The Martian is a story about a lone human battling against overwhelming odds. The Ares 3 manned mission to Mars has arrived on the Red Planet. On the sixth day, a vicious dust storm exponentially stronger than NASA anticipated hits the landing site, forcing the six man crew to abort their mission. Time is of an essence because if the MDV (Mars Descent Vehicle) is blown over on its side, all would be stranded. During the evacuation process, Astronaut Mark Watney is struck with an antenna and knocked unconscious. Watney pinwheels away from his team and ends up buried in the blowing sand. Since his spacesuit’s communication computer is destroyed in the accident, the crew believes Mark to be dead and reluctantly begins the voyage back to Earth. The future is bleak for Mark when he awakes and realizes he has been abandoned. He has no immediately viable way to contact NASA and he certainly does not have enough supplies to last until the next Ares mission is planned to visit Mars in four years.
Weir tells Watney’s story primarily through a mission journal which Watney writes as he documents his efforts to stay alive and figure out a way to get back to Earth. Comprising the first several chapters of the book, the logs spotlight Mark Watney’s irrelevant but often hopeful humor and makes it easy to root for the only survivor left on Mars. Author Andy Weir very capably intersperses Mark’s log entries with conversations going on in NASA and others involved in planning rescue attempts, along with the dilemma of whether or not to tell the Ares 3 crewmates on their way back to Earth that they left Mark alive.
A devoted history buff of manned spaceflight and self-declared space nerd, Weir studied orbital mechanics and astronomy to give his novel authenticity. This attention to technical detail makes it all the more compelling for those who know enough about spaceflight to appreciate those details. Weir made Mark Watney a Mechanical Engineer and a Botanist which aptly supports Watney’s choices made in the new situations he faces. Simple but critical challenges abound. How does Mark breathe, eat, and drink when the mission supplies are exhausted? How does he pinpoint an air leak in the shelter? Is it even possible to get to an ascent vehicle destined for another mission which is thousands of kilometers away on Mars?
This is Andy Weir’s first novel and he originally self-published it in 2011. After skyrocketing to the top of Amazon’s science fiction list, it was published by Crown Publishing in 2014. The film rights were then bought and it is now a major motion picture starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott. The Martian is available from the VCPL in hardback, audiobook, and as an ebook.
- Moving Mars by Greg Bear,
- I Am Legend by Richard Matheson,
- Packing for Mars by Mary Roach,
- Rescue Mode by Ben Bova and Les Johnson,
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
‘Tis the season for baseball! What better way to celebrate this time of year than by reading about 100 objects that are sometimes old, but always interesting and that helped make baseball what it is today? Short but detailed stories accompany each object, stirring up emotions and creating a sense of nostalgia. The introduction tells the reader, “it is an exploration of the game of baseball as told through the equipment, documents, and other artifacts that illustrate its key eras and events.” From before baseball went “pro” to modern day, even the casual fan will enjoy perusing this collection.
Baseball goes pro at the beginning of part two, with a game ball from the Cincinnati Red Stockings, who were the first all-professional team. An early fielder’s glove from the 1880s is also on display in this section, and with it comes a slew of information on the evolution of the glove, including how “unmanly” it once was to wear any sort of protection on the hands to catch a ball.
Things get lively after the Dead Ball Era, and Babe Ruth headlines the next section. Babe Ruth and the four sections beyond are full of pieces from a quickly changing game. From War and Integration, to Expansion to Free Agency, to Strikes and Steroids, this book covers many important memories of the game through 2013.
- Cooperstown Confidential: heroes, rogues, and the inside story of the Baseball Hall of Fame,
- Sports Illustrated Baseball's Greatest
Some books grab you as soon as you start reading. This was one of those. I was crying at the end of the first chapter, although I don't usually like books that make you cry I was hooked. The story was upbeat and enjoyable (I know it is a surprise after the crying). Lynn has been a widow for about 2 years and is still struggling with grief. She and her husband had built their home, the family plumbing business and their children's homes all on the same property and although she loves her home, she is lonely and struggles with grief. The book begins with Lynn's son suggesting she sell her big house and build a smaller one beside his. Lynn's house is on a lake and they are close enough for the grandchildren to walk to her house but not so close that they can see into each other's yards. Lynn loves her home and has no desire to leave it. She realizes she needs to make some changes but isn't really sure how. Because of some physical symptoms she visits her doctor who mentions to her the idea of shared housing. Lynn begins to investigate and decides this is something that will work for her. She prepares her home and prays that God will send her the boarders she needs. In unusual ways she meets Angela who is going through a divorce and Judith who's family home has become a historical museum after the death of her father. Both women are looking for a new start and a new home. They transition into this way of living fairly easily but there are some bumps along the road they have to work out as they each adjust and find what is best for all of them. Each woman experiences healing and restoration as their friendship grows and new opportunities open up for them.
This book was enjoyable and inspiring. If you like books about families or small communities this is one to add to your reading list. I'm hoping it will become a series.
- The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate,
- The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes
If you want an exciting read or audiobook that involves the military, sabotage, espionage, medical emergencies, and a tiny bit of romance all wrapped into one, this book is for you. I listened to the audiobook version which is outstandingly delivered by Ray Porter. "In the remote, frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean, the high-powered and technically advanced submarine U.S.S. Montana is in peril. Adrift and in flames, the boat and entire crew could be lost. The only team close enough to get to them in time is led by Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush." But this story has many twists and turns to keep the reader interested. One of the biggest problems is a deadly virus that is killing crew members in addition to burns suffered by many in an on-ship accident. A Chinese submarine arrives, but is it there as a humanitarian mission or to take control of the damaged American submarine? Only an ice-breaker can save those on the ship, but there is a traitor onboard the American ice-breaker, and the finger points to several individuals, including a member of Congress. Will the survivors and rescuers become casualties of a world that will not permit a deadly virus to be brought back to the mainland? A nail-biting climax near the end answers that question, but there are still more plot twists to finally wrap up the book.
