cat Saved a Little Girl and Her Family

Author: Arabella Carter-Johnson

Review:

This is a touching story about a mom and dad who try with all their creatively to help their little girl deal with the great big world she sees through her autism, the odds are against this little girl , Iris.  But then something happens .....Thula  a Maine Coon cat... Iris world starts to widen and the world is not so scary, with mom and dad at her side and Thula.  

This is a touching book.  It shows how the human and animal bond can truly be a gift.

Review by:  Julie

Thursday
Jul132017

The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Title:  The Tea Planter's Wife

Author: Dinah Jefferies

Review:

After a brief romance in London, Gwendolyn Hooper marries the owner of a large tea plantation in Ceylon.  She is often left alone on the plantation with resentful workers and a new sister-in-law who is clearly unhappy with the match.  As she uncovers strange secrets from her new family’s past, Gwendolyn must make a heartrending decision that could have devastating consequences.   This is an historical novel set in 1925 in the British colony of Ceylon which is now modern day Sri Lanka.

Review by:  Jannelle

Sunday
Jul022017

The national parks of the west

Title:  The national parks of the west

Author: Fodor’s Travel

Review:

It's that time of year again, to go on a vacation!  This guide will give you idea's to help you plan, what to go see, and how to get the most bang for your buck (not the deer kind). Plus, paces to explore with kids or without the little ones.  Ready, set,  ......Go explore America!

 

Review by:  Julie

Friday
Jun302017

The Cabin by Natasha Preston

Title:  The Cabin

Author: Natasha Preston

Review:

In this exiting mystery by Natasha Preston, Mackenzie and her 6 old friends head out to a cabin to party for the weekend. But when two of them turn up dead the next morning, the police are suspicious one of the others is to blame. Mackenzie is sure that none of her friends are responsible for the murders and begins investigating it herself. As past secrets start coming out Mackenzie starts to think that maybe she was wrong all along. This was an awesome book to read! I definitely recommend it!

 

Review by:  Melia

Sunday
Jun182017

Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

Title:  Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

Author: Claire Legrand

Review:

Victoria and Lawrence are complete opposites: She is a neat, organized over-achiever while he is a messy, playful boy who pursues his hobbies, which often gets him into trouble. When Lawrence goes missing and no one in town seems to care, Victoria takes it upon herself to find out what happened. Her investigations take her to The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, where she uncovers horrifying secrets. In this eerie story, readers stay at the edge of their seats as Victoria fights to save Lawrence and herself from unnerving people, strange bugs, and even monsters.

 

Review by:  Bethany

Saturday
Jun172017

The River Road by Carol Goodman

Title:  The River Road

Author: Carol Goodman

Review:

While driving home from a faculty holiday party, Nan Lewis hits what she believes is a deer.  Cold and upset over the recent news that she was denied tenure, she leaves her car by the road and makes the walk up her long snowy driveway to wait until morning to worry about her car.  The next morning, the police arrive at her house asking questions about Leia, one of her students, who was killed in a hit and run accident the night before.  Did she kill Leia or is there more to the story?

 

Review by:  Jannelle