Tuesday, August 6, 2019
The 2019 Kansas Notable Books have been chosen. The library will have them all here for you to check out (or put on hold), in part because of a grant from the State Library that helps us purchase them. There are a wide variety of books that are awarded, and there are 15 winners this year. This post will highlight a few of the winners, but if you are interested in learning more, you can go to https://kslib.info/1361/2019-Notable-Books to read about the rest of the winners and more about the award itself.
Click on the book covers or titles to place holds on any of these books!
American Heart by Laura Moriarty – This is the first Young Adult book by Moriarty, the author of The Chaperone. She has written several well-received adult novels, and lives in Lawrence. American Heart is set in a near-future United States in which Muslim-Americans are kept in detainment camps. Her main characters set out for Canada to save one young Muslim from this fate.
Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World by Louis Galambos – A short biography of the 34th president of the United States. Described as “engaging and fast-paced,” this book is written by the long-time editor of the Eisenhower papers.
A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools by Rachel Devlin – Devlin, an associate professor of history at Rutgers University, highlights the bravery of young black girls who were instrumental in the desegregation of America’s public schools.
No Small Potatoes: Junius G Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas by Tonya Bolden/illustrated by Don Tate – Bolden is a highly awarded children’s nonfiction author. No Small Potatoes is a picture book about a man who was born a slave and became “The Potato King of the World.”
The Saint of Wolves and Butchers by Alex Grecian – Grecian is the author of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series, and has won the Kansas Notable Award multiple times. This is a contemporary thriller about a Kansas State Trooper.
Buried in the Suburbs by Jamie Lynn Heller – Heller is a poet and high school teacher from Shawnee Mission. She has won multiple awards for her work.
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh – Smarsh was born and raised by Kansas farmers. Her memoir was a National Book Award finalist and a NY Times Bestseller.
Monday, June 10, 2019
Summer Reading has begun here at the library. If you haven’t yet, kids and adults can sign up for the program at the library. Teens and adults can check out reading material and enter to win various prizes. Summer is often a time to find something entertaining or exciting to read and to just relax and enjoy it. Here are a few suggestions that I have seen recommended to read this summer by those who get their hands on advanced copies. These people have already read the summer stuff and they know what is out there. Click on the cover or title to place a hold and enjoy your summer of reading!
(descriptions from amazon.com)
The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves.
But they quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day.
India, 1922: A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic hunting accident. The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s counsel is required. However, the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female lawyer.
Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future, but she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curse?
For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.
Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.
A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.
“A fiery tour de force… I could not put this book down. It truly was terrifying and unutterably beautiful.” –Alison Borden, The Denver Post
From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip–a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence.
Memory makes reality. That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.
Neuroscientist Helena Smith already understands the power of memory. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts.
As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.
Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: in the picture, Abbi (aka “Baby Hope”) wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing.
Now, fifteen years later, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp two towns away. She’s psyched for eight weeks in the company of four-year-olds, none of whom have ever heard of Baby Hope.
Too bad Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it’s a disaster. Soon, though, the two team up to ask difficult questions about the history behind the Baby Hope photo. But is either of them ready to hear the answers?
Happy Summer Reading!!
Friday, April 5, 2019
Spring is here!
Spring is a time of new beginnings, Easter celebrations, and spring cleaning. In addition, April is National Poetry Month. In the spirit of spring, we have some new titles to bring to your attention and help inspire you to bring your goals to life.
The popular author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies turns her attention to clutter-clearing. This is a short volume with tips to help you make your space organized and calm.
Aarssen is a professional organizer who has developed four “Clutterbug” personality types that teach you to work with your natural tendencies to tidy and organize your home in a personalized way for you and your loved ones.
Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.”
The only fiction option on this list, Hope on the Inside is another heartwarming selection from the popular Bostwick. A novel about a woman in middle age who, through circumstances that get out of her control, ends up teaching crafts at a women’s prison. The relationships she makes with those women help her with her perspective on life.
Richard Rohr is a top Christian theologian who has mentored numerous other Christian writers of today. Here he discusses Jesus and what it meant to be the Christ. Good timing for the Lenten and Easter season.
Taylor is not afraid to explore faiths beyond Christianity to learn more about faith and worship.
