Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Catherine recommends "I Won't Give Up My Rubber Band"

The little girl in this book has found a rubber band and it is a miraculous treasure: she imagines endless creative possibilities for what she can do with this rubber band, including using it as a fashion accessory, playing games with new-found animal friends, and even saving the world. If you have ever known a child who discovers treasures in the ordinary things adults ignore, you will recognize the child in this book. Her creativity and passion are captivating. With just a few strokes, the illustrations convey the wide range of emotions that the girl feels as she first finds her treasure and then imagines what adventures she might have with her amazing and beloved rubber band. My whole family laughed at every page of this book!




Saturday, May 21, 2022

Natalie recommends "Shmuel's Bridge: Following the Tracks to Auschwitz with My Survivor Father"

With May being Jewish American Heritage Month, it felt like a good time as any to pick up this book.  I always appreciate a good biography and this sounded like an interesting one.  Told from the perspective of the author, this book discusses his ninety eight year old father, a survivor of Auschwitz, and his journey to retrace his and his brother Shmuel's footsteps.  Though his father's memory is slowly leaving him, what he and the author learn and remember along the way helps the author better understand his father and the life experiences he had.  

This book brings a personal level to the tragedy that was the Holocaust as the author tries to preserve the importance of this past while trying to understand it through his father's eyes, who had experienced it.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Lisa recommends "Counting to Bananas"

If you would like to read a wacky counting book, this book is for you! It has a lot in common with the zaniness of Z is for Moose. This is a great book for preschoolers and look for it to pop up in future story times. Children will giggle throughout.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Amy recommends "Blood Sugar"

Ruby has no trouble telling you she’s a murderer. However, she definitely wants you to know two things – that she is NOT a sociopath and she did not kill her husband despite the claims of the police and prosecuting attorney. The book alternates between present day and her past. You will wonder if Ruby is a reliable narrator if for no other reason than she is so likeable. This one can be described as twisty and uncomfortable in the best possible ways. This book is intended for adults.


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Uma recommends "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best: 101 Stories of Love, Gratitude & Wisdom”

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best: 101 Stories of Love, Gratitude & Wisdom" by Amy Newmark.

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best: 101 Stories of Love, Gratitude & Wisdom" by Amy Newmark, is a perfect read and feels like a May basket filled with 101 treats. After reading all these personal and heartwarming adventures of motherhood, you'll truly realize that Moms know best!




Friday, April 22, 2022

Martin Recommends "Hello, Molly!"


This autobiography really defied my expectations. Knowing her from her comedy work, I expected it to by full of laughs and other witty moments. I expected some behind-the-scenes SNL stories, to have that curtain peeled back. While there was all of that, there was also so much more. Right from the get-go, Molly lets the reader know this will be an open, honest, no-holds-barred story of her life. They often say comedy comes from tragedy, and her story certainly is an example of that.

More so, though, this book was a very easy, comfortable read. It was like getting together with an old friend who tells you stories from their life. "Remember when...?" or "have I ever told you about...?". From her entertainment work, you'd expect her to be a friendly, likeable person - and she certainly comes across that way as she unfolds her story. She tells it all like it is with no concern about hiding things (like her youthful indiscretions) or being concerned how something might come across. There is also some wisdom and life lessons in her tale. In a word, she is genuine - and so is her story.

Adult / Biography

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Phil recommends "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI"

"Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann has been a nonfiction book club favorite since its release in 2017 but expect renewed interest later this year when the Martin Scorsese film comes out.  In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, after oil was discovered on their lands.  Soon after, the Osage begin to be killed off one by one.  Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman, finds herself at the epicenter of these killings as multiple members of her family begin to die under mysterious circumstances.

Former Texas Ranger Tom White has been tasked by J. Edgar Hoover to solve the murders but he soon finds himself up against formidable foes and unprecedented levels of corruption.  This investigation forms the foundations of what would become the FBI.  “Killers of the Flower Moon” is the Let’s Get Real book discussion selection for June.

This book is appropriate for adults.