Staff Reviews for the Reading Game

librarian glassesSummer Reading Game action continues behind the scenes! The Library staff are playing their own reading game, and writing reviews.  This might help you choose your book when you spin next…

 

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Now & Forever is the second book in the Wild at Heart Series, with a story that can stand alone.  This is the tale of Shannon Wilde, homesteading in the Idaho Territory of 1866. She is one of three sisters, all of whom were bullied by their father into disguising themselves as men, and serving in the Civil War.

The action in this story starts right on the first page. Shannon, out for a hike in the woods, comes face to face with Mountain Man, Matthew Tucker–and a mad grizzly bear right behind him.  Since they are on the edge of a cliff, Shannon sees their only chance for survival is jumping into the river below. Unknown to Shannon, that is the Slaughter River, so named because no one has ever gone in it and survived…”

Staff review by Kemmie S., July 2015

Category: Christian Historical Romance

 

My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall13587511

“Penny Marshall has written about what happened in her life without seeking praise or forgiveness or anything else from the public.  She’s not perfect and she is not a saint, but she is no way claiming to be either. Penny lives by simple rules: ‘try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun’.

If you liked Laverne and Shirley or her work on The Odd Couple, or any of the movies that Penny Marshall has directed, than I think you’ll enjoy this book. It’s simple. This isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s funny, and I really recommend it.

Staff review by Kemmie S, July 2015

Category: Bios & Memoirs

 

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me.CMYK.jpgMy Grandfather would have shot me: a black woman discovers her family’s Nazi past by Jennifer Teege

A German-Nigerian woman finds out that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the brutal Nazi commandant depicted in Schindler’s List.

Fact really can be stranger than fiction! Not only is Teege the mixed-race offspring of a brutal racist, but she has a strong connection to Israel, having spent years there learning Hebrew and immersing herself in its culture and history.
Interesting observations on the parallels between what descendants of war criminals and descendants of their victims go through.
I liked the way the first person account was interspersed with observations by the interviewer.

Staff review by Luise M-J, July 2015

Category: Bios & Memoirs

 

The Adult Summer Reading Game continues until August 18, with a prize draw every week, and a grand prize draw for a Kobo Arc at the end of the game! Stop in to the 2nd floor of the Library to play.Adult SRG banner 2015

More Reading Game Book Reviews!

The Summer Reading Game wheel keeps spinning and the book reviews are rolling in!

The Word ExchangeThe Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

“The author presents a future wherein we are even more dependent on our “hand-held devices”. As a virus infects both devices and their owners, various “Alice in Wonderland” aspects are employed as the main character races to discover the true origins of the virus, as well as the whereabouts of her new[ly]-missing father. A thought-provoking and cautionary read. Wonderfully imagined!”

Patron review, July 2015

Category: Travel & Adventure

 

2008-11-17-MichelleObamaMichelle: A Biography by Liza Mundy

” [The] book talks about Michelle’s early life as a young black girl in Chicago. Good insight into her personality, why she is the way she is, and a true look into her relationship with her husband.  Written as if you actually knew her personally.”

Patron review, July 2015

Category: Biography & Memoir

 

 

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“I had never read a graphic novel before and truly enjoyed this book. The author was able to portray a sense of place and well-developed characters.  Though there was minimal dialogue, I was able to feel the emotions of the characters. This book was well done and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Patron review, July 2015

Category: Graphic Novel

Weekend Picks

A couple of Sundance selects that will shine on any summer day.

Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus

During a road trip through Chile, boorish American expatriate Jamie and three Chilean brothers plan to set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of unrivaled hallucinations. But during a night’s drunken stupor Jamie invites free-spirited fellow American Crystal Fairy along on their psychedelic-driven journey, and before long Crystal’s devil-may-care attitude gives them more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for.

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Big Sur

In an attempt to heal from the deterioration caused by the pressures of sudden fame and too much alcohol,  Jack Kerouac escapes to an isolated, mist-shrouded cabin in the primitive landscape of the Big Sur woods. Instead of finding the peace he desires, he is foiled once again by his own inner demons and sets off on a visceral collision course of paranoia, sex, delirium tremens, misery and madness.

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Summer Reading Game Book Review

thumbs up and down Loved Your Book? Hated It? You can submit a book review in place of your second book for the Summer Reading Game.

Here’s our first patron book review:

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

 

“An interesting exploration of the nature of coincidence within the context of a mystery.  Good pace & suspenseful.  Could have explored the relationship between blindness & invisibility more deeply.”

Customer review, June 2015

Category: Wild Card–“Read a book from the Teen section”