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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

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