On a remote beach on the west coast, Ruth, a novelist, finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox with a journal and other artifacts, all secured in a ziplock bag. Is it from the tsunami? It seems too early to be traveling across the ocean, though some other ite...read more
When Addie Baum's granddaughter asks her about how she got to be the woman she is today, the story transports you to Boston's North End in the early 20th century. Addie is the youngest daughter born in 1900 to Jewish immigrant parents.
Addie's paren...read more
If you're caught up in the biblical world of The Red Tent, Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers will keep you there. This story had me reading through the night to find out who survives.
The facts are that in the seventh decade of the Common Era, after ...read more
When I first saw this book on the library bookshelf, I admit I was attracted to it by the cover: a young girl in a gorgeous gown. Since I had recently finished a few other YA books that had to do with princesses, I thought I would give it a try.
It ...read more
In the late 1600s, Nella Oortman, a Dutch country girl, is wed to wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. When she first arrives in Amsterdam, Nella feels alone and unsure of her place in a strange household. She doesn't see much of her new husband, but he...read more
For the person who cannot get enough ice cream, this is a great book! Pair it with the gift of a new ice cream maker, and you've got a great holiday combination!
I checked this book out on a friend's recommendation and haven't been disappointed. Ther...
Did you know that there was a girl who struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gerhig in an exhibition game? Her name was Jackie Mitchell and she played for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. A few days later, her contract was voided by the baseball commissioner...read more
Our patrons love Jeannette Walls' books, so I thought I would try The Silver Star on audiobook--and I'm glad I did. This emotional and poignant story is told from the perspective of 12-year-old Jean "Bean" Holladay. It is 1970 in California and Bea...read more
This was the first "page turning" memoir that I've read. I stayed up late, determined to find out how Deborah Feldman left her community and her family. She isn't welcome to go back, even to visit her grandmother who raised her. Why?
At the be...read more
This fun graphic novel follows the life of a teenage girl named Jane who moves to the suburbs with her parents after a tragic event in Metro City. Jane's parents feel safer now that they are in Suburbia, but Jane just feels out of place at her new hi...read more
On a recent car trip (I take a lot of them), I was excited to listen once again to "The Year of the Flood" by Margaret Atwood. It is the second book in the Madd Addam Trilogy. Fans of distopian fiction will enjoy the world that Atwood has envisione...read more
This mystery is the first in the series of books about lead detective Simon Serrailler, but don't think that you will learn about Simon just yet! The story follows new detective Freya Graffham who just moved to the small town of Lafferton. She is l...read more
I first listened to this book back in 2009, but my baseball-obsessed husband recently checked it out and was listening to it on a recent trip up to New York State. He asked me "Why did you not tell me about this book? It's set in Cooperstown." Is i...read more
Have you ever wondered about the state of Hawaii and how it was added to the US? Did you know that Hawaii is the only state that contains a former Royal Palace? I did not know much until I picked up this book. This history outlines many pivotal ev...read more
When I listened to the audiobook of Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, I wanted a fairy tale to come true for Alice Liddell, the Alice for which Lewis Caroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. Alice Liddell recounts the stories of her youth with her sis...read more