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Monday, January 14, 2019

Here are some hot new titles for the beginning of 2019. (All descriptions come from Amazon.com.) Click on the title or cover to place holds on these books.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.
“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”



Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreams.

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.

This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West by William Gear

The Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation. In rural Arkansas, the Hancocks were devastated by that war. They not only lost everything, but experienced an unimaginable hell. How does a traumatized human being put themselves back together? Where does a person begin to heal his or her broken mind…and does one choose damnation or redemption? For the Hancock siblings: Doc, Sarah, Butler, and Billy, the American frontier becomes a metaphor for the wilderness within―raw, and capable of being shaped. Self-salvation, however, always comes with a price.


New nonfiction:


The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart is America’s go-to source for the best answers to nearly every question. As an authority on the many worlds upon which she’s built her domestic empire, she can advise on everything from creating a cutting garden and setting the table to playing classic lawn games or building a campfire.

What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Health and Life With Food by Michael Roizen

What to Eat When is not a diet book. Instead, acclaimed internist Michael Roizen and preventive medicine specialist Michael Crupain offer readers choices that benefit them the most–whether it’s meals to help them look and feel younger or snacks that prevent diseases–based on the science that governs them.

Are u ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health by Kati Morton

A licensed family therapist and You Tube personality, Kati Morton answers the most commonly asked questions about mental health, including when to get help and where to find it.
Everyone struggles with mental health issues from time to time, but the greatest level of misunderstanding comes from knowing the difference between mental health and mental illness, figuring out whether we need professional help and, if so, how to find it. Are u ok? walks readers through the most commonly asked questions about mental health and the process of getting help.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Friday, December 7, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Lots of us enjoy Christmas-themed reading during the holiday season, whether that be old heartwarming classics, or fun little romance novellas. If you were wondering what’s new in the way of Christmas books this year, here are some titles.


Christmas Mysteries:

Lark! The Herald Angels Sing by Donna Andrews – As in her previous Christmas mysteries, Andrews continues to write “firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie’s Christmas books” (Toronto Globe and Mail) with a book that will put cozy lovers everywhere in a holly jolly mood.

Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs – “Along with toothsome recipes, Childs dishes up plenty of small-town charm.”—Publishers Weekly

Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke – As Hannah prepares to run a bakery and move out of her mother’s house, it’ll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake . . .

A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry – “Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat.”—The Wall Street Journal


Christmas Romances:

One Day in December by Josie Silver – A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
“Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.” —Reese Witherspoon

Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan – Travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for a Highland Christmas you’ll never forget! And warm up your kitchen with bonus recipes for the Little Beach Street Bakery’s seasonal shortbread, Lanark Blue Scones, and Black Buns.

Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock – “The feel-good Christmas book of the year. Blackstock’s tale of love and redemption wrapped in a holiday bow will leave you smiling. Don’t miss Catching Christmas.” —New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck

The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans – This powerful new holiday novel from Richard Paul Evans, the “King of Christmas fiction” (The New York Times), explores the true power of the season, redemption, and the freedom that comes from forgiveness.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber – Debbie Macomber brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected.

The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall – When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.


Kids and YA:

Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey – “One part intriguing mystery, one part cozy romance. Jane Austen fans will enjoy the propriety and the Regency setting, while that dose of Christmas adds an extra bit of cheer.” ―Booklist

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks – Elliot has lived his first thirteen years confined to his home, incapacitated by fear. Now he’s out of pills, snow is falling, and his only safe person is missing. A terrifying thriller from Carnegie Medalist Kevin Brooks.

Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider – Part Before Sunrise, part Sleepless in Seattle, this delightful story will appeal to anyone who sees the romance in a swirl of snowflakes at the top of the Empire State Building, or anyone who’s wondered if true love was waiting at the other end of the airport ticket counter.

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher -Why settle for a pony or a puppy for Christmas when you could have a dinosaur? “A sweet holiday story that would work well as a family read-aloud.” —Booklist online

Santa Bruce by Ryan T Higgins –

Bruce is a lot of things. He is a bear. He is a grump. He is a pretty decent cook. And he is a mother.
One thing Bruce is not?
Santa Claus.
But that doesn’t stop the whole forest from lining up to give him their Christmas wishes when he becomes the victim of mistaken identity-again.

The Polar Bear Wish by Lori Evert – Another winter has come for Anja! She, her cousin Erik, and her new puppy, Birki, are excited to explore the snow on their dogsled and make their way to the Christmas party.

