Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
In January, the book will be Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Jobs was a complex, interesting man and Isaacson is an excellent biographer. There will be a lot to discuss on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00pm. Join us!
Also in January, the Friends of the Worthington Library and the Worthington Historical Society are sponsoring another Writers Read program. Don't miss this sampling of the best of our local authors. Previous Writers Reads have been humorous, insightful and moving. This season's offering will be Tuesday, January 8, 7:00pm at the Blackburn Inn.
On the shelves this week, you will discover a lot of new-to-us materials, many donated by library patrons.
DVDs The Girl with the dragon tattoo
The Girl who played with fire
The Girl who kicked the hornet's nest
note: these are the original Swedish versions
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Murder by numbers
Sherlock Holmes: the complete series (television)
CDs The chronicles of Narnia - all seven books
Bloodline by James Rollins
Large Print Soft touch by Maeve Haran
Young Adult 24 girls in 7 days by Alex Bradley
The American Plains Indians by Jason Hook
The Apaches by Jason Hook
The American Indian Wars, 1860-1890 by Philip Katcher
U.S. Cavalry on the Plains, 1850-1890 by Philip Katcher
New!: How to draw vampires by Mike Butkus
How to draw wizards by John Rheaume
How to draw zombies by Mike Butkus
Thanks to all who have donated these gently used books, cds and dvds.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Some new books are on the New Books shelf this month. Here is a list:
The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
In the belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan
Last to die by Tess Gerritsen
Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris
Sleep no more by Iris Johansen
Sunrise Point by Robyn Carr
Winter of the world by Ken Follett
XO by Jeffrey Deaver
Non fiction titles:
Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly
Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland
The receptionist by Janet Groth
A thousand mornings by Mary Oliver
In Young Adult fiction, we have Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series including:
City of bones
City of ashes
City of glass
City of fallen angels
City of lost souls
In Junior fiction, look for
The third wheel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, book 7 by Jeff Kinney
Penny and her doll by Kevin Henkes
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is available on CD
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Meanwhile, mark your calendars for our concert on Saturday, November 17 at 7:00pm at the Worthington Historical Society. We will be hosting folk duo Hungry Town with their mix of Celtic, Appalachian and original music. Don't miss this great concert! Free to the public. Refreshments served.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
An odd book-very well written, at times a little too layered to follow
and yet that is what makes it stand out from other "crime" novels. It
is more of a novel that just happens to be about crime, and San
Francisco and a handful of the weird quirks that make up the stew that
is San Francisco. A surfer dude police detective? A bemused and
oblivious hero? A gangsta who takes Advanced Creative Writing? Read it
and see how that all works together.
I loved reading this book, totally empathizing with Jeremy Logan who
is an "enigmologist" who studies paranormal or bizarre events. While
he is regarded with some suspicion, or condescension, he is crucial to
the archaeological team secretly working to locate the tomb of an
ancient pharaoh. There is a powerful crown at stake and curses galore.
The site is located in the Sudd, a nasty shifting swamp, and of course
many strange "accidents" take place. The pacing is good, the tension
builds, the hidden subplots become revealed, and the curses are
Thursday, July 19, 2012
On the evening of July 26, beginning at 7:00pm, the library book club will discuss Catherine the Great; Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie. Pick up a copy of the book at the library and join in.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Hunt by Andrew Fukour
“Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And
most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.”
This was an interesting take on the current vampire craze; everyone is
a vampire except for a few humans and most of them have been hunted
down and killed. Gene is a human who is “passing” as a vampire and to
pass requires great effort and constant watchfulness. He is in high
school and his father got bitten a few years ago and ran off in order
not to bite Gene, so he has been on his own. Now he is chosen to run
in a hunt for the last humans and fears that discovery is imminent.
How will he escape this dilemma with not only his life, but the lives
of some others who look to him for rescue? Great read!
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
This book is terrific for those who appreciate science fiction that is
richly imaginative; worlds, alien races, a radically transformed earth
and a talented but flawed heroine fill the pages.
The story kicks off on Mercury, in the city of Terminator, with a
death that will change the life of Swan Er Hong. The sequence of
events played out from this first tragedy will provoke and challenge
her, as she works to unravel who is behind the destruction that
threatens the “habitats” containing humans and other species on
different planets. More analytical readers may find gaps in the
narrative, but I wasn’t looking for them, I just enjoyed the book.
The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents
This selection of connected short is about four young women at the
beginning of their adult lives. The events in each story are not
necessarily unique but somehow the responses of the women are
definitely not predictable in the least. I felt a kind of kinship
with them and yet found them extraordinary. I imagined knowing women
like them, and admiring the strange ways they handled the life
situations they found themselves in at the same time. One woman went
to sort out her thoughts about being pregnant at a family cabin in the
country and found herself not only unable to kill the mice who had
taken over the place, but feeling like she was the intruder and so
yielded to their claim on the cabin.
This book is moving, funny and reads quickly.
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
This book is so well written and so engaging that I read straight
through it in one sitting. It traces the lives of two young people who
first meet in 1944, both children who have survived being murdered by
the Romanian Iron Guard. The young boy, Josef is “hidden”, raised by
the Christian maid formerly employed by his parents; he is later
reunited with the rabbi who took in the young girl, Mila, raising her
with his own children. The young boy ends up in New York, a Hasidic
scholar. The young girl is raised in Paris within the Orthodox sect,
the Satmar and becomes closely bonded with her “sister” Atara. The two
young women end up taking radically different paths as the approach
marriageable age. Mila stays within the religion, marrying Josef and
moving to New York and faces devastating choices that conflict her
heart with the laws of her religion. Atara, captivated by secular
books, history and culture, runs away and only reenters the story near
the end, as the two are reunited.
