Wednesday, December 19, 2007
by Rhys Bowen.
Bowen’s new series lives up to her previous “Constable Evans” and “Molly Murphy” series. It seems like a mixture of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.
Lady Victoria Georgina Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch, is 34th in line for the throne of England. As a poor relation, she finds herself looking for ways to live the LIFE without any funds. A summons from the Queen leads to spying on her cousin David and that American tart he’s interested in.
This series is another lighthearted mystery romp - this time through the world of English aristocracy in the late 1920s.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
by Julie Whitaker& Ian Whitelaw
The Horse is not only for horse owners or equestrians, but for anyone who has a fondness for horses. The book is loaded with historical facts, trivia, as well as information about evolution, breeds, style of riding, as well as other numerous topics. Because the layout of the The Horse is unique, the reader doesn’t have to start with chapter one . . . just open the book to any section, any page.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
by Diane Setterfield
Vida Winter, a popular historical novelist, is at the end of her life. She hires Margaret Lea to write her extraordinary life story before it's too late. As the strange tale of the Angelfields unfolds, Margaret is mesmerized. Soon, she is uncovering old and new mysteries, as well as discovering personal revelations.
This is an captivating novel. Setterfield delves into the world of twins and their unique connection as well as the power of uncovering the past .
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Here are some fun facts that will help you in your next trivia game. These are the interesting facts that make some of our presidents memorable. A fun book to read!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Miss Jane Kinneson is the owner of Kingdom Mountain, located on the US-Canadian border in upstate Vermont. She is an interesting character - independent, intelligent, and more than a bit eccentric.
On Kingdom Mountain is a delightful read, the story is imaginative, and the characters are fun. This book is part historical fiction with a little bit of mystery and a sweet love story. Wonderful!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
by Connie Schultz
Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz tells the inside story of her husband Sherrod Brown's campaign for the U.S. Senate from the fall of 2005 until the 2006 election. From mundane details like clothing choices and haircuts to gut-wrenching betrayals by friends and sacrifices by family, the author makes you feel like you are right there with her through these long months. I've always liked Connie Schultz' writing and point of view. If you do too, or just want to find out what a political campaign is like from the inside, this is a captivating book to read.
- Linda B.
Monday, November 5, 2007
by Tom Grace
Friday, November 2, 2007
by Suzanne Berne
Monday, October 29, 2007
As an audio book, I very much enjoyed listening to Terrance Hardiman's voice, a well-known actor with BBC-TV!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Summer Breeze is the second book of a four-part series entitled Four Seasons.
Kim's mother-in-law has come to town to stay . . . permanently! Other changes happen to Deepwater Cove, bringing the community together: there's a mystery to solve and a romance to follow. Read on!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Tipping Point is a book about how change happens. Tipping points happen when people act as connectors, mavens and salesmen and ideas become "sticky". In practical language, Malcolm Gladwell picks apart the notion of the epidemic using sociology & psychology. From Hush Puppy shoes to Sesame Street, he shows how ideas can take hold & why.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
by Debra Knapke and Alison Beck
Perennials for Ohio is an excellent reference book for any gardener. The book is small but packed with information and photos. It contains a chart listing the colors for the different species, blooming season, height, partiality to light, and soil conditions. There are tips how to use species in the landscape, problems or pests, and other pertinent information helpful to any gardener.
A must-read during the winter months while planning the special garden or renovating the landscape.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
This BBC production of modern day re-tellings of 4 Shakespeare plays is brilliant. If you only get to see one, let it be Taming of the Shrew. Shirley Henderson & Rufus Sewell steal the show as a modern day Kate Minola & Petruchio with a feminist twist. James McElvoy is Macbeth, the brilliant chef who wants the restaurant. Much Ado about Nothing takes place in a newsroom and Midsummer Night's Dream at a British vacation resort.
Some of the endings are different than the plays (I won't tell you which) but they always work. Even if you don't get Shakespeare, you'll love it. Honestly, there's nothing better on the telly.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
by Nicholas Sparks
Wilson was brought up differently than his wife Jane, whose parents were happily married for 50 years and showed their love for one another. He uses their marriage as a guide to heal his marriage, hoping his wife will fall back in love with him.
The Wedding is a tender and romantic love story and sequel to The Notebook, the love story of Noah and Allie Calhoun, Jane’s parents.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Inspired by the author’s original family memoirs, this book, the third in the trilogy (which includes These Is My Words and Sarah’s Quilt), is told in diary form. It tells the extraordinary story of Sarah Prine, a feisty pioneer woman struggling to make a life for herself and her family in the harsh Arizona Territory in 1906. This engaging, well-researched novel is part historical fiction, part western and part romance, and thoroughly entertaining.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
by Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver has been known as the quintessential nature poet for decades. Her observations of the the most common occurrence in nature have always been revelations. In Thirst, Mary's poetry takes an important turn. Following the death of her partner of 40 years, Mary has a long dark year of the soul. The poems that are the result are nothing short of beautiful.
