Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin

Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin

Land of Little Rain

by Mary Austin

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was on June 14. 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

A stirring tribute to the unique beauty of the American Southwest

In the region stretching from the High Sierras south of Yosemite to the Mojave Desert, water is scarce and empty riverbeds hint at a lush landscape that has long since vanished. But the desert is far from lifeless. For those who know where to look, the “land of little rain” is awash in wonders.

In this exquisite meditation on the people, flora, and fauna of the American desert, Mary Austin introduces readers to the secret treasures of the landscape she loved above all others. Her lyrical essays profoundly influenced the work of nature writers and conservationists, among them Edward Abbey and Terry Tempest Williams, and have inspired generations of readers to visit some of the country’s most stunning national parks, including Death Valley and Joshua Tree.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Cathy rated it ★★★.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

by Joanne Fluke

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held November 15, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy’s beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah’s bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth, and if she doesn’t watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

book 1 in the Hannah Swensen series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★.

Cathy rated it ★★★.

The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir

The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir

The Princes in the Tower

by Alison Weir

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was on May 17, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, remain two of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. Did Richard III really kill “the Princes in the Tower,” as is commonly believed, or was the murderer someone else entirely?

Carefully examining every shred of contemporary evidence as well as dozens of modern accounts, Alison Weir reconstructs the entire chain of events leading to the double murder. We are witnesses to the rivalry, ambition, intrigue, and struggle for power that culminated in the imprisonment of the princes and the hushed-up murders that secured Richard’s claim to the throne as Richard III.

A masterpiece of historical research and a riveting story of conspiracy and deception, The Princes in the Tower at last provides a solution to this age-old puzzle.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Amim

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Amim

The Enchanted April

by Elizabeth Von Amim

The Library Book Club meeting for this book will be April 19, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies will be available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

A recipe for happiness: four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed.

The women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other—and the castle of their dreams—through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don’t anticipate that the month they spend in Portofino will reintroduce them to their true natures and reacquaint them with joy. Now, if the same transformation can be worked on their husbands and lovers, the enchantment will be complete.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Patty rated it ★★★.

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

The Janissary Tree

by Jason Goodwin

The Library Book Club meeting for this book will be March 8, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies will be available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

The year is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the sultan of the Ottoman Empire feels he has no choice but to follow suit. But just as he’s poised to announce sweeping political change, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind the killings?

Deep in the Abode of Felicity, the most forbidden district of Topkapi Palace, the sultan – ruler of the Black Sea and the White, ruler of Rumelia and Mingrelia, lord of Anatolia and Ionia, Romania and Macedonia, Protector of the Holy Cities, steely rider through the realms of bliss – announces, “Send for Yashim.” Leading us through the palace’s luxurious seraglios and Istanbul’s teeming streets, Yashim places together the clues.

He is not alone. He depends on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and the Creole-born queen mother. He manages to find sweet salvation in the arms of another man’s wife (this is not your everyday eunuch!). And he introduces us to the Janissaries.

For four hundred years, they were the empire’s elite soldiers. But they grew too powerful, and ten years earlier the sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback? And if they are, how can they be stopped without throwing Istanbul into political chaos?

book 1 in the Yashim the Eunuch series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said “This took me a little while to get into it, but I ended up liking it quite a bit. The mystery was well done, and the exotic locale is quite fun.”

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories

by Rudyard Kipling

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was on February 15, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

This book was our chosen community reads book for the 2018 On the Same Page.  Free copies were available at the library until supplies ran out.

One of the world’s greatest storytellers weaves together an unforgettable collection of animal tales, including how the camel got its hump, how the leopard got its spots, and how even a butterfly stamping his leg can change a man’s life.

Initially written for his own “best beloved,” Just So Stories was published in 1902. It has been a favorite for the past century and is certain to be cherished by generations to come.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★★ and said “Imagine wondering what the crocodile has for dinner and being rewarded for your curiosity with a new, more versatile nose.

“This is just one of the many ingenious stories crafted by Kipling to explain why and how about animals humps, lumps, and so forth. He earns 5 stars for his inventive words, use of language, and imagination. I loved hearing these stories read to me when I was young. I now love sharing them with school classes and other story sharing events.”

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Patty rated it ★★★.

“The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey

“The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey

The Daughter of Time

by Josephine Tey

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held Thursday, July 13th, 2017, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is intrigued by a portrait of Richard III. Could such a sensitive face actually belong to a heinous villain — a king who killed his brother’s children to secure his crown? Grant seeks what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the tower.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Library Book Club meeting for this book will be Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies will be available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.

book 1 in the Dairy Queen series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★1/2 and said, “A great story about cultivating relationships, making your own decisions, and growing up.”

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said, “I really enjoyed this book! D.J. is a strong, compelling character and I thoroughly liked her! She’s got a very sweet aspect about her, and I could empathize with her insecurities and self-image. The plot was great and had some nice twists. I’m not really a football fan, but Murdock’s writing is so great that I found myself anxious with anticipation at the outcome of the big game. I also enjoyed all the passages about the training regime and how much effort D.J. and Brian put into their workouts. The romance was quite realistic, and much more enjoyable than many YA books I’ve read. This is a great read that would appeal to both teens and adults alike!”

Patty rated it ★★★★

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Yearling

by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Library Book Club meeting for this book will be Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies will be available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Cathy rated it ★★★★

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