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|Some of Bethany's favorites (15 titles)
These are books that I kept thinking about even after the last page...
|Mesmerizing Memoirs (12 titles)
These personal life-stories will keep you reading through laughter and tears.
|Mike G. movies (6 titles)
|Mike G. books (6 titles)
This list is the result of working in a library. There is no pattern to the selections, beyond a preponderance of non-fiction. Sometimes a patron recommends a title, sometimes a book cries, "Read me!" on its way to an uncertain fate at the end of the conveyor belt.
|A Few of Rachel's Faves (25 titles)
Favorite books I've read or listened to!
|brookdale library staff's Comments|
|The night of truth [videorecording] = La nuit de la verite
This fictional story of civil war in Burkina Faso--which could represent any number of conflicts across the continent--depicts the difficult journey of a village from blind hatred to weary reconciliation. The writer's compassion shows through the characters' enmity, leading them from blind hatred to weary reconciliation and leaving the viewer staring in shock after the climax. posted Oct 7, 2013 at 5:47PM
by Sachar, Louis, 1954-
Grade 6 and up. Middle school student Stanley Yelnats is the latest in a long history of Yelnats to have horrible luck. Stanley's inherited misfortune leaves him wrongly accused and serving a sentence in a juvinile detention center. Comical, heart-warming, and realistic this story will have you asking for more. posted Aug 7, 2013 at 7:16PM
|The devil's arithmetic |
by Yolen, Jane
Grade 6 and up. A mesmerizing historical story that depicts the horrors of the holocaust. An educational and compelling story that will stick with readers for life. posted Aug 7, 2013 at 7:06PM
|Into the garden with Charles : a memoir |
by Wachsberger, Clyde
A wonderful memoir about finding your dream house (warped floorboards and all) the garden of your greatest fantasies (well, it has the potential to be...) and the love of your life deep into middle age after you've pretty much given up hope. For those who love gardens and soul mates an enjoyable read. posted Aug 5, 2013 at 3:39PM
|An available man |
by Wolitzer, Hilma
Edward is a widower, ready to go quietly and singley into the rest of his life, but the well meaning stepchildren, who were kids when he married Bea, will have none of it! Enjoy how they "help" Edward break out of his much embraced loner shell. A funny and clever tale. posted Jul 30, 2013 at 3:48PM
|Excellent women |
by Pym, Barbara.
The story of unflappable, staunch and single Mildred, a woman in 1950’s England and the slightly neurotic neighbors that surround her. Sit back and indulge in a soothing cup of Earl Grey as each page passes and Mildred marches fearlessly on… posted Jul 30, 2013 at 3:43PM
|The lifeboat : a novel |
by Rogan, Charlotte
What would you do to survive? Would it change the person you are or just reveal what's already there? This enthralling novel will make you wonder just a bit. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 3:43PM
|The leisure seeker |
by Zadoorian, Michael.
Ella and John (who refer to themselves as 2 "down-on-their-luck geezers") set out for an unforgettable road trip in quirky take on aging and independence. Probably one of my favorite books I've read this year. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 3:41PM
|The night following |
by Joss, Morag
A woman responsible for accidentally killing the wife of another man moves slowly from concern for his well being from a distance into becoming enmeshed in bizarre relationship. A compelling psychological drama. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 3:34PM
|Evenings at five |
by Godwin, Gail.
Fictionalized telling of the relationship between Godwin and composer Robert Starer, looking back over the small shared moments in their lives, particularly centering on their daily cocktail hour where they would discuss their work in the arts. Godwin also shows her attempt to begin life again after Starer death. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 3:33PM
|The end of your life book club |
by Schwalbe, Will.
A son looks back to when his mother was diagnosed with and treated for pancreatic cancer. During the course of her treatments they find comfort and commonality in books, the ones they both loved, the ones they disagreed over and what the books taught them about life. A touching, lively story of a mother and son relationship, and the life of a fascinating woman who remained so even after being confronted by cancer. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 3:33PM
|Books and islands in Ojibwe country |
by Erdrich, Louise.
If you are a bibliofile and a lover of northern MN you will just dissolve with contentment with this quiet, thoughtful book. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 3:29PM
|Charlotte's web |
by White, E. B. 1899-1985.
Grade 4 and up. Charlotte's web is a heart-warming story about young farm-girl Fern, her beloved pig Wilbur, and Wilbur's friend Charlotte. Charlotte is a beautiful and unique grey spider living in Wilbur's barn. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:39PM
|The monster at the end of this book |
by Stone, Jon.
