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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Set in 1999 before Y2K this is the story of 2 co-workers for a local newspaper whose emails get "flagged" for language or content.  The security IT guy starts reading their emails and ends up having a little crush on one of the women.  The IT guy lives with his mother which provides many comical moments where I did laugh out loud.  And there are tender moments in the book as well.  It's a quick read and definitely worth it.   The author also wrote a young adult novel titled "Eleanor and Park" which was very, very good.

Author: Jason Priestley

Very entertaining memoir. Jason writes about his childhood in Canada to his adult life as a husband and father. He writes about his move to Hollywood and how he got the part of Brandon on 90210. I love the behind the scene stories, especially his view of the main three actresses on the show. One of Jason's passions is auto racing. In 2002 he had an accident on the racetrack at 190 miles an hour, where he almost lost his life.

Author: Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is one of my favorite writers. She rarly disappoints me.  Though I haven't read all of her work, the majority has a place on my bookshelves.  Shadow Spell, though similar to some of her previous work, brings the classic battle between good and evil into our lives through a small location in Ireland.  From friendship to lovers, this love story brings out the best in Connor and forces Meara to re-evaluate her past and what her friendships mean to her. Through the six major characters you see the strong friendships and committment they have developed.  A quick read, I enjoyed the bits of Ireland that float throughout the book.  Love, Romance, Falconry, Witches, and Ireland, what more could you ask for.

Author: Diane Muldrow

This is a perfect “philosophy of life” book!

Author: John Sandford

Excellent book! Was told by a friend that I should read this series of books by John Sandford over a year ago, but had other books that I wanted/needed to read first. Really glad that I did listen to him when I was looking for a new series to read.

Usually read for 1/2hr to an hour a night before I go to bed. It's quite time and it lets my mind uncoil. Spent a good 1/2 longer than I wanted to reading because the story was so fast paced and enveloping. Could have read all night, but had to stop when I noticed it was a couple hours later.


Started on the second book in the series and will have to reserve the 3rd book so I can start reading that by the end of the weekend.

Author: Ishmael Beah

The author of a boy soldier memoir turns to fiction to tell the story of what happens after a war ravaged village tries to rebuild. First a few elders, then more past inhabitants, return to Imperi to reclaim their homes and their lives. Many are missing family members, and some are reuinited. They, along with orphaned teenagers, maimed families, and newcomers, establish tenuous relationships and begin life again. Then the mining company that had big plans for Imperi before the war returns, and the village is once again in uphevel. Bakari and Benjamin, two teachers, struggle to provide for their young families and try to remain hopeful for a better tomorrow. Beah's new novel is full of irony as his diverse characters try to make sense of he new challenges they face even after they have survived the unthinkable.

Author: John F. Kasson

This book is part Shirley Temple biography and part history lesson on the Depression years in the 1930's. "How the smile and fortitude of a child actress revived a nation." For four years in the 30's Shirley Temple was the world box office champ. Movie goers loved to forget their problems by watching a little girl's charm, singing and dancing into their hearts. The studios couldn't keep Shirley little forever no matter how many years they shaved off her age. This is the first info I ever read about Shirley Temple that was negative. Her mother was pretty demanding and after Shirley was born she really did not pay much attention to her older brothers. In later years Shirley's husband discovered how her father misappropriated Shirley's fortune she made from her movies and merchandise deals. There was the revelation that the main reason she did not make it as an adult actress was that she was a one note performer. All her characters she were basically the same person and it did not work out to continue acting like a child when you have grown up.

Author: Lisa Gardner

Another good one from Lisa Gardner. There are two main point of views in this story. One is Dr. Adeline Glen. She has a genetic condition where she never feels pain. Her father is serial killer Harry Day and her sister is the youngest person to be convicted of murder. The other point of view is Boston detective D. D. Warren. D. D. Is on medical leave but manages to stay very involved when copy cat murders start happening. I'd recommend this book to all crime novel fans.

Title: Labor Day
Author: Joyce Maynard

Thirteen year old Henry's eccentric mother, Adele, has become increasingly reclusive since divorcing his father, who lives across town with his new wife and children. When mother and son are out on a rare shopping trip, a man with cuts on his leg and head asks them for help. Though they quickly learn that he is an escaped convict, Adele does not hesitate to bring him home, where he almost instantly becomes a part of their broken family. As Henry observes the passion between his mother and Frank, the convict, he becomes jealous and conflicted. When after a few days, the couple decides to escape to Canada, Henry  agrees to go along, but a series of betrayals threatens the newly assembled family's  future. Though it requires some suspension of disbelief when Adele agrees to harbor Frank, his story and his demeanor quickly endear him to readers. His devotion to both Adele and Henry transforms them and makes them believe their lives could expand beyond their isolated home. The novel is fast paced and suspenceful, and though it appears that it could have no happy ending, the resolution is satisfying.

May 2014 Reading Challenge Prize Winners

We had our Third drawing today for the 2014 Year of Listening Dangerously Reading Challenge. Each winner will recieve a $25 gift card. The winners this month are:

AudioBook Review

Appleton Public Library
For the Book Looking for Alaska by John Green

Book Review

Denise C
(Sturgeon Bay) Door County Library
for the Book The Bear by Claire Cameron

Our next drawing will be June l 1st. Until then, happy reading and listening!


Evan Bend
Library Services Manager
Outagamie Waupaca Library System