Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Summer Reading-Week 7: What Muskegon is reading this summer.






The Traveler's Gift/Mastering the Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
The Traveler's Gift/Mastering the Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
By Andrews, Andy
2009-09 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9780849946790 Check Our Catalog

In Travelers Gift, this unique blend of fiction, history, allegory, and inspiration shares the story of one man who has lost his will to live. But an encounter with seven of history's most inspirational characters, among them Anne Frank and Abraham Lincoln, leaves him with seven bits of wisdom with which to confront his future.
In Mastering the Seven Decisions, Andrews guides readers …More


If There Be Thorns/Seeds of Yesterday
If There Be Thorns/Seeds of Yesterday
By Andrews, V. C.
2010-06 - Simon Pulse
9781442406568 Check Our Catalog
Two books in one: "If" "There Be Thorns "and" Seeds of Yesterday," from V.C. Andrews's classic series that begins with "Flowers in the Attic." …More


Mosquitoland
Mosquitoland
By Arnold, David
2015-03 - Viking Books for Young Readers
9780451470775 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: David Arnold's main character, Mim, in his YA novel Mosquitoland is a very likeable character. Arnold's description of her "illness" makes Mim the most "normal" character with mental illness that I have met. I loved Beck and would use him for a male role model, a man with honor and self-worth. Four stars for this read.
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The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
By Benn, James R.
2007-09 - Soho Press
9781569474716 Check Our Catalog
In this meaty, old-fashioned and thoroughly enjoyable tale of WWII-era murder and espionage" ("The Seattle Times"), Lieutenant Billy Boyle must solve a series of murders while trying to rescue the girl he loves, a captured British spy. …More


Prisoner of the Daleks
Prisoner of the Daleks
By Baxendale, Trevor
2009-04 - Random House UK
9781846076411 Check Our Catalog
The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding into Earth's space, and now the future of the galaxy hangs in the balance. The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. …More


The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation
By Berg, Elizabeth
2008-04 - Random House (NY)
9781400065097 Check Our Catalog

The bestselling author of "We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures," and "Open House" returns with exhilarating stories of women breaking free from conventions.
HPL patron: Short stories by Elizabeth Berg each one is entertaining and has a ring of truth for some of us.
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A History of Loneliness
A History of Loneliness
By Boyne, John
2015-02 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374171339 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: My favorite book of the year. John Boyne writes of the life of a Roman Catholic priest in Dublin during the sexual abuse scandal. His protagonist is a faithful priest who Boyne paints as one of the victims of the backlash.
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
By Bradley, Alan
2009-09 - Thorndike Press
9781410419170 Check Our Catalog
It is the summer of 1950-and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

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The Highlander's Stolen Touch. Terri Brisbin
The Highlander's Stolen Touch. Terri Brisbin
By Brisbin, Terri
2012-09 - Mills & Boon
9780263892680 Check Our Catalog
HER FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER...Ciara Robertson has loved formidable Highlander Tavis MacLerie all her life. She watched, broken-hearted, while he married and lost another. Now, finally of marriageable age, Ciara throws her heart at his feet...Tavis knows that innocent Ciara thinks she's in love with him - but she deserves better. Painful experience has proved that he's a far better warrior than …More


Anya's Ghost
Anya's Ghost
By Brosgol, Vera
2011-06 - First Second
9781596437135 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Bram Stoker Awards (2011), Cybils (2011), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2014), Volunteer State Book Awards (2015), Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (2012), Young Hoosier Book Award (2014)


Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.
HPL patron: Anya's ghost friend is nice at first until she begins to get stronger. Anya didn't have any problems until she went to the library one day and …More


Avalon High: Coronation #1: The Merlin Prophecy
Avalon High: Coronation #1: The Merlin Prophecy
By Cabot, Meg
2007-07 - TokyoPop
9780061177088 Check Our Catalog

Being a new student at Avalon High has been exciting for Ellie, to say the least. And shes dating the super-hot class president, Will, who also happens to be the alleged reincarnation of King Arthur. This very first manga by the bestselling author of "The Princess Diaries" is indeed a tale for the ages. Young adult.
HPL patron: Ellie and Will - a couple of …More


Of Midnight Born
Of Midnight Born
By Cach, Lisa
2010-03 - Love Spell
9780505523990 Check Our Catalog
A 500-year-old ghost sees stars when a handsome young astronomer buys the castle where she had been killed. Reissue. …More


His and Hers
His and Hers
By Calvert, Dawn
2008-01 - Zebra
9780821780602 Check Our Catalog
After a brokenhearted woman makes a wish on a magical stone, she finds herself thrown back in time to Victorian England, where she falls madly in love with a man whos too fabulous to be real--and too sexy to give up. Original. …More


