...the Grand Prize Winners of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Club:
- Headquarters Library: Ann Mc
- North County Branch Library: ExLibris
- South County Branch Library: Cindy
- Member Libraries & Bookmobile: Dorman
|Yet another book that thinks that, if people seriously just read the Bible and other works, they'll magically realize that there shouldn't be such a division between faith and science and we can all magically get along in a land filled with cupcakes and unicorns. The real question should be why some authors keep writing this things - and why there are people so stubborn as to think that others will so suddenly surrender their beliefs when another simply tells them they're wrong.|
|Once again, I have no idea what I just read. This took me about 20 odd minutes - granted I'm fast, but still - large print is usually an indication that the author really has little to say folks. Generally, it was about the trip Lenin took from Zurich to Russia to lead the revolution, but she loaded it with too much of what didn't work. Things that she probably thought would be funny, conjecture, and over the top characterization - it just took away from what was going on.|
|The story of Mars' as the subtitle goes. An examination of the red planet in history and folklore with a look into how it is proposed that we explore it - but I did pick up a few mistakes here and there so I wonder how many there actually are sum total.|
|A time based examination of London from its Roman origins to the early recovery of them, what little we know of it. So much was gone over willy nilly and early boards meant to protect and preserve artifacts hated their job so very little was actually done - but a remarkable amount is known granted all of that.|
|Showing how military technology impacted the food industry - from packaging, preservation, and even legislation. A lot of modern laws came out of WWII and as such we're only just 'tweaking' a few bits, but of course there are other principles much more recent. She is a big proponent on processed foods however - so if one is not too keen on how they impact a person's health or the like be aware of that as they're pushed here quite a lot.|
|Note to the author - when you want to write something about how Darwin impacted American culture and history by showing how he influenced 5 other writers do not make the whole bloody thing about Thoreau. It is really irritating. That one was clearly preference and he was mentioned above basically everyone else.|
|The story of a marathon runner that encounters a dog while in the Gobi desert and brings her home to Scotland, encountering all sorts of issues along the way. It was alright - problems were slight things like his near immediate negotiation for a book deal (which came off as really arrogant), the trusting of certain persons who seemed really inept with caring for the dog, and his going on about his supposedly tough life. Yes, he had it rough, but a lot had it worse, and the author rather over hyped himself I think.|
did a book about books and Scotland turn into a simpering Harlequin , just
about a bodice ripper, Romance!?! I enjoyed the first half about books and
the culture and places in Scotland, but somewhere it became a train wreck. (
ha, ha, inside joke for those who have read it)
Nina starts out as a shy, self conscious girl who leaves everything she knows, to drive a van around Scotland. The van is her bookstore on wheels. Great idea. Then she becomes an annoying, whiny brat who can't find love. From there on it goes downhill.
|Easy breezy summertime read, but published in 1992 and a lot has happened in the history of U of Kentucky basketball and Rick Pitino since then so somewhat dated. Refreshed my memory of several people I knew personally including Jim Valvano and ML Carr. Opinionated, passionate, somewhat irrational...the real Rick Pitino.|
|Good book with the audio read by the author. A bit long (10+ hrs), but still very good.|
|An enchanting read that takes one to the deep heart of Peru in the 1800's.
People are dying of malaria and there is a shortage of quinine. The only hope
is to retrieve some cuttings from quinine trees hidden in a forbidden forest.
The pollen was the highlight! I wasn't as much in awe of this book as I was with the previous novel: The Watchmaker of Filigree Strret. There is a cameo of Mori, but this book can stand alone.
I did get a little bogged down in the middle and I must admit I was not sure where this was going.
The magic of the pollen and moving statues, the salt border, glass beaches and all was mesmerizing. I was not crazy about the protagonist, but I did enjoy Raphael.
It's a dreamlike read and I did not want to wake from it.
