Thursday, October 28, 2010

Damage Done by Hilary Davidson

It's been a long time since I have read a book with so many plot twists and turns, and yet the puzzle is pieced together very slowly. Lily Moore receives a phone call while in Spain telling her that her sister, Claudia, has been found dead in her apartment in New York City. Although estranged from her drug-addicted sister for quite some time, Lily goes back to handle the arrangements. However, things go from bad to worse when, after the initial viewing and autopsy, it is determined that the body found is not that of her sister. So where is Claudia?

Karen

Monday, October 25, 2010

Looking for Free Books for Your E-reader?

Here are a couple of locations where you can download pdf’s for the e-readers.

These Websites were suggested by Al Ramirez - Information Technology Manager

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Librarians are always recommending books, but maybe you didn't know that we love to hear your recommendations of books for us. Maureen G. told me I must read this book and her description was so inviting that I had to have The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot right away.

The author writes herself into this nonfiction book by telling the story through her ten-year-long research process. Rebecca Skloot documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. We also learn about how the discovery of the source of those cells affected her family for generations.

As Maureen said, "We all owe Henrietta Lacks a debt of gratitude."
Thanks Maureen!

Leona

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush

Former First Lady Laura Bush's memoirs were an instant best seller.  As a former teacher and librarian, she is well versed in the art of writing, which lends a distinct literary quality to her book.  She covers the expected topics of her life growing up in West Texas and how the "Old Maid of Midland" married the "Most Eligible Bachelor" of Midland.  She also provides insight into the 2000 election and the war on terror and talks with candor about her trips to Africa and the Mideast to reach out to the oppressed women of the Third World.  Librarians and non-librarians alike will appreciate the insight into what life was like in the White House before, during and after 9/11.

Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush

Dawn

Monday, October 18, 2010

Neighborhood Watch by Cammie McGovern

After twelve years in prison, librarian Betsy Treading is released after new DNA evidence shows that she could not have murdered her eccentric neighbor, Linda Sue Murphy. Although everyone is elated and always knew Betsy could not have done it, Betsy herself is not so sure. You see, Betsy is a sleepwalker. In the past, there have been several episodes where Betsy has done some very strange things while asleep. So now, Betsy feels compelled to do some sleuthing on her own and find out who actually killed Linda Sue. Hopefully, it wasn't Betsy...?

Karen

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Disappearance by Bentley Little

Attention horror readers! Bentley Little, in my opinion the very best horror writer, has a new book out. "The Disappearance" is not for the squeamish! The story revolves around four typical college students whose lives are about to change drastically when one of them disappears. Not only disappears, but is literally wiped off the face of the earth. No enrollment records, no facebook account; nothing! The police seem unwilling to help, even when there is a murder on campus. Is the disappearance and the murder connected?

Karen

Friday, October 1, 2010

Jonathan Franzen Freedom

The long-awaited follow-up to Franzen’s novel The Corrections does not disappoint. While it nears 600 pages, Freedom’s well-drawn conflicts and long stretches of inspired dialogue make it unlikely to become a doorstop. The book tells the story of Walter and Patty Berglund, an idealistic couple living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, who find their marriage strained by their son Joey’s decision to divorce them in favor of a shockingly different family next door and the encroachment of Richard Katz, a purposely obscure rock musician and longtime friend of Walter’s, on their relationship.

John