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July 2014 Staff Picks Week 3
Monday, July 21, 2014


One Summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

There are a lot of great summers, but extraordinary summers are rare.  America experienced one such rare summer in 1927.  The concentration of events that profoundly affected this country was unprecedented and will likely never be seen again in one summer.  During these few months, Charles Lindbergh flew nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.  The most destructive river flood in the history of the U.S. occurred.  Known as The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, 27,000 square miles of land was inundated up to a depth of 30 feet causing 246 deaths and over $400 million dollars in damages.  Babe Ruth was setting a record 60 home runs as part of the New York Yankees’ Murder Row lineup.  The Ford Motor Company was transitioning from the legendary Model T to the new Model A and the advent of the talking-picture era began with the release of The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson.

Bill Bryson, author of The Life and Times of theThunderbolt Kid, takes us back to this wondrous and tragic summer offering delicious details and breathtaking suspense.  Bryson pulls no punches as he examines how the twentieth century truly became the American century for good or ill. 


July 2014 Theme Week 3
Monday, July 21, 2014




Flora and Ulysses: the illuminated adventures – Kate DiCamillo

Don’t let the reading level fool you. Flora and Ulysses is a piece of juvenile fiction that speaks to all levels of reader sophistication. Flora is a 10-year-old girl and cynic. Ulysses is an ordinary squirrel. Ordinary, that is, until one day he is sucked into a vacuum, only be revived by Flora’s expert CPR skills. Ulysses awakes, born anew, with the powers to comprehend speech, type poetry, and fly. Together, Flora and Ulysses set out on an adventure to vanquish malfeasance and rediscover hope. Another worthy read from this author: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.


A Street Car Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
 
This heartwarming quick read walks you through the journey of a London street musician who stumbles across an injured stray. With barely enough money for himself, he takes on the stray, only intending to do so temporarily. The bond the two forms become inspirational as Bob’s influence quickly transforms the author’s life in unexpected and profound ways.



Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store – Robin Sloan

After being laid off from his tech career, Clay Jannon finds employment at a peculiar 24-hour bookstore in San Francisco. More peculiar than the bookstore is its clientele. Not long after taking his position as clerk, Clay discovers that these patrons are not the recluse bibliophiles he presumed, but rather members of an ancient and clandestine cult dedicated to unlocking a powerful secret. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store follows Clay through his adventure of discovery, combining the mystery of The Da Vinci Code with the action of the National Treasure movies and the search power of Google.



Summer Reads 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014




Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Our favorite wacky bounty hunter is back again and hot on the trail for her next capture. Armed with little more than pepper spray, wits, and her bounty buddy Lula, Stephanie Plum has to figure out a way to capture an important local mafia guy, who just so happens to be her cop-boyfriend’s uncle. There’s a murder involved though and of all things, giraffe sightings on the streets. To further complicate matters, Stephanie’s lust interest, the ever-mysterious Ranger, finagles her into doing some PI work for him while doing his best to break down her already impaired boundaries…Meanwhile Grandma Mazur gets into a real pickle. Can Stephanie and Lula save her? Or is she toast like a number of other older widowers in the ‘burg?


The Glass Castle  by Jeanette Walls

This memoir of resilience is a wonderful story which reminds readers of Angela’s Ashes, or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

The Walls children are raised under a brilliant and charismatic father, who teaches them imagination and fearlessness.  However, when drunk, he descends into destructive behaviors and dishonesty.   Their mother resents responsibility and shirks her role as a mother continuously.  Fending for themselves, the Walls children eventually found a life in New York. 

This story of dysfunction celebrates the resilience of humanity amidst pain.  Lovers of fiction and true stories alike will enjoy The Glass Castle.

Suspicion by Joseph Finder

Danny Goodman is down on his luck.  He has writer’s block and a mailbox full of late notices from bill collectors. Most worrisome is the late notice from his daughter, Abbey’s prep school.   When Abbey’s best friend’s father, Tom Galvin, a wealthy investment banker in Boston lends him $50,000 to cover the tuition; he takes it reluctantly. Suddenly, DEA agents are knocking on Danny’s door and accusing him of laundering drug money.  The only way out is to help the feds gather evidence against his new friend, Tom, who just might be connected to a drug cartel.  Fans of suspense thrillers will stay up late reading Finder’s latest page turner. Other suspense thrillers by Finder include:  Buried Secrets and Power Play.   




July 2014 Staff Picks Week 2
Monday, July 14, 2014


Relish : My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley is the daughter of a chef and a gourmet.  In her graphic novel, Relish : My Life in the Kitchen, she illustrates (literally) her obsession with food with humor and honesty.  Knisley traces key moments in her life framed by what she was eating at the time and the lessons she learned about cooking and life.  Each chapter is bookended with a recipe—most are treasured family dishes, while the rest are of Knisley’s own invention. 

Chronicling her time growing up, Lucy looks back on moments in New York City, the country, and locations all over the world.  All these moments are centered around food, from farmer’s markets in upstate New York to spitefully eating MacDonald’s in front of her gourmet father while visiting Rome.  That last part is key: Lucy celebrates her love of food—all food.  She doesn’t shy away from her childhood memories of junk food, despite numerous attempts by her parents to dissuade her.  You won’t find scientific studies on what is wrong with our waistlines today or the author berating the reader for their food choices.  What you will find is a fun and engaging read complete with recipes from an author who enjoys food of all kinds.
Jason M.





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