Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Staff Picks

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs

The Beekeeper's Ball by Susan Wigg

I just completed The Beekeeper's Ball by Susan Wiggs. It can be read as a "stand-alone" book; but, I recommend reading the first book in the series, The Apple Orchard, so that the storyline is easier to follow.  Both books refer back to their grandparents history in World War II and I found it fascinating.  I learned things about the Nazis that I never knew!  Both books included romance, laughter and recipes that sound just divine.  The ending makes it seem like there just might be another book in the future...

Kim Cavalenes
Cataloging Assistant

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014...so far (3rd in a series)

My top 10 for the first half of 2014 are:

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

In the Blood by Lisa Unger

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes

Beth Moore
Information Specialist

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014...so far (2nd in a series)

This has been a great year for reading.  It's been hard to narrow down my favorite books so far this year, but here they are: 

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

Fosse by Sam Wasson

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

 Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham

The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
Stephen Kight
Assistant Director for Public Services

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Juvenile and Teen picks!

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud 
Set in a fictionalized England where paranormal visitors roam the countryside and psychically sensitive children are tasked with hunting and trapping ghosts, this fantasy novel is full of scares, screams, and unforgettable characters. A chilly read perfect for a hot day! 

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Plucky orphan Mo LoBeau is out to solve a murder in the small, sleepy, southern town of Tupelo Landing, NC while also trying to solve the mystery of her “upstream mother.” This book is perfect for upper elementary readers looking for a good laugh, great characters, and a mystery to die for. 

           Both of these titles also come in very well done audio versions!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Coffee Talk Book Discussion - August 12, 2014

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

The novel takes place in post-war Chechnya and brings together an assortment of characters that might not otherwise cross paths.  Sonja the only doctor in the local hospital, Akhmed who barely passed medical school, and Haava the child Akhmed brought to Sonja to stay with her.  They are all finding different ways to survive and not dwell on the reality that is theirs at the time.    What do you do when you are afraid to hear a knock on the door?  When your family, friends, and neighbors disappear after midnight visits from the Feds?  It is dangerous to walk the streets?  While reading this, I found some disturbing similarities to the recent crisis in the Ukraine.  This first book from Anthony Marra was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award and won the National Book Critics Circle Award last year, and was just recently shortlisted for the PEN Literary Award and Robert W. Bingham Prize.  Come join us for Coffee Talk Book Discussion on Tuesday, August 12th at 1:30 p.m at the Cumming Library. Haven’t read the book yet?  There’s still time, or simply join us and gain insight into the story and history behind it.

Joan Dudzinski
Collection Support Supervisor
Cumming Library

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Staff Picks - Adult

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles

Two Serious Ladies, the only novel by author Jane Bowles, is the story of two women who, as the back cover expresses it so well, "descend into debauchery."  Mrs. Copperfield takes up with a teenage prostitute in Panama, and Miss Goering engages in a variety of encounters with men.  Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote were both big fans of this eccentric novel, published in 1943, and I can see why.  In both style and substance it's refreshingly unique.

Stephen Kight
Assistant Director for Public Services

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014...so far (1st in a series)

My favorite books of the year so far:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
If you are a true bibliophile, you may also love the charmingly cranky curmudgeon bookseller A.J. Fikry. His "Storied Life" among books, along with his journey toward overcoming family tragedy to find a new path, are all at once humorous, sad, and romantic. As a bonus, the author includes literary blurbs at the beginning of each chapter.  

The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch
If you have ever yearned for the "dreaming spires of Oxford," or if you've ever gone to school far from home, or if you have ever simply fallen in love with the wrong person (and who hasn't?), then you may enjoy The Last Enchantments. Brilliant young writer Charles Finch based this novel on his own past experience as an American student in England.

Virginia McCurry
Information Specialist