Blogs

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Check out our catalog for: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

This is the story of a girl growing up in Brooklyn, NY in the years just before WWI. The author uses the main character, Francie, as a vehicle to tell the amazing story of her life in a time when there weren't welfare, social agencies, psychologists or birth control. Francie's family plays a game called Survival when the cupboard is bare. The parents are poor uneducated Brooklynites who struggle to give their children a better life. This book is a testiment to tenecious hardworking people in the early 1900s.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

Check our catalog for: Last Night at Chateau Marmont

Would you be able to handle being married to a rock star? Brooke finds herself with that very dilemma when her singer husband hits the big time. For the past five years, Brooke has supported her husband Julian's musical dreams of being a recording artist and is thrilled for him when he finally signs a recording contract with Sony. Suddenly Julian becomes an overnight sensation and Brooke struggles with all the new attention that is thrust upon her husband and their marriage. With all the rumors and tabloid stories, will their love for one another survive? A fast paced and entertaining read about life in the spotlight.

The Devouring by Simon Holt

Check our catalog for: The Devouring

In this creepy tale for teens, Reggie learns about the Vours through an old journal she comes across at her job in a used bookstore. As she reads it, she learns that the Vours are demons who feed on people's fears and take over their bodies. She doesn't believe in them it at first but strange things starting happening to her younger brother Henry and Reggie is starting to fear that Vours really do exsist. It's up to Reggie to battle the Vours and reclaim her brother's soul. Caution: do not read at night! The Vours like it when you're afraid...

Finding Chandra : a true Washington murder mystery by Scott Higham.

Check our catalog for: Finding Chandra: a true Washington murder mystery.  Chandra Ann Levy was an intern in Washington who disappeared in 2001.  This is the true crime story of the sensationalism that followed her case, mainly because she was utimately linked to having an affair with Congressman Gary Condit.  Her body wasn't found until a year later, then due to a number of terrible mistakes by law enforcement, her supposed killer wasn't identified until 2008.  I thoroughly enjoyed this case and was stunned by how evidence was erased and mismanaged, delaying the prosecution of the killer.  True crime buffs will be enthralled with this crime.

WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG BY LISA SCOTTOLINE

Check our catalog for: Why my Third Husband will be a Dog

This is a terribly amusing insight into the life of Lisa Scottoline.  One laughs along as she struggles with the horrors of spanx in middle age, and deals with her disfunctional but loving family.  You instantly see how she adores her dogs while humorously teling us how she doesn't miss her ex husbands.  This collection of stories is from  Scottoline's wildly popular Philadelphia Inquirer columns and will leave you laughing.

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

Check our catalog for: The Colorado Kid also available on audio CDcolorado kid image
Although it's by Stephen King, this isn't a horror story, and it also isn't very long. It is a tale of an unsolved mystery in a small coastal town in Maine. Just good storytelling as a couple of smart old guys gradually reveal the story of a dead man found on the beach twenty five years ago to a young newspaperwoman.  Some people might find the ending unsatisfying, but when I thought about it, I kind of liked how it leaves it open to your own imagination. It might even be a good choice for a book club/discussion.  I listened to it on audio, and the reader, Jeffrey DeMunn, did a nice job with the voices and the accents. [Note: for some reason the cover art on this one has no relation to the story!]

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Check our catalog for: Maybe This Time, also available on MP3CDcover of maybe this time

Andie Miller agrees to a favor for her ex-husband, North Archer, which involves going to stay at a haunted house in southern Ohio and taking care of two orphaned children who are distant relatives of his and who really need her help.  Of course she doesn’t believe the house is haunted at first, but after not too long, her mantra is “there are ghosts”.  The question is, how to get rid of them?  There’s humor, paranormal, and a love story, too (turns out she’s still in love with her ex-husband, and he’s still in love with her).  It’s rather long, but it was the kind of story where I wanted it to keep going, so that was OK.  This is the third Jennifer Crusie book I’ve read or listened to, and I've enjoyed them all.

Voter Guides are Here

A good supply League of Women Voters printed voter guides for the November 2 election are available now at the library.  Come in and pick one up, or view the guides online via the links below. 

LOWV Guide for Statewide races 

LOWV Oakland Area Guide for Oakland Co. and local races and issues

More resources for election 2010 from the Michigan eLibrary

Beer Making a Bubbly Success!

Johnny Blast from Hopman's Beer and Wine Making Supply in Waterford provided expert direction and inside tips to making home brew at the Library on October 12, 2010. We learned to cook speciality grains and add malt and hops to get just the right flavors for the perfect brew!

 

Paperback Romances

Attention romance readers: as you may know, our branch library had an extensive and very popular collection of paperback romances, which included novels from all the major romance writers, plus the following series "brands":

  • heartsHarlequin American Romance
  • Harlequin Presents
  • Harlequin SuperRomance
  • Kimani
  • Silhouette Desire
  • Silhouette Nocturne
  • Silhouette Romantic Suspense
  • Silhouette Special Edition
  • Steeple Hill Love Inspired

This entire collection has now been moved to the main library on Civic Center Drive.  Those books you love to read are on the shelves just as you enter the adult department, and are available to you here now seven days a week.