Library Staff Recommended Reading June 2015

Recommended Reading Archive

The dream lover : a novel

The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg. 

This historical novel describes the often mysterious and largely unknown life of French author George Sand.  George Sand is the pen name for Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, a woman author in France in the early 1800's who changed her name to that of a man in order to be taken seriously by the literary world.  But she was not only avant-garde in respect to her writing, she was also notorious for her flamboyant lifestyle. She left her husband and children to move to Paris where she could pursue a writing career. She dressed in men's clothing, smoked cigars, and openly took lovers, both male and female.  The novel shifts back and forth in time from her childhood in the Berry region of France to her later years in Paris where she achieved success as an author.  A fascinating look at a woman who was about 200 years ahead of her time!                                                                 

~Milly Strawn~

Shadow scale

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (YA)


In this companion to the Morris Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling Seraphina, author Rachel Hartman takes readers from the kingdom of Goredd and on a journey through the neighboring Southlands as Seraphina Dombegh (a gifted flutist and half-dragon) searches for her kin.  A dragon civil war is steadily escalating and about to seep over into Goredd.  In an attempt to protect the homeland and people she loves, Seraphina must gather the other half-dragons, using their varied gifts as a powerful defense.  Though she accepts her quest with relish, hoping to gain the family and friends she sorely lacked as a secreted child, her quest steadily becomes more challenging as self-doubt, politics, an ill-fated romance, and an old enemy hobble her way.  Hartman has a gift for world-building, and her beautiful language, accompanied by believable characters, kingdoms, histories, and dragons, allows the reader to fully immerse him or herself in the tale.  The volume is highly recommended for fantasy fans, as well as those who have enjoyed the work of authors Kristen Cashore, Tamora Pierce, and Robin McKinley.  Consider diving into the first book of the series, Seraphina, also available at EGPL!                                                                                                                                                              

~ Abby Landers ~

Emma : a modern retelling

Emma:  a modern retelling by Alexander McCall Smith

Two hundred years ago, in 1815, Jane Austen wrote her timeless novel, "Emma." The present day version, written by popular British author, Alexander McCall Smith, places the familiar personalities in the same English village but now they drive Mini-Coopers, use cell phones and discuss the latest nutritional fads. But the charming use of language that draws readers to other books by Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Series, etc.) is what truly carries this story. The author's warm humor comes across as Emma Woodhouse meddles one too many times and, finally, finds the capacity to change.                                 

~Nancy Arevalo~


Rook by Sharon Cameron. 

A swashbuckling tale of adventure and intrigue, but not historical fiction.  While the social and political setting resembles the French Revolution, this is a new revolution in a future time where the people no longer remember the past.  Those in power want the past forgotten in order to stay in power, but there is an underground movement to recover the past and learn from it.  The jails are filling up with those who oppose the revolution and they are being rescued by a mysterious hero known only as the Red Rook because of the red-stained rook feather left in the empty jail cells.  Sophia Bellamy knows all about the ongoing hunt for the Red Rook, but she is currently distracted by the marriage arranged for her by her father.  It is their last hope for keeping the family out of debt and avoiding complete ruin.   As it turns out, Sophia’s fiancé is keeping his own secrets which adds to the intrigue.  Who can be trusted?  Who is in league with whom?  And will the Red Rook live through another rescue? (Recommended for age 14 and up)                                                                                                                                                                              

~Sue Daniels~


An affair to remember

North by northwest

Cary Grant Double Feature

Cary Grant is considered one of the greatest stars to ever grace the screen, an impeccable blend of looks, charm, and wit. Here you’ll find him in peak form headlining these two cinematic masterpieces.


In An Affair to Remember (1957), notorious tabloid playboy Nickie Ferrante (Grant) is finally off the market, set to marry Manhattan socialite Lois Clark…if he can only get there first. While crossing the Atlantic en route to New York, Ferrante meets and falls in love with nightclub singer Terry McKay, who is also on her way home to her fiancé. With obstacles to conquer and plans to be together, they agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. But will they make it? You’ll have to find out for yourself, but you’ll enjoy every minute doing so in one of the greatest and most surprising romances of all time.

Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest (1959) finds Grant the victim of mistaken identity, on the run from a mysterious organization and wanted by the FBI. From New York to Chicago to Mount Rushmore, Grant battles to survive while looking to uncover the truth. In an unrivaled career, North By Northwest is one of Hitchcock’s finest films, captivating from start to finish, and a masterclass in cinematography.                                                       

~Noah Weckwerth~

To be sung underwater : a novel

To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal

Refusing to dub her current predicament a mid-life-crisis, Judith Whitman’s “swerve” in the bland course of her life leads her to recreating her childhood bedroom in a storage unit under the false name “Edie Winks,” in a single stroke of spontaneity. After an accumulation of untold secrets with her banker husband in LA and a daughter descending into the difficult teenage years, Judith begins to analyze what exactly went wrong in the life she was certain she’d always wanted. Under McNeal’s skillful pen, Judith’s wilting marriage is juxtaposed alongside a single summer years ago in Nebraska as her blossoming romance with local boy Willie Blunt whose easy smile and impressive vocabulary made Judith reanalyze the person she thought she wanted to become. After receiving Willy’s telephone number twenty five years after she left him at the train station while leaving for college, Judith finds herself drifting back to the memories which she’s only now remembered, the very same Willy has spent his whole life determined never to forget.                                                                                                                                                       

~Stefan Romero~

The divorce papers : a novel

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

It was in the unique formatting, epistolary novel, the characters are well developed, and it kept me entertained and engaged as it delivered delightfully funny. The story is told by interoffice memos of the legal files, emails, and notes, like "Bridget Jones's Diary", about a divorcing couple. Sophie is a young criminal lawyer who was asked to represent the wealthy and prominent physician's wife, Mia. Sophie Diehl learns divorce law while she is helping Mia through the case. The author uses humor to tell parts of the story as well as the ugliness of divorce.


~Jin Hur~


Unbroken (DVD)

For those who have read the book, now see the film adaptation of the amazing story of one man’s courage and resiliency in the face of suffering and hopelessness. Unbroken tells the wartime experiences of Louis Zamperini, after a promising Olympic running career was cut short by the onset of World War II. He survived being stranded on a raft for 47 days after his bomber went down, only to be captured by the Japanese to endure life in a prisoner-of-war camp. Don’t miss the additional Bonus feature: The real Louis Zamperini. A truly inspiring story.


~Paulette Brooks~

“Staff Recommends” Compiled by Paulette Brooks


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