Saturday, May 31, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Following on the heels of her first novel, Juliet, Anne Fortier once again proves that she is the new Dan Brown for women. Her smart, educated fearless female leads prove that adventures and historical intrigue aren't just for men. In The Lost Sisterhood, Oxford lecturer and Amazon scholar, Diana Morgan, receives an offer she can't refuse. A mysterious "foundation" requests her services as a philologist to try and decipher a new language found on a recently unearthed temple's walls, a language believed to be of Amazonian origin. Desperate to prove to her colleagues that Amazons are more than mere legend, Diana travels halfway around the world only to find herself caught in the cross hairs of people that will do anything to stop her from picking up the Amazon trail and finding the fabled Amazon treasure. The fast paced story also alternates from Diana to Myrina, first Queen of the Amazons. While separated by thousands of years their stories are shockingly similar as they fight to secure the legacy of the Amazons and stay alive. Narrated beautifully by the talented voice actress, Cassandra Campbell, who breathes life into each of the characters by creating unique voices and patterns. Listeners will have a heard time turning the audio off. For fans of historical mysteries, thrillers, and Dan Brown novels. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN
A must read for fans of Zombies, comics, or the tv show.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
While amusing, this book is most certainly intended for younger audiences only. There isn't much character development and the story solely centers on the quest and the weird quirks of the characters (a perpetually hungry gargoyle, a weird wizard who doesn't dress properly, etc.). Also, it's worth noting that this is second in a series, although it serves alright as a stand alone. I didn't feel like I missed out on anything.
Overall, all it was meh. 4th through 7th graders may enjoy.
I received this book free through Librarything Giveaways in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Debbie Dare is a legend in the porn biz. With dark black skin, long blond hair, piercing blue eyes, and white beauty mark tattoo on her face she is quite unforgettable. Deb comes home after a hard day of screwing in front of the camera only to find that her husband is dead. He was electrocuted when a video camera fell in the hot tub while attempting to film a home sex tape with a sixteen year old girl. Debbie, is upset but numb, she doesn't know how to handle it. She decides to quit the porn industry and go by her real name, Saundra Peel. She wants to move on with her life but doesn't know how to, especially since her husband spent every penny they had and she now has loan sharks chasing her all over town.
That's all you need to know. Just read it. It's graphic, gritty, smart, and intriguing. The ending was a little more abrupt then I would have liked but I still thoroughly enjoyed the book!
Friday, May 23, 2014
Too be fair, Richard Russo has written a lot of other books (none of which I've read) and won a Pulitzer prize, so I know he's a good author. And this book was well written. But.... I still didn't like it. At all. I couldn't relate with the characters, I didn't care about their struggles, I felt nothing.In fact, I kept forgetting that the main character was in his fifties (maybe sixties...), he felt too young to me. But I digress. It was written well, developed well, told well, it just didn't click with me. I really did want to like it. And there were moments when I laughed out loud (the wedding rehearsal dinner at the end is quite hilarious).
To dumb down the plot, it's basically about a husband going through a late midlife crisis who can't decide what he wants out of life. Does he prove his miserable parents right or wrong? Does he leave Joy and go back out to LA to screen-write or stay with her in Maine and keep his teaching position? Whose opinion is more important: his, his wife's, or his parents?
For fans of literature or Richard Russo.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
When twenty six year old Louisa Clark loses her job at the cafe she finds herself at the crossroads. She has no real job skills, no ambitions, or career aspirations, but she must find a job asap to help support her family. After briefly working in a chicken factory, fast food, and telemarketing, she finds herself in a giant manor as a caregiver to a thirty-five year old quadriplegic. She isn't in charge of wiping his bum (to her relief) but rather to keep an eye on him and try to keep him happy. Her ward, Will, hadn't always been a quadriplegic, he had been an active traveler and adventurer until he was tragically hit by a bike. He can't bear a life confined to a wheelchair so he lashes out on anyone that tries to help or sympathize. That is however, until he meets Louisa. This is no conventional love story, but the relationship that grows between the two makes the book impossible to put down.
Have wine and tissues ready!
