A 2015 National Book Award Finalist, this novel spans fifty years, following the lives of four friends from college to middle age. The story is absolutely beautiful and brutal, exploring themes of child abuse, trauma and recovery, and the limits of friendship and love. This is the kind of book that takes over your life while you read it, and inspires visceral reactions on every page.
Willowdean Dickson (nicknamed Dumplin' by her beauty queen Mom) is a big girl and she is almost totally comfortable with her size. The book takes her through romantic encounters that test her confidence, but the big challenge is entering the "Miss Teen Blue Bonnet" beauty pageant and parading across the stage in a bathing suit.
Willowdean is a hero and this is an excellent book for everyone - not just teens. It is filled with humor and a sprinkling of teen angst.
Originally written as an article in the Vanity Fair, Junger expands his thoughts of what it means to be part of a tribe in past and current societies. In times of great peril, typically during war times, human societies have found more connection and a deeper sense of self and place. Junger examines this phenomenon and further dives into current issues facing society locally and globally. At times this book made me feel sad, uncomfortable, reflective, shocked, and deeply moved. Junger pushes his readers to analyze the meaning of our lives and our communities we live in. One of my top reads of 2016!
This delightful animated movie will entertain kids and adults, alike! A misunderstood alien and a brave young girl find themselves on a wild adventure while on the hunt for "My Mom". Despite their cultural differences, this duo is able to teach each other the importance of courage and friendship. Check this movie out for your next Family Movie Night!
Butte, Montana was once a bustling city of 100,000 in the early 1900s, filled with miners from all over the world looking for work in the cooper mine. Butte and Park City share a similar past from boom to bust during the 19th and 20th century, hence any local history buff would enjoy this work of fiction by Ivan Doig. Work Song is a story about a gentleman working in the town’s local library, who then discovers the inner workings of the miners’ labor movement. Did You Know: Park City Library was once housed in the old Park City Miner’s Hospital, across the street. The Miner’s Hospital was built by the local miners’ union to provide medical treatment to the miners and their families.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a fantastic movie about turning your daydreams into your reality. Walter Mitty has an ordinary office job but dreams of things much bigger. When he is threatened with losing his job, he finally has a chance to pursue the adventures he always dreams about. This is a true feel-good movie with gorgeous scenery and the perfect mix of comedy, adventure, and heart.
Have you ever wondered how the National Parks came into fruition? This interesting and fact-filled account details part of America's most important history - the preservation of our natural environment! The audiobook version is a great road trip companion, including a variety of narrators to keep you coming back for more!
Dead Until Dark is the first novel in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries. You probably recognize the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, from the television show True Blood. While there are some similarities, the thirteen book series of novels takes the story of Sookie, Bill, Eric and Sam in a much different direction. In this first book, we meet Sookie, Bill and a few other major characters. We are also introduced to the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana - and the theme of small town life, a big part of the story. If you love paranormal romance with relatable, female main characters, try Dead Until Dark. If you enjoy Sookie's role as heroine, you are guaranteed to love the next twelve books, too.
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. The story, which could simply be heartbreaking, is told with humor and compassion and is a joy to read. Recommended for adults and kids, ages 9 +.