Monday, April 30, 2018

Meghan recommends "Prudence Wants a Pet"

I may be an adult services librarian, but I am also a parent. And while I love my kid, I don’t always love his book choices. (“Really, kiddo? Paw Patrol AGAIN?”) So I was delighted when he recently picked out “Prudence Wants a Pet”. Prudence wants a pet very much. She wants a pet so much, she showers affection and playtime on a variety of inanimate objects. But none is quite the same as a pet. Luckily for Prudence, her persistence pays off.

Both the story and illustrations were charming fun, and it was great to take a break from some of his other favorites for a book we both enjoyed!

This picture book is appropriate for children of all ages.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Uma recommends "How To Talk To Absolutely Anyone"

“How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone” is a practical book for anyone who wants to strengthen their communication skills. The author Mark Rhodes explains it in an easy to understand language by providing simple learning strategies. He presents several ways and methods to build confidence for having a powerful conversation with anyone. He clearly expresses how to approach anyone in any situation with absolute self-assurance. The ability to have a conversation without any fear and anxiety is an art and an important tool to succeed in life. Healthy personal relationships, successful business transactions, professional growth can all be achieved through powerful communication skills. This book reiterates how to build healthy relationships and professional growth by avoiding common pitfalls and communication mistakes. The author has also provided several easy and helpful practical exercises to win over fears and anxieties to talk to anyone. Overall, this book helps to build strategies for having positive conversations at work place, home or in any environment and build self-confidence to “Talk your way to the Top”.

Recommended for Adults.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Annie recommends "Killers of the Flower Moon"

An eye-opening expose of the horrors that befell the Osage tribe of Oklahoma.   This three-part story starts with the murders of the Osage then leads into the involvement of the FBI during the early days of the Bureau.  In the last part, the author relates his story in writing the book, as well as updates of some of the members of the tribe.  In the 1870’s the Osage tribe was forced from their land into what is now northeast Oklahoma, on what was thought to be un-useable land.  The Osage wisely negotiated headrights to the land, which gave them the rights to any underground mineral/gas/oil discoveries.  The big surprise came when oil was discovered and they became wealthier than anyone could imagine.  And, in a tale as old as time, greed corrupts and local whites felt wronged that the Osage had money and they didn’t.  This is a sad and important chapter in our history that is probably not known outside of northeast Oklahoma.  A compelling read for lovers of history and true crime stories.

Recommended for adults.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kathy Recommends "Good Karma Hospital"

Heartbroken and disillusioned, junior doctor Ruby Walker ditches her life in the UK for a fresh start, but when she arrives at the Good Karma Hospital, nothing is quite what she expected.  After the initial culture shock, Ruby learns to deal with the hospital’s demanding schedule and eccentric inhabitants. As she adjusts to the challenges of her new role in rural India, Ruby begins to realize that the rundown medical outpost may be just what she needed all along.

Season 2 is airing presently on Acorn TV.

If you like stories about taking chances and fresh starts or stories set in interesting locations, you will enjoy The Good Karma Hospital.   The Huffington Post (UK) calls it “the prime-time love child of Call the Midwife and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Recommended for Adults.