An all ages picture book. Don't read to the end of this book! Grover says that, if you do, you will find a horrible, terrible, scary monster!! posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:37PM
|Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein.|
by Silverstein, Shel
An all ages book of poetry, great for reading aloud. Shel Silverstein's classic book of nonsense poems and drawings that you don't have to read cover-to-cover, but will want to. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:34PM
|Dinosaur vs. the library |
by Shea, Bob
An all ages picture book. Roar with Dinosaur as he takes his adventurous series to the library. Will Dinosaur be able to use his "inside Roar" and be quiet for storytime? posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:32PM
|How to eat fried worms |
by Rockwell, Thomas, 1933-
Grade 4 and up. This gross-out chapter book will keep you wanting more, and might even make you wonder how worms would taste if cooked just right. Billy loses a bet with his friends and is forced to eat 15 worms in 15 days. Can he do it? posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:29PM
|Standing in the light : the captive diary of Catherine Carey Logan, Delaware Val|
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Grade 4 and up. Caty Logan is a young Quaker girl living in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania in 1763. Caty and her brother Thomas are captured by a Lenape Native American tribe on their way to school. Caty fears for her and her brother's lives until she realizes the Lenape do not want to harm them. A great piece of historical fiction, the book sheds light on Quaker life and Lenape culture. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:27PM
|Island of the Blue Dolphins |
by O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989
Grade 5 and up. Karana, a young Native American girl, is accidentally left behind by her tribe when they flee after an attack by Aleutian hunters. Karana lives alone for 18 years on the tribe's former territory, an Island off the coast of California. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:20PM
|Amelia's notebook |
by Moss, Marissa.
Grade 3 and up. Nine-year-old Amelia is dealing with moving away from her best friend, making new friends at a new school, and conflicts with her big sister. Written like a journal, Amelia will feel like a close friend when you finish reading her entries and admiring her drawings. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:05PM
|Every little thing |
by Marley, Cedella
An all ages picture book. Has a great message for young children about letting go of stress and enjoying the small pleasures in life. Adapted from Bob Marley's famous reggae song "Three Little Birds" by his daughter, Cedella. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:02PM
|Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle |
by MacDonald, Betty Bard.
Grade 2 and up. Great for reading aloud to younger children. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a cure for everything! In her upside-down house she helps well-meaning parents cure problems ranging from Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis to Answerbackism. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:47PM
|Ella enchanted |
by Levine, Gail Carson.
Grade 5 and up. An empowering twist on the traditional Cinderella story. Young Ella was given the "gift" of obedience at her birth by a well-meaning and ignorant fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is more of a curse, and she must save herself if she wants to live a fairy-tale life. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:45PM
|The bartender's tale |
by Doig, Ivan.
Not all families are the same, and this poignant and gritty story of a father raising his son while running a 'local wateringhole' in northern Wyoming is a gem in the area of father-son fiction. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:44PM
|Esio Trot |
by Dahl, Roald
Grade 3 and up. An uncommon love story, made possible by a turtle and a white-lie. Shy Mr. Hoppy devises a plan to win the heart of his true love with his turtle-growing spell. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:42PM
|Cleopatra VII, daughter of the Nile |
by Gregory, Kristiana.
Grade 5 and up. Learn about the famous Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, in her own words! Written like a diary, this book invites you back in time to explore what life was like for the 12-year-old Egyptian princess. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:39PM
|My side of the mountain,|
by George, Jean Craighead, 1919-2012
Grade 3 and up. A young boy decides to live off the land in this tale of adventure and self-discovery. This is an exciting book that will awake the explorer in you! posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:38PM
|My reading life [sound recording] |
by Conroy, Pat.