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The middle of the book was really slow and it didn't pick up again til the end. That being said I still read it in two sittings. I think my favorite in the trilogy will always be the first one, but isn't that how it usually works? I don't want to talk to much about the book and give spoilers away, so I'll keep this review short. The conclusion was "meh" but it fit with the series. It will be interesting to see how this translates into the movie version.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
When Maya was eleven and starting the eighth grade, her father rediscovered an old thrift shop gem, "Betty Cornell's Teenage Popularity Guide," an awesome guide to amazingness from the fifties. Instead of scoffing at the outdated ideas and old trends, Maya's mother challenged her to live the book and live out the ideals, diets, fashions, and manners from that era for an entire year. Painfully shy and at the bottom of the social scale Maya decided to give it a shot. The result of her year long social experiment is this awesome memoir that reads like a personal diary. In it Maya shares, pictures, tips, drawings, musings from life, school, and church and observations about how kids from her school are handling her changes.
It's awesome book and it's amazing how many of the tips and lessons from Betty Cornell's book still hold true. Sixty years later those words help change a shy awkward girl into a confident, outgoing, and happy girl. A definite must read!!!! It's funny, emotional, awkward, and honest. Great for mother daughter book clubs, bookworms, fifties fashionistas, and more. LOVED it!!!
Monday, May 19, 2014
A must read for gardeners, insect lovers, and.... really anyone. It's fascinating!
Friday, May 16, 2014
A fast paced novel about how vengeance tears apart the best of people. Like the characters we need to learn the hard lesson of forgiving one another, even when the crimes committed are pretty much unforgivable.
For fans of Christian historical romance and westerns.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar combines history and personal narratives to produce an enriched account of the Harlem Renaissance and how it impacted his personal beliefs, ideologies, and life. Kareem explores three major sections of the Harlem Renaissance: the literary achievements of black legends, basketball, and the roots of jazz. I'm no history expert, but I sure as hell learned a lot more about black culture and history then I ever did in my textbooks or college course in African American History. Sometimes it can be challenging to make historical events exciting, but with all the rich material from this era, Kareem has no problem bringing it to life and showing how it impacted his early years.
A fascinating and eye opening read. A must read for fans of history, civil rights, basketball, jazz, etc. There is something in it for everyone!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Library Services to the Incarcerated: Applying the Public Library Model in Correctional Facility Libraries
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Drew Farthering a dapper Englishman with a wealthy estate and penchant for crime novels wants nothing more than to marry his American sweetheart and enjoy the summer of '32. Unfortunately, a murderer has other plans and is killing off people associated with Drew. Farthering finds himself doing a bit of sleuthing on his own and trying to aid the police where he can before the murderer kills him, or worse, the love of his life.
Set in the quaint English countryside this mystery is filled with bundles of charm and jolly good fun. It keeps you guessing right up til the end and is perfect for fans of historical pieces and mysteries.
I received this book for free from Bethany House in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Hilarious and intriguing, this audiobook will fill in all the gaps in your childhood education that you never knew were missing. Cracked.com compiled the zaniest, most terrifyingly mind blowing lists of bizarre factoids, stories, and history for your listening pleasure. This compilation covers science, pop culture, nature, urban legends, psychology, historical intrigues, and will leave you questioning everything you ever thought you knew. Jellybeans, dolphins, the color blue, IBM, LSD, and poop are just some of the many things you will find yourself learning about. Listeners will become vastly more prepared for obscure Jeopardy questions and bar trivia. Narrator and two time Audie Award winner, Johnny Heller, brilliantly narrates this ridiculously hilarious compilation and clearly has a great time in the process. For fans of trivia, humor, and history. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN
Sunday, May 4, 2014
For fans of Christian memoirs, addictions abuse recovery, and feel good stories.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Press in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
NPR compiled this wonderful assortment of World War I stories to mark the 100th anniversary of "The War to End All Wars." Included in this three disc set are: first hand accounts from veterans, author talks with noted war historians, poetry, broadcasts from that era, and many often overlooked stories and battles. From the last of the dough-boys to the Christmas Truce of 1914, this compilation is a must for fans of military history. Not only does it shed light in the first World War, but is sets the stage for the factors and scenarios that triggered the second World War as well. Fans of American and cultural history will also enjoy the commentary and stories on a wide variety of topics from the "Bonus Army" to Armistice Day and the Great Depression. Hosted by Rachel Martin, this NPR Collection is a must for military buffs and novices; there is something for everyone. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, Indiana