Staff Reads: April 2015

Staff Reads-300-Graphic OnlySo many books, so little space! There was such a large number of submissions in April, many with reviews and commentaries, that we have saved some for next month.

AND THE MISS RAN AWAY WITH THE RAKE by Elizabeth Boyle (PROM)

BONE GAP by Laura Ruby (YFIC)

BROKEN by Cynthia Eden (PROM)

CUBA STRAITS by Randy White (MYS, Audiobook)

ECHO by Pam Munoz Ryan (JFIC) • A wonderful new middle-grade book with three interwoven historical fiction stories and a fable all about the power of music to help us through hard times ~ Allison, Young People’s Services

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros (813.54 S219, YFIC, PF, Audiobook, Spanish Language Large Print)

GUARDIAN ANGEL by Sara Paretsky (MYS, Large Print)

THE GIRL ON THE TRAINbk girl by Paula Hawkins (FIC, Audiobook, eBook, eAudiobook, Large Print) •  Very Hitchcockesque storyline.
~Sue, Dunlap Branch

GOODNIGHT ALREADY by Jory John (JE)

HAWK by Ronie Kendig (IF)

THE HOMESCHOOL EXPERIMENT by Charity Hawkins (FIC)

HURRY UP, HOUDINI! By Mary Pope Osborne (JFIC, Audiobook)

THE LOST CITY: DISCOVERING THE FORGOTTEN VIRTUES OF COMMUNITY IN THE CHICAGO OF THE 1950s  by Alan Ehrenhalt (977.311 E33)

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes (ROM, Audiobook, Large Print)

THE MEDUSA PLOT by Gordon Korman (JFIC, Audiobook)

MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW by Ann B. Ross (FIC)

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (FIC, Audiobook, eBook, Audio eBook, Large Print, Spanish Language) • Several staff members read this One Book, One Michiana selection.

ONE PLUS ONE by JoJo Moyes (FIC, Audiobook, eBook, Large Print)

A QUESTION OF DEATH: AN ILLUSTRATED PHRYNE FISHER TREASURYbk question
by Kerry Greenwood (MYS) • I love the Phryne Fisher mystery series, set in Australia, post-World War I. This collection of short stories and incidental recipes is even more delightful than the novels! Are you ready for a liberated woman with a mind of her own? Phryne is for you, too! ~Marsha, Administration

SHE IS MINE, A WAR ORPHAN’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF SURVIVAL by Stephanie Fast (305.23086 F251) • Stephanie (who had several Korean names) was an outcast as a bi-racial child in the time of the Korean War. Her mother abandoned her when she was just 4 years old and she had to fend for herself in the wilderness. She should have died on numerous occasions, but the divine intervened and she lived to be adopted by an American missionary couple at the age of 9. Stephanie wrote this book not only to tell her story, but the story of millions of orphaned and abused children everywhere.  ~Erika, Newspapers and Magazines

SHADOW SPEAKER by Nnedi Okorafor

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME by Susan May Warren (IF)

THE TALE OF THE DUELING NEUROSURGEONS: THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN BRAIN AS REVEALED BY TRUE STORIES OF TRAUMA, MADNESS, AND RECOVERY
by Sam Kean (617.48 K24)

THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS: CLEAR THE CLUTTER, FIND YOUR LIFE by Gail Blanke (648.5 B642)

WALK TO BEAUTIFUL: THE POWER OF LOVE AND A HOMELESS KID WHO FOUND THE WAYbk walk by Jimmy Wayne (Biography W3588, Audiobook) • Jimmy Wayne’s childhood is full of unbelievable neglect and abuse. His story from childhood to country singer and advocate for foster children is told with grace and humility • Deb, Dunlap Branch

THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: THE EPIC STORY OF AMERICA’S GREAT MIGRATION by Isabel Wilkerson (304.80973 W681) • This should be required reading in all American History classes. It is a compelling narrative about the migration of almost six million black Americans from the South to the northern and western parts of the U.S. from 1915 to 1970.  It is painful to read at times, learning of the violence and discrimination experienced by black people because of the color of their skin. Among many other things, we learn how Jim Crow practices in the South also infected other parts of our country through the true stories of three people who were part of the migration in 1937, 1945 and 1953.  ~Annette, Outreach Services

THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE by Stephen King (HOR, Audiobook)

YOU COULDN’T IGNORE ME IF YOU TRIED: THE BRAT PACK, JOHN HUGHES AND THEIR IMPACT ON A GENERATION by Susanna Gora (791.430233 G661)

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