Sunday, September 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Janet Evanovich joined author Dorien Kelly to co-write a funny and romantic comedy entitled Love in a Nutshell. The story begins when Kate Appleton arrives in
's Harbor, MI, to reclaim her family’s summer lake house and transform it into a modern bed-and-breakfast business. Kate loves the old family home and takes refuge there after a double whammy--her marriage ends in divorce and she’s fired from her job as magazine editor. Keene
Shortly after she arrives in Keene’s Harbor, it becomes apparent that she must find a job if she is going to keep a roof over her head and update her home to create her bed-and-breakfast. Broke, Kate needs a job. She finally hears about one at the microbrewery. Owner Matt Culhane, who suspects an employee is sabotaging his brewery, hires Kate as a spy to infiltrate his employees and find the culprit. She also wants to earn the special “finder’s” bonus of $20,000 to renovate her house.
But several problems present themselves. Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss. Can these two find the saboteur, save Kate's family home, and keep a killer from closing in? And resist their growing attraction to one another?
Evanovich and Kelly worked well together to create a book filled with humor and appealing characters. Love in a Nutshell is delicious fun to read or listen to.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
out of hiding to aid the FBI in prosecuting this mafia group, does she continue her latest, new life and bring her new loved ones into danger, or does she run yet another time?
The novel was compelling and difficult to put down. Ms. Roberts drew me into the story. At times, I felt that I was there experiencing exactly what Elizabeth/Abigail was going through.
VM – Reference Desk
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A Mountain of Crumbs is Gorokhova's memoir of growing up in the Leningrad during the cold war. Beautifully written, this book takes us through familiar coming of age territory but is a setting where none of the stuff of childhood and adolesence (shoes, toys, bluejeans or books) is taken for granted.
A Mountain of Crumbs is the Fall 2012 One Book One Community Read selection for Marquette.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
The strength of this book is the story, not the style. Kersjes idea, that his class of special needs kids would benefit from participating in Space Camp with the brightest and most advantaged kids in the country, was not supported by his school principal or even the special education superintendent. But he persisted and proved that given a chance, these kids could be successful.
The events in this book took place in 1988-1989. The book was orignally published in 2002. It came to my attention about a couple of weeks ago when a patron told me about the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie based on this story. I wanted to read the book first so I would know which parts of the movie were true. As it turns out, the movie is mostly true to the book. One of the neatest things about the movie is the casting of the kids in Kersjes's class. Many actually had the same challenges as the characters they were portraying.
E.M. -- Reference Desk
Sunday, January 15, 2012
(The following Best of 2011 list was orginally published in the Marquette Mining Journal.)
Goodbye 2011, hello 2012! The New Year is already upon us, so this is an excellent time to look back at the best new books I have personally read in the last year. Working at the Peter White Public Library provides a great opportunity to see all the new and interesting books that come in, and I’m always on the lookout for something good to read. Here is my Top 5 from 2011, and just for fun let’s make it a countdown.
5. Mission of Honor by David Weber – This is the twelfth book in the acclaimed military science fiction series, and it may have been the best one yet. For those who don’t know, The Honor Harrington series is basically Horatio Hornblower in space. If you are looking for a new series to read for 2012, you may want to take a look at this series. It should appeal to all military and science fiction fans.
4. The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson – This book provides an incredible inside look at the enigmatic world of the top hedge fund managers on Wall Street. This is certainly one of the more interesting books of 2011, and if you have ever seen a Wall Street executive on C-SPAN being grilled in front of Congress and wondered how he got where he is today, The Quants is the book for you.
2. Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales – If you are like me and have been watching ESPN for years then this is a must read. Did you know that ESPN stand for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network? Were you aware of the rampant allegations of sexual harassment in the early days of the company? There are a lot of things you would never have guessed about one of the most successful cable companies of all time, and if you want to know more then you need to definitely give this a try.
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – When I pulled this book out of the bin one Saturday morning did I know this would be the best book I would read all year? No, but after reading the inside cover I knew it would be one of the most interesting. The story takes place in the year 2044, and the real world is falling apart, so everyone is logged into a virtual reality network called OASIS which has supplanted reality in every aspect. People go to school, have jobs and spend the majority of their lives on OASIS. When the billionaire creator dies and leaves his fortune to one lucky individual who can solve an in-game quest, it sparks a worldwide hunt that has real world implications. This book will appeal to any science fiction fan, or anyone interested in the future. It is jammed full of sci-fi and 80’s references. If you read this you will not be disappointed.
B. S. – Circulation Department