The Plain Janes
The Plain Janes
By Castellucci, Cecil
Author Rugg, Jim
2007-05 - Minx
9781401211158 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2008), Cybils (2007), Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers (2009), Green Mountain Book Award (2009), Tayshas Reading (2009), Young Reader's Choice Award (2010)


When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. The four girls form a secret art gang, but can art really save the hell that is high school? Young adult.
HPL patron: This girl's parents want her to start off in a new place with …More


The Body in the Library
The Body in the Library
By Christie, Agatha
2011-04 - Harper Paperbacks
9780062073617 Check Our Catalog

It's seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry? The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve …More


Crooked House
Crooked House
By Christie, Agatha
2011-02 - Harper Paperbacks
9780062073532 Check Our Catalog

The Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.
Suspicion naturally falls on the old man's young widow, fifty years his junior. But the murderer has reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancE of the late millionaire's …More


Hickory Dickory Death
Hickory Dickory Death
By Christie, Agatha
1987-09 - Putnam Publishing Group
9780396091608 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: This novel gives an introduction to the cast of all of the characters before the first chapter which gives you a feel for the "lay of the land" so to speak. As usual, you may think you have the mystery all figured out, and then Agatha Christie comes up with a plot twist at the end of the book that you never see coming!!
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The Pale Horse
The Pale Horse
By Christie, Agatha
2012-10 - Center Point
9781611735130 Check Our Catalog

Heiress-turned-bohemian-beat-girl Thomasina Tucker meets an unfortunate end in a brawl with another woman. But her death would have passed unnoticed if not for Father Gorman dying at the hands of a stranger days later. The connection? A list of names hidden in the priest's shoe--Thomasina's among them--which leads to an inn called The Pale Horse and three unusual ladies who each has a secret of …More


A Pocket Full of Rye
A Pocket Full of Rye
By Christie, Agatha
2011-04 - Harper Paperbacks
9780062073655 Check Our Catalog

Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonizing and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals.
Yet, it was the incident in the parlor which confirmed Miss Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme. . . .
HPL …More


Diez Negritos = Ten Little Indians
Diez Negritos = Ten Little Indians
By Christie, Agatha
1997-04 - Planeta
9789507428128 Check Our Catalog SPA

Trapped on an isolated island, 10 houseguests become the prey of a diabolicalkiller.
HPL patron: The murderous crimes that occur in this novel happen to characters which have already committed murder themselves and believe that they have all gotten away with it. The use of the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" as a pattern for the deaths was truly …More


The Tattoo Artist
The Tattoo Artist
By Ciment, Jill
2006-10 - Vintage Books USA
9781400078448 Check Our Catalog
In 1970, Sara Ehrenreich boards a small plane and returns to New York City with much fanfare; she will be featured in "Life "magazine. She has not left Ta'un'uu-the South Seas island upon which she and her husband, Philip, were marooned during a storm-in more than thirty years. Sara doesn't know that man has landed on the moon. She has never seen a ballpoint pen. Her body is covered, head to toe, …More


Goodbye, Rebel Blue
Goodbye, Rebel Blue
By Coriell, Shelley
2013-10 - Harry N. Abrams
9781419709302 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Sequoyah Book Awards (2016)


Rebecca "Rebel" Blue, a loner and budding artist, reluctantly completes the bucket list of Kennedy Green, an overcommitted do-gooder classmate who dies in a car accident following a stint in detention where both girls were forced to consider their morality and write bucket lists.
HPL patron: When she can't live on at least her bucket list can. Kennedy Green …More


Spider-Man: The Other: Evolve or Die
Spider-Man: The Other: Evolve or Die
By David, Peter
Author Hudlin, Reginald
Author Straczynski, J. Michael
2006-05 - Marvel Comics
9780785121886 Check Our Catalog
The official novelization of Columbia Pictures' summer film release. Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-Man. As he deals with this great power and the responsibility that goes with it, he must face the homicidal evil of the Green Goblin. The film stars Tobey McGuire, Kirsten Dunst, and Willem DeFoe, and is directed by Sam Raimi ("The Evil Dead, A Simple Plan"). …More



The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook
The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook
By Davis, Martha
Author Eshelman, Elizabeth R.
Author McKay, Matthew
2008-05 - New Harbinger Publications
9781572245495 Check Our Catalog

Originally published in 1980, "The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook" has become an indispensable resource for effective and up-to-date techniques for relaxing the body and calming the mind. This revision significantly updates and simplifies this timeless classic.
HPL patron: Smorgasbord of self-help exercises to accompany goal setting, improvement …More