|No, I didn't read the entire book, but I did read a few books from it just because I read it in high school and wanted to see if reading it now would make it much more understandable to me than it did back then. It turned out it was an easier read to me now, but only because I read a summary of it first. Would I read it again? Nope, too little time, too many books to get to first! I'm putting Iliad to rest for good.|
|It started out great, but about mid-way, there were way too many characters to keep track of (I didn't understand why there had to be so many in the first place). Also, the ending fell flat. Even though I don't understand how this author was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this book I'm happy for her success.|
|I downloaded this in error and didn't realize until I had read the first chapter. By then, I was caught up in the somewhat bizarre story and finished it. A family deals with a Father's brain tumor (which has narrative in the story) and the television producer who puts the family on a reality tv show. Some poignant parts in the lives of the grieving family, as well as some funny parts, but mostly sad.|
|A delightful debut! Full of fun, quirky characters, and hair raising adventures! I don't know how I can wait for the next book. Riley is a library assistant who is into obituaries. She has broken up with her boyfriend and decided to try an online dating service. The communication with click.com is hysterical. She was asked to write the obituary of a long time friend of whom she hasn't seen in awhile. And all this somehow segues into a crazy romp. Oh, and I love Holman. .|
|Anyone as successful as him is worth reading about, but his economic theory was not sufficiently fleshed out and was difficult to understand. Still in all, it was worth reading. He used this information which he developed through 40 years of investing to accumulate over 25B in assets, primarily by not following the precepts of traditional economics, realizing the principal of reflexivity, that similar to quantum mechanics, the presence of investors impacts economic equilibrium. The book was published in mid 2008 and made very accurate predictions of what was about to occur in September 2008.|
|This series is about a group of wolf shifters that protect humans and other shifters. A plague wiped out all the female shifters and all hope was lost....until????This was a fun summer read even with some of the sad - it made the good even better.|
|This is a minor spin off from the fire fighters series but focuses on one couple. This series has "Shades of Grey" vibes with a more mature group of characters. They still have issues but.... Getting a box set makes binge reading fun!|
|This is a 7 book box set that is mainly about a set of triplets that find each other and discover who they really are. There is a lot of romance & suspense to make all the books read smoothly. There are enough twists with the triplets that makes the stories interesting.|
|This is the second part of the dragon series with a new set of dragons and a very strange twist in the last book.|
|This box set had three stories related to the metal dragons. The premise is that dragon shifters were frozen in time and have been awaken in our time. They need to find their mates and then help defend humanity from the more evil shifters.|
|Longer than what I typically read. A good story. I enjoyed getting a personalized experience of what it was like living in Boston in the early 20th century and weaving in places that I am familiar with 100 years later such as .Fanueil Hall and Parker House. Lehane is a great writer.|
|I cannot get enough of this series! Poor March ends up in prison due to the fact she seems to be murdering people. There are secrets and back stories, murder and mayhem. Oh, and there is Molly. How will Marsh be found innocent after being committed to an insane asylum? Grice becomes ill, as does Pound. Will the true murderer even be found, or has Grice actually failed for the first time? Told through the voice of March, and her diaries, and also Grice picks up the story later on which makes for an interesting and humorous read.|
luscious read! A mystery within a mystery. Real life editor is editing the
latest mystery in the Atticus Pund series when she discovers the last chapter
is missing! The hunt is on. Meanwhile her search seems to be mimicking the
Reminiscent of Christie and other mystery writers of that period. A lot of fun!
“You must know that feeling when it's raining outside and the heating's on and you lose yourself, utterly, in a book. You read and you read and you feel the pages slipping through your fingers until suddenly there are fewer in your right hand than there are in your left and you want to slow down but you still hurtle on towards a conclusion you can hardly bear to discover.”
Perfect quote for this novel.
|This was the writer's first book and it certainly was a good one. Anyone who grew up in the 80s will love all the flashbacks in this book. It's a story about an apocalyptic future and the boy (with a little help from his friends!) who saves it. A good fast fun summer read...plus, it's being made into a movie!|
|A fairly wide reaching analysis of human origins. For its time - some of the conclusions and such reached now are either out of date or passe, which is kind of a shame, as granted it is done by Leakey it should 'age' better. But in terms of its composition it is put together and written rather well and is neither too simplistic nor too complicated.|
never read a Jane Green novel. Now I know she has written many and is very
successful. I picked this book because the cover made me think "beach
read" in a big way, and the title was the perfect complement. I loved
it. As an only child, I never felt the need to have a sister because my
mother used to play with me. The mother in this book never had time for her
three daughters and they never really had time for each other-very sad. But
as their mother was dying each girl went through a lot of soul searching.
Left me thinking about a lot of things.
|This was both intriguing and disgusting, an examination of various foods - how several cheeses, olive oil, various wines, fish, even the beef in '100% beef hotdogs' is often altered (in the case of the latter, foods labeled as 'organic' do not have to really be organic, and only the beef in the hotdog needs to be beef, 99% can be sawdust). Many, if not most, restaurants exhibit fraud with Kobe beef and high end seafood, products are often cut with ingredients such as various fillers, sawdust, and even peanut dust, and to extend the shelf life of produce they are picked way before ripe and then hit with a gas that merely opens the color - you still get an unripe, flavorless tomato, but it looks ripe so people buy it.|
|A rather plodding examination of not only the whole mess surrounding Galileo but also the background to his research and those it impacted such as Copernicus. For those that know the subject the dryness does not help, and if you're a student it would probably make your reading a lot worse, and much better and more concise works are out there. For being such a short book I expected it to get to the point quicker instead of meandering so much, but sadly no.|
|There was no bloody point to this at all. Meant to be various dreams of Einstein as he is conjuring the theory of relativity, they make completely no sense at all to the man (whom is not even mentioned until page 39 in a teeny tiny book) or his personality. Not making any sense at all as to Einstein himself or how he actually did his work, it was pretty useless outside of being pure vague guesswork - random imaginings of things not having anything to do with each other at all.|
|Well written and grounded collection of 19 essays written from a conservative Christian libertarian point of view, arguing that drug restrictions are unconstitutional and that criminalization leads to the highest rate of incarceration of any country. Whatever your position going in, this book will make you think.|
|This book came to me recommended for continuing Ed credit for my volunteer program. It was simple and easy to read, intertwining stories of the author's childhoods with current events at the time. He is 4 years older than I am so I could relate to and remember some of the things he wrote about. Good book for us baby boomers.|