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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

Friday
Jun162017

The Graduate Survival Guide by Anthony O'Neal with Rachel Cruze

Title:  The Graduate Survival Guide

Author: Anthony O'Neal with Rachel Cruze

Review:

If you're a fan of Dave Ramsey's financial advice you will love this simple to read book. Full of visual financial guidance, this makes a great quick read for recent graduates as well as non-graduates. I wish I would have read this sooner!

Review by:  Rubi

Thursday
Jun152017

War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Title:  War of Art

Author: Steven Pressfield

Review:

Ever get “writer’s block”?  Or fight with yourself over a creative project where you just can’t seem to get going?  You’ll find anything to do, but the one thing you are supposed to be doing?  Well, you’ve run up against resistance.  In this book Pressfield tackles the subject of resistance head on.  And he gives you some tools to work through it.

 

Review by:  Ben

Friday
May262017

This Is Not A Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans

Title:  This Is Not A Werewolf Story

Author: Sandra Evans

Review:

Raul is a boy of few words and fewer friends. He goes to One Of Our Kind Boarding School, just off the coast of Seattle, and what time isn’t spent in his studies is used protecting his smaller schoolmates from the ruthless gym teacher, Mr. Tuffman. Every Friday, the students visit home for the weekend, but since his mother’s disappearance his distraught father and Raul have fallen out of touch. But that doesn’t matter much to Raul, because there’s magic in the woods, and family, and now extreme danger.

Review by:  Chandler

Wednesday
May242017

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Title:  The Stranger in the Woods

Author: Michael Finkel

Review:

When Terry Hughes caught Christopher Knight robbing the Pine Tree summer camp in 2013, he had no idea that he was the first human contact that Knight had had in nearly 27 years.  Knight had headed out into the Maine woods in 1986 and had never come back.  This is the incredible story of a man who chose to leave the world behind and live life by his own rules.  I loved this book.  It’s hard to believe that it’s all true!

Review by:  Jannelle

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