Summer Reading Challenge
The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge begins on June 8! Check out this list of tasks to keep you busy reading and having fun this summer!
Brown Bags & Books
Join us at the library on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon for Brown Bags & Books. Bring a sack lunch or enjoy our light refreshments as you listen to a book review.
January 22 Roger Lyons
The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner
February 26 Kelly Phelps
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
March 25 David Berry
Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
April 22 Kevin Corley
13 Steps for Charlie Birger by Kevin Corley
May 27 Leo Gher
Fire & Wind by Leo Gher
June 24 Sam Stearns
War Is a Racket by Smedley Butler
July 22 Jeff Campbell
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann
August 26 Rachel Parish
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
September 23 Emily Drone
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
October 28 Janet Jones
The Overstory by Richard Powers
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*Sign up with an email and password, choose your library, accept the terms and conditions, then enter your library card number and 4 digit PIN
Sherry’s Pick of the Month
How It Happened by Michael Koryta
This book is available at our library and as an ebook and eaudiobook on the Cloud Library
Check out this synopsis from Goodreads
“And that is how it happened. Can we stop now?”
Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.
Not Rob Barrett, the FBI investigator and interrogator specializing in telling a true confession from a falsehood. He’s been circling Kimberly and her conspirators for months, waiting for the right avenue to the truth, and has finally found it. He knows, as strongly as he’s known anything, that Kimberly’s story—a grisly, harrowing story of a hit and run fueled by dope and cheap beer that becomes a brutal stabbing in cold blood—is how it happened. But one thing remains elusive: where are Jackie and Ian’s bodies?
After Barrett stakes his name and reputation on the truth of Kimberly’s confession, only to have the bodies turn up 200 miles from where she said they’d be, shot in the back and covered in a different suspect’s DNA, the case is quickly closed and Barrett forcibly reassigned. But for Howard Pelletier, the tragedy of his daughter’s murder cannot be so tidily swept away. And for Barrett, whose career may already be over, the chance to help a grieving father may be the only one he has left.
How It Happened is a frightening, tension-filled ride into the dark heart of rural American from a writer Stephen King has called “a master” and the New York Times has deemed “impossible to resist.”
Krys’ Pick of the Month
Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys by Billy Crystal
Available at our library and as an eaudiobook on the Cloud Library.
A synopsis from Goodreads is below
Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America’s favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career
Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like “Buying the Plot” and “Nodding Off,” Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever “test positive for Maalox”), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (“the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac”), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.
Lisa’s Pick of the Month
The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Available as an ebook and eaudiobook on the Hoopla.
Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.
“An epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling . . . Moving and riveting.” —VIET THANH NGUYEN, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.
Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.
The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English.
Makenzie’s Pick of the Month
First Prize Pies by Allison Kave
Available at our library.
Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.
Allison Kave made pies as a hobby, until one day her boyfriend convinced her to enter a Brooklyn pie-making contest. She won. In fact, her pies were such a hit that she turned pro.
People can’t get enough of her Bourbon Ginger Pecan pie, her whimsical Root Beer Float Pie, her addictive Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie. And the crusts—oh, the crusts!—are so impossibly flaky, so utterly delicious, that pie eaters around the world will rejoice that Allison has at last divulged her techniques and tips. Organized by month, the book includes pies for every sweet tooth, from inventive pies like Chocolate Lavender Teatime to old-school comfort pies like Candy Apple.
Also available from Allison Kave: Butter & Scotch.
Emily’s Pick of the Month
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Available at our library and as an ebook and eaudiobook on the Cloud Library.
Check out this synopsis from Goodreads
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America—majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way—and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).
Ray’s Pick of the Month
The Goodbye Man by Jeffery Deaver
Available at our library and as an ebook and eaudiobook on Cloud Library.
Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below
A thrilling new Colter Shaw adventure by the master of suspense, Jeffery Deaver.
In pursuit of two young men accused of terrible hate crimes, Colter Shaw stumbles upon a clue to another mystery. In an effort to save the life of a young woman–and possibly others–he travels to the wilderness of Washington State to investigate a mysterious organization. Is it a community that consoles the bereaved? Or a dangerous cult under the sway of a captivating leader? As he peels back the layers of truth, Shaw finds that some people will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden.
All the while, Shaw must unravel an equally deadly enigma: locating and deciphering a message hidden by his father years ago, just before his death–a message that will have life-and-death consequences.