Saturday, August 27, 2016

Staff Picks

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

This debut novel from a former police officer is told from several points of view and will keep readers guessing with unexpected twists and turns. Five year-old Jacob is killed by a hit and run driver when he lets go of his mother's hand on their way home from school one rainy afternoon. The police have little to go on in their investigation and are eventually forced to put the cold case aside. Jenna Gray, devastated by Jacob's death, leaves Bristol and tries to start over in Wales. She continues to be haunted by nightmares of the accident and Jacob's subsequent death. Just when Jenna seems to be making a new life for herself, her past comes back to haunt her. Who killed Jacob? Why did Jenna run away from Bristol? Those questions and others will keep you reading until the conclusion.

Trina Schlecht
Library Trainer

Friday, August 26, 2016

#ShelfLife - August 26, 2016

This week in the #ShelfLife, we learn about lucky dragonfish and realize we've been feeling pretty wolf-ish lately. In the last week, we've featured three titles with the word "wolf" - This Is Not A Werewolf Story, Wolf Lake, and The Wolf Road.

Visit our online catalog at and be among the first to place a request for the new materials featured in #ShelfLife this week. When you pick up your book, we hope you'll join the conversation by posting a picture of your own #ShelfLife on Instagram.

Local Author to Share Simple Life at Library this Sunday

Professional organizer Heather Rogers has seen it all – messy closets, cluttered cabinets, piles and stacks and bins of stuff that sit around collecting dust and serving no purpose but to stress her clients out.

What’s worse, disorganized work and living spaces keep Rogers’ clients from handling everyday tasks with efficiency so they can get on with enjoying life. In an effort to help more people lead a better organized life, Rogers wrote a book.

A Simplified Life: How To Achieve Order and Calm So You Can Reclaim Time, Energy and Control is a guidebook that helps readers understand the costs of being disorganized, how to find professional help, and how to instill and maintain order in home, work, and life.

A Simplified Life was written for anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed, stressed, chaotic or just plain tired - in other words, just about everyone. Whether you have trouble finding your keys, getting to places on time, or have too much stuff and too little time to deal with it, this book will help you,” says Rogers.

A Simplified Life launches this month, and after an official launch party in Atlanta on Saturday night, Rogers will visit the Cumming Library at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. Rogers will explain her principles of organization and sign copies of her book.

Rogers has been open about the process of learning to write a book and shared her experience on her company’s blog. She is also scheduled to share her experiences as a new writer on the Emerging Author Stage at the AJC Decatur Book Festival on September 3.

Copies of A Simplified Life have been added to the library’s collection and more copies are expected to be available for purchase at Sunday’s event. Books can also be ordered online and will soon be stocked on

For more information Ms. Roger's author talk, please visit For more information on A Simplified Life, check out this series of Instagram posts:

Day 3 of our 12 day countdown to A Simplified Life.

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Day #5 in our 12 day countdown to A Simplified Life. What is a rainbow unicorn? Go to purchase and read to find out!

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Day 7 of the 12 day countdown to A Simplified Life.

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Day 10 of the twelve day countdown to A a Simplified Life.

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Day 12 of the countdown to A Simplified Life. For information please go to:

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Staff Picks

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I'm someone who always thought that I wouldn't like science fiction; however, I decided to give this science fiction thriller a try because I had read so many positive reviews.  I could not put Dark Matter down.  

What if the world that you thought you knew disappeared?

Jason Dessen leaves his house one evening, gets kidnapped, and wakes up in a world that is not the world he knows. He is greeted by strangers who seem to know him. His wife is not his wife. His son has not been born. His strong love for his wife and child cause him to race through different alternate realities trying to find the world he left. It becomes very dangerous very quickly because Jason discovers that he is not the only person who wants to live his life.

Amy Weiler
Information Specialist

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Staff Picks

The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter

I am always looking for new audiobooks to explore during my commute and this Catherine Coulter book was recommended by a patron. The audiobook has two readers and each does an admirable job of different voices for multiple characters.

Mixing historical facts about the Koh-i-Noor diamond with its fiction, the story begins with the murder of a Scotland Yard officer sent to the U.S. to insure the safety of the diamond.   The Crown Jewels are on loan to the Met in New York from the Tower of London and the centerpiece diamond is stolen on the officer’s watch. The officer’s otherwise spotless record is in doubt as evidence against her grows. The FBI as well as a chief inspector of the Scotland Yard are on the trail of the Koh-i-Noor diamond and the murderer. The stone has a long history with hints that it is cursed (bad luck to all men who hold the stone) and is said to have special powers. The method used to steal the stone suggests a professional thief at work and the officers tracking the diamond begin to suspect a never identified thief called The Fox. Did The Fox commit the murder too?  And what happened to the other parts of the diamond that went missing over the ages as the stone was cut and refined?  A hint of unexplained powers adds a bit of mystery to this tale and has us wondering if magic does indeed exist.

Lola Nichols
Information Specialist