Monday, July 30, 2012

July 2012

The library has a few new books that are on the best seller lists.....

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a woman on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary.  The story has many twists and turns and it will keep you guessing til the very end..... soon to be a motion picture.

Gold by Chris Cleave  is the story of two women cyclists who are friends, but also competitors who are vying for the same seat on the 2012 Olympic team.  It is a story of betrayal, love, competition and very timely as we watch the competitors in London.  I recommend it though I liked Cleave's other books better...... This doesn't measure up to Little Bee.

A few others are:  The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner, Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich and Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand.

I just finished The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye.  It is a book about the formation of the New York City Police Department in the mid 1800s and the wave of Irish immigrants who settled in New York at the same time.  More than that, it is a mystery that is well conceived and suspenseful.


The library has Wild by Cheryl Strayed - A woman's account of a hike along the Pacific Coast.  It has gotten great reviews.

Another bestseller on the library shelves is Killing Lincoln by Bill O-Reilly and Martin Dugard.  This recount the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. 

One that I have just started is The Violinist's Thumb: and Other Lost Tales of Love, War and Genius by Sam Kean.  It is the story of the discovery of DNA and the relationship of our genetic code to our lives.  While it sounds like a dry topic, it is absolutely fascinating and easy to understand. 


If your 5th-6th grader wants to get started on The Nutmeg 2013 Intermediate Nominees, here are the titles:

Baseball Great by Tim Green
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
My Life As a Book by Janet Tashjian
The Potato Chip Puzzles by Eric Berlin
Powerless by Matthew Cody
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Wonder of Charlie Anne by Kimberly Fusco

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 2012

Summer reading time is here again................

Some new and recommended biographies are:

It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell
A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King
Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir by Shawn Colvin
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

New nonfiction titles are:

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power  by Rachel Maddow
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs

Fiction for beach and vacation reading:

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson - This is a brutal, but fascinating story which takes place in North Korea
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsey Faye - This story details the beginnings of the New York Police Dept.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker - The story of a young woman's search for her father
The O'Briens by Peter Behrens - A family saga
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd -A story of espionage in World War I
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty - The story of the actress, Louise Brooks and her chaperone on their first trip to NYC

Hope this list supplies you with some ideas for relaxing and getting in to a good book -----or your Nook or your Kindle.

Let us know what you are reading and what you have liked or disliked.