26. June 2012 14:08
We've added some more ebooks as of today. Just to get it out of the way, we now have two ebook copies of the Fifty Shades series: all three books in one checkout. Unfortunately, both copies are already checked out. You can add yourself to a waiting list, though.
So. Here's the list of new books, with links to the website:
- Blood feud, by Lisa Alther
- Zombie, by J. R. Angelella
- Something for nothing, by David Anthony
- Girls from da hood 6, by Ashley Antoinette, Amaleka McCall, and JaQuavis Coleman
- Vow, by Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter and Dana Wilkerson
- Anything for a vote, by Joseph Cummins
- I am Spartacus, by Kirk Douglas and George Clooney
- Jane Austen for beginners, by robert Dryden and Joe Lee
- Bitter lemons of Cyprus, Lawrence Durrell
- Dark frost, by Jennifer Estep
- When the devil holds the candle, by Karin Fossum and Felicity David
- Ann the word, by Richard Francis
- Tricia Goyer World War II series (From dust and ashes, Night song, Dawn of a thousand nights, Arms of deliverance), by Tricia N. Goyer
- Astride a pink horse, by Robert Greer
- The right to be wrong, by Kevin Seamus Hasson
- Assume nothing, by Gar Anthony Haywood
- The Regency rakes trilogy (A proper companion, A change of heart, An affair of honor), by Candice Hern
- Courting justice, by Brenda Jackson
- Fifty shades trilogy bundle (Fifty shades of grey, Fifty shades darker, Fifty shades freed), by E. L. James
- The Amateur, by Edward Klein
- Freezing, by Clea Koff
- Odd interlude #1, by Dean Koontz
- Pictures of you, by Caroline Leavitt
- Requiem, by Brian MacArthur
- It's even worse than it looks, by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
- Against the sun, by Kat Martin
- America, you sexy bitch, by Meghan McCain and Michael Black
- Ferris Beach, by Jill McCorkle
- Buried in buttercream, by G. A. McKevett
- Jane Austen, by Valerie Grosvenor Myer
- The Killer book of serial killers, by Tom and Michael Philbin
- Girls from da hood 7, by Nikki-Michelle Redd and Erick S. Gray
- Implosion, by Joel C. Rosenberg
- Almost a woman, by Esmeralda Santiago
- Awkward, by Sam Scholfield and Eliot Lucas
- Babes in Tinseltown, by Sheri Cobb South
- My extraordinary ordinary life, by Sissy Spacek
- Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
- Kitty cornered, by Bob Tarte
- Story of a soul, by Thérèse of Lisieux
- Slipping into darkness, by Maxine Thompson
- Imperial legend, by Alexis S. Troubetzkoy
- Bagombo snuff box, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Deadeye Dick, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Fates worse than death, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Palm Sunday, by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Timequake, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Welcome to the monkey house, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Walking into the ocean, by David Whellams
- Mama makes up her mind, by Bailey White
- Just breathe, by Susan Wiggs
Enjoy! And remember, if you need help with our ebooks, just give us a call.
24. June 2012 22:53
I actually enjoyed this book quite a lot. It's not what I was looking for, or expecting, but in its own way it's very good. I was looking for an objective biography of Bahá'u'lláh. What I found was a rather detailed, mostly devotional story of both the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh written by a believer. If that's what you're looking for, or are willing to read, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book. The language is clearly influenced by the style of the English translations of the Bahá'í Writings. It seems a little stilted and old-fashioned, but that's not necessarily off-putting. There are lots of notes and references for those who like that type of thing. Personally, on a first reading, I generally ignore end notes. If they're footnotes at the bottom of the page, I'll read them. In this case, the notes are almost exclusively supporting references to source material. I ignored them this time. I would likely pay more attention on a second reading, or if I were using this book for research.
If you're looking to learn more about the founders of this lesser known faith, this is an excellent place to start. It is more useful if you already have some understanding of the Bahá'i faith. I would recommend a more general work, such as Bahá'u'lláh And The New Era: An Introduction To The Bahá'í Faith by J.E. Esslemont if you have no knowledge of the faith. I also recommend it for students of world religions.
18. June 2012 15:19
Geraldine Brooks’s novel Caleb’s Crossing is set in the 1600’s. Bethia Mayfield grows up in a community of Puritans. She ventures out and forms a secret friendship with the son of a chieftain that influences her life. Bethia is strong, resolute and committed. Written in her voice she tells her life story …the yearnings closed to her because of her sex, her struggles with her religious beliefs and the guilt she carries. I enjoyed reading this book. Her struggles mirror conflicts that we all may have had to experience.
15. June 2012 14:03
By Geoffrey Dunn
The author writes the first full-scale and in-depth political biography of the controversial Republican politician who was John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race. Mr. Dunn writes of her life before politics and beginnings of her political life beginning with the city council in Wasilla. He also tells of how McCain’s staff spent very little time getting to know Sarah Palin. Basically, they knew that she was a popular, attractive, conservative woman. Also discussed were her reactions to criticism of her violent rhetoric in wake of shooting in Arizona of Gabrielle Giffords and several of her constituents. This book was better written book than the book Joe McGinnis wrote about her. I recommend it to learn about this unique person.
14. June 2012 20:12
This historic novel is the title for our next Brown Bag & a Book Discussion Group, which meets on June 20th at noon. The story itself is imagined or fictional, but many of the characters are based on historic personages and their factual lives. This novel is set on an island in the Martha’s Vineyard area of the colonies around the late 1600s-early 1700s. English settlers and the Indian natives co-inhabit this island—mostly peacefully. The story is told from the point of view of an imaginary girl, Bethia, from her childhood to her old age. Bethia loves her island life and the nature that surrounds her and also craves learning. She becomes a lifelong friend and “soul mate” with a native youth, Caleb.
His remarkable story is based on an actual young man’s life; a man who learned the English language and customs, converted to Christianity, became very educated, and even graduated from Harvard College. If his life weren’t based on fact, I think it would be almost too much to be believed for that era! The spirituality and religious faith of the characters is an important theme throughout this book. For me, the author’s descriptions of nature, the character’s emotions, and their life events are beautifully written.
I’m also listening to the audiobook. The woman narrator has a fabulous reading voice that is keeping me even more interested in this story than my reading of the book. If you’ve read this book, come and join our discussion.
4. June 2012 16:45
Interwoven with this informative story of author Scott Simon and his wife Caroline, who adopted their daughters, Elise and Lina, from China, are interesting accounts of numerous other families who include adopted childen. Their many and varied experiences -- "blending" their families; means of discipline; dealing with comments and prejudices of those outside the immediate family; questions of whether or not to try to contact "birth parents"; etc., etc., are related in a humorous and very readable fashion. Baby, We were meant for each other truly offers many reasons for the author to write a book "in praise of adoption"!
23. May 2012 17:27
Ths is the library Brown Bag and a Book selection for June. I don't want to give away the story, but I will say I enjoyed the book very much once I got past the language of 17th century Puritan community. Some of the words are archaic and only by reading and using context clues can you figure out the story.
Told by Bethia Mayfield, the daughter of the minister on a remote island, the story is both heartening and tragic. I imagine that is what life was about in the first few years of an established colony. Bethia is not the typical daughter of a colonist. She longs for an education equal to her brother's, but women are not educated equal to the men in that era. Also, the author delves into Native American and colonists' relationships, educating the Native American boys, converting the Native Americans to Christianity, and the rights of the women in the colony.
An interesting book, to say the least.