|Marley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog |
by Grogan, John, 1957-
Adult Nonfiction SF429.L3 G76 2005
The classic account of life and love with a dog. It's absolutely worth reading, or rereading. Hilarious, sweet and deeper than it first appears.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Mar 12, 2014 at 2:22PM
|Dead man walking : an eyewitness account of the death penalty in the United Stat |
by Helen Prejean
Adult Nonfiction HV8699.U5 P74 1993
I recently heard Sister Helen Prejean speak in Minneapolis and her articulate presentation made me want to read her book. I saw the movie Dead Man Walking years ago but the book is much better. Prejean obviously is against the death penalty and she still works as a spiritual advisor for Death Row inmates. She condemns the evil acts these prisoners committed (although she states some innocent people are mistakenly executed) but until government is perfect (it isn’t), capital punishment should be abolished. She also points out it is much more expensive to execute (with lawyers, trials, retrials, etc) than to sentence a prisoner to life in prison. A fascinating and thought-provoking work.
posted by Kim B on Mar 12, 2014 at 2:05PM
|The cuckoo’s calling |
by Robert Galbraith
Adult Fiction GALBRAI
Cormoran Strike is a private investigator down on his luck when a case involving a recently deceased supermodel Lulu Landry and a temporary secretary named Robin Ellacott enter his life. That J. K. Rowling can write a fine mystery. Strike is just the kind of damaged goods that makes him a sympathetic character and Robin is just the right counterpoint to his shambling ways. We can hope for more of this pair.
posted by EmilyEm on Mar 11, 2014 at 10:48PM
|The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates |
by Wes Moore
Adult Nonfiction F189.B153 M66 2010
Two African American men with the same name, in the same neighborhood but with two different lives. The author, who read the audio version I listened to, was beginning to make poor decisions. His mother, by working 3 jobs, sent him to military school. He hated it, but his mom refused to let him come home. He, by the end of the book, appreciates not just military school but the opportunity to serve in the military. The "other" Wes Moore began to make bad choices, also. His mother, at least at the beginning, responded with denial. But she, too, was a hard working mom. Wes’s brother begged him not to get involved in drugs; but Wes followed Tony’s example, not his words. This Wes Moore ended up in prison for being part of a robbery where an off-duty policemen was killed. The author ended up at prestigious schools and met with many successes. What I like is that the author gives no "pat answers." He recognizes the values of mentors but places no blame and seems to take no credit--though giving his mom a great deal of the credit. It’s a great book! It gives a glimpse into teen years, where many meet that "fork in the road." Oh how impacting the decisions!
posted by LonnieGV on Mar 11, 2014 at 4:13PM
|The Thief Lord |
by Cornelia Funke
Children's Fiction FUNKE
The Thief Lord is about two orphan boys, who are brothers, whose parents died. Their mean aunt and uncle only want to adopt the youngest of the two, Bo. Prosper, the older brother, and Bo don’t want to be separated so they run away to Venice, Italy. Once in Venice they join a group of orphans/ “thieves”. The leader of the group, Scipio, calls himself the Thief Lord and, so the other orphans think, is an expert at pulling off heists. Meanwhile Prosper and Bo’s aunt and uncle have discovered the boys are in Venice and hire a detective to look for them. It’s a really good book and great for all ages. Highly recommend.
posted by booklion246 on Mar 10, 2014 at 9:01PM
|Tell the wolves I’m home : a novel |
by Carol Rifka Brunt
Adult Fiction BRUNT
This book is about a 14-year-old girl’s relationships with her family. A beloved uncle dies of AIDs, sister Greta is cruel, friendship with Toby, Finn’s partner, must be secret. What underlies these relationships is slowly revealed through the novel and overall the journey is an enjoyable one. This book is classified as adult but is definitely a cross-over to YA.
posted by Laura P. on Mar 10, 2014 at 1:35PM
|I am the messenger [sound recording] |
by Zusak, Markus.
Teen Fiction ZUSAK
A young adult novel, I am the Messenger tells the tale of 19-year-old Ed Kennedy an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. After accidentally preventing a bank robber from escaping, Ed receives his first playing card with three addresses written on it. He understands that he needs to deliver a message to each of these places, but the card offers no further instructions. Relying on his intuition alone, Ed starts touching people’s lives and trying to understand what he has to do. The messages vary from simple (buying someone a ice cream cone) to horribly complex and painful (saving an abused wife and daughter). The final question to be answered is who is sending Ed the messages. I found this book a wonderful example of how anyone is capable of making a difference in another’s life—whether through a small gesture or a large one. I found myself truly engaged in this book—and found the premise clever and the writing sweet, sad and humorous all at the same time. A 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
posted by Marsap on Mar 10, 2014 at 10:38AM
|Princess at sea |
by Cook, Dawn.