This tv series chooses to show the story of the affair in two distinct perspectives each episode. Viewers can catch differences in dialogue, clothing and actions when we see the story told from Alison’s point of view as opposed to Noah’s. I loved how the two sections varied each episode because it made both characters unreliable. Everyone remembers life differently and this show lets readers experience it during a curcial point in their lives. Mixed in with their forbidden love story is a murder mystery and for several episodes you dont even know who died or how. This tv show was captivating and I recommend this show to everyone who loves a good who-done-it mystery. I am anxiously awaiting Season Two. In January 2015, Ruth Wilson won Best Actress-Television Series Drama and Season 1 won Best Television Series-Drama at the 72nd Golden Globes.
I loved this book. It was a great way to start Jill Shalvis’ newest series. I am a fan of series involving families that balance the romance with humor. Second Chance Summer certainly fits that description. Lily had a traumatic event disrupt her life and she ran away from Cedar Ridge to recover. Aidan waited for her return and made it clear that he was not going to let her run a second time. If you are a fan of contemporary romances, I highly recommend Jill Shalvis’ books. Stop by VCPL and check out this title!
- Three Little Words by Susan Mallery,
- Blue Bayou by JoAnn Ross,
- A kiss to build a dream on by Kim Amos,
- A place called home by Jo Goodman,
- Heroes are my weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America.
Carrie Davis is tasked with helping “The Lost Boys” find jobs once they reach America. This film shows Carrie struggle with keeping her distance as the boys acclimate with American society and struggle with the demons in their past. This film is honest and heart-wrenching. Stop by and place a hold on this DVD today!
MPAA rating: PG-13; for thematic elements, some violence, brief strong language and drug use.
Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports. Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward! Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…
I am admitting up front that I am OBESSESED with Susan Mallery’s town of Fool’s Gold. The characters are relatable and fun. You would think 18 books in that it might be a bit stale but I am just as mesmerized by this story as I was the original. In Kiss Me (Fool’s Gold, #17), I was wondering how I would react to Maya as the main character since readers are told that she dumper the love of her life and never looked back. Thrill Me completely changed my mind about Maya and I loved her relationship with Del’s mother. I was surprised how fast Del seemed to forgive her and move on. I love Mayor Marsha and all of her schemes. I cannot wait for Marry Me at Christmas (Fool's Gold, #19). Place a hold on our copy today or better yet start with the first in the series, Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold, #1).
- Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis,
- Into the Night by Suzanne Brockmann,
- Maybe this time by Jennifer Cruise,
- The Look of Love by Bella Andre,
- True Love by Jude Deveraux
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is an account of a fictional family in a small town in Ohio. The first glimpse of the family is in 1977 at their breakfast table. To view the scene, one would assume everything is as it should be. Cereal bowls, physics homework awaiting rewrites, lazy yawns, all of these one would expect to find on an early morning before school. But this May morning, someone is late for breakfast. The last thing a family would imagine is that the latecomer will never arrive. Life will never be the same for the Lee family.
James, the father, is of Chinese heritage, born in California. Marilyn, the mother, is a blue-eyed, blonde-haired woman from Virginia. These details are important in the 1950s to Marilyn’s mother who declares, “Think about your children… You won’t fit in anywhere. You’ll be sorry the rest of your life,” and in the 1970s to nosey onlookers with similar beliefs. The three children, Nath, Lydia, and Hannah, all have their own distinct personalities and secrets. Everyone in this family has secrets from each other, more than likely due to a pact the parents made to each other just after they married, “to let the past drift away, to stop asking questions, to look forward from then on, never back.” It is hard for family members to understand one another when no one asks the important questions.
This title is available in print and e-audiobook formats.
Listening to the Devil’s Radio
The famous Beatle, George Harrison, is quoted as saying, “Gossip is the Devil’s radio.” Elin Hilderbrand’s 15th novel, “The Rumor,” focuses its plot-driven storyline on the power of gossip to turn the beach island of Nantucket upside down. The island’s residents devoutly listen as the Devil’s radio broadcasts rampant rumors. The isolated island acts as a pressure cooker that ratchets up talk of fellow residents’ social lives; the gossip spreads like wildfire. The crushing amount of innuendo overwhelms two seemingly perfect families, sometimes resulting in hilarity, but mainly forcing the people involved to re-evaluate their life choices.
The main subjects of gossip are the King and Pancik families. Madeline King is a newly successful writer and is experiencing writer’s block for the first time. She and husband, Trevor, a pilot, are proud parents of Brick. Madeline’s best friend is Grace Pancik. Her husband, “Fast Eddie,” is a real estate developer hit hard by the recession. Brick’s all-consuming love interest is one of their twin daughters, Allegra. The other twin yearns for Brick and is plotting how to let him know that Allegra is cheating on him.
Against this backdrop of teenage angst, Madeline takes a house in town to allow her to focus on writing, which whips up the rumor mill when “Fast Eddie” visits to check out how much she is paying for the rental. Meanwhile, Grace is chasing her ultimate dream: getting her garden featured in the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe. Grace’s closeness with her attentive landscape designer, Benton Coe, is directly contrasted with her distance from her husband, who is forced to engage in illicit activities to cover up their impending financial ruin.
Written in easy-to-digest chapters and in multiple points of view, “The Rumor” flies along as the characters deal with the rumors in the course of one long, hot summer. The reader jumps on an out-of-control roller coaster ride to a satisfying conclusion, learning how Madeline breaks her writer’s block, the teens deal with social media attacks, and family and friends betray Fast Eddie.
A longtime resident, Elin Hilderbrand uses her personal knowledge of Nantucket to flavor the book. Specific restaurants, beaches and ball fields come to life in her novel, thanks to Elin’s frequent visits with her family. For example, when Madeline rents a house to serve as a writing studio, the location is simply referred to as town because Nantucket is an island, a county and a town. This is the only place in America with the same name for all three.
