Staff Picks

Mrs Lincoln’s Dressmaker

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This is a thought-provoking historical fiction, giving readers a glimpse into the intimate lives of the Lincoln’s through the eyes of Elizabeth Keckley. Elizabeth, a former slave who used her skills that helped her buy her freedom, became a well-known dressmaker for the elite. One of which was none other than Mary Todd Lincoln. Elizabeth becomes Mary’s best friend and confidant, helping Mary through the good and the bad. A great story that makes you feel like you are right there with Elizabeth as all of the events unfold.

The Patron way : from fantasty to fortune, lessons on taking any business from idea to iconic brand : the untold inside story of the world’s most successful tequila

The Patron way : from fantasty to fortune, lessons on taking any business from idea to iconic brand : the untold inside story of the world’s most successful tequila Book Cover

This is a fascinating read as well as a captivating story from beginning to end with a motto of believing in yourself . This story has passion for the product as well as the ups and downs of getting a new product to market and accepted by the industry. The author also allows us into her personal life with the founders of Patron- Martin Crowley and John Paul Dejoria . What a ride Patron had from the beginning .

Tales of the night [videorecording-JDVD]

Tales of the night [videorecording-JDVD] Book Cover

Tales of the Night by Michel Ocelot presents six animated classic tales from all over the world by juxtaposing dark silhouettes with a vivacious colorful background. The rich colors are so stunning and memorizing that visual immersion is irresistible. This film offers a truly unique experience in storytelling.

A tale for the time being

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A woman walking along the beach on an island in the remote Pacific Northwest, finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox containing a diary written by a young Japanese girl and other assorted items. She believes that it is part of the debris from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The diary is in English, the letters in Japanese. She wonders if the girl was killed in the disaster or committed suicide as implied in the diary. A very moving tale of the young girl and her life in Tokyo, her great-grandmother, a Zen Buddhist nun and her great-uncle, a Kamikaze pilot in WWII.

Afterwards

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A woman runs into a burning school to rescue her teenage daughter. Both are grievously injured and are in comas. They find each other as spirits and follow their family and friends as they try to discover who set the fire and why. It may sound weird but works amazingly well and you come to care deeply for all of the characters. It is a compelling study of mothers and daughters and what we all would do for those we love. This book will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

Joy for beginners

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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

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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

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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.

Women of the Frontier

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"16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, entrepreneurs, and rebel Rousers" so says the by-line in this book. A wonderful and well written book of the women who helped shaped the west with their stories. The book also recounts the major impact pioneers had on those who settled into the new regions of American. These woman possessed a strong spirit in relocating from their comfy surroundings to the wild west of the unknown regions such as the Mexican & Oregon territory. As you read amongst the pages you will come to know Sarah Winnemucca who fought the Government over the treatment of American Indians and many more women whose tales of courage will amaze the reader. You will not find these stories in your History classroom!

Ladies Night

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A great summer read , full of adventure and revenge sprinkled with humor. The author has great character development along with a good story line. I found myself laughing outloud with some of the character’s madcap revenge techniques. The reader will not be disappointed with this latest Andrews book.