As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
This was a terrific, fun story. A Sheriff, a murder, a small western
town and a wedding on the Cheyenne reservation bring to mind the very
successful Tony Hillerman novels. This book, and I hope, the other
seven books with Sheriff Walt Longmire, is no genre copycat. The quiet
humor, the impossible situations that still seem real, and interesting
character development had me staying up late to finish this one; The
Sheriff, his daughter Cady, his undersheriff, his buddy Henry Standing
Bear and the new tribal police chief, Lolo Long, come through quite
clearly both through description and dialogue. I plan to go hunt down
the other books as soon as possible.
Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kaufman
Can you really write an interesting love story about a young
“failed-to-launch” antihero, Henry, and his new suite mate, Gloria,
who suffers from an Obsessive-Compulsive disorder around germs and
human contact. Can you write it in a way that is compelling, that
sheds some understanding on what Gloria’s inner world/voice must be
like? Can love overcome all those challenges? Well, yes, you can
write the interesting love story, and yes, it is compelling. Love
alone does not quite overcome all the challenges but it helps. So does
Gloria’s inner strength supported by the possibility of both love and
a life and the idea that she could help Henry find that same strength
in himself. Ready to reread it!
A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer duBois
This terrific story is really two stories; one is about Aleksandr
Bezetov and takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia. The other is about
Irina Ellison, from Cambridge Mass. She finds a letter from her
father, who died of Huntington’s disease, to Aleksandry, written to
him when his was the World chess champion. Irina's father wants to
know, “How does one proceed against a lost cause?”
Convinced that she has inherited Huntington’s, watching for the first
symptoms, Irina travels to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer
for her father, and for herself. Bezetov, meanwhile has become a major
political player, a dissident who is compelled by his own moral
compass to stand for election against Vladimir Putin, putting his life
on the line. The back story, how these two lives intersect and how the
whole thing plays out makes this an epic well worth reading.
The Expats by Chris Pavone
This is a terrific espionage story which includes a mother with a
double life as a CIA agent, her brilliant husband who may be one of
the few banking/computer wizards to not make a fortune and a
mysterious swindle of fifty million dollars from an evil arms dealer.
From the US to Luxembourg to Paris this double, double cross keeps you
turning the pages. If you like smart, fierce female lead characters,
this book is for you.
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
This is a young adult novel and I think it will be enjoyed by young
adults; and while I enjoyed it , there are other YA novels that you
forget are aimed at a specific audience. This is not one of them.
However, it has good writing, clear characters, a believable story and
strength behind the two main characters, Gabie and Drew that is
compelling. I did note that Gabie conveniently has two parents who are
doctors and thus always rushing off to the hospital, leaving her at
free will more than most teens.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
For adults, we have America's College Museums and Working Americans, 1880-2011: Our History Through Music. The first of these reference works lists all the museums affiliated with colleges across the country. Indexed by region, state, college or university and type of museum, this book will be useful in planning trips. Hours and admission fees are listed along with extensive descriptions of the museums. Working Americans is a series that profiles the lives of Americans decade by decade; with this volume, music is the focus. Each of the twelve chapters includes three profiles, historical snapshots and musical history. This will be a great resource for reports, genealogy and anyone interested in music or history.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
This is a fabulous, engrossing novel, described as five years in the writing, and worth every bit of the wait. It takes place in the Judean desert beginning in 70 B.C. and weaves together the stories of four women who take care of the dovecote at the fortress at Masada tell their stories. There is Yael, the daughter and sister of Sicarii, professional assassins, and Revka, who with her two mute grandsons has just witnessed the horrific murder of the boys' mother in the desert. Shirah and her warrior daughter Aziza. Shirah, a healer and a witch, worships the ancient goddess Ashtoreth while her daughter disguises herself as a boy in order to use her warrior skills, providing a contrast to her brother who shrinks from those same skills. The women's ability to survive, and just as importantly, to carve lives which fraught with danger also have deep meaning make this story hard to put down. For all who have had to face life with resilience, this book honors that and much more.The library book club will be reading Dovekeepers and discussing it at our regular meeting on February 23 at 7:00pm. Join us - everyone is welcome.
This next book is new this week:
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
Jackson takes you on an interesting journey as she builds the story in A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. It is multi-generational, though Ginny, the oldest is only 45, and bases the narrative on the fact that every 15 years some kind of trouble up ends her life. One story line is about her daughter Liza, and her daughter Mosey, whose blood connection comes into question when a grave with an infant's skeleton is found in Ginny's back yard. Another is about Ginny's relationship in the past with the love of her life, who was married (but separated!) at the beginning of their relationship and is now divorced. A third story line is about Liza, and who fathered her child, and who now is recovering from a stroke. Each story line is well thought out, holds hidden information that gets revealed with excellent timing and weaves in with the other story lines pretty seamlessly. You get attached to the characters immediately and can't wait to see how everything works out.
Don't miss the following upcoming events - all free and open to the public at the Worthington Library.
Genealogy Club: Thursday, February 2 at 7:00pm
Movie Night: Friday, February 10 at 7:00pm We'll view The Help this month.