- The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer,
- Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews,
- Colony by Anne Rivers Siddons,
- The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery,
- The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig).
Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. - Written by Fox Searchlight
As a fan of the first film, I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the original. The characters are still charming and fun. I think their advanced age gives them the freedom to get away with a few raunchy jokes without it being awkward or ruining the moment. Maggie Smith is an absolute treat to watch. For a moment, I almost cried but luckily I held it together until the end. VCPL has copies of this on DVD and BLU-Ray. Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes. Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…
If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…
This may be one of the few books where I like the male lead character more than the female lead, Slater was so interesting and I prefered his narration to Ursula. Not to say that I didnt like Ursula because I did! I have to admit that this plot kept me guessing. You think you have it all figured out and then the story keeps going. I am big fan of the Amanda Quick books and this one did not disappoint! I wonder if she will make into a detective series.
- And only to deceive by Tasha Alexander,
- Wobble to death by Peter Lovesey,
- The Sherlockian by Graham Moore,
- The masque of a murderer by Susanna Calkins,
- A flaw in the blood by Stephanie Barron
New novellas in the Green Mountain, Harmony, Southern Belle Book Club, and Dare Island series!
From four contemporary romance stars, stories filled with first kisses, first dances, and happily-ever-afters…
Midnight Bet by Jodi Thomas: When cousins Rick and Lizzy Matheson of Harmony, Texas, wind up on the wrong side of an attempted shooting, they know they’re in deep. Still, the biggest danger is losing their hearts—Rick to an old flame and Lizzy to an old friend she’d never noticed before…
You’ll Be Mine by Marie Force: Will Abbott and Cameron Murphy are finally ready to tie the knot—as long as family, friends and a love-struck moose don’t get in the way.
Wrapped Around Your Finger by Shirley Jump: Maggie McBride is just one of the guys in the hard-knocks world of construction. Until she’s dared to ask Nick Patterson to a wedding, enticing her to knock down some walls—and risk falling in love.
Carolina Heart by Virginia Kantra: Determined to leave her wild past behind, Cynthie Lodge is forging a new life for herself and her daughters—one that’s man-free and drama-free. But when her high school crush shows up on Dare Island, he’s determined to make her break her rules…
I checked this book out because I am hooked on Marie Force’s Green Mountain series. The Abbott family is a large small town group that knows how to have fun! I loved reading about Will and Cam’s wedding! I had not read any of the other authors in this group before but I quickly fell in love with Shirley Jump’s characters so now I need to find the Southern Belle Book Club series. Maggie’s tomboy ways are no match for her best friend when he finally gets the courage to make a move. If you are in the mood for a few quick novella, I personally recommend check this book out!
- Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs,
- 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber,
- The next always by Nora Roberts,
- A country affair by Rebecca Shaw,
- The sparkling one by Susan Mallery
Jasmyn loves her Illinois farm home, her job and her town but, sometimes things happen that change everything. Because of the changes in her life she decides to take a vacation. She travels to San Diego and finds that although it is different from everything she has ever known she feels at home there. Then her rental car is stolen with all of her belongings inside. Although this seems like the worst thing that could happen to her it turns out to be a blessing because she is rescued by Olivia "Liv" McAlister the owner of the Casa De Vida (the House of Life) and it's wonderful residents. Casa de Vida is a wonderful collection of seaside cottages with wonderful and interesting people. They form more of a family than a community, loved and guided by "Mama Liv" and just what Jasmyn is missing. This book is the first in the Family of the Heart series. So good I also read the second book, "Heaven Help Heidi". If you are a fan of books with community, love, and life challenges as themes you will enjoy these books. I can't wait to get book three.
- Mitford Series,
- Blossom Street Series
Little People Dr. Jennifer Arnold and husband businessman Bill Klein tell the story of how they grew up, the many challenges they faced, including many surgeries, as well as bullying by others because of their small stature in a full-sized world. We learn how they each grew to adulthood and created successful lives. Each of them hoped to find someone to share their life with and create a family, and eventually they connected with each other, a couple that was meant to be, although it took a long time to happen. It is a love story as well as a story of great personal courage and ambition for each of them. Even if you have not watched the TLC show "The Little Couple" you will find this fascinating book well worth the read. We learn of the heartbreak of fertility failures and the joy of adopting two children (also Little People), one a Chinese boy, Will, the other a girl from India. During Zoey's adoption, Jennifer comes near to death from medical issues. They are just really likeable people who deserve great admiration for their accomplishments and endurance in the face of adversity. Despite watching the show, I learned many things about them and their families that I was not aware of. A good read to make you feel that if they can overcome obstacles, so can you! (791.45 A)
Once upon a time, the forest was a dark and dangerous place full of monsters and magic. There, in the shadows of the trees, the stuff of nightmares was born. As the woods have receded before the growth of civilization, though, more and more light has been shed on those dark places. For many, the forest has lost much of its mystery, and with it, the ability to incite fear. There are no more monsters, only woodland creatures. What people seem to have forgotten, though, is that some of those creatures are wolves.
In her evocative graphic novel, Through the Woods, Emily Carroll spins five chilling tales that remind readers of just how dangerous the forest can be. Drawing inspiration from such fairy tales as “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Bluebeard,” Carroll masterfully renders her stories in vivid color, using macabre imagery to create an atmosphere of terror. It is this atmosphere that threads these stand-alone stories together, resulting in a cohesive collection that is as beautiful as it is haunting.
If you enjoy a good ghost story, urban legend, or dark fairy tale, then Through the Woods is for you. Readers of Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and other horror authors will also find Carroll’s graphic novel appealing. Through the Woods is an immensely satisfying collection that will leave readers thirsting for more.
- Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët ,
- Uzumaki by Junji Ito,
- Beauty by Hubert and Kerascoët ,
- Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez,
- The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
Christian’s side of the story shares insight into his relationship with his birth mother, Elena Lincoln and the Grey family. Readers are exposed to his nightmares, thoughts and emails with other characters. I have to admit there was a lot more harsh language in this book but it is worth the effort to look past all of the curse words. I especially like the the ending which shows the emotional rollercoaster Christian goes through before the events of Fifty Shades Darker. Personally, I hope that E.L. James decides to continue the series from Christian’s perspective so we can experience even more of the twists and turns from his point of view. As of this review, no further books are expected. VCPL has several copies but I recommend getting your name on the hold list ASAP. Laters!
- Gabriel's inferno by Sylvain Reynard,
- Bared to you by Sylvia Day,
- Surrender to fire by Lora Leigh
Their magical connection sees them through the ups and downs of each others lives, but neither of them knows whether their friendship can survive the years and miles - or new relationships. And at the back of Rosie's mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything for true love?
This film follows Rosie & Alex through 12 years of their lives. It was a beautiful adaption of the book Where Rainbows End. I laughed and cried for both characters during their struggles. This is a very heartwarming film. Rated R for language and some sexual content. VCPL has 3 copies of this film so make sure you get added to the hold list today!
- The undomestic goddess by Sophie Kinsella,
- To have and to hold by Jane Green,
- Life skills by Katie Fforde,
- The spinster sisters by Stacey Ballis
Labrinth tells the story of Alice Tanner who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and has been invited by her friend to volunteer on a French archaeological excavation. During her time there, she discovers the skeletal remains of two people in a cave, as well as a labyrinth-engraved ring, which attracts the attention of corrupt individuals. During her time, she is a haunted by a woman she has never met through dreams and hallucinations. Alice’s ghostly connction is a woman named Alais Pelletier du Mas, a newlywed in 1209, who lives in the town of Carcassone which is a stronghold of the Cathars, who have been declared heretical by the Church. Alais and her father struggle to protect the three sacred books from Crusaders that would reveal the secret of the Holy Grail.
I really liked this miniseries and it might warrant a re-play now that I fully understand the history behind the time period. The characters are well-researched and well-known actors such as Tom Felton (Harry Potter films) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) make this film both educational and enjoyable. I recommend leaving plenty of time to watch this film. It is 180 minutes long (3 hours) and because it was originaly aired as a miniseries there are credits and an intro halfway through the disc. It is not rated but it does contain some sexual situations and violence. VCPL has 2 copies of the DVD so get your name on the hold list today!
- The Da Vinci Code ,
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,
Perfect for the hot steamy months of summer, “All the Single Ladies” revolves around a group of women of varying ages and their relationship with each other, and the significant males in their lives. This fast-paced novel is the latest in Doreatha Benton Franks’ very popular Lowcountry series. Along with the previous fifteen novels, Dottie Frank successfully transports the reader to the glorious setting of the Isle of Palms in South Carolina.
Lisa St. Clair is the type of nurse you wished staffed every assisted-living home. Honest, caring to a fault, with a great sense of humor and humility, Lisa questions when Kathy Harper, one of her favorite residents in the hospice section, succumbs to cancer. Concerned about whether Kathy’s last wishes will be carried out, Lisa uncovers troubling details regarding Kathy’s estate. Enlisting two of Kathy’s devoted friends, Suzanne and Carrie, the trio investigate and ultimately seek justice on behalf of their too-soon-departed friend. Against this backdrop of intrigue, thought-provoking and, often, humorous conversations concerning past loves and future entanglements abound.
Lisa bonds with Suzanne and Carrie as they sort through Kathy’s possessions. Each lady has her own convoluted love life, populated by dating disasters, potential lifelong mates and strained relationships with grown children and parents. When Lisa is unexpectedly evicted from her rental, she ends up occupying a room in the Isle of Palms house owned by Suzanne’s 99-year-old grandmother, Miss Trudie. A flamboyant character who performed in night clubs in her heyday, Miss Trudie imparts a particular type of insight regarding personal financial responsibility and love. Her colorful guidance alone, often offered while relaxing on the waterfront cottage’s back porch, is worth reading the book.
As Lisa, Suzanne and Carrie delve deeper into the mystery of Kathy’s life, they uncover surprising circumstances that prompt questions about their own life choices. Will they ever be financially secure? If you are single, does it also mean being alone? All three of them experience new romance along the way, which warms the reader’s heart. The dating experiments provide hilarious consequences; however, as in all of Dottie Franks’ books, loose ends are nicely tied up by the end of the last chapter.
As Pat Conroy responded when asked about fellow southern author Dottie Frank, “Her books are funny, sexy and usually damp with sea water.
- Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand,
- Life's a Beach by Claire Cook,
- Sisters by Danielle Steel,
- Kindred Spirits by Sarah Strohmeyer
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber comes highly recommended as one of the Best Books of 2014. The novel is a challenge to read because it offers strong commentary about social issues wrapped in a space travel and alien culture package, and it challenges the reader with questions about what does it mean to truly be human. The Book of Strange New Things actually falls directly into a unique category: speculative fiction, which is a broad literacy genre encompassing any fiction with futuristic elements.
In an effort to provide enough details to whet your appetite without giving away any surprises, of which there are many, the main cast of characters are Peter Leigh, a minster; Beatrice Leigh, a nurse and Peter’s long time wife; Joshua, Peter and Bea’s beloved cat; Grainger, Peter’s liaison to the other USIC hired workers on the Oasis planet; and the Oasan race, native inhabitants on the planet Oasis. As the novel starts, we are happily journeying into the great unknown with Peter Leigh, a former thief/drug addict/alcoholic who turned his life over to God after encountering his future wife, Beatrice, in a hospital while recovering from broken bones obtained while trying to escape from police. Hired by a ubiquitous corporation entitled USIC, Peter is on an adventure of a lifetime to serve as a missionary to the alien Oasan race on a far off planet. The Oasans were exposed to the Holy Bible during encounters with two previous missionaries and demand access again to the book which they refer to as The Book of Strange New Things. The action in the book dances between Peter’s experiences with the USIC base on Oasis, and his thought provoking interactions with the Oasans. Interspersed are the e-mail like Shoots between Bea and Peter which depict conditions on Earth and bring focus on their long distance relationship.