Pat Conroy is a natural born storyteller - all the riches of experiences that have influenced his writing and the will to write are here! posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:37PM
|Drama [sound recording] : [an actor's education] |
by Lithgow, John, 1945-
This was a great "listen"! John Lithgow is both funny and sensitive about his unusual upbringing and the life in acting it lead him to. Excellent for your commute! posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:35PM
|The Twits |
by Dahl, Roald
Grade 2 and up. Laugh-out-loud at The Twits! The Twits are a disgusting, mean-spirited, and unhygienic couple who enjoy playing awful tricks until they are outsmarted by a family of monkeys. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:35PM
|Running out of time |
by Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Grade 4 and up. This historical time-warped adventure follows a young girl desperately seeking the medicine her family needs to survive an epidemic affecting her 1860's village. It is argued that the concept of this book was stolen for the 2004 block-buster movie "The Village" by Director M. Night Shyamalan. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 9:48AM
|The Minpins |
by Dahl, Roald
Grades 3 and up, great for reading to younger children. Roald Dahl's famous ability to create silly yet terrifying monsters is on display in this fantastical fantasy adventure. When Billy disobeys his mother and decides to explore the forest of sins, he soon finds her terrifying tales of monsters and magic weren't all make-believe. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 9:24AM
|The BFG |
by Dahl, Roald
Grade 3 and up. A children's classic chapter book about a Big Friendly Giant who doesn't quite fit in with the other nasty giants. He kidsnatches lonely orphan Sophie and they team-up to protect the world from unfriendly giants. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 9:21AM
by Clements, Andrew, 1949-
Grade 3 and up. Frindle is a unique chapter book about a young and intellectually rebellious boy who will not take "no" for an answer! Join Nick on his adventure from detention to fame when he invents a new word. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 9:19AM
|Amelia Bedelia |
by Parish, Peggy.
Kindergarten and up. Every book in the Amelia Bedelia series is great, especially for beginner readers. Amelia Bedelia easy reader books are a great first step toward chapter books. You will fall in love with this goofy, very literal maid who just can't do anything quite right! posted Jul 29, 2013 at 9:17AM
|Drama : an actor's education |
by Lithgow, John, 1945-
This was a great "listen"! John Lithgow is both funny and sensitive about his unusual upbringing and the life in acting it lead him to. Excellent for your commute! posted Jul 25, 2013 at 1:47PM
|The shape of time; remarks on the history of things.
This dense little book draws on art history and anthropology to paint a picture of the evolution of things but ultimately transcends that project. In the end the book is more about the communication and repetition of physical things as the embodiment of ideas, and objects of art as vessels for concepts, communicated and mutated through time. In the course of about 119 pages this takes the reader through Hubler's insights into humanity, a journey that's not only fascinating but fun. Ted posted Mar 2, 2013 at 9:16AM
|168 hours : you have more time than you think |
by Vanderkam, Laura.
This book will show you how to manage your time in order to focus on what you do best and what is most important to you. There really are enough hours in the week to accomplish everything. Jill posted Feb 27, 2013 at 5:12PM
|The end of your life book club |
by Schwalbe, Will.
A son looks back to when his mother was diagnosed with and treated for pancreatic cancer. During the course of her treatments they find comfort and commonality in books, the ones they both loved, the ones they disagreed over and what the books taught them about life. His mother, Mary Anne Schwalbe was a fascinating woman who grew up privileged but early on developed a deep concern for the welfare of the rest of the world and worked in refugee camps in some of the poorest, most violent ridden places in the world. The founding director of the women’s refugee commission and once a director of admissions for Harvard and Radcliffe, she grew up in and raised her children in New England and New York in a world of books, the ballet, museums and travel (including travel to refugee camps). A touching, lively story of a mother and son relationship, and a fascinating life that remained so even after being confronted by cancer. Rachel posted Feb 27, 2013 at 12:12PM
by Palacio, R. J.
Home schooled Augie reluctantly goes into 5th grade at Beecher Prep. He and his classmates, initially frightened and repulsed by his horrible facial deformity, have a memorable year, described by several characters. Readers will experience a gamut of emotions, tears to laughter to admiration to empathy. You’ll never avoid looking directly at anyone again. A 2013 ALSC Notable book. Gretchen posted Feb 21, 2013 at 3:10PM
|The dark side of genius : the life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto.|
by Spoto, Donald, 1941-
SPOILER ALERT!!! Don't waste your time and money on the forthcoming "Hitchcock" production. Instead, read Donald Spoto's "The Dark Side of Genius: the Life of Alfred Hitchcock". A master of biography, Mr. Spoto wrote a detailed but readable account of Hitchcock's life and work, not an easy task because his subject was intensely private and known to offer fanciful or varying biographical vignettes to the curious. Throughout the book the focus is on Mr. Hitchcock's oeuvre and the influences tht helped to shape "the Master of Suspense". Mary Kay posted Feb 16, 2013 at 2:46PM
|Tigers in red weather : a novel |
by Klaussmann, Liza
Nick and Helena are cousins who grew up spending their summers together at the families' lakeside estate. Although they are different in almost every way, dark and fair, rich and poor, seductive and naive, they are very close. Their lives cross, collide and intersect over the years as they start families of their own. With tight plotting, memorable characters,a unique narrative structure and compelling story, this literary thriller keeps readers guessing until the very end. Bethany posted Feb 12, 2013 at 9:57AM
|The healing |
by Odell, Jonathan, 1951-
Great story that taught me something about life as a slave on a southern plantation. This story was about a young girl and her apprenticeship with a healer, who used plants and wisdom passed down from her ancestors. An amazing story of the strength of family bonds that supersedes the hardships of life. Julie posted Feb 11, 2013 at 5:25PM
|The weird sisters |
by Brown, Eleanor, 1973-
If you have studied Shakespeare you might enjoy this story about 3 adult sisters who come home to help with their sick mother. Their father, a college prof, had schooled them in Shakespeare's plays their whole lives. Phrases from the plays are in all their conversations which is "weird"! The relationship between the sisters has been strained for years, but they try to come together for their parents sake. Julie posted Feb 11, 2013 at 5:15PM
|A child called |
by Pelzer, David J.
