Saturday, October 25, 2014

Read This! Adults

Tapestry of Fortunes
by Elizabeth Berg

Cecilia is a successful motivational speaker who has lost her best friend to cancer and also lost a lot of her motivation to speak and offer people advice. She sells her house and moves in with three other adult women who are all at very different points in their lives. For different reasons, they all join Cecelia on a road trip to see an old flame--"the one that got away," making their own personal stops along the way.

This is an introspective and nice story. It is essentially women's fiction (not light chick lit), with an all female cast of characters. If you like Dorothea Benton Frank, Nancy Thayer, Luanne Rice or Elin Hilderbrand, you'll certainly like all of Elizabeth Berg's novels. We recently discussed this for our "Low Commitment Book Club" and it was very successful -- maybe your book club will enjoy it too!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Read This! Grades 5-6

Tell Me
by Joan Bauer

Anna's parents are fighting a lot, and her dad has some definite anger issues. She is sent to her Grandmother Mim's house for the summer in the midst of the town's flower festival. Anna is an actress, and while playing a petunia at the library, she sees a girl who may be held against her will; however, not many people are willing to put stock in a 12 year old's story. Will she find the girl before something bad happens?

This is an interesting plot told by a funny and really interesting lead character. Anna is strong and tells her story and her feelings in a clean and concise manner. All of the supporting characters are realistic and intriguing, and Anna has wonderful friends. There is suspense and humor and many readers will enjoy this book! If you liked the characters in Wonder by R.J. Palacio or The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg, you'll like this one!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Great Family Program!

Read This! Adults

The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well
by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield

Find out how to be a dog whisperer from Cesar Millan, or how to open a great restaurant from David Chang or how to create a company culture from Tony Hsieh. People who are great achievers in one area are interviewed and break their advice down into ten tips to achieve success in their fields. Learn how to find love online from the founders of OkCupid, how to get the funk from George Clinton (ten steps!), and how to inspire a student from Erin Gruwell (who wrote Freedom Writers).

Is it going to change your life? Who knows? Maybe. The guy who wrote Freakonomics (Stephen J. Dubner) gives you advice on how to write a runaway bestseller (don't try to write a bestseller...) and it's sort of a letdown. You can easily skip any chapter because they are all self-contained.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Read This! Picture Books

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree
by Naoko Stoop

Red Knit Cap Girl and her animal friends find a hollow tree. They make a library and everyone contributes something to help the group. In the end, readers learn that books are meant to be shared!

This book is completely adorable from the illustrations to the message. The book itself is fairly simple, but it leaves this librarian with a huge case of the warm fuzzies!