Archive by Author

What is the true name of the wind?

8 Jan

Meet Kvothe, a seemingly benign tavern owner who says it will take him three days to tell the story of his life properly. The tale rapidly moves from his time being trained in magic on the road with his family’s group of traveling players, to his three rough years living on the streets of Tarbean.  Once he drags himself out of despair, he needs both his vast intelligence and his street smarts to quickly move up the ranks in the magical University so he can have full access to the Archives.  Kvothe is still a teenager in the University when the book ends, but the author has dropped tantalizing nuggets as to what will come. The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller chronicle, day 1 by Patrick Rothfuss is a thick tome, but alas, not thick enough.  Laura


Accidently winning the lottery?

6 Jun

In Judy Baer’s Million Dollar Dilemma, preacher’s daughter Cassia mistakenly contributes five dollars to an office lottery pool and they actually win! Cassia, who is does not believe in gambling, has a crisis of faith. All her plans are in disarray and she must figure out what God has planned for her life. This Christian chick lit has a wonderful message about how God’s plans for your life may not be your plans and enriches this lesson with adventure, romance and humor. Renee

Beverly Connor does it again…

23 Mar

deadpastDead Past, the newest Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation mystery by Beverly Connor, keeps you guessing until the end.  The story opens with a bang as a meth lab in an apartment building basement explodes.  As the police order an evacuation of the closest homes, including Diane’s, she encounters a gun-toting student missing his right hand.  The suspense builds as Diane and her team start to identify the bodies, unsuspecting students at a party in an apartment above the meth lab, and gather evidence about the explosion to help solve this crime … or has more than one crime been committed?  How many cases is Diane working on?  Will you fiqure it out before Diane does?  Another engrossing mystery in a great series.  Renee 

The Coulter story continues…

23 Mar

sunkissedLarge animal veterinarian Tucker Coulter meets Samantha Harrigan when they both come to the aid of an abused horse at a county rodeo in Sun Kissed by Catherine Anderson.  Samantha, a horse breeder and trainer with four older brothers, needs Tucker’s help as an enemy from her past threatens her farm.  I like how the author brings her characters to life and enriches their lives with close ties to their family.  One of my favorite scenes in the novel is Tucker’s encounter with his fifteen-month-old niece.  These are people with strong family ties and morals.  I hope you enjoy meeting the Coulters and the Harrigans as much as I did in this wonderful romance.  Renee

An alternate Earth where men are in short supply!

13 Mar

Wen Spencer’s A Brother’s Price takes you to an alternate Earth where the population is ninety percent female and men are too valuable to have any freedom. Jerin Whistler, whose mothers are respected gentry, is coming of age and wants to marry well. The course of his life, and that of his family, is changed when he risks his life to save an unknown soldier, female of course. I enjoyed the alternative social structure where men have more than one wife, take care of the home and raise the many children. There’s a little bit of everything – mystery, romance, adventure – to keep the story moving. You care about Jerin and his family and want them to survive and prosper. I enjoyed this book so much I read all the others by this author. Renee

Little Women and (their father) March – Two novels

17 Feb

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel March by Geraldine Brooks, paired with a re-reading of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, is a rewarding dual selection for book discussion groups. March is Mr. March, the father of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who leaves home to volunteer as a Union chaplain the Civil War. His experiences provide a dark picture of the war – evil and suffering that affect soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict.  Marriage to Mr. March, who is a “true believer” in abolitionism, is not a bed of roses for Marmee, his wife.  You may not accept Brooks’ March as the missing father in Little Women, but the author has woven solid historical research into an engrossing story. Louisa May Alcott finished her novel about the March family a few years after the Civil War, basing her characters on her childhood memories.  Re-reading Little Women as an adult lets you compare your favorite sisters or family members, then and now.  Plan on extra discussion time if your book club reads these novels in tandem! Beth

You want me to read a football novel???

30 Jan

Well….yes, and it’s called LOVE, FOOTBALL AND OTHER CONTACT SPORTS. According to the book jacket, “love and football are just the tip of the iceberg in this poignant and raucously funny series of interconnected stories.” Set in small-town Wisconsin, the stories follow a group of football players, their girls, their friends and their enemies through the four years of high school. Author Alden Carter, who always writes convincingly of Midwest teens, is one of my favorites. Don’t miss this one – and then go back and read GROWING SEASON and BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. Nancy

The Sopranos not your cuppa? Check out Monarch of the Glen (DVD series)

22 Jan

The BBC television series Monarch of the Glen was photographed in the Scottish Highlands, and the actors who make up the extended family at the Glenbogle estate include standouts Susan Hampshire and Alistair McKenzie. For the McKenzies, family conflict is present, but on a kinder gentler level than that in the Sopranos family. British actors Richard Briers and Julian Fellowes who play the laird Hector and neighbor Kilwillie are personal favorites. This comedy drama provides entertainment, escape and armchair travel, for those of us who won’t be visiting the real Ardverikie Estate in Scotland soon.


iPod essential artist

8 Jan

If you are adding musical artists to your new Nano, and you like folk, gospel, blues, or the jazz standards, check out one of the Library CDs recorded by the late Eva Cassidy. Although she is not easily pigeonholed in any one of these musical categories, her music is shelved in the Jazz section of CD collection. Listening to the CDs Imagine, Eva by Heart, or Songbird will provide a tapestry of her musical talents There is nothing standard in any Eva Cassidy styling of a song – from “Fever” to Fields of Gold” to “Wade in the Water”; her singular voice defies description. Beth

The Library also owns a biography of the late singer, Eva Cassidy: Songbird by Rob Burly – Call number: 782.4092 C273b.Eva C

Mavis has her baby!

29 Dec

I love the mix of murder, romance, and humor that author J. D. Robb has in her “in Death” futuristic mystery novels. The lastest, Born in Death, ends with Mavis having her baby but only after her best friend, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department, investigates two brutal torture-murders and tries to locate a missing friend of Mavis who is also pregnant. Eve also has to find time to buy a baby present for Mavis, host a baby shower at her home and, with her husband Roarke at her side, attend birthing classes. Not only do Robb’s characterisations make these people come alive, but she deftly describes the murder scenes and autopsies without being too graphic. The writing makes all these elements work together wonderfully. Reneebornindeath