Friday, October 30, 2015

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 1)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Rogue Lawyer
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: The attorney Sebastian Rudd is a "lone gunman" who hates injustice and the system and defends unpopular clients.

#2: See Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: A couple in love are threatened by secrets from the past.

#3: Career of Evil
Author: Robert Galbraith
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M GALBRAITH
Summary: In the third novel about the private investigative team of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, the pair pursue a psychotic stalker; written by J.K. Rowling.

#4: Welcome to Night Vale
Author: Joseph Fink
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F FINK
Summary: Mysteries and origin stories from the strange Southwestern desert town that is the setting of the popular podcast.

#5: The Survivor
Author: Vince Flynn
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F FLYNN
Summary: The counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp must control the damage from a leak of C.I.A. documents.  Mills finished the book for Flynn, who died in 2013.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Killing Reagan
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 973.92 ORE
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Regan in 1981.

#2: Binge
Author: Tyler Oakley
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: Personal essays from the L.G.B.T.Q. YouTube personality.

#3: A More Perfect Union
Author: Ben Carson
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 342.73 CAR
Summary: A discussion of the Constitution by the candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

#4: Humans of New York Stories
Author: Brandon Stanton
Position Last Week:1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: More photographs, this time accompanied by interviews, from the creator of the blog and the book "Humans of New York."

#5: M Train
Author: Patti Smith
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: A meditation on art, loss, and the past by the musician and author of "Just Kids."

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Design Work for Library Complete" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article by Brooke Crum from the Abilene Reporter-News, Wed., Oct. 28, 2015

Design work has been completed for the soon-to-be relocated South Branch Library scheduled to open in the Mall of Abilene early next year, said Lori Grumet, City Librarian.

Design Meeting
The mall recently approved the new design for the branch, which will be next door to J.C. Penney, she said.

Once the library hires a contractor, construction will begin, Grumet said.

The architectural firm Hidell & Associates of Carrollton completed the design work for the library.  Grumet said the firm has extensive experience in designing libraries across the state, including the Oak Lawn Branch Library in Dallas and ones in Waco, Stephenville, Denton and McKinney.

Grumet said she expected the library to open at the end of February or in early March.

The Abilene City Council voted in July to move the branch from its present location at 1401 S. Danville, where it opened in 1998 as a pilot project.

Information Sessions
In September, the library held four information sessions to garner public feedback for the new library branch.  Grumet said 104 people attended the sessions and provided input on the design.

"I think we covered the bases pretty well with what the public wants," she said.

The common requests from the meetings include bright colors, private study space and easy access to the exterior entrance of the library.

Several people also suggested the design tie into the city's connection to Dyess Air Force Base, which closed its library in April, Grumet said.  Materials from the Dyess library were transferred to the Abilene library system instead of letting them go to waste or to the "great library in the sky," she said.

The new branch library will be more than 20,000 square feet, compared to 5,600 square feet at the Danville location.  Besides the lack of room, the present library has been plagued with plumbing problems and an occasional car driving through the plate-glass windows

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Nov. 2-7)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

Tween Time: Gumdrop Turkeys
Nov. 2 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We're kicking off the month Turkeys with a crafting workshop where we'll show tweens how to assemble their own using gumdrops and toothpicks with faces made of frosting and edible eyes.  Come out for this tasty workshop and we'll supply all the materials you'll need. 

Kids' AR Club
Nov. 3 @ 6:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Youth, in grades K-5, are invited out to this evening storytime program where we'll be sharing stories selected from the AR lists for schools.  Each session we'll read 1-3 books (points will vary) with the goal of inspiring the love of reading...plus, you could later test on them for points. 

Anime Club @ Your Library
Nov. 3 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're a teen or young adult between the ages of 13-25, don't pass up on joining up with your peers and share the love of anime and manga at your library.  Each month we'll watch hit Anime shows and learn a bit of origami, you never know.  Come join in on the fun with other anime enthusiasts in the community. 

Email for Everybody
Nov. 4 @ 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Adults are invited to sign up for this step-by-step class that will help you set up a free email address.  Whether you need one for work, or to keep in touch with family and friends, we'll help you get started with staying connected.  Call us to signup for a spot. 

Make & Take: Footprint Turkeys
Nov. 5 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Don't miss the first Make & Take craft session for the kids after school at your library.  It's November, and for this round of crafts, we'll show you how to make some turkeys from footprints.  Join us for loads of creative and messy fun at your library, designed for kids of all ages. 

