Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Reading Week 5


Summer Reading 2013Here are the results of Week 5.  This week 34 people submitted entries, and 8 were new!  They read 93 books.  So far 84 people have submitted 440 entries, and 197 (15 just this week) people have registered.



Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier
Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier
By Karamanski, Theodore J.
Foreword by Tank, Deane, Sr.
2000-02 - Wayne State University Press
9780814329115 Check Our Catalog


Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, schooner trade was a well-developed system of maritime transport for commodities such as grain, lumber, and iron. The schooner trade was as critical to the development of the Great Lakes region as covered wagons were to the Far West and paddle wheel steamers were to the South. Schooners sailed the Great Lakes in large numbers and played a formative role in the shaping of pioneer life throughout the region. The schooners that traveled the Lake Michigan basin succeeded in bringing a range of shoreline communities and four separate states into one coherent region. Although schooners successfully competed with steam vessels for more than a half-century, wooden sailing ships could not match the scale of the giant steel bulk carriers that began to emerge from shipyards in the twentieth century. The Mary A. Gregory -- one of the last schooners left in 1926 -- was torched, sunk, and buried in Lake Michigan. Schooner Passage is a history of these magnificent sailing vessels and their role in maritime trade along Lake Michigan.
Theodore J. Karamanski shares with the reader the stories of the men and women who sailed on the schooners, their labor issues and strikes, the role of the schooner in the maritime economy along the Lake Michigan basin, and the factors that led to the eventual demise of that economy in the early twentieth century. Karamanski has put together historical accounts from newspaper dippings, historical society archives, and government documents to provide one of the few available histories of schooners.
Schooner Passage will interest scholars and students of Great Lakes and American history as well as the generalreader interested in nineteenth-century western expansion.
HPL patron:  Very good informative book of the early period of shipping on Lake Michigan.  Many great photos of 19th century sailing vessels and seamen.
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Endurance
Endurance
By Kilborn, Jack
Author Konrath, J. A.
2010-10 - Createspace
9781453885680 Check Our Catalog

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Joyland
Joyland
By King, Stephen
2013-06 - Hard Case Crime
9781781162644 Check Our Catalog

A stunning new novel from one of the bestselling authors of all time. Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, "Joyland" tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder. …More


Pt2 Tommyknockers
Pt2 Tommyknockers
By King, Stephen
Other King, Stephen
0001-01 - Putnam Publishing Group
9780399136993 Check Our Catalog

Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson's idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman and child powers far beyond ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a death trap for all outsiders. "Wonderful creeping terror . . . A great storyteller!"--The New York Times Book Review. …More


Life Among Them
Life Among Them
By Kirkman, Robert
Illustrator Adlard, Charlie
Contribution by Rathburn, Cliff
2010-08 - Image Comics
9781607062547 Check Our Catalog

Statements of responsibility vary from issue to issue. …More


Too Far Gone
Too Far Gone
By Kirkman, Robert
Illustrator Adlard, Charlie
Illustrator Rathburn, Cliff
2010-11 - Image Comics
9781607063292 Check Our Catalog

"Originally published in single magazine format as The walking dead, #73-78"--P. [2]. …More


The Ophelia Cut
The Ophelia Cut
By Lescroart, John
2013-05 - Atria Books
9781476709154 Check Our Catalog

Defense attorney Dismas Hardy returns to defend a close friend against murder charges in "New York Times"-bestselling author Lescroart's most suspenseful and intricately plotted novel to date. …More


Abbie Ann
Abbie Ann
By MacLaren, Sharlene
2010-04 - Whitaker House
9781603740760 Check Our Catalog

Abbie Ann Kane, the youngest of Jacob Kane's three daughters, doesn't have time for love. When the recently divorced Noah Carson comes to town, Abbie Ann tries to keep her distance--especially when his ex-wife shows up. But God has other plans in mind. …More


Courting Emma
Courting Emma
By MacLaren, Sharlene
2008-04 - Whitaker House
9781603740203 Check Our Catalog

Twenty-eight-year-old Emma Browning has experienced a good deal of life in her young age. Proprietor of Emma's Boardinghouse, she is "mother" to an array of beefy, unkempt, often rowdy characters. Though many men would like to get to know the steely, hard-edged, yet surprisingly lovely proprietor, none has truly succeeded. That is, not until the town's new pastor, Jonathan Atkins, takes up residence in the boardinghouse, affecting not only her with his devout faith and strong convictions, but her clientele as well. Emma clings desperately to her stubborn ways, refusing to acknowledge God's love until all of Little Hickman witnesses a miracle?????? the conversion of her abusive and alcoholic father, Ezra! Only then will Emma begin to experience God's transforming power at work. …More