The Book of Strange New Things is Michel Faber’s sixth novel and apparently his last. When this tour de force was published last year, Mr. Faber announced he would no longer be writing novels as he has “written the things I was put on earth to write. I think I've reached the limit". Faber’s compelling writing style urges the reader to keep reading and to discover answers while experiencing the damp and oppressive alien environment along with Peter. The strain of Peter and Bea’s relationship tugs at the reader’s heart. Faber also challenges the reader with crisis of faith discussions. This is one of those books you will not forget.
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver,
- The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson,
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Millionaire cosmetics company CEO Amelia (aka Mia) is in hiding, trying to lay low until her investigators can figure out who wants her dead. Cruz is the hitman hired to kill her. When Cruz finds Mia in rural Louisiana he is drawn to her by both attraction and the gut feeling that she is not the terrible person he was hired to kill. Mia hires Cruz to be her handyman, not realizing he is the hitman she is hiding from. Cruz accepts the job so he can learn why his employer wants Mia dead. Things heat up between the two, and Mia begins to trust Cruz as he helps her try to figure out who took out a contract on her life.
This would be a great beach read for anyone looking for a steamy, fast-paced romance.
- Running fire by Lindsay McKenna
Do you love following the Royal Couple, Will & Kate, as much as I do? Yes? Then this book is for you!
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble. Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.
This novel is Kate Middleton fan fiction at its finest with an American twist. From the very first chapter, I was hooked. I loved Bex and her honesty as a character. I liked the varied relationships that both main characters dealt with through college and then post-breakup. I hope that Heather & Jessica continue on and write another book from Freddie's point of view or perhaps another royal family. This book is a new addition to the library so I would reccommend getting your name on the hold list ASAP! Enjoy!!!!!
- Marrying Up by Wendy Holden,
- Someday my prince will come by Jerramy Sage Fine,
- The year of living famously by Laura Caldwell,
- One plus one by Jojo Moyes,
- Kate's progress by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
I have met many people who claim that they do not re-read books. I am not one of those people and I have to say that if anyone ever read this book they would change their stance on re-reading. This book is so well-written and has such a profound message that it makes you want to experience it all over again. Laurie Halse Anderson has crafted a tale that is familiar to so many high schoolers who have been a victim of sexual assault. And many of those students feel that they have no recourse to fight back. I hope that this book has encouraged readerse to speak up if they were a victim or speak out if they witness someone being sexual assaulted.
No one should have to experience what Melinda went through and we should be teaching our children to stand up against this behavior. I think that this book should be required reading for teenagers both male & female. I highly recommend this title for every teenager and adult to pick up. VCPL has many copies and we are also reading it in the Vigo County Public Library Book Club on Facebook for the month of May.
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen,
- The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney,
- Safe by Susan Shaw,
- Cut by Patricia McCormick,
- Aimee by Mary Beth Miller
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …
Just a heads up, this is one of Nora Roberts’ longest books at 512 pages! This book is worth the time! Roberts took time to fully develop Shelby’s family and the community they live in. I am hoping that this will lead to more books in this community. This book was high on the romance but rather slow on the suspense. I enjoyed reading about Shelby & Griff but the suspense was not quite to the same level as the romance. Overall, I adored the story and the characters were easy to relate to as a reader. VCPL has several copies of this bestseller on hand! Come by and take a look at Nora Roberts’ latest novel!
- Say No to Joe? by Lori Foster,
- The last to die by Beverly Barton,
- Out of Sight by Cherry Adair,
- Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann,
- Chill Factor by Sandra Brown
As Walt Longmire works at overcoming the death of his wife and gets back into his job of Sheriff of Absaroka County, Montana he is also running again for Sheriff against one of his Deputees. This TV series is based on the books by Craig Johnson and not your average detective series. Longmire takes place in Montana and has a old-time Western feel. Beautiful scenery, mysterious and interesting characters and Native American relations and beliefs make this series an enjoyable change of pace from the usual detective mystery shows.
Clare has decided that the time has come to divorce her serial cheating husband. Even her teenage son thinks she has given him enough chances. She has the support of her sister's and family and is ready to move ahead with her life until she has a near-fatal accident that causes many changes for her. "Never too Late" is a book about people you enjoy reading about, sympathize with, and cheer for. The characters fail, win, grow and fall in love. An enjoyable and quick read from one of my favorite authors.
- Four Friends by Robyn Carr,
- Virgin River Series by Robyn Carr
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world and make friends.
But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.
From acclaimed teen author (Little Brother, For the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.
- Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim,
- Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen,
- The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff,
- Koko Be Good by Jen Wang,
- The Cute Girl Network by M. K. Reed
If you haven't heard of the "Duck Dynasty" reality shows, reading the books is a good way to be introduced to the family. "Good Call" by Jase Robertson may not be the first of the books written by the Robertson family but it isn't just a repeat of the earlier books. Jase Robertson is a sincere and entertaining storyteller with stories ranging from Christian conversion and family life to fishing and hunting stories. He tells his story with a combination of love, compassion for others and humor. If you like "Duck Dynasty" you will enjoy reading this book and if you aren't familiar with it the book will introduce you to an interesting family. This book is definitely a "Good Call".
- Happy, happy, happy: my life and legacy as the duck commander,
- The Duck Commander family : how faith, family, and ducks created a dynasty
Are You looking for a way to start getting organized? Needing a kick-start to get you going? This little book is a perfect way to get started in organizing your home and life. Each page has some type of tip, solution and/or encouragement to offer. You could read it in one short time period or a little at a time. Use all of the tips or choose specific areas to work on. This book offers an easy to read format and very practical tips for getting things in order. The whole idea is to clear out the clutter so that you can be relaxed and happy and enjoy your space and your life. A very enjoyable read. Even my non-reader husband read it. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for ways to get things organized.
