Friday, May 18, 2018

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Suspense, Mystery

Since her boss is on maternity leave, Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist, gets chosen to go on the exclusive maiden voyage of the Aurora, a luxury cruise ship, in her boss' stead. It's the opportunity of her career: All the big names in travel journalism are also on board, and Lo is hoping to impress and prove her worth to her employer. Just days before the cruise departs, Lo gets burgled. Stressed and already lacking sleep, Lo is determined not to let this get in the way of going on the cruise. On the first night aboard, however, Lo hears a splash and believes that someone was thrown overboard from the cabin next door. She brings it to the attention of the ship's staff, but no one believes her, saying that room was empty and everyone on board has been accounted for. Did Lo really see what she thought she did? Or are recent events making her overreact?

The setting of The Woman in Cabin 10 is similar to Agatha Christie's mysteries, where almost everyone is a suspect and there's no way to escape. While the writing leaves something to be desired, the book was suspenseful and the plot kept me guessing. The Woman in Cabin 10 was a hard one to put down!

- Sarah P.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Salt & Silver by Johannes Riffelmacher and Thomas Kosikowski


Title: Salt & Silver: Latin America
Author: Johannes Riffelmacher and Thomas Kosikowski
Genre: Travel, Cooking, Sport

Salt & Silver chronicles the adventures of two surfers, Johannes and Thomas, as they surf, eat, and travel through Latin America and beyond. At each stop they make, the duo shares delicious recipes, stories, and prime surf spots that inspire a sense of wanderlust in the reader. Salt & Silver gives an interesting look at how daily life and cooking vary from region to region, and might just inspire the reader to try something new!

- Jamie

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Friday, May 4, 2018

News of the World by Paulette Jiles


Title: News of the World
Author: Paulette Jiles
Genre: Historical Fiction, Western

Set after the Civil War, in the wild country of Texas, this story follows a war battled Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd as he journeys to deliver a young girl he names Johanna back to her family. Johanna, an orphan now ten years old, was captured when she was six by the Kiowa Indians, and has no knowledge of English nor any memories of being anyone other than a Kiowa. Captain Kidd is a news man: he reads newspaper articles of far away places to audiences for a dime a head to make his living. This unlikely pair forms a unique bond on their travels. Captain Kidd and Johanna both learn about each other and we get to understand them differently as they encounter all the many varied people, many of them not so pleasant, on the road. The writing transports you back to a time and a part of the country that feels very different from our own today, but also pulls you in with its beauty and the magic of the history. Enjoy!

- Elizabeth

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Friday, April 27, 2018

The Circle by Dave Eggers


Title: The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Genre: Fiction, Technological Dystopian

The Circle by Dave Eggers is the tale of social media at its most heinous. Imagine your favorite social media platform magnified; it keeps an eye on you at all times, watches your every move, and somehow is still fully endorsed by most of the public. Main character Mae takes a job at The Circle and is quickly swept up in the social media tornado. The Circle is a novel that really makes you think about how entwined social media is in your life, and at what point does it become too involved. Fans of dystopian fiction and technology would enjoy this  look at what could happen if too much privacy is willingly given away.

- Jamie

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Ice Bowl '67: The Packers, the Cowboys, and the Game That Changed the NFL by Chuck Carlson

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Title: Ice Bowl '67: The Packers, the Cowboys, and the Game That Changed the NFL
Author: Chuck Carlson
Genre: Sports

Professional football fans in general and Green Bay Packer fans in particular are well-versed with the NFL Championship game played on New Year's Eve in 1967. Accurately known as the Ice Bowl, the temperature in Green Bay that day was minus 15 degrees, with a wind chill that stood at -45 at kickoff and dipped to -65 by game's end. The conditions made for a legendary game that pitted not only players from the Green Bay Packers against the Dallas Cowboys, but players vs the elements.

Author Chuck Carlson does a good job of reviewing the scenarios leading up to the game, including the legendary coaches Tom Landry vs Vince Lombardi. This would be Lombardi's last hurrah - succumbing to cancer two and a half years later after coaching the Washington Redskins in 1969. For the Packers, the game would prove to be an end of an era, with the team having to endure thirty years of futility before winning a Super Bowl in 1997.The Cowboys, despite the loss, would move on to greater success over the next few decades - taking on the moniker of "America's Team."

Carlson breaks the book up into sections covering the game from the view of coaches, players and fans. The book concludes with the impact on both teams and how the ice bowl grew to almost mythical status among fans. In a nice addition, the author covers the current status of key players from the game.

The Ice Bowl '67 is an easy read that provides a nice overview of one of the most important football games in NFL history. 

- Mike

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Friday, April 13, 2018

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

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Title: My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes)
Author: Luisa Weiss
Genre: Memoir, Recipe Book

If you enjoyed Julie & Julia by Julie Powell, you should take a look at this one. Luisa takes the reader on a personal, well-crafted journey through the ups and downs of her childhood living on different continents between her parents' homes and then on the road to finding who she is in the kitchen and where she feels most at home. If you enjoy books with recipes thrown in, this one is a must.

- Elizabeth

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Friday, April 6, 2018

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines


Title: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip and Joanna Gaines
Genre: Memoir

The Magnolia Story is written by the hosts of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines. Like many fans the show, a big reason why I love watching is (aside from the beautiful home redesigns) seeing the genuineness of the Gaines’ relationship and their family life and values that are clearly present. The book gets more into this as it tells the story of how Chip and Joanna met, how they got into the business, and is interspersed with anecdotes and family moments. Chip and Joanna switch back and forth in the narrative, which at first I thought would be distracting, but I actually enjoyed the style and found it read like a conversation. This inspiring memoir would appeal to fans of the show or even anyone looking to start their own business.

- Sarah P.

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