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Nov. 5 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're between the ages of 10-17 and you enjoy writing, come hone your skills at your library with a group of your peers in our weekly writing club.  We'll collaborate on a number of writing prompts and activities to help you build your skills in all forms of writing.  No registration needed.

Family Fun: Food Fun
Nov. 5 @ 6:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
It's time for a little Family Fun at your library where we're inviting kids of all ages, and parents too, to play with your food at the library...literally.  We'll enjoy great stories, fun games, and the chance to make a super-yummy edible craft that you're going to love.  Don't miss this evening program at your library. 

Email for Everybody
Nov. 5 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The library will be hosting another session of this workshop at the Main Library this time.  Signup for this free class and let library staff guide you each step of the way when it comes to acquiring your own email address.  It's the fastest way for staying connected.

Don't miss out on these great activities being hosted at your library and get in on what we have to offer.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book-to-Film Adaptations: November 2015

Literature often inspires film adaptations and each month I like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog entry to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in theaters...as well as checking out the books they're based on.

The Peanuts Movie
Starring: Noah Schnapp
Release Date: Nov. 6
Based On: "The Peanuts" Comic Strips
Author: Charles M. Schulz
Summary: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.

Brooklyn
Starring: Saoirse Ronan
Release Date: Nov. 6
Based On: "Brooklyn"
Author: Colm Toibin
Summary: In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.

Spectre
Starring: Daniel Craig
Release Date: Nov. 6
Based On: James Bond Series
Author: Ian Fleming 
Summary: A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.  While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Trumbo
Starring: Bryan Cranston
Release Date: Nov. 6
Based On: "Dalton Trumbo"
Author: Bruce Alexander Cook
Summary: The successful career of Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, comes to an end when he is blacklisted int eh 1940s for being a Communist.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence
Release Date: Nov. 20
Author: Suzanne Collins
Summary: After being symbolized as the "Mockingjay," Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

Secret in Their Eyes
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Release Date: Nov. 20
Based On: "The Question in Their Eyes"
Author: Eduardo Sacheri
Summary: A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

Carol
Starring: Rooney Mara
Release Date: Nov. 20
Based On: "The Price of Salt"
Author: Patricia Highsmith
Summary: Set in 1950s New York, a department store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Legend
Starring: Tom Hardy
Release Date: Nov. 20
Based On: "The Profession of Violence"
Author: John Pearson
Summary: The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organized crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

Victor Frankenstein
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe
Release Date: Nov. 25
Based On: "Frankenstein"
Author: Mary Shelley
Summary: Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.

The Danish Girl
Starring: Amber Heard
Release Date: Nov. 27
Based On: "The Danish Girl"
Author: David Ebershoff
Summary: The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.  Lili and Gerda's marriage wand work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

I Saw the Light
Starring: Tom Hiddleston
Release Date: Nov. 27
Author: Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen
Summary: A biography of the life and career of Hank Williams.

And there you have it, your look at November's book-to-film adaptation to be on the lookout for this month.

Tremain's Book Corner: "Parasite" by Mira Grant

Parasite (Parasitology #1)
Author: Mira Grant
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Library
Personal Rating: 3 Stars

Book Summary: We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation.  When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs.  It's been successful beyond the scientist's wildest dreams.  Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living with them.

But these parasites are getting restless.  They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.

Personal Review: I stumbled across this novel after it was listed as a recommended read from a novel by Nick Cutter, of whom I'm a big fan of.  As the first book in a series, I wanted to see what it offered.

That being said, this was a novel that centered on a tapeworm...not a big fan of that, and the fact that everyone was getting their own tapeworm to help them lead better lives?  How could any good come of that?  I mean for real.

So basically what we have here is the story of a woman named Sal, who was in an accident and was in a vegetative state.  Thanks to SymboGen, a tapeworm was installed in her brain and now she's awake and rebuilding her again, and all thanks to a worm living in her brain.  Okay.

For the first half of the book, readers should prepare themselves for a pretty dull ride.  You're not being told much about anything these worms are really doing.  Instead, you're following Sal around as she builds her life again.  It was a snooze fest for me and almost made me want to stop reading altogether, but I stuck with it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

Everyone likes to keep up with the latest in book and DVD releases at your Abilene Public Library, so join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles coming to your library...then be sure to get yourselves on the reserve lists!

Pixels
Starring: Adam Sandler
Summary: As kids in the 1980s, Sam, Will, Ludlow, and Eddie saved the world thousands of times, at 25 cents a game in the video arcades.  Now, they're going to have to do it for real.  In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as models for their assaults. 

Southpaw
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal
Summary: Billy 'The Great' Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, seemingly has it all: an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife, an adorable daughter, and a lavish lifestyle.  When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friends leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis, a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers. 