Henrietta Cynster is known as the "Matchbreaker" for determining unsuitable marriages in Regency England. She assumes that a love marriage is most likely not possible for her. Then James Glossup seeks out her services, because he must find a bride quickly and wed according to his Aunt's will before time runs out. He feels responsible for all the employees who depend on him if fails to find a bride and loses his inheritance. He is not a fortune hunter, it is due to him, if he just finds a bride! James also happens to be the best friend of Henrietta's brother Simon. While Henrietta sets him up with one prospective bride after another, attempts are made on her life, but why? Quickly James realizes that he is falling in love with her, and he doesn't really want anyone else. But will Henrietta come to feel the same, and will all happiness be threatened by attempts on both their lives until a murderer is discovered? This novel is available as an audiobook in Hoopla (always available for checkout), as an audiobook in Indiana Digital Media, and as a print book on the library's fiction shelves.
Set in present day England, The Girl on the Train is a psychological ride full of twists and turns. Author Paula Hawkins intertwines the experiences of three similarly aged females: Rachel, Megan, and Anna. Rachel rides a commuter train five days a week to and from London. She uses her overactive imagination to create stories about the occupants of the homes she views out the window of the train. Rachel admits, “There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.” It turns out the residents are neither strangers nor safe.
Megan is a twenty-nine-year-old woman married to Scott. Megan connects to the trains which pass by her backyard as a way to escape her life. She doesn’t even have to watch them but intently listens to the clacking wheels as they journey to the end of the line and beyond. Formerly an art gallery owner, she is now a lonely housewife and bemoans the fact that she is playing at real life rather than actually living it. To combat her boredom, Megan “looks around for something to distract.” Megan does find a distraction and ends up dealing with life altering consequences.
Anna enters the rotation a third of the way into the story. Anna appears to be happily married to Tom, Rachel’s ex-husband. They live just four doors down from Megan and Scott. Anna hates the noise from the trains as they make her jumpy and wake up Evie, their beautiful baby girl.
As the novel takes off, Rachel lives vicariously through a particularly perfect couple she routinely observes. She nicknames them Jess and Jason but it soon becomes clear the couple, who turn out to be actually Megan and Scott, are not as deeply in love as Rachel had perceived them. From her train, one summer Friday morning, Rachel views Megan engaging in actions in her backyard which conflict with Rachel’s vision of appropriate conduct. When Megan disappears the following Saturday evening, Rachel feels obligated to contact the police and Scott with information about the unsuitable behavior. Rachel’s interactions with the police and Scott rapidly become complicated, to Rachel’s unraveling.
At times, the pacing is maddeningly slow as Rachel comes to term with the black hole of her memory of the night when Megan disappears. Multiple questions arise as the novel progresses. Who is the red-haired fellow passenger on the train who seems to know more than Rachel about the evening Megan disappears? What role does Dr. Kamal Abdic, a handsome and accommodating therapist, play in Megan’s life? In the media storm surrounding Scott after Megan’s disappearance, why does he reply to Rachel’s emails? The unexpected answers pile up as the novel races down the track to a bombshell of an ending.
Currently on the New York Times Bestseller List, The Girl on the Train is available from the VCPL in hardback, including Bestseller Express copies, and as an eBook and eAudiobook.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn,
- The Other Woman's House by Sophie Hannah,
- The Syndrome by John Case,
- The First Prophet by Kay Hooper,
- The Breaker by Minette Walters
Emmy Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven stars as American entrepreneur and colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge. Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, Harry Selfridge created a theater of retail for early 1900s Londoners where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining-or sometimes just eccentric-was showcased.
Anyone who enjoys Downton Abbey or Paradise will find this series to be a fun and intersting view on life as a Londoner in 1909. Piven plays an American who builds a department store in London while trying to navigate the social csutoms of the age. My favorite character is Ms. Anges Towler who plays a shop girl who has ambition to move up in the retail business. VCPL has Seasons 1 & 2!
“Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She - with her billionaire husband - is getting accustomed to being an object of attention, of gossip, of speculation. But now Eve has become the object of one person's obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her again and again. An aggressive defense attorney who's sparred with Eve in the courtroom is the first victim, but she isn't the last. The messages left for Eve at the crime scenes chill her and turn her stomach. It doesn't get much more personal than this - and Eve refuses to hand the investigation over to anyone else. With a murderer reading meaning into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. And eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her "true and loyal friend." And in time, idols always fall....” Inside cover
Book 40 in J.D. Robb’s In Death series does not disappoint fans of Eve Dallas. For the first time, the killer knows Eve and has decided to kill off Eve’s enemies to prove her friendship. Eve begins to question everyone around her and her connection to them. This read was a fun one because every page caused you to question everyone Eve has ever worked with. This murder mystery kept me guessing so I highly recommend snagging this title. Stop by VCPL to pick up this book in large or regular print!
- Dial M for mischief by Kasey Michaels,
- Kill and tell by Linda Howard,
- Black ice by Anne Stuart,
- Blue bayou by JoAnn Ross,
- The surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
"Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past. ... Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief--and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle"--P.  of cover.
I am a fan of Kristan Higgins books Somehow I have managed to read the Blue Heron series completely out of order but that did not interfere with enjoying the stories Higgins has crafted for her readers. This was a fun story to fall into because the main characters are not perfect and therefore very easy to relate to and fun to follow. Faith’s past with her mother was very interested and I have to admit I was taken by surprise by the truth. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoyes reading modern romance. Stop by VCPL to pick up this book in large or regular print!
- Simply irresistible by Jill Shalvis,
- Sweetwater gap by Denise Hunter,
- That thing called love by Susan Andersen,
- Boomerang bride by Fiona Lowe,
- Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr
Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of; time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science.