This teaches a good lesson to school aged kids on: people are not always as they appear to be. Give everyone a chance to become your friend. They may need one. Do not judge on appearances. Denise posted Feb 6, 2013 at 9:14AM
|My first years in the fur trade : the journals of 1802-1804 |
by Nelson, George, 1786-1859.
The journal of a 15 year old boy who was hired by a fur trading company and sent to the interior. Interesting reading the observations from such a young person alone without family in the wilderness. Jeff posted Feb 5, 2013 at 3:37PM
|The lock artist |
by Hamilton, Steve, 1961-
The main character, Mike, is rendered mute by an unknown & unremembered trauma that happened when he was 8. In his late teens, he falls in love with a girl whose father exploits Mike for his lock-picking talents. Mike, preferring to pursue art, feels he has no choice but to re-enter the criminal world by following his girlfriend's father's orders. This novel moves back and forth in time as we get to know Mike both as a child and in the present. He is such a sympathetic character it is easy to root for him to be able to overcome the mysterious trauma. This psychological thriller is well-written and gripping; I've never read anything like it. Ginger posted Feb 5, 2013 at 3:34PM
|A countess below stairs |
by Ibbotson, Eva.
Young Downton Abbey fans will find plenty to enjoy in this story. Upstairs/Downstairs intrigue and romance abound. The ending, thought not surprising, is satisfying. Also a good choice for fans of Pride and Prejudice. Bethany posted Feb 5, 2013 at 11:49AM
|The night following |
by Joss, Morag
A woman responsible for accidentally killing the wife of another man moves slowly from concern for his well being from a distance into becoming enmeshed in bizarre relationship. A compelling psychological drama. Rachel posted Feb 4, 2013 at 1:16PM
|Mrs. Kennedy and me |
by Hill, Clint
interesting book about Jackie Kennedy's life in the White House and the Secret Service agents who working in the White House during the Kennedy years. Jill posted Feb 4, 2013 at 1:01PM
|Evenings at five |
by Godwin, Gail.
Fictionalized telling of the relationship between Godwin and composer Robert Starer, looking back over the small shared moments in their lives, particularly centering on their daily cocktail hour where they would discuss their work in the arts. Godwin also shows her attempt to begin life again after Starer death. Rachel posted Feb 2, 2013 at 2:05PM
|Stay with me : a novel |
by Barron, Sandra Rodriguez.
Five unidentified toddlers are found on an abandoned boat in a marina near Mayagüez Puerto Rico. Curiously they are well-dressed but barefoot. When no parents are found, the children are adopted by families of different backgrounds, but keep contact as brothers and sisters through the years. An emergency involving one of the group causes the group to gather to seek out deeper answers about their mysterious origins and the individual challenges growing up "unknown". This is a great story about the importance of identity and family bonds. Rachel posted Jan 30, 2013 at 4:45PM
|Robert Schumann : life and death of a musician |
by Worthen, John.
This biography draws extensively upon Robert Schumann's diaries, letters and notes. Because Schumann chronicled his thoughts and activities in great detail, the biography is almost a day by day account of his life. The author depicts Schumann's innate genius; his ambiguities; and his tragedies within the context of Central Europe in the mid-1800s and presents his subject to the reader as the inviolably free man that he was. Mary Kay posted Jan 30, 2013 at 4:37PM
|Bound for the Barrens: journal of the Ernest Oberholtzer and Billy Magee 2,000-m|
by Oberholtzer, Ernest C. 1884-1977
An amazing canoe trip into unchartered area without maps or guides of the region by the environmentalist responsible for the protection of the BWCA region. Jeff posted Jan 30, 2013 at 4:33PM