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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

Friday, June 15, 2018
Alan Bradley
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

Brandi T., Reference is listening, via Libby, to...The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

Circling the Sun

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Paula McLain
Circling the Sun

Tanya H., Reference is listening via Libby app to...Circling the Sun

Flat Broke with Two Goats: a Memoir

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Jennifer McGaha
Flat Broke with Two Goats: a Memoir

Laura P., Circulation is listening to...Flat Broke with Two Goats: a Memoir

Great Small Things (eAudio via Libby)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Jodi Picoult
Great Small Things

This book came up as available on Libby, by OverDrive, when I was looking for something to listen to, and since you can never go wrong with Jodi Picoult, I checked it out. I’m glad I did. Kennedy is a white public defender who steps up to help Ruth Jefferson when she’s being arraigned on a murder charge, then continues on her case. Ruth, an African-American nurse with decades of exemplary service and experience, was told not to care for the infant son of white supremacists, but then ends up being alone in the room with the boy when he becomes distressed, and ultimately he dies while she’s performing CPR. Through the backstories of the characters and the unfolding of the legal case, the book explores racism, discrimination, justice, and redemption, and gives fresh awareness of social justice.  Check our catalog

Doris M., Reference

Brown Girl Dreaming

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jaqueline Woodson
Brown Girl Dreaming
 I chose to listen to this book instead of reading it because I wanted to hear it in the authors’ voice. I am so glad I did! The story would not have had the same impact if I had read it in my voice in my head. The story is about an African American girl growing up in the 60's and 70’s.
I usually stick to the Fairy Tale Retelling or Fantasy genres so I was a bit worried that I would not "get into it." Happily, I was wrong! Jaqueline and I had some similar experiences growing up in the south although we had very different childhoods. The way she wrote the story and her voice was very soothing, almost lyrical. Every page is a gift of innocence and discovery as she matures into the great author she is today. If you are looking for a break from your usual genre or want to read a beautifully written book that takes you back in time, this is the book for you.  Check our Catalog
 
Sara D., Youth Services

Girl on a Train (Audiobook)

Thursday, August 18, 2016
AJ Waines
Girl on a Train (Audiobook)

What a great mistake! I downloaded the audiobook Girl on a Train from Hoopla, thinking I was downloading The Girl on the Train; two different books with very similar titles.

As a fan of audiobooks, this one did not disappoint. The narrator had a lovely English accent, which immediately caught my ear. I found myself wanting to drive the long way home, just so I could listen a few more minutes.

This was a fantastic mystery that had me hooked from the beginning. Anna, a journalist, is on a train and sits next to Elly, who is not only strange and fidgety but also leaves the train to jump onto the tracks. Was she killed or was it suicide? Listen and find out.

Find this audiobook on Hoopla. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it. Only Howell district residents may use Hoopla.

 

Tanya H., Reference

The Light in the Ruins (Audiobook)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Chris Bohjalian
The Light in the Ruins (Audiobook)

Set in the Florence and Tuscany areas where the Rosati family’s ancient villa is located, this story moves back and forth between WWII and 1955. In 1955 two members of the Rosati family are murdered and their hearts are cut out. This provides the mystery and suspense that tie the two decades together. The setting and characters hold your attention until the end.

Check our catalog for this audiobook on CD.

 

Kathleen Z., Administration

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Michael Punke
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

I was intrigued when people started talking about the movie The Revenant. Their opinions were that the movie was very gruesome. The movie is based on the book The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke. It is a pioneer story of sorts that takes place during fur trading and struggles with Native Americans. The “gruesome” incident was a man getting attacked by a bear. The fur trader’s back, head, and throat were raked by the bear’s claws. To me, the movie didn’t really show this graphic scene. When reading the book, I felt the injuries that he suffered and how a member of his company tried stitching up his raw skin to cover at least his throat so that he could breathe easier. Two men were assigned to wait until he was dead and bury him so that the rest of the company could complete their mission. The bear-injured man survived after the men deserted him, so thus he wanted revenge for them not helping him. They even took all his weapons. His will to survive compelled him to drag his body until it was healed enough to find sustenance and a way to travel to find the men who deserted him. He was even helped by Native Americans. I loved the survival skills that were mentioned in the book about finding ways to get food without weapons. I preferred the encounter of revenge that took place in the book rather than the movie version.

Check our catalog for this book, the audiobook, the Blu-ray and DVD movie version of it.

 

Geralyn B., Technical Services

 

The Sleep Revolution

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Arianna Huffington
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

This was an interesting read about the importance of sleep. Lack of sleep risks include heart attack, stroke, diabetes and obesity as well as problems on the job and in our relationships. The author, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, offers some possible help to getting more sleep including the familiar--put aside the electronic devices, exercise more, and meditate--but some less so, including suggestions on how to use the latest sleep-tracking devices and sleep-optimizing hotels. Also included are some actual meditations in the back. Our library owns the physical book plus it is available through to download on your mobile device as an ebook as well as an audiobook. I plan to listen to the meditations on the audiobook when it becomes available.

 

Interested in reading this book? Check our catalog.

Want to download the ebook or audio to your iPad, Kindle, or other mobile device using Overdrive? Find the ebook and the audiobook on the MCLS site. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it.

(Need help downloading and using ebooks and digital audiobooks from the library? Visit the Reference Desk or Book a Librarian!)

 

Betsy H., Reference

Mrs. Jeffries Series

Friday, June 3, 2016
Emily Brightwell
The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

In this Victorian cozy mystery series, the kind-hearted, well-meaning, and oblivious Scotland Yard Inspector Gerald Witherspoon owes his success at solving murders to his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, a whip-smart lady who could give Miss Marple a run for her money. Along with the rest of the household's servants, the policeman’s widow with superior sleuthing skills of her own helps her unwitting employer in his homicide investigations. In the first book of the series, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, the sudden death of an unlikable doctor sets Inspector Witherspoon and his servants on the path of the culprit.

I listen to the books on audio. The audiobooks are well read by Lindy Nettleton. The first eight of the series are available as downloadable audiobooks through the library.

I love cozy mysteries and these books hit the spot. With 34 books in this series (the most recent of which was published this year, in 2016), this series-junkie shall be kept quite happy for a good while!

 

Interested in reading books in this series? Check our catalog.

Want to listen to the downloadable digital audiobooks on your mobile device using the Overdrive app, or simply stream them through your computer? Sign in to the MCLS Overdrive website using your library card number and PIN. Then simply search for the author Emily Brightwell to see all the available Mrs. Jeffries audiobooks.

(Need help downloading and using digital audiobooks and ebooks from the library? Visit the Reference Desk or Book a Librarian!)

 

Brandi T., Reference

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