A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrick Backman. At 59, Ove is a grumble Gus of the first degree. Rules are made to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed, and don't even get him started on computers and cell phones. Ove has been this way his whole life, but he's gotten worse in the last four years since his wife, Sonia, died, taking with her all the color in a world Ove sees as black-and-white. Ove has decided life without Sonia is not worth living and plans to join her in the next world, but his plans change when a young couple moves in next door. A charming, thoughtful reflection on life and love.
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah. French sisters Vianne and Isabelle are reunited when one sister's husband is sent to fight in World War II and find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways. A story that ably depicts the horror of war through the eyes of two women, whose strength of character shines through no matter their differences.
COLD SASSY TREE by Olive Burns. One thing that one can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast. On July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn. That is the day that E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures begin, and an unimpeachably pious town comes to life. A tender, humorous and wise coming-of-age story.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 at 4:52 PM in Category:Featured Titles
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HOW WE GOT TO NOW: SIX INNOVATIONS THAT MADE THE MODERN WORLD by Steven Johnson. Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, the secret history behind everyday objects of contemporary life is investigated. 2016 USU Community Literature Experience Selection.
LITTLE BRITCHES: FATHER AND I WERE RANCHERS by Ralph Moody. Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there at the dawn of the century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes, and windstorms provide authentic color. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that prepare Ralph to take his father's place as man of the family.
THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett. First published in its entirety in 1911, The Secret Garden is a children's literature classic, the story of rebirth as a result of the power of love. Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl who lives in India with her English parents is terribly neglected by them, causing her to become sickly, unpleasant, and demanding. When her parents die in a cholera epidemic, Mary is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire, England. It is here the magical miracle of transformation begins.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 at 4:54 PM in Category:Featured Titles
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THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker. The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel, winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.
A FATAL GRACE by Louise Penny. In this long-running mystery series, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets and facing a few of his own ghosts. Penny has won the New Blood Dagger as well as multiple Agatha, Anthony, Dilys, Arthur Ellis, and other prestigious awards for these intriguing, character-driven mysteries.
WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall. The summer of 1963 starts like any other for nine-year-old Starla Claudelle. Born to teenage parents in Mississippi, Starla is being raised by a strict paternal grandmother, whose worst fear is that Starla will turn out like her mother. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three when she left for Nashville and a singing career. When Starla decides to run away to find her momma, the adventure begins.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 at 12:29 PM in Category:Featured Titles
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BIG STONE GAP by Ariana Trigiani. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town of Big Stone Gap's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five-year-old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was.
CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK by Elizabeth Peters. Set in 1884, this is the first installment in what has become a beloved bestselling series. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to indulge her passion, Egyptology. Her travels to Egypt result in encounters with mysteries, missing mummies, and the handsome Radcliffe Emerson.
SHEPHERDS ABIDING by Jan Karon. Millions of Americans have found Mitford to be a favorite home-away-from-home, and countless readers have long wondered what Christmas in Mitford would be like. The eighth Mitford novel provides a glimpse, offering a meditation on the best of all presents: the gift of one's heart.
UNSELFISH: Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Selfie by Paul D. Parkinson. Selfies are taking over the internet. Selfish behavior seems to be at an all-time high. But there are people who do Unselfish things every day. This book celebrates just a few of the unsung stories of regular people and celebrities alike going against the grain and helping their fellow man.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Friday, 20 November 2015 at 3:36 PM in Category:Books & Reading
FALL BOOK CLUB READS
INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd. This richly imagined, unsentimental narrative traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self. Inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké.
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Abandoned as an infant, Victoria grows up as a ward of the California foster-care system and is labeled unadoptable. She lands a job with a florist and uses her knowledge of the hidden meaning of flowers to gradually make her way back into the world - one that will include a career, motherhood, and the personal forgiveness necessary for her to love and be loved in return.
SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley. Meet eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, who is propelled into a mystery when a man is found murdered on the grounds of her family's decaying English mansion and Flavia's father becomes the main suspect. The first in an intriguing, entertaining series that now numbers seven titles and has gone on to sell more than a million copies worldwide.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 at 11:22 AM in Category:Books & Reading
SUMMER BOOK CLUB READS
ENCHANTMENT by Orson Scott Card. An imaginative retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty that follows one man from ninth-century Russia to present-day America as he struggles to rescue a princess and her kingdom, find true love, and overcome the blackest of evil.
THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY by Richard C. Morais. The story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai, who ends up opening an Indian restaurant in a quiet French village that triggers a culinary war with the fancy haute cuisine place opposite. An appetizing tale for certain!
THE STORIED LIFE OF A. J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin. A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher's rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances. -- Beth Mills for LibraryReads.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Thursday, 18 June 2015 at 10:55 AM in Category:Books & Reading
Spring Book Club Reads
THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times. Drawing on the boys' own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream to become a winning Olympic rowing team, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.
MY STORY by Elizabeth Smart. On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, daughter in a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life. This is her courageous and inspirational story of survival.
THE FAVORED DAUGHTER: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by Fawzia Koofi. The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, Koofi was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose to become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 at 1:20 PM in Category:Books & Reading
WINTER BOOK CLUB READS
A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS by Sandra Dallas. Sewing a special quilt during the months she waits for her soldier husband to return from the Civil War, Eliza Spooner bonds with other women in the face of terrible loss and makes a difficult choice when she is asked to help an escaped slave. This wonderful, thought-provoking story is full of history and heart.
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN by Frances Mayes. Warm up this winter with the memoir that made travel to Tuscany popular and was the inspiration for many books since that combine cooking, house remodeling, and travel. Mayes, a poet and travel writer, describes her experiences in Tuscany during the restoration of her countryside villa.
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie ten Boom. An old Dutch watchmaker and his two daughters become the center of a major underground operation: to hide Jewish refugees from the occupying Germans. They break all the rules to save the lives of men, women, and children being hunted by the Nazis. The cost of their bravery is betrayal, and they end up in the dreaded Ravensbruck concentration camp. Nevertheless, they continue their efforts to save those around them. Inspirational and moving.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Thursday, 11 December 2014 at 12:51 PM in Category:Featured Titles
Fall Reads For Book Clubs
ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline. Seventeen-year-old Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, ORPHAN TRAIN is a dramatic, emotional story of unexpected friendship from a little known time in our nation's history.
DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson. A vivid account of the tragedies and triumphs of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the concurrent depravities of America's first serial killer. In alternating chapters, former Wall Street Journal reporter Eric Larson tells the stories of Daniel H. Burnham, chief planner and architect of exposition, and Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, whose World's Fair Hotel, just a short streetcar ride away, housed windowless rooms, a gas chamber, secret chutes, and a basement crematory. A gripping story!
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley. A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator. The 1818 text of this classic cautionary tale was selected as Utah State University's 2014 Common Literature Experience.
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 3:02 PM in Category:Featured Titles
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FLYGIRL by Sherrie L. Smith. During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl passes for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots. This breakthrough title adds a compelling, new story to the shelves of World War II books.
THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary Schmidt. During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. A Newbery Honor award-winner.
PAPER TOWNS by John Green. One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. An Edgar award-winner by the author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams. "A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" says the guidebook galactic traveler Arthur Dent uses in this silly, sci-fi romp that chronicles his off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances. It's true for fans of this classic: "Resistance is useless!"
Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits on Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 3:47 PM in Category:Featured Titles
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