Based on the true story and account written by Jane Wilde Hawking, I found this movie to be a striking account about a couple who found a way to live with a terrible disease. While Stephen’s survival is truly inspiring; it is his wife Jane who is the true hero of their tale. She manages to help him finish his education and publish his work all while caring for him and raising their children. In the end, I was happy that Jane finally got the chance to reach her own goals and find happiness. VCPL owns several copies of this film. Stop by today and pick one up!
MPAA Rating: PG-13; for some thematic elements and suggestive material.
Author J. B. West spent 28 years as the chief usher at the White House. He directed the daily operation of the White House, including supervising hundreds of state functions and all the staff that both everyday life and huge special events required. We learn about each first family, although his actual interaction was usually with the First Ladies: The Roosevelts, Trumans, Eisenhowers, Kennedys, Johnsons, and Nixons are brought to life as likeable personalities. There is much interesting information about the condition of the White House over the years, as well as the redecoration that took place with each change in residents. He does not have anything negative to say about any first family, rather, interesting anecdotes, such as Lyndon Johnson's turning off of all the lights, and his constant upgrading of his personal shower until it was practically a water park, and still unsatisfactory! His own family often took a back seat to his duties at the White House, as he was very dedicated to his work. This interesting 11 disc audiobook is pleasingly read by Eric Martin. (973.009 W). The book is also available in a print edition (973.009 W).
Margaret Plantagenet is one of the last surviving members of England’s royal family. The royal blood running in her veins makes her a potential threat to whoever possesses the throne. As such, there is never a day that goes by when she isn’t in danger.
For years, Margaret’s primary concern is survival. She is willing to do almost anything to stay out of the spotlight: forsake her family name, stay away from court, and even live in poverty. No matter what she does, though, Margaret finds it impossible to erase herself from the king’s memory. Thus, she must eventually make the ultimate decision: abandon her beloved country or take a stand.
And then Margaret meets the one person who will change everything: Catherine of Aragon, the Spanish Infanta who will eventually become King Henry VIII’s first wife and Queen of England. Despite all that she has done to preserve her own life, Margaret suddenly finds that she will do anything it takes to help this girl reach the throne. And that's exactly what she does. By helping Catherine, Margaret secures for herself the life she has always dreamed of. She becomes a favored member of the king's court and reclaims the name of Plantagenet, as well as all the wealth and glory that accompanies it.
But then Margaret's dream turns into a nightmare. Once it becomes clear that Queen Catherine will not be able to produce a male heir, life in England takes a dramatic turn for the worse. The kind, handsome, and charming King Henry VIII gradually changs into a monstrous tyrant from whom nobody is safe, especially not those who have any claim to his crown.
- A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir,
- A King's Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman,
- The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson,
- The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick,
- The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
Successful Seattle Realtor Mia Sullivan is nobody’s fool…apart from that one week five years ago when she gave away her heart to a sexy musician who gave her nothing in return but a few sinfully perfect days—and nights—in his bed. Though she swears she never wants to see him again, he’s the one man she’s never been able to forget.
One of the hottest rock stars in the world, Ford Victor can have any woman he wants…except Mia Sullivan. But now he knows millions of strangers singing along with his songs can’t fill the hole inside of him. Only Mia’s love has the power to do that—so he vows to do anything and everything it takes to win her heart again.
From the first moment they see each other again, intense sparks of attraction fly. Between irresistible kisses, a romantic Sullivan wedding in Napa Valley, and a deeply sensual connection that neither of them can deny, can Mia and Ford finally rediscover a love—and a friendship—strong enough to last forever?
Book 11 in Bella Andre’s wildly successful Sullivan series does not disappoint! This book is easily a stand alone but Andre’s has created a wonderful family for readers to get to know and root for as they search for love. Mia’s story does not have a lot of drama or shock but it is a simple story of a love lost and then potentially found again IF they can find a way to make it work. This story is for the music groupie in all of us!
- Cutting Loose by Susan Andersen,
- Tell Me Why by Stella Cameron,
- Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr,
- Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Cruise,
- Causing havoc by Lori Foster
You might not recognize any cast members other than Helen Mirren, but this film is well worth watching. Part drama and part romance, it tells the story of an Indian family who flee India after political unrest brings tragedy to the family. They had a successful restaurant in Mumbai, India, and wander the world trying to find somewhere to settle. After a vehicle breakdown near a quaint village in the French Alps, it seems that is meant to be the place to settle. Little do they know that it is home to Mirren's Michelin starred restaurant. They renovate a restaurant across the street and a "war" ensues. Mirren doesn't like the cooking smells, the loud music, nor the glitziness so close to her sophisticated restaurant. The son named Hassan is a gifted chef, and before long they are doing very well. Romance also enters the picture due to a beautiful young female chef at Mirren's restaurant. Through various plot twists, Hassan decides to learn French cooking and becomes her apprentice, before moving to more famous locations, but his heart yearns for his now French home. This enjoyable movie has a satifying ending that will leave you smiling.
The job of the skin is to keep things in.
On the island of Here, livin’s easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven—and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended...by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard.
An off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a darkly funny meditation on life, death, and what it means to be different—and a timeless ode to the art of beard maintenance.
- Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann,
- The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino,
- An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Kinsley,
- Black Hole by Charles Burns,
- The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.