This Is Christmas by Tom Booth – It is Christmas Eve and Little Chipmunk asks his mother, “What is Christmas, Mama?” His Mama tells him that Christmas is many things as they walk together through the woods.

Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Today I am thankful for good books.

November is darker and colder which equals more time to read. One thing we can be thankful for is good books at the library to help you fill up your time during these long evenings.

Here are some new and newish books at the library that are sure to capture your attention this November.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson – A WWII novel in which an 18 year old girl gets involved in the world of espionage.

The Witch Elm by Tana French – A suspenseful thriller by acclaimed author Tana French. A skull is found in a tree at the ancestral home of a protagonist who is there recovering from a severe beating. The detectives start questioning his past.

Small Fry by [Brennan-Jobs, Lisa]

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs – The tell-all memoir from Steve Jobs’ often-denied but real daughter.

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh – This book by Smarsh, who grew up near Wichita, has been chosen as a finalist for the National Book Award.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan – Finalist for the Man Booker Prize. An adventure story about a slave boy who becomes a free man and his former master that takes them all over the globe.

Milkman by Anna Burns – Described as breathless, dazzling, and funny, this novel won the Man Booker.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott – Edgar winner Abbott gives us a psychological thriller where a dark secret destroys a friendship.

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein – The author tells about her time in the Obama Oval Office, complete with behind-the-scenes friendships and romance.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Some people’s favorite holiday is coming up quick. Halloween! It’s October already, so it’s time to celebrate the creepy, the horrific, the strange. Of COURSE we have books for that! Here are some of the newer options on our shelves that you may be in the mood for this month. Click on the title or the book cover to place a hold on each title.

The Outsider by Stephen King – Stephen King, obviously, is THE king when it comes to horror and scary stories. This book looks a little TOO scary for me, starting out with the murder of an 11-year-old boy. If you are a fan of King’s, you should probably go for it. It’s extremely long and it’s scary-looking, just like most of his books. Happy Halloween!

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Described as “Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day,” “like attending a murder mystery where you get to be all 8 guests yourself,” and “gloriously inventive.” This book has made a sensation, it’s a creepy must-read. (Also named The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.)

Blood Communion by Anne Rice – The vampire Lestat is back this month with the latest from Anne Rice.

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman – Described as haunting and menacing, this horror novel has been out since April. From the author of the popular Bird Box from 2014.


Young Adult Choices – Intended for readers ages 12 and up, these look like winners for anyone who enjoys a frightening read.

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart – According to Amazon: A horror story about friendship, growing up, and finding a place in the world: Gremlins meets The Breakfast Club by way of Stephen King and Stranger Things. Well, what else do you need to know? Check it out today!

The Agony House by Cherie Priest – A haunted house and a killer ghost in an illustrated novel that is getting great reviews. Coming soon!

Dreamfall & Neverwake by Amy Plum – A two-book series about seven teenagers who suffer from insomnia. They take part in an experimental procedure and end up stuck together, literally, inside their nightmares.


Middle Grade Books – These are appropriate for your 8-12 year olds and older! Read them aloud together with the kids or just enjoy a spooky but fun read for yourself.

Scream and Scream Again!: Spooky Stories from Mystery Writers of America by RL Stine – R.L. Stine of Goosebumps fame and other authors have put together 20 scary stories for middle grade readers. Just in time for your Halloween reading pleasure.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – #1 NYT Bestselling Author Victoria Schwab brings a ghost story for young readers. “Spine-tingling and page-turning.”

Spirit Hunters & The Island of Monsters by Ellen Oh –And finally, we have another kids’ series perfect for Halloween reading. It’s a mix between mystery and fantasy. Just the right combo for October!

Happy Halloween and Happy Reading!


Friday, September 7, 2018

Next week is our third, of four, meetings for this year’s Bradford Challenge. In 2018, we decided that our challenge would be to read all four of the Sherlock Holmes novels, or for even more of a challenge, some of us are reading all 56 of his short stories, as well. If you are a Sherlock fan and want to join us next Monday, Sep 10 to discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles with us, you are welcome to attend.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

For those who love a good mystery, but are ready for something new instead, here are some of the new mysteries available to check out here at the library. Click on the link or cover art to reserve yourself a copy.

Mysteries are one of the most popular genres that we have available, and we are always trying to keep up with our most speedy readers.


Island of the Mad: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R King – If you haven’t discovered this series yet, this is #15, so if you would like to you can start with #1 – The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. (What beekeeping has to do with Sherlock is something that our Bradford Challenge group will be learning about in the next couple of months.)

