Saturday, July 24, 2021

Martin recommends "Charlie Brown's America"

If you think the classic comic strip featuring Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang was just for children, this book will prove very enlightening.  In Charlie Brown's America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts, history professor Blake Scott Ball details how comics legend Charles Schulz tackled topics of gender, religion, racism, the Vietnam War and the environment all within the confines of his daily four-panel strip.

Recommended for those who like to dig deeper into their pop culture and those who grew up with the Peanuts strip which ran for over six decades in newspapers in America and around the world.

Adult / Nonfiction

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Natalie recommends "Trejo: my life of crime, redemption, and Hollywood"

Going into this, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I am familiar with Danny Trejo and some of his roles, but I never knew a whole lot about his personal life. This story is a real one, filled with tragedy, addiction and the road to recovery. He didn't hold back punches with what he went through or where his mind was at growing up.

Though a bit of a quicker read for me, it was a great read and brutally honest. I'm glad that I was able to give this book a read and would recommend it for anyone looking for a good memoir/autobiography. 


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Uma Recommends "The Power of Positive Thinking"

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale teaches the importance of believing in oneself and having the right attitude in life. Peale emphasizes the fact that success lies in the mind and that breaking the habit of worrying can help you take control of your life. Through faith and positive thinking, your life can be happy. This is a great book to help change our outlook on life.




Thursday, June 17, 2021

Natalie recommends "The Missing Sister"

The seventh book in Lucinda Riley's Seven Sisters sees the six sisters trying to find out what happened to the seventh sister the Pa Salt never got to find.  With a picture of an emerald ring and an idea of who they're looking for, it's a game of cat and mouse as each sister tries to locate and contact the (adoptive) mother of Mary Kate, the young woman who was supposed to be the seventh sister.  They along with Mary Kate are looking for answers that brings them to New Zealand, Canada, England, and Ireland.  

And much like the previous books in the series, we get to see the life of a character from the past.  This time Nuala, a young woman from West Cork, Ireland during the 1920's, where tensions between the Irish and the British are at a high.  Nuala meets Philip, a young man who's father has ties to the British side of the conflict and had been through the traumas of war.  She is tasked to get whatever information she can while assisting him (she has medical training and he physical trauma including an amputated leg).  Along the way, a friendship between the two sparks, but end in tragedy.  As well as tensions during Ireland's fight for independence during this timeframe.  I enjoyed this section as I am a sap for a good Irish/Ireland based stories, and this section definitely explores an interesting time period in Irish history.

It also explores Merry's past a bit.  And while I may have mixed feelings about Merry in the present (of the story), more so towards the beginning, it was interesting to see what her life was like before then.  It helped explain why she was so evasive and how she connected to the six sisters.  It also helped explain the relationships she had with Nuala, her mentor Ambrose, and Pa Salt.  

This was a good addition to the Seven Sisters series, and it's definitely worth a read.

And while I thought this would be the final book in the series, there does appear to be a planned eighth about Pa Salt coming out in 2022.  However, it is also worth noting that Lucinda Riley sadly passed away June 11th of this year after battling cancer for a few years.  So depending on how far she may have been before her passing may determine when/if this eighth, and probably last, installment will get released.​  

Adult/Fiction/Historical Fiction

Monday, May 24, 2021

Uma Recommends "Together: The healing power of human connection in a sometimes lonely world"

Together : the healing power of human connection in a sometimes lonely world” by Vivek H. Murthy, MD.

 Humans are social creatures by nature and the current pandemic is showing us the importance of human connection time and again. Dr. Vivek Murthy discusses the hidden impacts of loneliness and even deems it a public health concern in his book, Together. Dr. Murthy suggests that loneliness is the root cause of many epidemics currently sweeping the world including: depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug addiction, and violence. The center of our loneliness is our innate desire to connect. So, what can we do? Find out by reading this self-help book that doesn’t just state the facts, but gives you practical solutions to the problem.




Friday, May 14, 2021

Meghan recommends "Mollie Makes"

If you love Pinterest and follow #handmade on Instagram, you’ll be thrilled to know that Mollie Makes is part of the new magazine collection in Libby! Every issue has patterns, recipes and inspiration for a variety of DIY projects and crafts, from home d├ęcor and cooking, to sewing and fiber crafts. You’ll also find maker profiles, book reviews and how-to guides.

The best part is that more than 2 years’ worth of issues are always available on Libby/Overdrive! Just open your Libby app or visit Overdrive and search for Mollie Makes. You can check out as many magazines as you like; they do not count toward your checkout limit. Happy Making!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Uma recommends "Think Like a Monk"


Think like a Monk” by Jay Shetty focuses on helping individuals implement a monk mindset into their lives. Rather than having a monkey mindset, which Jay describes as constantly moving from one thought to the next, we can bring peace and stillness to our minds through meditation. The book teaches you ways to remove the obstacles that may appear in your life by clearing your mind of negative thoughts and creating a true purpose. This is the perfect read for those who are looking to get closer with their inner selves.