Friday, June 15, 2018

Artemis by Andy Weir

Title: Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction

Artemis is the name of the mining and tourist settlement on Earth's satellite. Jazz has grown up in Artemis and is underemployed as a porter/smuggler with dreams of a big payout. When one of her favorite clients asks if she's willing to branch out into sabotage for a ton of moon money, she's onboard, but when things go wrong, they go very wrong. Murder, an assassin, a father oozing disappointment, and possible deportation are just the beginning of the challenges Jazz faces. She'll have to think on her feet if she's ever going to survive in such a hostile environment. 

This is the latest from Andy Weir, the guy who puts science in science fiction.  You may recognize Andy as the author of The Martian, and like that story, he has written another nail-biter set in space. 

- Sarah R.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Fly Me by Daniel Riley

Title: Fly Me
Author: Daniel Riley
Genre: Fiction

Fly Me is, at its heart, a novel about flight attendants in 1970s southern California. Weaving through the novel are threads of love, family, beaches, parties, drugs, and work. Fly Me will transport you to Southern California with its glamour and glitz, but also take you across the country and overseas as its protagonist, Suzy, hits the skies. This story's haze will suck you in and leave you wanting a sequel.

- Jamie

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Friday, June 1, 2018

What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter by Suzy Hopkins & Hallie Bateman

Title: What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter
Author: Suzy Hopkins & Hallie Bateman
Genre: Self Help, Inspirational, Illustrated Book

Even if you have not lost your mother, or if you have lost another loved one, this book might be a good read. Filled with colorful painted illustrations by daughter Hallie Bateman, and following a page-a-day advice format by mother, Suzy Hopkins, there is a variety of life-affirming and warm advice for anyone going to a struggle and needing uplifting. I will be trying out the chicken and dumplings recipe!

- Elizabeth

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Hang Time: My Life in Basketball by Elgin Baylor

Title: Hang Time: My Life in Basketball
Author: Elgin Baylor (with Alan Eisenstock)
Genre: Autobiography, Sports

Before Michael Jordan and Julius Erving there was Elgin Baylor. In a thirteen year NBA career (the final two cut short by injuries), Baylor proved to be one of the greatest players in league history. During his career he averaged an incredible 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds in an era when there was no three-point shot and NBA players took as much pride in playing defense as they did scoring points.

Baylor recounts his upbringing in Washington, D.C. where he learned the game on the playgrounds, being drafted into the army at age 24, as well as his many and varied experiences - first as a player and later as a general manager in the NBA. Some of those experiences were negative - dealing with racism and bigotry on a regular basis, as well as exciting - Baylor an active participant in an NBA that was transitioning into a major sports entertainment option. This is an engaging read that reminds professional basketball fans of all ages that each generation has its stars. Although Elgin Baylor never won a championship, "Hang Time: My Life In Basketball"  serves as proof that one of the games greatest players was a winner - both within the game and outside the sport. 

- Mike

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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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