Fiction

News of the World

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Paulette Jiles
News of the World
Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through post-Civil War Texas performing readings from major world newspapers to paying audiences who are hungry for news of the world.   After becoming a widower and losing his printing business to the Civil War, he takes to the freedom of the road to         make a meager, but honest living.  At the ripe age of 70 he has established a reputation of integrity.  For this reason, a friend asks him to deliver a 10 year
old orphan to her relatives near San Antonio for a 50 dollar gold piece.  The blond blue-eyed orphan had been captured by the Kiowa Indians four years
earlier and recently recovered by the U.S. Army.  The 400 mile trip to the girl’s relatives home is long, and treacherous because of unforgiving terrain
and the anarchy that reigns in much of Texas due to a corrupt Reconstruction administration in the State government.  This is a masterful story told of
family, responsibility, trust and honor and the terrible choices that come when faced with hostile conditions.  Check our catalog
 
Kathleen Z., Administration

Bulls Island

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Dorothea Benton Frank
Bulls Island

Elizabeth “Betts” McGee of Charleston was once engaged to J.D. Langley, the son of the wealthiest Charleston family.  Now 20 years later, she is a successful banking executive in New York.  When her boss asks her to head up a building project on Bulls Island, her favorite childhood spot, she is leery of going back.  Can you guess who she is forced to work with? Find out what happens and what other secrets the McGee family has is this easy, fun read.  Check our catalog

Jan, Tech Services

 

Last Bus to Wisdom

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Ivan Doig
Last Bus to Wisdom

 

Orphaned 11 year old Donal Cameron has to leave Montana when his Gram becomes ill, so he sets off on a Greyhound bus for Wisconsin to live with an aunt. This memorable trip turns into more of an adventure than Donal ever dreamed. A thoroughly enjoyable coming of age tale!  Check our catalog
 
Sue A2, Reference

Railroad Hank

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Lisa Moser
Railroad Hank
On his way to visit Granny Bett, who is feeling blue, Railroad Hank stops at the farms of several friends and, misunderstanding their offers to help, winds up with a trainload of crazy cargo.  If you have a preschool-age child in your life, they might enjoy this picture book as much as my preschooler and I have been!  During the story silly Hank misunderstands things and wonders where things like milk & apples come from – a great opportunity for your preschooler to share that they know these things!  Check our catalog
 
Janice H., Youth Services

Strands of Bronze and Gold

Monday, August 28, 2017
Jane Nickerson
Strands of Bronze and Gold

 

Romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale. Sophie is a seventeen-year-old girl, in the late 1800’s, who just lost her father.  Sophie receives, an invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, the godfather she has never met. When Sophie first arrives at Wyndriven Abbey in Mississippi, she is enchanted by the generosity of Monsieur Bernard de Cressac. She begins to hear rumors about her godfathers past wives. She soon becomes alarmed by what she hears.
 

The story is told in the first person as Sophie unravels the plan Monsieur Bernard de Cressac has for her. The author takes great care to describe that house and the grounds with all of it’s locked doors, dark secrets and hidden objects. The scene is set. Can Sophie solve the mystery of the 4 wives and save herself?  Check our catalog

Sara D., Youth Services

 

Nine Women, One Dress

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Jane Rosen
Nine Women, One Dress

As part of our staff summer reading challenge, to read in a format you don’t normally read, I chose this novel because it is an epistolary read.  Which is a fancy word that means a collection of stories.  In the case of this novel, each chapter is a short story which centers around one of the nine different women and the little black dress that weaves them together. 

This was a quick, funny and very charming read - the perfect book if you are looking for an escape read.  I’m normally not drawn to chic lit, but I loved how the author developed the characters and used a dress as the common thread between nine completely different women.  Check our catalog

Tanya H., Reference

The Enemy

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Lee Child
The Enemy

Meet Jack Reacher, a high level military cop. When he is unexpectedly transferred New Years Eve to a base in North Carolina, the beginning of his troubles start. First, a two-star general is found dead in a cheap motel on New Year's Day.  His briefcase is missing.  Then his wife is murdered a few hours later.  From there the plot twists and turns keeping you guessing "who done it" until the end.  I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to reading other books from the Jack Reacher series.  Check our Catalog.

Jan H., Tech Services

 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Kate DeCamillo
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Edward is a china rabbit with fine clothing and an attitude that he is better than any other toy. He is the favorite and loved by Abilene. Yet his heart matches that of his china body. When he is lost at sea and partakes on a journey of discovering what it feels like to feel with your heart. Along the way he falls into various owners and each time becomes a different toy(person).  Check our catalog
 
Jen R., Youth Services/Reference

This Beautiful Fantastic

Thursday, July 27, 2017
This Beautiful Fantastic
“This beautiful fantastic” is a heartwarming movie. It is about a woman that has OCD, does not like dealing with nature, let alone speaking with anyone. She works in a library shelving books and has a “Shhush” type boss. Bella is challenged with taming the jungle of a backyard into a garden or she will be evicted. She learns that the codger of a man next door is actually her landlord. He eventually helps her transform the space into something comparable to his fantastic garden by giving her plants. They also share the same cook. A blooming romance is also part of the story.
 
Geralyn, Technical Services

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

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