This fits the bill for a poetry book and a Christian-inspired choice. The experience of Joan of Arc, the famous Christian martyr, in verse form.
Jason Reynolds is one of childrens’ and YA literature’s most respected authors right now. Here is a poem based on a graduation speech that he gave. Reynolds is committed to showing representation of diverse experiences in his work and has been winning awards doing it.
Happy reading in April!
Monday, March 4, 2019
New books at the library! Here are some new titles to catch your eye. Click on the book title or cover to reserve a copy today!
Finding Dorothy: A Novel by Elizabeth Letts – The making of the movie The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the author’s widow. Mrs. L. Frank Baum tries to protect the character of Dorothy as well as the young actress Judy Garland during the filming of the movie, and revisits her own similar showbiz childhood experiences.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See – What a beautiful cover! For fans of See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, this book also explores a lifelong friendship between two women whose lives go in totally different directions. Set on a small Korean island in which the women traditionally provide for their families, experience Mi-ja and Young-sook’s lives and their friendship.
The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry – Former Justice Department operative, Cotton Malone, is at Lake Como, Italy, on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could re-write history. But someone else seems to be after the same letters and, when Malone obtains then loses them, he’s plunged into a hunt that draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta.
Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington’s First Love by Mary Calvi – Did you know the true story about George Washington and his first love? A novel about heiress Mary Philipse’s relationship with George Washington, based on historical accounts, letters, and personal journals by nine-time New York Emmy Award-winning journalist Mary Calvi. “Love is said to be an involuntary passion, and it is, therefore, contended that it cannot be resisted.” ―George Washington
Bowlaway: A Novel by Elizabeth McCracken – A mysterious eccentric woman runs a bowling alley, dies, and a long-lost son appears. In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family’s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide.
A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming by Kerri Rawson – Everyone in this area knows the basics of the serial killer case, BTK. Here is the story of growing up under the roof of the man who turned out to be the infamous BTK, and learning the awful truth as an adult, that your father is a murderer.
Maid: Hark Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land – Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land’s memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America.
Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II by Adam Makos – And finally, we have something that is a popular genre here at Bradford, WWII history. This one is written by the author of A Higher Call and is sure to be an exciting addition to the collection.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Here are just a few of the new books we have gotten in recently. Some familiar authors and some new. Spend this month reading about love and loving what you read. We just have a few more weeks of winter!
Click on the title or the cover to place holds on these books.
A Pride and Prejudice retelling set in modern-day Pakistan. Here’s the quote that makes me want to read it right now:
“As with Austen, whose books could be read as fun and simple romances or acerbic examinations of class and women’s choices (and lack thereof), Kamal’s Unmarriageable succeeds in being both a deliciously readable romantic comedy and a commentary on class in post-colonial, post-partition Pakistan, where the effects of the British Empire still reverberate. . . . Both a fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR
If you haven’t discovered Flavia, a precocious young chemist, poison expert, and sleuth, start with the first in the series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Golden Tresses is the tenth in this very popular mystery series that we hope will never end.
A novel based on the real-life model and aspiring artist Lee Miller who had a complicated relationship with the famous Surrealist artist Man Ray in the 1930’s. An Amazon Best Book of the Month, it has been described as “gorgeous,” “feminist,” and “engrossing.”
This one is set back in World War I – a woman loses her fiancé in the war and has to go to work to support herself and her child. She learns about the power of herbs and gardening as she builds a whole new life. For fans of Bowen’s very popular work, The Tuscan Child.
This looks to be another delightfully fun romp of a romantic comedy from Kinsella. Perfect for your Valentine’s Day reading needs. Stifled gal tied to the family business ends up calling in a favor from a well-to-do investment banker for the benefit of her childhood crush.
A reprint of a book that details the feasts of the liturgical year that Maria Von Trapp kept for her family. Songs, games, and crafts that the family enjoyed are here for the modern day family to use for inspiration.
This is the highly anticipated second YA novel by Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give. Themes addressed are freedom of speech, racism, and poverty and the book is described as “an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation.”
This new YA romance has already been made into a soon-to-be-released movie. It’s the new Fault in Our Stars. Seems like just the thing to read in February for some tragic, tear-jerking, young love.
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Winter Reading!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 –
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.
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 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.