An Ohio native, Mary Oliver is one of our finest living poets. Her poems can be appreciated by anyone who reads poetry.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
by Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer
Friday, September 7, 2007
Lots can happen in nineteen minutes. Jodi Picoult shows just how suddenly lives can be altered in this story of a school massacre that is told through not only from the point of view of the victims but also of the shooter. Very thought-provoking, Nineteen Minutes is yet another good book by this author.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Rosemary, a lovely & naive woman from Tasmania, is thrust into the New York City world of eccentric book dealers & collectors following the death of her mother. Set in the Arcade (aka NYC's The Strand), she becomes entangled in a mystery involving a lost manuscript of Herman Melville. The plot thickens as staff manipulate her for clues to its whereabouts by using her as a ploy.
Full of intrigue & quirky characters, this is a novel for bibliophiles who dream of acquiring rare books.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
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Saturday, August 18, 2007
I have many guilty pleasures. I love culinary snobbery, biting satires and witty characters. Cooking with Fernet Branca has this in spades with Gerald Samper, a ghostwriter for celebrities living in Tuscany. He fancies himself a culinary genius of great daring. His neighbor, Marta, has arrived from Voynovia, a fictitious ex-soviet region and is an earthy composer for an Italian avant-garde filmmaker. What follows is a comedy of manners told in the first person of each character.
Truly outrageous, this is one of the wittiest of contemporary novels.
Friday, August 17, 2007
by Joe Bageant
Available through CLEVNET, Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War, a new book by Joe Bageant, is an eye-opening story of the author’s return to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia after a 30-year absence. Besides introducing readers to colorful characters, Bageant gives an educational (and heart-wrenching) account of how our society’s unacknowledged class system came to be.
- Linda B.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
by Nicole Mones
By the author of Lost in Translation, this is an intelligent love story full of culinary and cultural detail.
Monday, August 13, 2007
by Jan Goldstein
Friday, August 10, 2007
by Sylvia Browne
If you were intrigued by the premise put forth in the DaVinci Code, you will find Sylvia Browne's book very interesting and enlightening. She explores the controversies surrounding the birth and life of Jesus.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
by Karen Kingsbury
When Joy Came to Stay is an inspirational story about Maggie Stovall and the lie she has carried and hidden very well throughout her life. Depression overcomes her and while she's in a mental hospital, Maggie's husband desperately goes in search for answers in her past. Interwoven in this plot is the story of a little girl named Amanda Joy who is lost in the foster care system and is in search of a family that will love her. Grab some kleenex and enjoy this book!
Monday, August 6, 2007
by Robyn Carr
After suffering a tragedy, Melinda Monroe decides she needs a change of scenery. She leaves Los Angeles and accepts the position of nurse-practitioner/midwife in the small rural community of Virgin River, where she finds more than she bargained for. If you enjoy small town settings, likeable characters and good storylines, you will enjoy this book. Virgin River is the first book in the Virgin River Series. Shelter Mountain and Whispering Rock round out the trilogy.
Friday, August 3, 2007
by Barbara Kingsolver
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Sweet Land is a love story set in rural Minnesota during the 1920's. When Olaf Torvik sends for a mail order bride from Sweden, he is unaware that Inge Altenberg is German. The Lutheran minister refuses to marry the couple following years of anti-German sentiment after World War I. Eventually, as the two work their farm together, they fall in love.
Beautifully filmed and a delightful story - is that rare film the whole family can enjoy together. Rated PG and available on DVD at the Burton Public Library.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
by Kathryn Fox
Dr. Anya Crichton, a forensic physician, sets out to uncover a violent serial rapist. While reviewing medical records, questionable practices by a reputable pathologist throw shadows over old case evidence. Conflicted by a desire to find the rapist and the possible exposure of negligence, Dr. Crichton knows that no matter how she proceeds things are going to get worse.
Readers of Patricia Cornwell, Tami Hoag and Tess Gerritsen will enjoy this new author in the forensic suspense genre.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
by Patrick Taylor
The proud owner of a new medical degree, Barry Laverty jumps at the chance to get a job as an assistant in a tiny rural practice with an older doctor. Fingal O’Reilly never lets his eccentric patients get the upper hand. Barry can’t decide if feisty O’Reilly is the finest teacher he’s ever had or perhaps the biggest quack he has ever encountered.
A humorous, light-hearted tale in the tradition of James Herriot.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
- Linda W.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
by Caroline B. Cooney
A wonderfully funny yet poignant story written for young adolescents is Hit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney. Published in 2006, it is the story of 16-year-old Brit and her 86-year-old grandmother Nannie, who is determined to attend her 65th college reunion in
– Linda B.
Monday, July 16, 2007
by Linda Olsson
Astrid & Veronika is about a friendship that develops between two women - Veronika, a young writer, and Astrid, an older, reclusive neighbor. Set in a tiny village in Sweden, Astrid & Veronika strike up a friendship based on loss. Spare and beautiful, this is a well written story.
Friday, July 13, 2007
by Jacqueline Mitchard
Available as book or book on CD at BPL.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
by Susan Cheever