Max
Starring: Thomas Hayden Church
Summary: Military dog Max returns from service in Afghanistan, traumatized by his handler's death.  He's adopted by the man's family and helps the grieving family heal. 

Depraved Heart (Kay Scarpetta Series #23)
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Summary: Dr. Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone.  A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy.  But how can it be?  It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.  As he watches, she begins to learn frightening secrets about her nieces.  That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn. S he doesn't know whom she can tell - not her FBI husband or her investigative partner. 

After Alice
Author: Gregory Maguire
Summary: When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind.  But what of that world?  How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?  Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of the underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings - and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll's enduring tale. 

Corrupted (Rosato & DiNunzio Series #3)
Place Hold
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Summary: Bennie Rosato, the founder of Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn't like to fail.  Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out.  Thirteen years ago, Bennie took on Jason Leftavick, a 12-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully.  Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her.  Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier.  Bennie must represent him again.  She doesn't know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought as a kid, but she knows she owes him for past failures of the law, and she'll do everything in her power to get the truth and justice. 

I Really Like Slop (An Elephant & Piggie Book)
Author: Mo Willems
Summary: Gerald is careful, Piggie is not.  Piggie cannot help smiling.  Gerald can.  Gerald worries so that Piggie doesn't have to.  Gerald and Piggie are best friends.  In this book, Piggie invites Gerald to try her favorite food...slop.  But Gerald is not so sure he's going to like it.  At all.
Look out for these great titles at your Abilene Public Library, and get yourselves on the reserve lists so you're certain to keep up with some of the popular releases of the week.

Monday, October 26, 2015

"It's Amazing What You Can Learn About Finances from a Book" | @ the Library Article

As we get closer to the end of the year, people begin to consider finances.  In simplest terms, the income and outflow of personal and business related money creates your finances.  Then, budgeting hopefully ensures that income and outflow balance.  However, what about savings, stocks, bonds, and retirement funds; don't they fit in there somewhere?  Finances are confusing.  People worry about money.  That's why financial advice permeates our society.  Difficult as it is to know where to begin, try starting with a few books on the subject.

The Handy Personal Finance Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci covers a lot of information.  Organizing the text by broad areas such as basic banking, insurance, savings and investments, taxes, budgeting expenses and credit cards, among others, provides easy navigation of the title.  In the introduction, the histories of money, banks, and credit cards are covered.  The appendices include a section on government resources.  The websites listed include sites on how to save money on loans and credit cards, fraud, and bankruptcy to name a few.  Other appendices cover real estate, business planning, and college costs.  This title is just what it says.

Perhaps to understand finances, one should start with bookkeeping.  Understanding how to keep financial records may prove key to understanding finances as a whole.  E-Z Bookkeeping by Kathleen Fitzpatrick introduces bookkeeping for business.  Fitzpatrick's title explains ledgers, journals, and financial statements.  Once a person achieves understanding, it is time to take the next step with Teach Yourself Basic Accounting by J. Randall Stott.  It provides a complete course in elementary accounting.  This title delivers clear explanations of accounting principles and practices.  It will offer understanding of cashflow statements, share capital, and non-financial reporting.  It also has some basic terminology to make finances easier to understand.

Savings and Investment Information for Teens edited by Kathryn R. Deering gives the beginner money basics and an understanding of the economy.  It provides tips on how to save and increase money, basic investing, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.  Everything one needs to begin to get rich is in this book.

Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully presents considerable background on stocks.  Cramer examines what to watch for in them.  He discusses the things that matter in the market and when and how to sell.  He also reminds readers that the stock market is not a place for emotional actions or reactions.

Personal Finance for Seniors considers the day-to-day problems that sometime occur.  This title includes sections on banking, savings, and loans, credit and debt, mortgages, property and personal insurance, retirement, and estate planning.  It accumulates common sense and good advice from a number of financial advisors and other experts including Dave Ramsey.

Dave Ramsey's The Total Money Makeover Workbook presents information and exercises to help plan for the future.  Questionnaires help the reader figure out how he or she things about money and various financial transactions.  Worksheets and plug-in forms demonstrate how to plan for savings or budgets, and now to get rid of debts.

These are a few of the many financial titles available at the Abilene Public Library.  Look for more by financial experts such as Suze Orman, David Bach, Alvin Hall, Ben Stein, and many others.  Pay a visit to your library and check some titles out - perhaps it will help lead to financial peace.

Article Contributed by A. Marie Skufca, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, October 23, 2015

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 25)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.
 
