Archive for March, 2020

Author Spotlight: Lisa Genova

March 30, 2020


Lisa Genova is an author and a neuroscientist (she has a Degree in Biopsychology from Bates College and a PhD. in Neuroscience from Harvard University) and each of her 5 books revolve around a neurological condition, with a blend of patient progression and the challenges and effects of the condition on family and friends. This author writes about life-changing illnesses and the impact on all involved, but she does it in a lovely way, if that makes sense. Left Neglected deals with Traumatic Brain Disorder, Love Anthony addresses autism, Still Alice revolves around early-onset Alzheimer’s, Inside the O’Briens tackles Huntingtons, and Every Note Played is about ALS. Having finished Every Note Played I have now read all 5 of her books. They’re not new books but I’m glad I read them – they are impartial and beautifully written. You can access several of Lisa Genova’s audiobooks on Libby/Overdrive , and the Library carries all five of her titles.

Staff Favorites – Lightning Round

March 27, 2020


What are the last 5 books you’ve read?

Lock every door by Riley Sager

Nothing to see here by  Kevin Wilson 

The husband’s secret by  Liane Moriarty 

Before she knew him by Peter Swanson

The Wife by Alafair Burke 

What did you think of them?

They were so good!! They are also all available on Libby/Overdrive. 

A few of my favorite Audiobooks

March 25, 2020


I love listening to audiobooks! Whether I’m driving, taking a walk, or cleaning the house, audiobooks are there with me. And nothing makes or breaks an audiobook more than the narrator. Here are a few of my favorite audiobooks that combine just the right narrator with just the right book:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeywell, narrated by Catherine McCarron (on Libby/Overdrive) The narrator has a lovely Scottish accent and has just the right tone for this sometimes funny, sometimes dark, very satisfying book.

Title details for Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - Wait list

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, narrated by Tom Hanks!, (on Libby/Overdrive). Not surprisingly, Tom Hanks does a wonderful job narrating this moving story of a brother and sister and their complicated family. In particular Hanks’ narration helped me understand and empathize with the character of Danny more than I might have on the page.

Title details for The Dutch House by Ann Patchett - Wait list

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman (on Hoopla). If I could have Neil Gaiman narrate my whole life, I would. His voice is rich and magical and the perfect combination with this fantasy tale of a man who finds himself in London Below, a dark shadow world beneath London.


Happy listening!

Staff Favorites – Lightning Round

March 25, 2020


Favorite Mystery Authors (Women)?

These are some of my “old favorites” female mystery authors:

Marcia Muller (Hoopla), Sara Paretsky (Hoopla), Carol O’Connell (Hoopla), Linda Barnes (Hoopla), Katherine Hall Page (Hoopla), Patricia Cornwell (Hoopla), Kathy Reichs (Hoopla), Linda Fairstein (Hoopla), Janet Evanovich (Hoopla), Linda Castillo (Hoopla), Sue Henry (Hoopla), Dana Stabenow (Hoopla), Iris Johansen (Libby/Overdrive), J.A. Jance (Hoopla), Mary Higgins Clark (Hoopla), Susan Wittig Albert (Hoopla), Earlene Fowler (mystery series with quilts), Sue Grafton (Libby/Overdrive)- to name a few.

Favorite British TV series?

I subscribe to Acorn and Britbox TV (but many of these are also available on Hoopla with your library card: British TV on Hoopla)

Agatha Raisin series (Hoopla), Janet King (Hoopla), Foyle’s War (Hoopla), Heart Guy (Hoopla), Vera (Hoopla), 800 Words (Hoopla), Miss Fisher’s Murder Series (Hoopla), Death in Paradise (Hoopla), Grantchester, Rosemary and Thyme, Midsommer Murders, Shetland, Murder in Suburbia, Father Brown (Hoopla), and of course Downton Abbey.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

March 17, 2020


One of my favorite things about reading historical fiction is learning about things I would otherwise never have come across. This book was my introduction to the Blue People of Kentucky. What a fascinating story. I also like books about books and libraries, not surprisingly, so I was drawn to fact that the main character Cussy Mary was part of the Kentucky Pack Horse Library project of the 1930s. This book has a wonderfully vivid sense of place and time – you get a visceral feel of how hard it must have been to live in Depression-era rural Kentucky, especially if you were seen as an outcast. It also shows the lifeline that books can be for people, as they were for Cussy Mary. If you were a fan of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens you might want to give this one a try.

This book is available as both an eBook and Audiobook on Hoopla. Hoopla is one of the online library services available to you with your Library Card. With Hoopla you never have to wait in line. Just log in with your Library Card and start reading!

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

March 6, 2020


I know what you’re thinking. A biography of a historical figure? You’re going to recommend that for pleasure reading. You’re going to suggest I do “homework” during my precious little respites from an increasingly exhausting and chaotic world. No thanks, please return to your reviews of strange cookbooks, comics, and the fluffiest fiction you can find. 

I hear you, but let me counter. This book is 137 pages. Yes, that’s right, it’s less than two hundred pages. Author and historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar has done something truly extraordinary. She has written a powerful, accessible, and enjoyable biography of an important historical figure that so many of us know of, but do not truly know. In addition to details on her escape from slavery and her numerous journeys as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, this book also delves into Harriet Tubman’s work within the union army during the Civil War, her advocacy for women’s suffrage, and her contributions to the creation of a home and hospital for the elderly.

It’s a pager turner filled with beautiful illustrations. And the audiobook (which is less than 4 hours long) plays just like a good podcast. So check out She Came to Slay

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