Staff Picks: August 2013

Joy for beginners

Joy for beginners Book Cover

This is a great chick book. Kate has survived cancer and the ensuing treatment. She is challenged by her friend Marion to celebrate her new lease on life by taking a river trip with her daughter. Kate is reticent but then Marion challenges all six of the friends to also do something that scares them. The reader follows each of the friends and their personal challenge.

The Bartender’s Tale

The Bartender’s Tale Book Cover

This is a delightful story about a simpler time, a father’s love for his son and their adventures in a small northern Montana town. The father is a proprietor of a bar, aka, the local community watering hole. We follow Rusty and his best friend, Francie, through their childhood, their adventures and their coming of age. I did not want this to book to end.

The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni Book Cover

The golem and the jinni are two mythical creatures. Chava, a golem, is a creature made of clay and brought to life by an evil rabbi. Ahmad is a jinni, a creature born of fire and trapped for 1000 years in a copper flask. He is accidentally released in late nineteenth century New York City. While this may sound sort of strange, it is a wonderful story of two strange people who look like normal humans, become friends and help each other when no one else will. It is very well written and you care about these characters from the very first page. You come to the end too soon and will wish that there was more to read of Chava and Ahmad.