Staff Picks

Until Tuesday : a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him

Until Tuesday : a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him Book Cover

A Captain in the US Army assigned to curtail arms smuggling at the border of Syria and Iraq, Montalvan returns home haunted by the war, in constant pain from a traumatic brain injury, physical wounds, and extreme PTSD, he got to the point where he couldn’t even climb a flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank, he argued, and cut himself off from people he loved. He was sent an email from the VA about service dogs and them met Tuesday, a golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. This turned his life around. Told in his voice, Montalvan speaks about his feelings about the war, officials in the military and our government, and how he felt betrayed by them. Very compelling story in all of its aspects.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010 Book Cover

Very interesting pieces that are well-written and informative. I had planned on reading just the stories that were interesting to me but actually read them all. If you have any interest in science and nature you won’t be disappointed.

The Butterfly’s Daughter

The Butterfly’s Daughter Book Cover

Following the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico, four different women find transformation. The main character is Luz Avila, who has always lived with her grandmother, the butterfly lady. Her grandmother buys an orange VW bug for the long trip from Wisconsin to Mexico. Along the way, Luz attracts a collection of lost women and a dog, seeking change in their lives. This is a very entertaining read about women's friendships and the information on the migrating monarchs is fascinating

The One that I Want

The One that I Want Book Cover

Thirty-two year old Tilly Farmer thinks her life is perfect. She is married to her high school sweetheart, working as a guidance counselor in her hometown, trying for a baby. Tilly has had a hard life -her mother died when she was young and she took a lot of responsibility for everyone else. But, Tilly is a cheerleader -always plastering a smile on her face. After visiting the local fair one summer, everything changes. Tilly wanders into the fortune teller’s tent and is greeted by an old friend, who gives her the "gift of clarity."

Summer Rental

Summer Rental Book Cover

If you are looking for a nice quick and predictable read for your summer vacation be sure to check this book out from the library. It is a story about 3 best friends who rent a run-down beach house on the Outer Banks for one month. They come with their own baggage with hopes of finding answers to their life’s questions. Add to this mix a handsome landlord with an ex-wife who is a very beautiful but greedy woman, escaping her abusive husband that just embezzled millions from his friend .There is plenty of adventure in this book. It is a predictable read but in a lovely summer read way as you will want to see what happens next in the characters’ lives.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana Book Cover

When the Taliban invaded Kabul, the Sidiqi family was forced to rearrange family roles. The men and of the family were forced to leave the city, and the women and girls were unable to continue careers or education, which was very devastating to them. Unable to work and provide for the family as they were shut in their home, the women joined together to start sewing in their home for tailors throughout the city. Not only were they able to form a successful business during those hard times, they also educated and helped many women in similar situations to start their own business ventures, which brought back the empowerment of women in a terrifying time.

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale Book Cover

In Maus, Spiegelman narrates the story of his father’s survival of WWII and transforms it into a graphic novel. Through comic-book form, Spiegelman depicts the struggles and heartache of his family trying to survive in Nazi-occupied Poland. Because of the nature of the book, the reader is transported into the story with images and imagination, both of which make the story that much more moving.

The Bride’s House

The Bride’s House Book Cover

This is the story of three generations of woman in the historical mining town of Georgetown, Colorado. The beautiful house they live in is the envy of everyone, but full of their secrets of shame, love and betrayal. Dallas does a wonderful job of creating charming characters intertwined with accurate historical depictions of a mining town that is reminiscent of the old days of Park City. With the rise and fall of the mining town, these woman struggle to balance society, class, family and love.

Dreams of Joy

Dreams of Joy Book Cover

This book is the continuing story of Shanghai Girls. May & Pearl’s daughter Joy fleas to China in 1957 to uncover the family secrets. At this time Mao’s Great Leap Forward occurs where close to 45 million Chinese experience death. The author does an excellent job in the portrayal of this horrific event and gives us a great story. If you liked Shanghai Girls you will like the continuing saga of this book.

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches Book Cover

This is the first book in a trilogy involving Dr. Diana Bishop (a witch), Matthew Clairmont (1500 year old vampire) and a very old valuable manuscript that contains secrets of the occult’s evolution. This book is a page turned for those who like history, magic, love and romance, and a bit of adventure all rolled into one great read. The last page leaves you hanging on for more to come in the second book.