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Overview



"Escape the Ordinary" adult summer reading program runs from June 20 to August 7. Signups are available from June 20 through July 6.

Grab a reading log with a BINGO card from the Summer Reading Display. For every square you complete, highlight it and get a raffle ticket and a librarian's initials to be entered in our weekly raffle. Every BINGO will get you a raffle ticket towards a grand prize of a tote bag filled with reading goodies. The final weekly raffle and grand prize raffle will be held on August 7.

Make sure to check out our Event Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of events planned for the summer.
Reviews
Title
The Silkworm
Author
Robin Galbraith
Review
After reading "Cuckoo's Calling" and now "The Silkworm," I am definitely a big fan of the new detective Cormoran Strike series. I love the characters and the writing. The stories are well paced and will keep you guessing who done it till the very last chapter. Very entertaining read!
Genre
Mystery
ISBN
031620689X
Rating
Title
The Opposite of Loneliness
Author
Marina Keegan
Review
I was more affected by the tragedy leading to the publication of this collection than by the works themselves. I did enjoy many of the essays and short stories and wish the author were still alive and writing. She certainly had a lot of talent and potential.
Genre
Non-fiction
ISBN
9781476753614
Rating
Title
Silver Thaw
Author
Catherine Anderson
Review
Amanda Banning has left behind a very abusive relationship and is starting over in Mystic Creek with next to nothing. Her pride, determination along with the strong family bonds in this book make it a very worthwhile read.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
Blue Labyrinth
Author
Preston & Child
Review
Read this book to learn what long buried family secret haunts Special Agent Pendergast. This book starts with a seemingly 'perfect' murder which leads Agent Pendergast on a trail of discovery. I picked this as my 'blue' book for the summer reading progam and actually enjoyed it quite a bit!
Genre
Thriller, Mystery
Rating
Title
Finding Happily Ever After
Author
Marie Ferrarella
Review
The story begins with Chris learning of his sister's death leaving his 5 year old nephew parentless as Joel's Dad skipped town years ago. Jewel is hired by Chris to find Joel's father as he feels he can't raise him. The story is Chris's journey of learning about priorities and what is worth fighting for.
Genre
Fiction-Romance
Rating
Title
I Take You
Author
Eliza Kennedy
Review
This book is about a girl about to get married but is having second thoughts because she can't stay faithful to her fiance. It was supposed to be funny and smart, but I thought it was a bit silly and unbelievable. I didn't really like the main character or her antics. I guess this book was not really for me.
Genre
Women's Fiction
ISBN
0553417827
Rating
Title
Go Set a Watchman
Author
Harper Lee
Review
Jean Louise Finch, at the age of 26, lives in New York but returns to Maycomb to visit family about the time of the Supreme Court injunction to desegregate the schools. She finds herself wrong-footed when she discovers that many of her views on race are different from those she loves most, and memories of the past conflict with what she observes in the present. I love the characters and the dialogue and the ability of the author to bring out the humor in a childhood memory. I think Go Set a Watchman works better as a companion piece, almost looking at the writing from a historical perspective of what was developed from a draft to a finish work, than it does as a sequel, strictly speaking (close readers will notice one or two things that were blatantly changed from one to the other). I had the feeling I was pulling back the curtain from the craft of writing, and it's a fascinating insight into how it could work. Some readers may be disappointed with some of the other characters, especially Atticus, but I thought the exploration of how Jean Louise would react as a young adult seeing her childhood heroes were human was well done and believable. Would I read it again if it were a standalone? Probably not, but given the story of the text itself it is well worth reading and dissecting.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
Author
Edward Kelsey Moore
Review
This book is about three long time friends and the their lives through the four decades they've known each other. It moves back and forth from the present to the past chronicling the women's love and support for one another through life's ups and downs. I laughed out loud at some parts and was greatly touched by others. A nice summer read.
Genre
Realistic Fiction
ISBN
0307950433
Rating
Title
The House at Mermaid Point
Author
Wendy Wax
Review
A light summer read about a group of women renovating an aging rock star's home in the Florida Keys and turning it into a B&B. I was more interested in the details of the renovation than the drama surrounding each woman's life. It was just OK.
Genre
Women's Fiction
ISBN
0515154741
Rating
Title
Saint Anything
Author
Sarah Dessen
Review
I loved this book! It was a great story about family, friends, and personal growth, and it also tackled some tough issues. I enjoyed the entire cast of characters, from the Chatham family (especially Mac and his sister) to Sydney (the main character). This is the first of Sarah Dessen's books that I have read, but I will definitely read more.
Genre
realistic fiction
ISBN
9780451474704
Rating
Title
Hold Me
Author
Susan Mallery
Review
If you enjoy returning to the same town, Fools Gold, and catching up on the characters you have met in previous books you will enjoy this light summer read. These books are a quick read and rather predictable, perfect for a beach read
Genre
Romance
Rating
Title
Folly
Author
Stella Cameron
Review