Adult Fiction COOK
Although the idea is not a bad one and the characters aren’t too shallow, this book is filled with unimaginative, unreal coincidences which are both simple and unrealistic. It just felt as if everything that happened was outside the realm of logical, no matter in what emotion way you looked at it. However, I suppose it could just not be my cup of tea. I suppose I simply look for logic behind every book and, when I don’t find it, I’m disappointed. The character dialogue was interesting, thought.
posted by A.E.C.M. on Mar 9, 2014 at 5:30PM
|Avalon High |
by Cabot, Meg
Teen Fiction CABOT
Omg. This book was awesome! I flew through it. I could not put it down! For some reason I've always been kind of prejudiced towards Meg Cabot and though of her as some author who writes light, fluffy, princess books (you know the kind). But holey crapamoley this book proved me W-R-O-N-G! I enjoyed it so much! You have to read this book!
posted by booklion246 on Mar 8, 2014 at 8:07AM
|My life in Middlemarch |
by Rebecca Mead
Adult Nonfiction PR4662 .M43 2014
Mead uses George Eliot’s book Middlemarch to consider the lives of its characters, particularly Dorothea Brooke’s, in light of her own and that of George Eliot. It’s an interesting proposition to take your favorite book and look at its influence on your life. Parts of it were wonderful, but the digressions into other of Eliot’s work made me feel the author didn’t have enough to say about Middlemarch and was stretching her subject. But, it could just be me. [I’ve not read all Eliot’s books.] Definitely worth reading if you loved Middlemarch.
posted by EmilyEm on Mar 7, 2014 at 4:02PM
|The Daughters of Mars : A Novel |
by Keneally, Thomas.
Adult Fiction KENEALL
Naomi and Sally, two sisters who are also nurses, leave New South Wales for nursing assignments in the Great war. Their first work is in Alexandria in Egypt, then off the Dardanelles and finally in northern France. Their relationships with each other, with the nurses with whom they serve, the wounded soldiers they encounter and the men they come reluctantly to love all play out in a book that is always hopeful even in the midst of carnage. I wondered if this book of nursing terribly damaged soldiers would get too grim. It doesn’t. It’s as good as Pat Barker’s Great War trilogy I think among the best of that era. And, oh, what an ending Keneally’s book has. A very good book.
posted by EmilyEm on Mar 7, 2014 at 3:58PM
|The body in the piazza |
by Page, Katherine Hall.
Adult Fiction PAGE
The 21st Faith Fairchild mystery, Faith and Tom are on an anniversary trip to Italy to see the sites, art and of course enjoy the food. After, a weekend in Rome, they are to travel to Tuscany, where Faith's former assistant Francesca has opened a cooking school. However, on their first night in Rome, the Fairchilds stumble upon a dying man in the Piazza Farnese—Freddy a travel writer they have just spent the evening with. When they leave Rome for the cooking school, the mystery follows them, many of the guests at the school are not who they seem, and somebody is intent on sabotaging Francesca's new business. As always, Faith will need to use her skills to determine the truth and find the culprit. I have always enjoyed this series—particularly our heroine Faith and the wonderful recipes at the end of the book. The descriptions of Italy and the food were enticing—making me wanting to take a trip to Italy by the end! However the “mystery” was a little wanting and felt convoluted and rushed at the end. A 3 out of 5 stars.
posted by Marsap on Mar 6, 2014 at 11:22AM
|Angela’s ashes [compact disc] |
by Frank McCourt
Adult Fiction E184.I6 M117 1997b
posted by Leynia on Mar 5, 2014 at 8:44PM
|The Mother-Daughter Book Club |
by Frederick, Heather Vogel
Children's Fiction FREDERI
This is a really good book. It shows how much mothers care for their daughters. If you are the type who likes books with love and crushes and kissing this is the book for you.
posted by chaya rox on Mar 5, 2014 at 2:36PM
by Griffo, Michael
Teen Fiction GRIFFO
Gay vampires??? Awesome!
posted by merlin on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:39AM
|The evolution of Ethan Poe |
by Reardon, Robin.
Adult Fiction REARDON
This book has a very different view of Catholicism.... and now I want a ying-yang tattoo! =)
posted by merlin on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:39AM
|Rainbow boys |
by Sanchez, Alex, 1957-
Teen Fiction SANCHEZ
My favorite person is Kyle... he's soooo freaking ADORABLE!
posted by merlin on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:37AM
|Suicide notes : a novel |
by Ford, Michael Thomas.
Teen Fiction FORD
This book was so funny, I almost peed myself!
posted by merlin on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:36AM
|The Thief Lord |
by Funke, Cornelia Caroline
Children's Fiction FUNKE
The Thief Lord is about two orphan boys, who are brothers, whose parents died. Their mean aunt and uncle only want to adopt the youngest of the two, Bo. Prosper, the older brother, and Bo don’t want to be separated so they run away to Venice, Italy. Once in Venice they join a group of orphans/ “thieves”. The leader of the group, Scipio, calls himself the Thief Lord and, so the other orphans think, is an expert at pulling off heists. Meanwhile Prosper and Bo’s aunt and uncle have discovered the boys are in Venice and hire a detective to look for them. It's a really good book and great for all ages. Highly recommend.
posted by booklion246 on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:05AM
by Palacio, R. J.
Children's Fiction PALACIO
I read this book and almost started crying. Its a sad book but has a happy ending. It has a good lesson: IGNORE EXTERNALS! I was also surprised to learn it was her first book. Its really amazing!
posted by chaya rox on Mar 3, 2014 at 2:33PM