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That Girl! August 4, 2015

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That “Girl” is incredibly popular. Check out these girls.

The Girl on the Train– Paula Hawkins

The girl sees odd things while commuting on the train

The Boston Girl– Anita Diamant

A turn of the century girl (born in 1900) growing up in Boston

Clever Girl– Tessa Hadley

The girl, born in the mid-1950’s, comes of age in Britain

The Forever Girl– Alexander McCall Smith

The girl follows her longtime love from Scotland to Sydney and to Singapore

Funny Girl– Nick Hornby

The adventures of an intrepid young girl in 1960’s London

Girl in the Moonlight- Charles Dubow

The girl is of shimmering, incandescent beauty with a wild, irrepressible spirit and is the object of his obsession.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk– Kelli Estes

A modern girl discovers secrets left by a young Chinese girl a century before

The Girl Next Door– Ruth Rendell

Does the girl next door know more about the past than she realizes?

Luckiest Girl Alive– Jessica Knoll

Will the girl’s perfect life unravel when the past catches up to her?

Gone Girl–  Gillian Flynn

The girl that started the “Girl” craze!

~Ann

Latest Additions August 3, 2015

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Our Summer Reading Programs are officially over and they have been a huge success! Thanks to everyone who participated, and a very special thank you to the Friends of RRPL who sponsored our program.  We had a record total of over 350 patrons sign up and over 1,400 titles read in just the Adult program! If you’re looking for some good book recommendations or would like to share a few books yourself, we will be discussing some of the best books we read all summer at our End of Summer Reading Celebration tomorrow, August 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in The Community Room of RRPL.

Just because our Summer Reading Program is over, doesn’t mean you need to slow down your reading habits.  Stay tuned in the coming months as we offer more exciting ways to win with reading!

Here are some of our most recent additions to the Reading Room:

Appaloosa
Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker
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dexter is dead
Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay
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Find me
Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg
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Irish meadows
Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason
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our souls at night
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
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Happy reading!

—Beth

It’s Summer -and all the reading is fine! August 3, 2015

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I think everyone had an easy time picking a title for our last genre book discussion… We discussed what we might read on the beach or on the porch during the lazy days of summer. Unsurprisingly, everyone liked the book they read! And now maybe you’ll be able to find just the right thing to read while you sit in the sun -or shade!

Maureen: Kimberly McCreight’s new novel Where They Found Her opens with the shocking discovery of an unidentified dead newborn in a creek in the well-to-do university town of Ridgedale, New Jersey. Who does the baby belong to? Why would someone do something so unspeakable? New Ridgedale transplant and fledgling local reporter Molly Sanderson uncovers there is much more to the story than anyone previously imagined when she discovers the creek site was also the scene of another mysterious accident several decades ago. Complicating matters further is the fact that Molly herself lost a baby to miscarriage not long ago, causing her doting husband to want her off the story. With a few other characters and plotlines woven in and told in alternating chapters covering their different lives using flashbacks to build the suspense, this is a well-written, compelling novel full of twists!

Beth: In Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter is Dead, Dexter Morgan, full-time forensics investigator for the Miami PD, part-time vigilante serial killer, has his last hoorah in the eighth novel of the Dexter series. As a follow up to a crime scene in Dexter’s Final Cut, the Miami PD is desperate to explain and cover up a messy situation that happened on their clock, pinning blame on Morgan. With the reemergence of a former character, Dexter finds himself fighting for his freedom, and taking on a whole new deadly monster in order to save his remaining family members. You might become infatuated with the monster who is Dexter Morgan in the first few Dexter novels. The series is darkly humors and thoroughly entertaining. Lindsay does a great job wrapping up the series the best way he possibly could.

Carol: Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos takes place during one hot, steamy summer in the small college town of Grinnell, Iowa where big-city girl Claire attended grad school, but never imagined eventually living and working there as writer in residence, married to Don Lowry, a local boy turned real estate agent. Now 38 and mother to their two children, Claire is dissatisfied with how her life, her career and her marriage have turned out. Both partners begin to stray and things combust in group vacation (including their lovers) at a vacation in northern Minnesota, where all players contemplate their morality and mortality. This family drama novel is complicated and messy but rewarding and magical–just like real life.

Chris: The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation by Melissa Rivers is a fast, fun read. Melissa opens up about her special mother-daughter relationship with stories and life lessons learned from Mom Joan. Melissa also has a good sense of humor and as she relays Joan’s antics and quotes her lines, it kind of takes the edge off of some of those caustic remarks. Finding out more about Joan made me like her more. She knew what was important: education, and so, in the book, you’ll see her grade school and high school report cards. Work was very important to her, too, so you’ll see her first resume which states “Blonde-5’ 3” directly after her name and address. And you’ll see lots of family photos including one with Joan at the age of two with the caption “Even then she tried to pass herself off as one and a half.” I really enjoyed it.

Steve: Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, by Kostya Kennedy, is the story of Rose’s life, with a focus on his career and banishment from baseball. This an excellent book, is well written and gives an even view of Rose. Kennedy makes the case that, in light of steroid users in baseball, who have been given a chance to be on the HOF ballot, Rose’s request for reinstatement should be re-examined.

Lauren: Bonjour Tristesse was written by Francoise Sagan and published in 1954 when she was just 18—it was an instant hit. The short novel is from the perspective of 17-year-old Cécile, summering at a beach house with her widower father on the coast of France. Cécile has become used to her father’s playboy ways and the women who come and go in his life (this summer his companion is a young redhead named Elsa) and enjoys reciprocal freedom to spend her days however she wants, even if they are spent in the company of her lover Cyril or ignoring her studies. Her world is disrupted when they are joined by Anne, who was once a friend of Cécile’s mother, with whom her father falls quickly and seriously in love.

Megan: Armada by Ernest Cline is the book equivalent of the summer blockbuster movie and the perfect page-turner for the beach. Armada is the story of Zack Lightwood, a high school senior who has grown up on a heavy diet of science fiction films, books, and video games. One day reality and fantasy collide when a spaceship appears over Zack’s school. The ship looks exactly like the ones in his favorite video game and it has arrived to take Zack. Because of his gaming skills he has been recruited by a top-secret government agency to help save the world from an imminent alien invasion. This fun alien invasion adventure well-known sci-fi tropes and turns them upside down. Pop culture references to cult classics will please the most enthusiastic fans and the surprise twist will leave readers with plenty to think about long after the adventure has ended.

Dori: Ana of California by Andi Teran is a retelling of Anne of Green Gables set in modern day California. Bright and artistic Ana is in foster care in Los Angeles and her big mouth has made it difficult to place her, but one last option is to stay with two siblings, Abby and Emmett Garber, and work on their farm in Northern California. The experience is eye opening and Ana begins to love the farm and the Garbers, and they her, but will a misunderstanding send her back to danger in L.A.? A great summer read, with romance, cooking, and a charming title character that you’ll be rooting for.

Emma: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce is the story of Queenie, a patient at St. Bernadine’s Hospice. She learns that her former brewery coworker Harold Fry is coming to visit and she should wait for him. He plans to walk the entire length of England, 600 miles, to come see her. Harold sends postcards along the way so Queenie can track his progress. Eventually the other hospice patients are excited about Harold’s journey and also follow his progress. Unable to speak, Queenie relives their shared past through letters which are never sent. The complement to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a sweet simple story.

Stacey: The Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig is the perfect kind of summertime reading. There’s a little bit of history (learning!) and a mystery (a puzzle for your brain!) plus a light romance (to make your heart go pit-a-pat!) all in an easy to carry softcover book! The only downside is that it’s the very last of a fabulous series, but the upside is that the author is writing plenty of other fabulous books -phew!

Our next genre will be religious fiction! If you want to join us, you will also want to look for a story that has religiously-based attitudes, values or actions at it’s core. It can be any religion and it can be sweet or salty -like a thriller– it’s up to you!

As always -enjoy!
Stacey

ALERT- NEW JAMES PATTERSON! July 31, 2015

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If August 3rd is a Monday, there must be a new James Patterson book being released.

Alert by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is an explosive, action-packed thriller set in New York City  featuring Detective Michael Bennett. We’ll have copies in regular print and large print waiting for you on Monday; just add your name to the holds list TODAY!

~Ann

Day at the Beach Raffle Prize – RRPL Adult Summer Reading July 28, 2015

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Day at the beach

We might be wrapping up our Summer Reading Program, but the weather is still perfect for a day at the beach!  Here’s a sun soaked basket to get you through the rest of these hot days.

This basket includes:

  • Beach towel
  • Beach tote
  • 2 water bottles
  • Frisbee
  • Puzzle book
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • & beach snacks!

Sign up in person at the RRPL Reference Desk, or through our website: http://www.rrpl.org/Summer-Read-2015.php.  Don’t forget to submit your book titles as you complete them.

Every entry qualifies you for our grand prize gift basket!

Latest Additions July 27, 2015

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Hello! I hope you had a lovely weekend!  Summer is in full swing and if your summer is anything like mine, it’s keeping you very busy.  This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit family in Ithaca and Owego, New York. Holy smokes, that state is beautiful! I’ve spent a good amount of time in Ithaca throughout my life, but as I get older I really start to appreciate how beautiful the area is. We took an early morning hike in the Enfield Glen gorge before a day filled with catching up with family and honoring my late grandmother.

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Any road trip with my family always includes at least one audio book, and this one was no different. It used to be when we would travel we would pick up a book on CD or cassette from Cracker Barrel, listen to it, and then return it to another Cracker Barrel.  Thanks to technology, we don’t have to stop at Cracker Barrel, and we don’t have to pay a cent for a huge catalog of audio books.  We put the OverDrive app to good use and could even connected my smartphone directly to the car speakers with Bluetooth.  I know this isn’t necessarily new technology, but it’s my first time really using a Bluetooth enabled car, and it was awesome!

If you’re about to hit the road and looking for an audio book to listen to, or just a good book to read, check out some of our latest additions to the Reading Room.

finding audrey
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
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fixer
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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royal we
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
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whites
The Whites by Richard Price and Harry Brandt
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Tiny Little Things
Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
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Happy reading!
Beth

THE GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE BASKET FOR RRPL ADULT SUMMER READING 2015 July 22, 2015

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Here it is!  This is the basket everyone has been waiting to see!  The basket is in the theme of Rocky River and has all kinds of goodies hidden within it.

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The Grand Prize raffle basket includes:

  • Gift card to some local Rocky River restaurants like Bomba, Danny Boy’s, River Dog Cafe, etc…
  • Rocky River wall art
  • Mitchell’s train conductor hat
  • Erie Island travel mug
  • Books including The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett, Wishin’ & Hopin‘ by Wally Lamb, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

A special thank you to the Friends of the Rocky River Public Library for sponsoring our fabulous Summer Reading Programs!

There’s still time to get your name in the big raffle!

Sign up in person at the RRPL Reference Desk, or through our website: http://www.rrpl.org/Summer-Read-2015.php.  Don’t forget to submit your book titles as you complete them.

But Does It Bring You Joy? July 21, 2015

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo sounded like just what I needed. Here’s how it’s done: You go through your entire house, category by category, and PURGE. You have only two things you must do: determine what brings you joy and find a place for it. To help you decide, take, for instance, every one of your coats, spread them out on the floor and then pick up each one, and touch it, caress, etc. to see if it makes you feel joyful. If it does, find a space for it; if not, give it away. Kondo is adamant that we follow that rule of checking every coat for the joy factor otherwise we might make the wrong choices or not enough of them.

I broke that rule right off because frankly it seemed like way too much work. But I’m bending it to suit me. First, I’m going through my house using my old purging method and deciding at a glance what goes in the yard sale, the donation bag and the garbage bag. When that’s completed and things are more manageable, I’ll use the tidying up method. I look forward to it.

Today, I called Volunteers of America for a pickup and brought in a bag of books to donate to our library.

~Chris

Latest Additions July 20, 2015

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In addition to reading, one of my other hobbies is cooking/baking.  One of the biggest challenges to cooking/baking can be finding some of the special ingredients in the grocery store.  This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the most amazing of all grocery stores, Jungle Jim’s International Market.  Jungle Jim’s grocery store features isles upon isles upon isles of ingredients, spices, sauces, foods, and candies from around the world.  I’ve never been to a grocery store that was so worthy of awe.   If you’re ever in the Cincinnati area, I highly recommend you make a trip there.  I am eagerly anticipating my return to Jungle Jim’s with a list of exotic ingredients from a well-planned menu.

 

 In the meantime, I’ll travel the world via book.  Here are some books to transport you around the world, or to another world. 

fatal chapter
A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
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Checked out
Checked Out by Elaine Viets
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death in salem
Death in Salem by Eleanor Kuhns
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etta and otto
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
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Everything everything
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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Happy reading!

—Beth

Breakfast Raffle Basket – RRPL Adult Summer Reading July 20, 2015

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Breakfast may be considered the most important meal of the day, and I certainly can’t help but think it certainly is one of the most delicious.  This raffle prize basket has a breakfast theme.  This basket contains:

  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • English Breakfast tea
  • 1 lb. of Erie Island Coffee
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • and candy!

Sign up in person at the RRPL Reference Desk, or through our website: http://www.rrpl.org/Summer-Read-2015.php.  Don’t forget to submit your book titles as you complete them.

Every entry qualifies you for our grand prize gift basket!

Happy reading!

—Beth

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