Angel of Mercy
Angel of Mercy
By McDaniel, Lurlene
2001-07 - Laurel Leaf Library
9780553570830 Check Our Catalog

Heather Barlow has always been an idealist and now that she's finished high school, she's ready to make a difference in the world. After graduation, she joins a mission group on a hospital mercy ship sailing to Africa. Once she's left the ship on the Kenyan coast and is stationed at a hospital in Uganda, however, Heather is not really prepared to face the disease, famine, and misery she encounters.
Ian McCollum is also among the medical staff in Uganda. Ian has left his native Scotland to help those threatened by a world of indifference. When Heather meets Ian, she finds her heart quickens and she's happy to be alive. But as the weeks pass, Heather finds her idealism vanishing amid the overcrowded refugee camps and orphanages; misery is everywhere. Only Ian can see beyond the horror and help Heather understand that the world can be changed by
saving those in need, one by one.
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How Do I Love Thee
How Do I Love Thee
By McDaniel, Lurlene
2002-12 - Laurel Leaf Library
9780553571073 Check Our Catalog

Though written more than a century ago, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's beautiful sonnet rings true today for three young couples who believe in the power of love.
In "Night Vision," Brett finds a way to brighten a special girl's lonely existence. "Bobby's Girl" features Dana, who must choose between two brothers, both of whom she loves. "Laura's Heart," the third story, introduces 16-year-old Laura Carson, who is hospitalized on a regular basis because of her weak heart. But when tragedy strikes a loved one, she realizes her heart is stronger than she thought and that love lives on forever.

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Twilight
Twilight
By Meyer, Stephenie
Illustrator Kim, Young
2012-10 - Yen Press
9780316217170 Check Our Catalog

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. This collector's edition graphic novel includes the first two volumes of the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling series. …More


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Zombies
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Zombies
By Mogk, Matt
Foreword by Brooks, Max
2011-09 - Gallery Books
9781451641578 Check Our Catalog

Mogk's guide is the first up-to-date, comprehensive handbook on zombies ever published, with thorough coverage of all four aspects of zombies that readers want to know about: what modern zombies are and what makes them different, zombie science, zombie survival, and zombies in popular culture. 288 pp. 50,000 print. …More


The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
By Moore, Edward Kelsey
2013-03 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307959928 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title


Told with wit, style, and compassion, this is the story of friendship among three women weathering the ups and downs of life in a small Midwestern town. Sitting at the same table for almost 40 years, Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean will be friends forever.
HPL patron:  The genre sticker on the spine says African American.  It might as well say outstanding first novel by Chicago musician/gay man who marvelously masters first person female narrative, or main character who sees dead people, or 3 chicks growing up in Indiana in the '60's, best friends forever.  Silly, sarcastic, sentimental, sad.  I call it fun forever.  I hope he writes another.
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The Bughouse Affair
The Bughouse Affair
By Muller, Marcia
Author Pronzini, Bill
2013-01 - Forge
9780765331748 Check Our Catalog


In this first of a lighthearted historical mystery series set in 1890s San Francisco, a former Pinkerton operative and an ex-Secret Service agent connect in surprising fashion, but not before two murders and assorted other felonies complicate matters even further. And not before the two sleuths are exasperated by the bughouse Sherlock Holmes.
HPL patron:  First in a new mysery series set in San Francisco 1890's, the story lets the reader fell the grime of the city, the excitement of the chase as two cases come together into one.
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Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology
Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology
By Paul, Caroline
Illustrator Macnaughton, Wendy
2013-04 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781608199778 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron:  A heartwarming book for all of us who have wondered just where our cats disappear to when they leave our homes.  The author's worry and curiosity is something fellow "kitty people" will easily relate to.
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To Honor and Trust
To Honor and Trust
By Peterson, Tracie
Author Miller, Judith
2013-01 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764210754 Check Our Catalog


Recently jilted and accused of theft, governess Callie DeBoyer is tempted by the African mission field. Would she be following God's call or deserting life and love?
HPL patron:  Not the best book I've read lately.
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I Am the Clay
I Am the Clay
By Potok, Chaim
1997-09 - Ballantine Books
9780449001127 Check Our Catalog


