Sue N.

First Light

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Bill Rancic
First Light
I love survival stories and this one was a gripper.  A plane crashes into a mountain and the passengers struggle to stay alive until rescued. The story is told by one couple to their grown son and there is an amazing twist before it is over. Couldn't put it down.  Check our catalog.
 
Sue N., Youth Services

Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Patricia Harman
Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey

The author was in the hippie culture and was a political activist in the 1970s protesting the Vietnam War. Then she became a self taught midwife and moved with her fmily to communes in Ohio and rural West Virginia.

This is a gripping personal narrative of a  woman's life from a young  adult to adulthood where she and her husband are managing a woman's clinic today.

Having grown up in Rural West Virginia, this book really struck a chord with me.  I highly recommend it.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Marcus Luttrell
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes o

This book was hard to put down. I knew nothing about the Navy SEAL training or the fighting in Afghanistan, so I learned a lot. Marcus Luttrell and his SEAL Team 10 were in a monstrous battle in the desolate mountains while searching for an Al Qaeda leader. All his teammates were killed by the Taliban and Marcus spent four days alone, injured and presumed dead, until a local tribe found him after he had crawled seven miles and hid him until he was rescued. It was a fascinating book and I highly recommend it.

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Sue N., Youth Services

 

 

Hillbilly Elegy

Monday, November 21, 2016
J.D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy

I grew up in Appalachia so this book really struck a chord with me and I could see myself as I read it. J.D. Vance tells of his upbringing in Kentucky and Ohio and explains how the "Hillbilly mentality" (i.e., poor white Americans) rules the lives of so many people who are not able to break free from their roots. The American Dream is a goal seldom achieved by this segment of society. An excellent and informative read.

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Sue N., Youth Services

They Marched Into Sunlight

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
David Maraniss
They Marched Into Sunlight

War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967

 

I started this book on my Nook and then got the library book so I could see the photographs and finish the 500 pages.

The book alternates from Madison, Wisconsin, where there were massive protests against the war; Washington, DC, LBJ, and the politics of the war; and the sad and gruesome detailed accounts of the terrible week in October when there was so much confusion and chaos for the Americans.

I didn’t know anyone serving in Vietnam but remember reading about it every day and seeing it every night on TV.  So it was an eye opener for me as to what really went on that year. It was a long book but it is important to learn about this part of U.S. history.

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This year marks the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War and the library's Veterans Day program, Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Girl's War in Vietnam, on Thursday, November 10, 2016, will focus on the War. Find out more about this event here.

 

Sue N., Youth Services

The Rest of Her Life

Friday, September 30, 2016
Laura Moriarty
The Rest of Her Life

High School senior Kara runs a stop sign and hits another student, killing her. The book focuses mostly on the mother and how she deals with this accident. It is interesting how the community deals with this as does the court system. I read the whole book waiting to see if she had been texting or talking on the phone, but the book never dealt with that issue. Overall I did enjoy the book but felt it really did not wrap up by the end, which was disappointing.

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Sue N., Youth Services

 

One Summer: America 1927

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Bill Bryson
One Summer: America 1927

The best book I've read in 2016!

1927 was an amazing year: Lindberg's crossing the Atlantic nonstop in the Spirit of St. Louis, the develpment of early aviation in the world, Babe Ruth's home run record accomplished, flagpole sitting, talking movies, a flood disaster in the southern U.S., Al Capone and Chicago crime, and soooo much more.

This is fascinating history told as fiction, such as Erik Larson writes, with humor, detail, and gripping history. I read it on my Nook for many enjoyable hours. I strongly recommend reading about this part of our U.S. history.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Three Weeks with My Brother

Monday, June 27, 2016
Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks

I haven't read many of Sparks’ books but I love travel literature and so read this one about a trip around the world with two brothers to exotic places like Easter Island, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal. The chapters switch back and forth from the brothers' wild and problematic childhood to great descriptions of their travels to their current family lives. I had to do research about all the places they visited. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

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Sue N., Youth Services

The Yearbook

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Carol Masciola
The Yearbook

When misfit Lola finds work cleaning out the library basement, she becomes intrigued with a 1924 yearbook for the local high school. When she falls asleep, she is transported to the high school dance where she meets a nice boy. She then time travels back and forth, confusing everyone including Peter. So is it all a hallucination or is she really mentally ill like her mother was?

This is a fascinating fantasy with lots of twists and turns that really hold the reader's interest.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Before We Met

Monday, June 6, 2016
Lucie Whitehouse
Before We Met

Hannah meets a fellow Brit in NYC where she has a good career. She quickly marries him and gives up her job and moves to London with him where he has started an up-and-coming business. He travels a lot to the U.S. and when she plans to meet him at Heathrow Airport one day, he does not appear. She has a few text messages from him and when she tries to locate him, she cannot. Using great sleuthing methods, she discovers that he has closed out all her accounts and left her penniless. So she did not really know the person she married. It is a psychological suspense book which was very hard to put down. I strongly recommend it.

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Sue N., Youth Services

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