Not quite everything is as it seems when Alex Duggins returns to her home town of Folly-on-Weir to start over after a failed marriage and losing her daughter. It isn't long before she finds a dead man in the snow and finds herself a murder suspect. More and more mysterious things happen without an explanation but are all tied together very neatly at the end.
Genre
Mystery
Rating
Title
Truth or Die
Author
James Patterson
Review
I love that James Patterson books are a quick read. It was fun to watch how Trevor Mann worked with a child genious to unearth evidence of something that governments and terrorists alike would want to possess, if it really exists...
Genre
Mystery
Rating
Title
An Age of License: A Travelogue
Author
Lucy Knisley
Review
I really liked this novel. I loved how she would have a few pages of black and white, and then one or two of color, and so on. But the main thing that I loved about this graphic novel was that it was relatable. It raised questions and issues that many 20 somethings (including myself) ask and worry about constantly.
Genre
Graphic Novel
ISBN
9781606997680
Rating
Title
Ready for Marriage
Author
Debbie Macomber
Review
Mary Jo Summerhill, a Kindergarten teacher, walked away from the man she loved thinking she was doing the right thing for Evan and his political aspirations. Fate brings them together and will the second time be the charm? This novel reads quickly and is good for a mindless summer afternoon read!
Genre
Fiction-Romance
Rating
Title
Got Money?
Author
Jeff Wuorio
Review
Despite its age and the fact that some things have changed, this book is chock full of useful information for people in their twenties and thirties just getting started on their personal finances. From debt to basic investing to taxes, this is an introduction to several different aspects of money, giving both the author's opinion and an array of choices depending on your lifestyle and what you're saving towards. Ignore the specific examples (the taxes, for example, will be very different), but use it as a starting point to start researching more in depth.
Genre
Nonfiction - Finances
Rating
Title
The Last Bookaneer
Author
Matthew Pearl
Review
A young black man, Mr. Cotton, working on a train in New York and an English book seller, Mr. Fergins, strike up a friendship over a shared love of reading, and the Englishman has a fantastical story to tell about the "last bookaneer" and the trip to Samoa to see Robert Louis Stevenson and steal his manuscript before the new international copyright laws go into effect. I'm not sure why, but this book never fully came together for me. Maybe it was because of the odd way I started reading it, in bits and pieces and sometimes listening to the audiobook, but while I enjoyed the factoids about book selling and publishing and comments about the love of reading, I just couldn't get into the adventure story and care much about what happened. It was a fun story but just okay for me.
Genre
Historical Fiction
Rating
Title
Prodigal Son
Author
Danielle Steele
Review
This is a story of two brothers one who had a very difficult childhood due to a struggle with dyslexia and the other child who could seem to do no wrong. After the brother who struggled made it in the world of finance the stock market crash had him sitting back on the bottom again. When he returns to his home town what unfolds with his brother is hard to believe!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
House of Leaves
Author
Mark Z. Danielewski
Review
This book is indescribable but I will give it my best shot. This book is very metaphyscial, an old blind man wrote hundreds of pages about a documentary called the Navidson Record using thousands of sources. The problem? The movie is not real. The sources are not real. And yet, hundreds and hundreds of pages in this book are DEDICATED to these so called 'sources' analyzing and picking apart the characters in the film. It gets wonkier: the FILM is about a famous photojournalist who movies to a house in Virgina with his wife and two young children. They soon discover their house defies all laws of physics and gravity. Darkness that is not possible, rooms that change their own design, a corridor that goes from being 100 feet long to being 100 MILES long the second you look away. It gets more complicated: after the old man who penned this died a young addict named Johnny finds it and part of the story is how finding it ruined his life, just reading about the so called Navidson Record causes this addict to lose interest in EVERYTHING. In addition, this book uses innovative experimentation with formatting. You could have 50 pages with regular format but then the words will be splattered across the page, or written minimistcally with a few sentences on the page, or go to 50 pages full of cramped type written narratives. It is also full of intense psychological analyses. Beware, all who enter the pages of this book will enter a dark, dark world. Enjoy!
Genre
Awesome
ISBN
9780375703768
Rating
Title
Isabel's Bed
Author
Elinor Lipman
Review
After being dumped by her boyfriend of 12 years, Harriet finds a job as a ghostwriter for Isabel Krug, former New York socialite living in Cape Cod after her lover's husband kills him. She plans a "tell all" and has Harriet come work and live with her, but perhaps more than a ghostwriter she really wants a friend. Meanwhile, Harriet wants to get started in a career as a writer and sees this as a stepping stone, hoping to have the time to work on her novel as well.

I enjoy Elinor Lipman's quirky characters and sense of humor, and this book was a great example of both. It took me a little while to warm up to both Isabel and Harriet, though the side characters are great - the ex-boyfriend is the type you love to hate, for example. The whole situation is completely over-the-top and unbelievable, but I enjoyed the ride all the same. This was for a book set in Massachusetts.
Genre
Fiction/Humor
Rating