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz – She planned her own funeral. But did she arrange her own murder? New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes.

Next in a series:

Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson


The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes



Cozier options:


Probable Claws: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown

Buried in Books (Bibliophile Mystery) by Kate Carlisle

Dyeing Up Loose Ends (A Knitting Mystery) by Maggie Sefton

The Quiet Side of Passion: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall-Smith


And if you prefer some true crime, we have a book about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself and a book about a serial killer mystery that was a Kansas Notable Book for 2018.

Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox


The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Back to School!

It’s that time of year again. Time to get back into the swing of things and get ourselves sorted out. For many parents, that means finding the time to figure out healthy meals for the family.

Here are a few of our newest cookbooks here at Bradford, but there are so many more. If you need to be freshly inspired, check out these books below. If you have a certain eating plan in mind, chances are you can find books about that topic at the library as well. Click here to search our catalog.

As always, click on the links or pictures to place your holds.


Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes by Shalane Flanagan

If you have student athletes in your home, no one has to explain to you what “hangry” means, or why you might want a cookbook with “quick-fix” in the title. This book is full of pre-run snacks, post-run recovery breakfasts, on-the-go lunches, and 30-minutes-or-less dinner recipes. And the goal with each recipe was to be nourishing and indulgent.



Real Life Dinners: Fun, Fresh, Fast Dinners by Rachel Hollis

From the creator of The Chic Site, a lifestyle website, and the author of New York Times bestseller, Girl, Wash Your Face. Based on meals Hollis makes for her hungry husband, three sons, and baby daughter, Real Life Dinners bursts with over 80 photos and recipes.

How to Grill Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Flame-Cooked Food by Mark Bittman

Why not keep the grill out and use it to make dinner on school nights? It might not be as leisurely as summer grilling, but this book will give you plenty of ideas of what to make for dinner.

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen & Adeena Sussman

Chrissy Teigen is back with her second cookbook. “After two years of parenthood, falling in love with different flavors, and relearning the healing power of comfort food, this book is like Chrissy’s new edible diary: recipes for quick-as-a-snap meals; recipes for lighter, brighter, healthier-ish living.”

And here are two bonus non-cookbooks for the start of school to inspire you:

Run For Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy by Mark Cucuzzella

Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam

Happy Reading and Happy Back-to-School!


Monday, July 30, 2018

This fall, PBS is trying to determine America’s favorite novel of all time. As a librarian, I might be tempted to say this is impossible, but it should be interesting to try! They have assembled a list of our 100 favorite books, and are encouraging people to vote for their favorite one by using a voting app or other social media outlet. For a list of the 100 books eligible for votes, click here. For details on how to vote, click here.

Clearly all of these books have many fans. In this post, I have picked just a few for which I would like to make a case – some titles that I have enjoyed and that we also have here at Bradford, so you could easily check them out. If you want to read one of the books on the Top 100 list that we don’t have we will, as always, be happy to borrow it for you from another library.

(Click on the titles below to place your holds.)

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – One of Christie’s most famous mysteries, this book is alternately titled, Ten Little Indians, if that gives you a clue as to what happens throughout the story. Just as soon you think you know who the murderer is, you can be sure that that person is the next one to go.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – What can I say about this beautiful book that hasn’t been said? It has to be one of my all-time favorites. Here is how the book is described on Amazon: A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, Lonesome Dove… is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.

Just read it.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Even though this was written by a man (from a young woman’s perspective), and I can’t vouch for its historical accuracy, it is an amazing novel. This is one that I would want my daughters to read, just so that they can get an idea about how the world has been for women, and how different it is for us here and now. I was obsessed with the fascinating world of the geisha for some time after reading this one.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This is another huge, sweeping epic, but it’s a time travel story with a lot of intense violence. This book would at least be rated R, so you should just know that going in. But it’s pretty romantic, so if you like steamy, this could be the book for you. This is the start to a long series as well, and there is now a TV show out based on these books.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This is not the book for everyone. I think you have to have a fondness for gaming, puzzles, nerdiness, or 80’s pop culture. I thought it was very fun and engaging. A dystopian with a much different storyline than the usual. Try it, nerds! (Also a recent movie.)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – Let’s just say that Rebecca is the name of the narrator’s husband’s first wife. If only this husband could be a more open communicator. This is a classic, gothic tale that is worth the read!

As well as voting as many times as you would like, you can follow the progress of PBS by watching their scheduled programming of The Great American Read. These episodes will air in September and October on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm CST.

Happy Reading and Voting!