August 2014

August 2014

Going Somewhere is a memoir of sorts. Brian Benson narrates the bicycle journey that he and his girlfriend, Rachel, take from Wisconsin to the west coast one summer, after deciding, "hey, this trip might be a good idea." Brian and Rachel hit the road with clean gear, new bikes, and a sense of optimism that wanes and waxes as they ride through the Northwoods, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountains. Benson has a penchant for spontaneous adventure and a love of the unknown and unexpected. Perhaps most importantly, he also has an attitude that affirms that the only way for one to truly experience the world is to immerse oneself truly, completely, inexorably from the experiences of nature that spawn from the act of taking a bike and a companion across two and a half thousand miles of majestic, unadulterated natural beauty. Benson's book is a tale of love, loss, and uncut adventure, which reminds us to hit the road, if for no other reason than to see what happens.
~ Greg

 

In Dorothy Must Die, readers are welcomed for a new adventure, but it won't be the Oz they remember. Dorothy has returned and reunited with the Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion and has taken total control of Oz. As the newly crowned Princess of Oz, Dorothy uses her  power to drain all of the magic out of the land for herself. Oz has been turned into a desolate wasteland -- munchkins are forced to work at a young age to mine magic for Princess Dorothy; Flying Monkeys are beaten and tied to a post for crimes of "sass"; and the Yellow Brick Road has started to crumble. It seems there is no hope left for Oz until a tornado drops off another girl from Kansas. Modern high school teen Amy Glumm arrives in Oz and within hours is captured by the Tin Man's Army and sentenced to Trial and Execution by Princess Dorothy. While Amy waits in prison, one of the infamous Wicked Witches appears and offers her a second chance at life -- to join the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and train to be Dorothy's assassin. In the battle for Oz, the line between the Good and the Wicked is blurred and distorted. Fans of the original stories will be in for a wickedly good surprise in Danielle Paige's darkly reimagined world of Oz.
~ Laura

 

Karen Harrington's Courage for Beginners shows how a little courage can go a long way toward new beginnings. Mysti Murphy's longtime buddy, a chubby boy named Anibal Gomez, is moving on into hopes of a romantic relationship, but he's hedging his bets by telling Mysti his quest for the attractive Sandi Showalter is an experiment. Mysti's not about to admit this hurts -- any more than her agoraphobic mother will admit staying within the bounds of her own home and yard is a problem, even when the father is hospitalized. A pesky little sister and a bright, blunt-spoken friend at the lunchroom Loser Table round out the cast of characters. Each challenge is a setup for Mysti's hilarious interior monologue. In time, each problem reaches a solution of sorts, including a very clever and funny one for Anibal's out of tune heartstrings.
~ Carol

 

 

1974 Atlanta, the setting for Karin Slaughter's Cop Town, is a city full of racial tension, hatred, and crime and the law enforcement system, still basically segregated, consists mostly of males, with no respect for any  minority. A serial killer who is targeting the members of one police force is on the loose. A manhunt ensues for a suspect mistakenly identified as a black male. A bad element within the force -- a bunch of corrupt, bigoted alcoholics -- are out for vengeance and almost any suspect will do.

Kate Murphy, who comes from a privileged background, decides to join the police force after her husband is killed in Viet Nam. Forced to hide her Jewish background, she starts her first day on the job and is immediately a target for abuse from her co-workers who don't think she will last very long. Maggie Lawson, an officer who is a little more seasoned, comes from a family of officers including her Uncle Terry, one of the worst sadistic bigots, who uses his power against Maggie, and her brother Jimmy, a former football hero and golden boy on the force. Jimmy's partner is gunned down by the serial killer and Jimmy narrowly misses also being killed.

When Kate and Maggie are teamed up together they realize something is wrong with the way the investigation is going.  Despite the constant verbal and physical abuse from their male co-workers they set out to follow the real clues and bring down the killer themselves. The setting of a city on the edge is gritty and realistic and the action, which takes place over the course of four days, is page-turning and intense. The endurance of these embattled policewomen is remarkable and you'll find yourself rooting for them to prevail.
~ Cathy v

 


Tasha and Lola's Book Corner

 

Lola learned some basic signs during her first year, and now, at 16 months, she can say a few words in addition to her hand signals. When we read together, books with familiar images -- cats, dogs, flowers, birds -- that encourage her to use her language skills are great, and one of her current favorites is Busy Kitties. I usually read it through to her the first time, and then the second time I talk to her about the pictures and let her take her time pointing to or petting the kitties on each page.

 


 

Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America Cover Image
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Published: Plume Books - June 24th, 2014

Dorothy Must Die Cover Image
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Published: HarperTorch - April 2014

Courage for Beginners Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

Cop Town Cover Image
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Published: Delacorte Press - June 24th, 2014

Busy Kitties Cover Image
By John Schindel, Sean Franzen (Photographer)
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Published: Tricycle Press - August 2004

Secret Daughter Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 2011

Four Cover Image
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - July 8th, 2014

The Secret Life of Bees Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - February 10th, 2009

Half a Chance Cover Image
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 25th, 2014

Finnikin of the Rock Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 9th, 2011

The Art Forger Cover Image
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - May 21st, 2013

Three Bears in a Boat Cover Image
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Published: Dial Books - May 20th, 2014

Mr. Mercedes Cover Image
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 3rd, 2014

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade - March 11th, 2003

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The Great Greene Heist Cover Image
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 27th, 2014