This stunning departure for the beloved author of The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev is a powerful story of love and war in Korea. An old peasant farmer and his wife are fleeing the Chinese during the Korean War when they come across a wounded boy who, they believe, has magical powers.
HPL patron:  The Korean conflict experienced through a child's eyes-a child and the elderly couple who rescue him in the last days of the conflict.  Insight into how traditional life beliefs both protect and encomber.
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I Shall Wear Midnight
I Shall Wear Midnight
By Pratchett, Terry
2011-09 - HarperCollins
9780061433061 Check Our Catalog

Teen witch Tiffany Aching returns for a new Discworld adventure -- along with her ever-present allies, the Nac Mac Feegle.
Tiffany Aching, the young witch from The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith is back in a new adventure featuring Discworld characters both familiar to fans (like Granny Weatherwax) and new (meet Wee Mad Arthur, the Nac Mac Feegle on the City Watch). Oh, and there's a shambles, a twist through time, a Cunning Man -- and a Giant Man of chalk.

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Snuff
Snuff
By Pratchett, Terry
2011-10 - Harper
9780062011848 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title


Snuff" is the 38th installment in the "New York Times"-bestselling Discworld canon from Pratchett, the purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse ("Washington Post Book World"). 400 pp. (General Fiction)
HPL patron:  Commander Vimes is on vacation at his wife's estates.  As a man of the city he never looks for trouble, it just sort of finds him.  In a tale that covers land and sea, it all comes down to the sound of a harp.
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The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl
The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl
By Pratt, Tim
2005-11 - Bantam Books
9780553383386 Check Our Catalog


"Tim Pratt's "The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl" is a two-fisted meta-fiction of old west mythos and modern day--sharp writing, cool characters, fascinating ideas, and the courage to have fun."--Jeffrey Ford, author of "The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque."
HPL patron:  Blend of comic book, monsters, and mystery.  Fun, jazzy, west coast, coffee house style-visual art, plus cowboys mud monsters and myth.
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The Cobra Event
The Cobra Event
By Preston, Richard
1997-10 - Random House
9780679457145 Check Our Catalog


Featuring details so shocking that they will be kept confidential until the book's publication, Cobra's Event, written by the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, is an explosive and terrifying story inspired by real events and situations--and involving a very real agent of destruction.
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Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3
Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3
By Proulx, Annie
2008-09 - Scribner Book Company
9781416571667 Check Our Catalog An Indie Next Selection


Returning to the territory of "Brokeback Mountain," National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Proulx has written a stunning and visceral collection of new stories.
HPL patron:  Wyoming Tales-prehistoric to contemporary-hearbreakers-ironic twists and turns-are people so absurd?  Yet believable.
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Shipping News
Shipping News
By Proulx, Annie
1999-05 - Scribner Book Company
9780684857916 Check Our Catalog

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, "The Shipping News" is a celebration of Annie Proulx's genius for storytelling and her vigorous contribution to the art of the novel.
Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a "head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair...features as bunched as kissed fingertips," is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just deserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Here, on desolate Quoyle's Point, in a house empty except for a few mementos of the family's unsavory past, the battered members of three generations try to cobble up new lives.
Newfoundland is a country of coast and cove where the mercury rarely rises above 70 degrees, the local culinary delicacy is cod cheeks, and it's easier to travel by boat and snowmobile than on anything with wheels. In this harsh place of cruel storms, a collapsing fishery, and chronic unemployment, the aunt sets up as a yacht upholsterer in nearby Killick-Claw, and Quoyle finds a job reporting the shipping news for the local weekly, the "Gammy Bird" (a paper that specializes in sexual-abuse stories and grisly photos of car accidents).
As the long winter closes its jaws of ice, each of the Quoyles confronts private demons, reels from catastrophe to minor triumph -- in the company of the obsequious Mavis Bangs; Diddy Shovel the strongman; drowned Herald Prowse; cane-twirling Beety; Nutbeem, who steals foreign news from the radio; a demented cousin the aunt refuses to recognize; the much-zippered Alvin Yark; silentWavey; and old Billy Pretty, with his bag of secrets. By the time of the spring storms Quoyle has learned how to gut cod, to escape from a pickle jar, and to tie a true lover's knot.
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