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Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Marianne Monson
Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

I like reading about women who step up to every challenge they meet. Frontier Grit tells us about twelve such women. They not only confronted challenges to better their own lives but also they often improved the lives of others. I had heard of a couple of the women, but it was a treat to meet new ones.  Check our catalog

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Breaking cat news : cats reporting on the news that matters to cats

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Georgia Dunn
Breaking cat news : cats reporting on the news that matters to cats

Often times graphic novels are just that: graphic. But Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News That Matters to Cats is a graphic novel you shouldn’t miss checking out. It’s apparent author and illustrator Georgia Dunn lives with and knows the minds of cats. I especially liked the pages where the cats reported on their (aka the expected baby’s) new furniture. I would’ve liked to have seen another panel or two for some vignettes, but that didn’t detract from the stories. Check our catalog.

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The passenger : a novel

Friday, March 17, 2017
Lisa Lutz
The passenger : a novel

Tanya Dubois goes on the run as her husband’s body cools. She claims she didn’t kill him, but why then does she feel compelled to run? And who is she really? This mystery has as many twists and turns as the protagonist has new identities. It’ll keep you guessing until the very end.  Check our catalog.

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Sausage Party (DVD)

Friday, January 20, 2017
Sausage Party

Wouldn’t you think “There’s no preparing for this Sausage Party” and “Rated R” prominently written on the jacket of this movie would’ve been fair warning about its content? Nope. I was sucked (which rhymes with the most used word in the movie) in by the cartoon characters. Makes me wonder when “contemporary community standards” caused the demise of “socially redeeming value.”  Please don’t take home this movie—which should be rated NC-17—for your children.  Check our Catalog

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Breaking Wild

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Diane Les Becquets
Breaking Wild

Set in the backcountry of Colorado, this thriller slowly reveals the influence of single incidents in the lives of the two protagonists. Amy Raye Latour is a hunter. One night she breaks the rule her grandfather taught her: never leave an injured animal unfound. Vulnerable and distraught because she couldn’t find the animal she shot, she joins in a life-changing game with her cousins. Pru Hathaway is a search and rescue responder, who has used distance to dull the pain of her life-changing incident. Yet both women have astounding perseverance. Les Becquets alternates their backstories as Hathaway and her dog search for Latour who goes missing while hunting. The author writes a believable tale, with details about hunting and search and rescue procedures, about survival.

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Speedy (DVD)

Monday, September 26, 2016
Speedy (DVD)

Like nail-biting action? A sweet love story? A good guy who gets more than his due in the end? A view of bygone days that still feels contemporary? All mixed with humor? Speedy, starring Harold Lloyd, is the movie for you!

When a thug businessman tries to wrench control of the last horse-drawn rail line in New York from his fiancé’s grandfather, Speedy takes the reins. Modern car scenes have nothing on the wild ride undertaken by Speedy as he attempts to get the hijacked carriage back on its track before time runs out. It's amazing it only crashes once. (Be sure to watch In the Footsteps of "Speedy" on the second disc. You’ll find out that a poor horse riding in the carriage kept it from overturning. Wonder what the Humane Society would say about that today!)

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Waiting for the Morning Train

Monday, August 1, 2016
Bruce Catton
Waiting for the Morning Train

An American Boyhood

 

Anyone interested in Michigan history, or Americana for that matter, should check out this memoir by Civil War historian Bruce Catton. He writes about his boyhood in Benzonia, Michigan, in the early twentieth century. Unlike other northern Michigan towns, Benzonia was not a lumbering town. It was a Christian community that supported a preparatory academy for young people, which Catton attended and was headed by his father. I really enjoyed Catton’s stories about the academy: his playing in a band, a near tragedy ice surfing on Crystal Lake, and the long train and boat trips to visit relatives. Throughout, he weaves in Michigan and world history and observes the effects of technology on both. I think a lot of readers, like me, can relate to Catton’s boyhood and his philosophical take on change.

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A Thousand Naked Strangers

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Kevin Hazzard
A Thousand Naked Strangers

A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

 

In Jojo Moyes’s After You, Louisa Clark is still grieving the death of Will Traynor, the quadriplegic man she cared for and came to love in Me Before You. But grief isn’t the reason for her horrible fall, despite what her family thinks. Out of the tragedy comes new hope for living and a relationship with Patrick, the paramedic who treated her at the scene. The book provides glimpses of the harrowing, sometimes dangerous, and frequently rewarding life of paramedics.

For the nitty-gritty on the life of a paramedic read A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by Kevin Hazzard. Interestingly, what Patrick experiences in London jibes with what Hazzard experienced as an emergency medical responder in Atlanta. Hazzard writes about what motivated him to become an EMT and then to train to become a paramedic. The stories he tells are straight out of the imagination of a screenwriter--only true! Every call is harrowing because of the unknown. Every call may turn out to be dangerous. And every call has the possibility of making the risks and challenges of the job worthwhile. These folks deserve the title hero.

 

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Don't Try to Find Me

Friday, February 19, 2016
Holly Brown
Don't Try to Find Me

Fourteen-year-old Marley left a note for her parents before heading off to school: “Don’t try to find me.” She also left behind her cell phone and notebook, making it impossible to track her. By the time her parents realize she’s gone, Marley is on a bus heading toward a young man she’s never met but whom she thinks she knows. As puzzling as her disappearance are her mother’s behavior and her father’s media blitz. We wonder why Rachael and Paul act as they do, and could they be the reason Marley now is missing. This cautionary tale opens up family dynamics to discussion.

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Breaking Bad

Monday, December 21, 2015

Walter White is a well-liked, mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher. He leads a typical suburban lifestyle. He has a wife, teenage son, and baby on the way. Then comes a cancer diagnosis, and Walter wonders how his son will be able to go to college, let alone his family live comfortably without his salary. What does a decent man who’s dying do? He makes a plan. Only in this situation the plan is indecent. The acting and writing are so spot-on in this drama series you can’t help but empathize with Walter. But beware—aberrant and fantastic circumstances abound in every episode of this television series! Check our catalog

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