Monday, April 21, 2014

Staff Pick

Set during WWII,  The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer Page, is a work of historical fiction highlighting the lives of three Jewish brothers and their experiences during the war. The story begins before the war breaks out and each brother's circumstances are very promising.  Once war breaks out life changes dramatically for the brothers.  This is a very interesting and emotional read with lots of history.

Lynne Jackson
Information Specialist

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Staff Picks

The Husband's Secret  by Liane Moriarty

Cecelia finds a letter from her husband that she is meant to read after he has died. She eventually opens the letter and what she learns impacts not only her life but also the lives of others around her.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Alice wakes up on the floor of a gym bathroom, having forgotten the last ten years of her life. Over the course of the story, Alice learns the details of her own life that hardly resembles the life she was living ten years earlier.

Trina Schlecht
Information Specialist

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Staff Picks

Ralph Waldo Emerson has made an impression on adults worldwide, but how should his writings be introduced to a child?  In this biography for young readers, A Home for Mr. Emerson,  Barbary Kerley focuses on the dramatic house fire that Emerson suffered through in his old age.  Adult fans of Emerson will enjoy his quotes sprinkled throughout the text.  Children will be fascinated by the imaginative and colorful illustrations on every page.

Kim Ottesen
Information Specialist - Youth Services

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Sleuths

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House is an unforgettable coming of age story set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.  In this prize-winning novel, narrator Joe Coutz recalls his transformative 13th summer, a summer spent searching for the rapist who attacked his mother and shattered the stable life he’d always known.  Joe’s best friends Cappy, Zack and Angus join the quest, but finding the attacker is only half the battle, even for the son of a respected tribal judge.

Colorful characters like the aged Mooshu, enigmatic Father Travis and racy Aunt Sonja --a trashy trophy wife who holds sheer fascination for the boys-- give the story humanity and humor.   On the serious side the novel explores the nature of evil, the depths of loyalty, the bonds of family and the price of justice and injustice.

We’ll discuss all the angles of this mesmerizing novel at our Book Sleuths meeting Tuesday, April 22nd at 2pm at the Post Road Library.  Newcomers are welcome so please join us for a fascinating discussion.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Bookworms Selection

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt  is the April selection for the Bookworms book club for grades K-2.  Abused and upset crayons decide to tell their owner how they really feel in this hilarious picture book told through a series of letters. Kids will love the funny letters and childlike illustrations drawn to perfection by illustrator Oliver Jeffers. You'll never look at a box of crayons the same way again!  Staff will read this fun book in the program and kids will have fun answering questions about the story and creating crafts based on the book. Register now for the Sharon Forks location on April 17th or the Cumming location on April 24th!

Staff Picks

With Lost and Found Oliver Jeffers has written a sweet little story about a boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep and decides to return it home to Antarctica. Entertainment One and Studio A.K.A. turned it into a beautifully animated film that retains the simplicity of the story.

But where did Oliver Jeffers find his original inspiration?  One can't help but think that   he must have seen Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes Short 8 Ball Bunny, where Bugs Bunny meets with mishaps as he tries to return a pen-gu-ine to the Antarctic.
Why not check all three out for a compare and contrast session?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Staff Picks

There are several popular young adult novels that capture the perils of the dystopian society.  The more mature reader will appreciate the same genre in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.  Set in the not distant future, Offred is  valued for her potential to produce a child in a diminishing population.  Note the interesting name:  Offred = Of Fred, and it is the pattern used to rename women who are identified as handmaids.  Get ready for parallels with George Orwell's Animal Farm because in Handmaid's Tale, some  generals are more equal than the people they serve.