- Legend by Marie Lu,
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Over 150 color photographs show spectacular images of gardens owned by royal families in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. While royal gardens are the focus, the book is overwhelmingly an architectural showcase. A few of the aerial views are especially striking. This large, heavy, 279 page volume with high quality paper will delight the page turning browser, and offers history of the gardens for those who want to know more about them, many dating to the Renaissance or earlier. A visual treat! c2014. (712.6 C)
Resistant is a novel about a deadly strain of bacteria developed by a terrorist group called the Neighbors, who want to overthrow entitlement programs such as Medicare, Social Security, etc., believing they steal dollars away from the needs of the rest of society. The Neighbors consist of rich people, political officials, etc. so secret that even their names are kept hidden from other members. Their scientists unleash the bacteria on unsuspecting injured patients in hospitals, hoping to blackmail the government into dropping the entitlement programs by not offering an antibiotic that will kill the bacteria, nicknamed the Doomsday Germ, until they get their way. However, the bacteria mutates, and no one can control it. ER doctor Lou Welcome and his best friend Cap are running on a mountainous track when Cap is grievously injured and later infected in the hospital with this horrible bacteria. The Neighbors have their own lab, but when their researchers can’t control the bacteria, they kidnap a Muslim microbiologist, Ahmed Kazimi, known as the best in the field. Until that time, he was protected by the FBI day and night at his lab and living quarters. Meanwhile, Cap is likely to lose one or more limbs, if not his life. and Lou pulls out all the stops to find a cure for him. He befriends another brilliant microbiologist/lab technician named Humphrey, who despite his extreme cerebral palsy, has solid theories about the Doomsday germ, and convinces Lou that the other researchers are on the wrong track. By setting up a clandestine lab, they may find a cure in time to save Cap. Eventually Humphrey is also kidnapped by the Neighbors and forced to work for their leader, Douglas Bacon, Neighbor N-38, alongside Ahmed Kazimi. Dr. Welcome and an FBI agent named Vale whose wife was murdered by the Neighbors, team up to make a final assault on Bacon’s ocean side compound. While there are not happy endings for everyone, the book’s resolution is satisfying to readers. Suspenseful and worth reading or listening to. This was Palmer’s last book before his death in October of 2013. The 11 disc audiobook is read by Robert Petkoff. Also available in regular print, and eaudiobook.
- Other titles by Michael Palmer or Michael Crichton
Aidan Bloom, a 35-year-old struggling actor, father, and husband, is still trying to find his identity, a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find.
This film came highly recommended by a friend. The trailer and the description did not really give me a very good sense of what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying the witty script and the quirky characters. VCPL owns several copies of this film. Stop by today and pick one up!
MPAA rating: R; for language and some sexual content.
In her youth, Molly Anderson couldn't help crushing on gorgeous bad-boy Dylan Black—even though he only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn't work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, vowing they'd have a great adventure when she grew up. Years later, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she's finally ready to take Dylan up on his promise.
A guarded Dylan always had a weakness for Molly, and when she waltzes back into his life—grown-up and gorgeous—he's stunned. So why not whisk her away for some no-strings-attached fun?
Laughter-filled days and late-night kisses are changing Molly's life, for good. The only gift she truly wants now is Dylan's love, but when he discovers the secret she's been keeping, she may lose him again—this time forever.
This title is a re-issue of Susan Mallery’s 1998 book titled Wedding Ring Promise. I have only been reading Mallery’s books since I stumbled upon her Fool’s Gold series so this was a new story for me. I was entertained by Molly’s blunt request for Dylan to fulfill his promise long-forgotten. Both characters were very easy to like and hope for their stories to end happily. I have to say though that I am more than ready for more in the Fool’s Gold series and this re-issue was not quite up to filling that void.
VCPL has a copy of this title available in our New Fiction section! Happy Reading!
- Sawyer by Lori Foster,
- His Secret Child by Beverly Barton,
- The Cutting Edge by Linda Howard,
- Simply Scandalous by Carly Phillips,
- Taken by Storm by Heather MacAllister
A medical school dropout named Wallace who has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
As a huge Harry Potter fan, I was intrigued to watch a modern film starring Daniel Radcliffe. I found him to be very likable as Wallace. An awkward guy, who after a failed serious relationship, is having trouble finding his place in society as well as deal with being in the friend zone with his soul mate. I was highly entertained by this film.
VCPL has several copies available on DVD.
Rating: PG-13; for sexual content, including references throughout, partial nudity and language.
Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.
I really liked this adaptation from the Young Adult novel by the same title. This film gave readers the opportunity to see the struggle of Mia’s decision alongside her friends and family’s grief. Chloë Grace Moretz was close to how I pictured Mia when I first read the book so that helped me connect with the main character during the film.
The Vigo County Public Library has several copies available on DVD and BLU-Ray.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for thematic elements and some sexual material. CHV rating: PG; mature theme, language may offend.
The Testing is the first book in a series of the same name written by Joelle Charbonneau. In this book the main character, Cia, and her friend Tomas, are chosen after graduation day to compete to attend the University. The students must pass a rigorous set of tests -- or else. Those who complete the tests successfully will be given the chance to attend the University and become one of the nation's future leaders.
I found this book to be quite a page-turner. It is full of action and suspense as Cia realizes her government may be up to no good, and that attending the University may not be as great an honor as it sounds. This book is for those who like post-apocalyptic fiction. It takes place in the future after a world war has decimated the population and ravaged the landscape. All-in-all I found it to be a good start to this trilogy.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins,
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
How would you feel if the only birthday gift your parents bought you was a cardboard box? Would you be disappointed? Or would you see its potential for being the greatest present anyone could ever ask for?
When Cam’s down-and-out single father brings home a cardboard box for his birthday, he understands that it’s because they can’t afford anything more. Rather than being upset by this, though, Cam chooses to make the best of his situation. Only, the situation is far better than he could have ever imagined. When Cam and his father shape the cardboard into a man, they never expect it to actually come magically to life. Nor do they expect it when this simple piece of cardboard makes Marcus, the wealthy neighborhood bully, so jealous that he steals it and uses it to create an army of monsters that threaten to destroy them all!
In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, Doug TenNapel takes readers back to their childhood days when a cardboard box was never just a cardboard box. The days when a cardboard box could be anything from a castle to a rocket ship to a time machine. Whether you’re just looking for a fun read or needing something to spark your imagination, Cardboard should definitely be at the top of your list!
- Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi,
- Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke,
- Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch,
- Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu,
- Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel