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Latest Additions August 23, 2016

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August is flying by!   Whenever I look at the calendar my eyes wander to the second week of August, but nope! We are in the fourth week already. Holy cow!  That being said, we’ve all been very busy here in the Reference Department as we help others get ready to go back to school.  Now that most of the schools are in session, we are going to start playing catch up with our reading, our Reading Room entries, and maybe even our weekly blogging.  Here are a few titles that we haven’t yet featured in our Latest Additions:

mrs. houdini

mrs st clair

murder and moonshine

kitchen house

travelers

three sisters

valley of the moon

 

Happy reading!

Beth

 

 

 

Rain, Rain, Rain August 13, 2016

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What an odd summer it has been for the weather. If you would like to get more in-tune with your inner meteorologist, take a look at some of our weather related books, just wander over to the 551.5s in the nonfiction section. If all this heat is not your thing, jump to 919.8 for some Arctic expeditions to cool down.  Soon you will be so knowledgeable about the weather that you will be setting up a green screen and wowing friends and family with your daily weather reports!

Beach-y Keen Books! August 11, 2016

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It was tough, but we persevered and made it happen.. We all found a book we’d enjoy reading on the beach or the back porch and then we talked about them! Crazy, right? But I think the diversity of the list makes it especially fun. Are you ready for some fun? Done!

Chris: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou. Turn quick to page 163 for one of my absolute favorites: Still I Rise. When Governor Cory Booker referred to the other day, it reminded me of how much I loved this poem and I was compelled to go back and reread it. Every bit as good as I remember. Of course, it led to reading more of this wonderful collection.

Lauren: In Taylor Jenkins Reid’s One True Loves, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse, and the two set off on adventures around the world. On the eve of their first anniversary, Jesse is on a photojournalism assignment with a crew when their helicopter disappears over the Pacific Ocean. Devastated, Emma returns to her small Massachusetts hometown and starts over. Years later she’s reconnected with a high school friend, Sam, and found love again. As Sam and Emma are enjoying their lives together and planning a wedding, Emma gets a life-changing phone call: Jesse has been found, alive.

Gina: Jojo Moyes continues her series following Louisa Clark in the book After You. This picks up after Louisa lost her love, following how she copes with this loss and moves on in her life. Louisa returns home after an accident and meets an unexpected individual that turns her life upside down. After making a deal with her parents, Louisa participates in a Moving On support group, meets new friends, and even finds a new love interest. This books keeps you engaged and rooting for Louisa to find happiness, a great beach read!

Sara: I read the new Liane Moriarty novel, Truly, Madly, Guilty. This is a story of three suburban couples who get together for a weekend barbecue that ends in a tragedy. Sam and Clementine are happily married parents of two, working together to juggle their hectic lives and careers. Erika and Oliver are a quiet, reserved, childless couple who both appreciate their calm and peaceful lifestyle. Vid and Tiffany are the larger than life, outgoing, fun-loving neighbors hosting the barbecue. Each family has problems and deep, dark secrets; and all of these come into play on and after this fateful weekend. They all can’t help but wonder what life would have been like if they had just said no to the invitation. Guilt and misconceptions are the threads binding these 6 people, and Moriarty does an excellent job of weaving it all together in the end. At times I thought I knew all the secrets and that this would be a predictable read, but she managed to continue to bring in new bits of information and surprise me at the finish.

Dori: In The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close, Beth follows her husband Matt to Washington D.C. after he gets a job with the Obama administration. There, she’s in for a rude awakening: everyone knows one another, sharing their political connections, and Beth, a writer, feels out of the loop. Soon she and Matt meet a charismatic couple from Texas, Jimmy, a White house staff member, and his wife Ashleigh, a somewhat typical Southern belle. The four become best friends, meeting for meals, trips and one snowy weekend, when all of D.C. shuts down. Soon, however, tensions arise and their friendship is threatened as Jimmy starts getting promotions, while Matt’s career stagnates. This novel is a funny, light, and breezy insider’s look at D.C. and its political machinations.

Steve: Killing Reagan, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, tells the fascinating story of Reagan’s life, his road into politics and beyond, all while painting a vivid picture of the world and events around him, leading up to and beyond the assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr. The authors include both the good and bad about Reagan, with plenty of dirt about his early love life, other politicians’ negative thoughts on Nancy, and much more.

Beth: Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl is a retelling of the Taming of the Shrew. Kate Batista spends her days working in a school and her evenings taking care of her father and sister, but never really tending to herself. Her father is on the brink of discovering a cure for autoimmune disease, but when his research is in jeopardy, he asks Kate to take on the most daunting task of her life. This was an enjoyable read, with very lovable characters.

Carol: In Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season, Caren Gray is the manager of former sugarcane plantation Belle Vie—now a tourist attraction and banquet hall, when a body is found on the grounds. Caren’s ties to Belle Vie run deep, and knowing its secrets gives her an edge in solving the crime—even as it puts her own life in danger. This smart, award-winning literary mystery was a perfect take-along on my vacation.

Stacey: The Lovers’ Guide to Rome by Mark Lamprell is narrated by an omniscient ancient blue (think a little like a Greek chorus?) as readers are guided through three stages of love: bliss, doubt, and loss. Each stage is represented by a different couple, a young couple just met and feel the bliss of new love, a middle-aged couple are beginning to doubt their long-term marriage, and a widow has come to spread the ashes of her husband. Getting to know the characters makes the story charming enough but the added information on Rome’s history, art, and religion is pure bonus!

