Tuesday, April 30, 2013

check this out: FPL staff picks

Keith Rogers, Cataloging Librarian

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

“An inspirational true story about a woman who loses her mother and then herself and somehow finds herself deciding to attempt an extraordinary feet by hiking a large portion of the Pacific Crest Trail alone carrying a pack loaded down with everything but the kitchen sink. The book has a great mix of stories from the trail blended with stories from her life. I found her honesty about her troubles refreshing and that set the tone for a heartfelt transition that only could be found through the daily determination and fortitude of logging mile after mile on a trail. I've always wanted to do some extended trail hiking, and this book made that itch even stronger to the point where I actually went and did it this time. I hope that others are similarly inspired and the PCT gets a boost in traffic as a result.”

Son by Lois Lowry

What a great addition to a series I thought was over. Claire is a strong sympathetic character that the reader can immediately feel compassion for. The first part of the story is powerful in that she moves through life in a daze, simply trusting that the system in place is what is supposed to be and is not to be questioned. But once a spark of curiosity is struck, and she meets her son for the first time, she changes forever and it is like Dorothy waking up to the colorful land of Oz. The second part started off a bit jarringly, and that's the only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 star rating. I lost interest for a while as an entirely different cast of characters was introduced and even Claire was left without her memory. Slowly I did start to care about this world too, but I wish the transition had been handled a little differently. Perhaps have some of those characters introduced in a forward. Part three, though it also jumped to a new world, was at least filled with familiar faces from past books. It was nice seeing them again and the ultimate climax of the story was both exciting and touching. Lowry definitely made this trip back to the world of The Giver worthwhile.”

Karen Hart, Assistant to the Director

The Maiden Lane Series starting with Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt.

Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows the area like the back of her hand--- she cares for its children at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk…   from the book jacket

Lisa Wilkins, Library Page

The fault in our stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten….from the book jacket

Cliff Duncan, Circulation Staff

Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Presents the adventures of John Carter, a Civil War Veteran who is mysteriously transported to Mars, where he fights a variety of enemies with the aid of the lovely Martian princess Dejah Thoris...from the book jacket

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