Hardcover Fiction Top 5
 
#1: See Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: A couple in love are threatened by secrets from the past.
 
#2: The Survivor
Author: Vince Flynn
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F FLYNN
Summary: The counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp must control the damage from a leak of CIA documents.  Mills finished the book for Flynn, who died in 2013.
 
#3: The Murder House
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: When bodies are found at a Hamptons estate where a series of grisly murders once occurred, a local detective and former New York City cop investigates.
 
#4: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
Author: George R.R. Martin
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: Downloadable
Summary: A collection o three official prequels to "A Song of Ice and Fire."
 
#5: City on Fire
Author: Garth Risk Hallberg
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M HALLBERG
Summary: Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll in New York City in the 1970s.
 
 
 
 
Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5
 
#1: Humans of New York Stories
Author: Brandon Stanton
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: More photographs, this time accompanied by interviews, from the creator of the blog and the book "Humans of New York."
 
#2: Killing Reagan
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 973.92 ORE
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.
 
#3: A More Perfect Union
Author: Ben Carson
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: On Order
Summary: A discussion of the Constitution by the candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
 
#4: M Train
Author: Patti Smith
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: A meditation on art, loss and the past by the musician and author of "Just Kids."
 
#5: A Common Struggle
Author: Patrick Kennedy
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: On Order
Summary: The former Rhode Island representative, the son of Senator Ted Kennedy, describes his troubles with bipolar disorder and addiction and his subsequent advocacy for mental health care and research.
 
Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Oct. 26-31)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

Make & Take: You Choose
Oct. 27 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids won't want to miss the final crafting session of the month for youth at the library.  We invite you to come in, after school, and join us for some great crafts where you'll get to choose what you want to make from a selection of projects we'll have to offer. 

To Plant or Not to Plant, the Do's and Don'ts of Planting and Moving Trees
Oct. 27 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Master Arborist Bruce Kreitler will talk about the different ways to move and plant trees, the advantages and disadvantages of those methods, and when the best time to plant is (or move them). 

Ready, Set, Go! Tournament
Oct. 28 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens and young adults are invited out to this monthly gaming session at the library where we will develop our skills at playing Go!, an Asian strategy game utilizing black and white stones.  Come out and learn how to play, then challenge your peers in some fun gaming to see who will reign as the victor! 

Sugar Skulls Workshop
Oct. 29 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Join us as we make the traditional Dia de los Muertos craft of sugar skulls, and then decorate them to your taste.  This event is designed for anyone ages 8 and older.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Oct. 29 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're between the ages of 10-17 and you enjoy writing, come hone your skills at your library with a group of your peers in our weekly writing club.  We'll collaborate on a number of writing prompts and activities to help you build your skills in all forms of writing.  No registration needed.

Lasagna & Keyhole Gardening
Oct. 29 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Stop worrying about soil, weed and labor issues in the garden.  Learn to have your best garden ever with less money and work (and more fun) with a lasagna garden with Master Gardener Audrey Gillespie. 

Don't miss out on these great activities at your library and get in on what we have to offer.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tremain's Book Corner: "Agent 6" by Tom Rob Smith

Agent 6 (Leo Demidov #3)
Author: Tom Rob Smith
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Summary: How far would you go to solve a crime against your family?

It is 1965.  Leo Demidov, a former secret police agent, is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters from Moscow to New York.  They are part of a "Peace Tour," meant to foster closer relations between the two Cold War enemies.  On the tour, Leo's family is caught up in a conspiracy and betrayal that ends in tragedy.  In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands one thing: that he be allowed to investigate and find the attacker that struck at the heart of his family on foreign soil.  From the highest levels of the Soviet government, he is told No, that it is impossible.  Leo is haunted by the question: what happened in New York?

Personal Review: I loved the first book in the series, Child 44, had mixed feelings about the second entry, and now that I'm at the third, I'm still left wanting for that same excitement I had for the first novel.

That being said, there are a number of things I enjoyed about this book, based on the author himself and his writing style.  In his novels, his prose is simple and to the point.  Although his books aren't short, they don't drag on and the author always tells you exactly what you need to know.  Secondly, his characters are written extremely well, and thirdly, his ability to set the scenes are top-notch.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

November's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

If you're looking for a great book club discussion group, try our Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more.

For November, the featured selection is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and attend the book club on Thursday, November 19 @ 7:00PM.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Call Number: F MOYES
Summary: Louisa is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life.  She takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident.  Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.  Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.  When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library, or borrow one from a friend, and come out ready to discuss this title with other avid readers on Thursday, November 19 @ 7:00PM.