Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal

Title: The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal
Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
Review: Mrs. Brown continues to delight her fans of "The Cat Who" books. Qwill is back in Pickax after a not too pleasant stay back where he came from "Down Under". Also coming home are KoKo and YumYum, Qwill's Siamese cats. All are genuinely fond of Pickax. Qwill's cats are thrilled to be in their new home. However, trouble continues to follow Qwill. "The Cat Who..." books are light mystery stories dealing with friendships and humor. A delightful read. This is the twelfth book in the series, which should definitely be read in order.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Monday, June 29, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Denim & Diamonds

Title: Denim & Diamonds
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: This book shows that love "can" be found the second time around. Set in rural Wyoming, Chase Brown is a rancher and one time love of Letty Ellison, sister of Lonny Ellison, a fellow rancher and friend of Chase Brown. When Letty returns from Hollywood, and once again settles in Red Springs after a nine year absence, sparks begin to fly and three grown people, all stubborn as mules, try to figure out how to straighten out their lives so that they can once again be "close" friends. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to all who like stories about friendship, romance and ranch life.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Friday, June 26, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Marriage of Inconvenience

Title: Marriage of Inconvenience
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: Jamie Warren decides time is ticking, she can't seem to find the right man and she desperately wants a baby before it's too late. Her long-time friend, Rich Manning, is a good man and she starts to think that he might be a good candidate to father the child she so desperately wants without the benefit of a "real" marriage.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Just the Facts: Book Discussion Recap from June 25

Last night, seven people braved the threat of rain to attend the book discussion. Their presence, as always, was much appreciated.

Our book last night was Blackett’s War: the men who defeated the Nazi u-boats and brought science to the art of warfare by Stephen Budiansky. When we think of war, we think of massed armies or fleets facing each other in desperate battles. We think of generals or admirals planning daring attacks or hundreds of heavy bombers laying waste to cities. But during World War II, when the United Kingdom stood alone against Germany, with her cities being smashed by bombers and her merchant shipping being decimated by u-boats, the British government called for help from its scientists. The scientists, led by Patrick Blackett, answered the call. They analyzed the ways in which u-boats were hunted, merchant ships grouped, and anti-aircraft guns were arranged. Most importantly, they brought to war operational research, a method of examining war and battles through a scientific approach. Their efforts resulted in not just improvements in technology, but also in strategy and tactics. During our discussion, we spoke about scientists’ attraction to left-wing politics, utopias, the Nazi decision to ban Jewish scientists and their subsequent contribution to the Allies, creativity under a dictatorship, renewable energy versus fossil fuels, women in science and much more.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7:00pm. The book to be discussed, Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s history-making race around the world by Matthew Goodman, is available at the Circulation desk. All are welcome.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Dakota Born

Title: Dakota Born
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: Savannah-born Lindsay Snyder accepts a teaching position in Buffalo Valley, ND, a farming community that is on its way toward being removed from the map due to a failing economy and lower prices for the products they grow. During her stay she meets Gage Sinclair, a farmer, who is stubborn as a mule. They get together and begin the process of rebuilding the community they love.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: The Girl on the Train

Title: The Girl On the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Review: We have all done it - looked at the houses as the train passes through the backyards of a neighborhood. This story takes that voyeurism to the next level and beyond. The day date time format gets distracting & keeping track of 5 voices can be cumbersome.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: The Book Thief

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Review: A young girls journey through WWII, how she view the world, survives the losses, explains the changes. The narrator is not whom you expect. I highly recommend the audiobook.
Rating: 5 out of 5

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2015 Adult Summer Reading Club
Monday, June 22 - Friday, August 7

All Harborfields cardholders age 18 and over can read or listen to any book of their choice, earn prizes, and take chances on 10 raffle prizes!
Sign up at the Reference Desk and begin your summer of "super" reading.
Reading club participants have the option to fill out the book review form on this site in place of writing out a review card in the library.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Fiction for DADs

Father's Day is June 21st and now is the perfect time to explore the best new fiction for Dad as his day of appreciation fast approaches.

Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
Enemy Inside by Steve Martini
The Fall by John Lescroart
The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child
I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
Piranha by Clive Cussler
Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
Trauma by Michael Palmer

Audies Award Winners

The Audie Awards recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). 2015 is the 20th year of annual Audie Awards. 30 categories are celebrated. This year an additional category: Judges Award – Science & Technology salutes the constantly evolving nature of modern science and technology.
See the Press Release (pdf) of the 2015 Finalists--released February 11, here.

The following is just a selection of this year's Audies winners. Click here for the full list.