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Apr 15

New children's books for April!

Posted by amy in New Books

Some highlights from the new books for April...

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Gigi: The Story of a Merry-Go Round Horse by Elizabeth Foster

Go! by Dwell Studio

All the Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Hello Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam

I Speak Dinosaur! by Jed Henry

Infinity and Me by Kate Hoseford    

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

Mama, is it Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo by Kevin Waldron

My Garden/ Mi Jardin by Rebecca Emberley

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop

Roland Wright: Future Knight by Tony Davis

  To Market, To Market by Nikki McClure

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree Timothee de Fombelle

When Martha's Away Lionel Will Play by Bruce Ingman









Apr 10

Travel the world without ever leaving home!

Posted by amy in Reviews & Recommended Books

Get out of town with a good book!

Check out these travel narratives available at the library...

 In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson.  A funny and factual account of his trip to Australia by America’s premier travel writing humorist. BASM 919.4 BRY

· Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author leaves her entire life behind and takes a year to travel the world and focus on food, faith and love. BASM B GIL

· Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.  Steinbeck chronicles his trip across America aboard his camper, Rosinante with his poodle, Charley during one of the most tumultuous times in our nations history. BASM 973.92 STE

· Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.  (from B STR

Or explore the joys of staying home…

· Where the  Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living & Writing in the West by Wallace Stegner. BASM 813.52 STE

· Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes BASM 945.5 MAY



Apr 04

Amy Suggests...

Posted by amy in Reviews & Recommended Books

You may have seen the book recommendations in the Waitsburg Times today from Amy Rosenberg, the new branch manager. If you haven't, here they are!

The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver

A lacuna is a missing part, a cavity, an emptiness defined by the things that surround it. There are many lacunae in Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, but perhaps the most apparent is it’s narrator, Harrison Shepherd. We know facts about him, like that he was born in the US and grew up in Mexico. He was a cook for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. He wrote torrid novels about Mexican history. But we find out who he is only peripherally, by what is unsaid and what he says about others.

But it is through Shepherds journals and letters, along with some real newspaper articles that Kingsolver pieces together the story. It begins when Shepherd is a child, in a hacienda surrounded by howler monkeys on Isla Pixol in 1929.  As the novel progresses Shepherd becomes part of the lives of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. Yet, in the tumultuous Rivera/Kahlo household, Shepherd remains apart. He keeps his head down and his pen busy. After the assassination of Trotsky, he moves to the US. There, he lives as a recluse until called before the House Un-American Activities Committee to give testimony about life among the Trotskyites.

Librarian and human action figure, Nancy Pearl, says that readers usually enter a book through one of four doorways, Character, Story (or plot), Setting or Language. Reading The Lacuna is like entering all four doorways at once. The characters are alive and richly painted. The story is fascinating, heartbreaking and complex. Despite it’s length (and it is long, folks) I read it in just a few days. The setting is lush and sensuous. The language is gorgeous. I’ve always been a big fan of Barbara Kingsolver’s and The Lacuna is I think, her best work.

The Great House, By Nicole Krauss

The Great House is comprised of 4 stories centered around an antique writing desk. The desk itself is “an enormous, foreboding thing that bore down on the occupants of the room it inhabited, pretending to be inanimate but, like a Venus’ flytrap, ready to pounce on them and digest them via one of its many little terrible drawers.” One of which is forever locked. The desk is an omnipresent feature in the book and in the lives of the characters who live around it.

Nicole Krauss is spectacularly gifted at weaving together the threads of disparate narratives into a wondrous, heartbreaking whole. The Great House is, in essence, a mystery. Like the desk with the locked drawer, it doesn’t give its secrets up easily. In the beginning, it’s unclear how these characters relate to one another. Gradually, as the connections between them become clear and as the mysteries slowly reveal themselves, we are left with a sense of having touched something important.

Krauss is a young writer and The Great House is her third book. Her second book, History of Love, is an amazing piece of fiction, one of my all-time favorites. She is an exceptionally talented story teller, but it’s her descriptions and her use of the language that will break your heart. Then mend it, and break it again.


Apr 03

Books "for Dummies" on a Wide Range of Topics!

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

Did you know we have a HUGE selection of "Dummies" books? Topics ranging from computer help to animals, speaking a foreign language to coaching a football team. :)

(top shelf) iPod & iTunes for Dummies, Grant Writing for Dummies, QuickBooks 2011 for Dummies, Laptops for Seniors for Dummies, Kindle Fire for Dummies, Laptops for Dummies

(bottom shelf) Basic Math & Pre-Algebra for Dummies, Organic Chemistry I for Dummies, Weather for Dummies, Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies, Windows 8 for Dummies, Art History for Dummies

Apr 03

New Books for March 2013

Posted by heather in New Books

New books for March! 

371 titles added between March 1st and March 31st, including Westerns, Teen books, North West titles, and Audiobooks on CD.

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