Next time we’ll be reading Religious Fiction! If you want to read along with us, you’ll want to find a book that has religiously-based attitudes, values, or actions as a central feature of the story in any genre. Enjoy!

—Stacey

August already!!? August 5, 2016

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Yikes, I can’t believe August is upon us already! Although summer will be winding down, there are still things to be excited about. The Olympics start this week, the Indians are still in first in the Central, and if you are a fair lover the Cuyahoga County Fair starts Monday. If you are feeling adventurous and looking for the perfect way to wrap up the summer, check out our “August is American Adventures Month” display for some great ideas.

Hurry! Summer Reading is almost over! August 1, 2016

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It’s true, our Adult Summer Reading program is coming to a close this week, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still sign up or enter your book submissions!  We will be accepting new sign ups and book entries through the week.  You can submit your entries at the reference desk of RRPL or online at http://www.rrpl.org.

 

Every entry this week will get you a chance to win this gift basket:

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And every entry that was submitted throughout the entire program this summer will be submitted into our drawing for our grand prize basket!  Check out all the goodies we have for a lucky someone!

 

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We will be doing the drawing for our grand prize winner at our End of Summer Reading Celebration on Wednesday, August 10, 7-8 p.m. in the Community Room!  Joins us to discuss your favorite reads and light refreshments.

 

Happy reading!

Beth

Adult Summer Reading Raffle Basket July 25, 2016

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This week our Adult Summer Reading Raffle Basket has some fun for the whole family!  We have indoor and outdoor games, Cavs gear, and a DQ gift card.

Click here for information on how to participate.

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Adult Summer Reading – Week 6 Prize Basket July 19, 2016

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This week we are going to stick to some of the best things in life: books, chocolate, and coffee!

 

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Click here  for information on how YOU could win this gift basket!

Latest Additions July 18, 2016

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Sunday was one of the more important holidays in my world, National Ice Cream Day. I’ve discovered through my life that even though many people love ice cream, particular preferences for  ice cream are very personal.  Growing up I was not exposed to much ice cream outside of the cardboard quarts sold in the grocery store, and any variety of mint chocolate chip, or cookies n’ cream was a delightful treat.  In the last few years I’ve had more opportunity to try some of the local and regional artisan ice creams, and my perspective has shifted.

About ten years ago I was introduced to Graeter’s Ice Cream, and since then, no other ice cream has been worth the time or calories to me.  And that is saying something, because I’m not one to moderate either of those things too well.  The Cincinnati ice cream company has slowly made its way up to the Northeast Ohio in local grocery stores so I’ve made able to get my fix on occasion.  As of a few weeks ago, Graeter’s has opened their first Cleveland area scoop shop, making this past National Ice Cream Day monumental for me.  I was able to indulge in my favorite Black Raspberry Chip ice cream on a sugar cone just a few miles from my home. It was pure bliss!

If you’re looking for a book to be as passionate about as I am about ice cream, maybe one of these titles recently added to our Reading Room is for you:

margaret the first

orchestra of exile

river road

devil's dish

leaving

 

Happy reading!

Beth

 

 

Adventures in Stand Up Comedy July 14, 2016

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I love audio books. Getting a car with a CD player was so exciting; I had NO IDEA how much I would love listening to books in the car. Then I upgraded to a smartphone and a car with Bluetooth. My head nearly exploded with all the NEW listening options. Overdrive audio! Hoopla! Podcasts! Everything was awesome…until it wasn’t. A couple of months ago I hit my first ever listening slump and I panicked. Reading slumps happen all the time, but I have never grown tired of listening. In fact, I depend on audio books to keep me “reading” when I am in a book slump. Thankfully my dear friend and fellow librarian Beth stepped in with the solution: stand up comedy. Beth curates our extensive music collection and when she created a stand up comedy display she took me “shopping.” Since then I have been laughing my way through our collection. I am hooked! Now, fair warning, this stuff is NOT family-friendly, but if you have a stressful work commute, why not spend your time laughing?

I started with some oldies but goodies, some big names in the comedy world-

Louis C.K.

 

Mitch Hedberg

 

 

Craig Ferguson (Love the accent!)

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This was great. I was on a roll. I listened my way through Patton Oswalt and Jim Gaffigan, Dimitri Martin and Ryan Dalton. But then I realized I hadn’t listened to any funny ladies. Beth had me covered! She had recently added some new material and was eager to get it out there. Thanks to her I discovered some new favorites.

Beth Stelling  and Emily Heller were my favorites of this bunch, but seriously, all of these woman are hilarious.

I just finished listening to Aziz Anzari (oh my gosh, I love him) and Amy Schumer .

All of these albums are in our collection. I enjoyed them all, but I have saved the best for last. I rolled into work this morning laughing like a lunatic. Why? Because of this guy:

hannibal

Of course, I might discover a *new* favorite next week…

Happy Listening!

~Megan

 

Latest Additions July 11, 2016

Posted by Beth in Fiction, New Books, Summer Reading.
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Having grown up here in Ohio, I can’t help but feel obligated to spend as much time outside during the beautiful summer days as possible.  When it’s really hot I try to make a mental note of how nice it feels to have the sun on my skin and the sweat dripping down my face, because I know that in January I’m going to be longing for that heat very badly. I love taking my book outside to enjoy, and there are just so many wonderful places outside to read. You can read on the porch.  You can read by the pool, on a beach, in a park, in the grass.  Did I miss somewhere?  Probably.  If you’re looking for a book to take outside, check out some of the titles we have recently added to our Reading Room.

 

as waters gone by

at the edge of the orchard

before the fall

britt-marie

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Happy reading!

 

Beth

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