Sophia’s October Recommendation

Dog Sense by John Bradshaw (RFPL owns the eBook version, but print copies can be obtained from within the SWAN system)

“I just got my first dog and starting researching ways to understand dogs, their needs, their history and the best way to be their friend.
There is a lot of information out there about dog training, including models based on the “the dog is a pack animal, and as such is always looking for a way to be “alpha” in the household so best to nip that in the bud, by teaching your dog that you are the boss…”. Well that model, as it turns out is based on erroneous or misguided assumptions about dogs.Dogs have been misunderstood, to their detriment and to the detriment of the dog/human relationship. Mr. Bradshaw offers a scientifically based breath of fresh air, and in so doing he helps us to be better friends and companions to our doggies, first and foremost by understanding how they think, and what they want in the context of their unique genetic and domestication  heritage.
This is great book that corrects and sets straight many misunderstandings that stand in the way of better relationship with your pet. Highly, highly recommended if you have a dog, or if you are thinking of getting one.”

3 Similar Reads

Cat Sense by John Bradshaw – For cat owners who like the “behind the scenes” information on their cats; Bradshaw has a book for you, too.

Through a Dog’s Ear by Joshua Leeds – A guide to using sound to improve the health and behavior of your canine companion.

Why Does My Dog Act That Way? by Stanley Coren – A complete guide to your dog’s personality, intelligence, and behavior.

Victoria’s October Recommendation

That Night by Chevy Stevens 

“Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy–not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life miserable in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name” – Description provided by publisher

3 Similar Reads

Reflections by Jo Bannister – Suspenseful and intricately plotted; this book also shares a storyline revolving around sisters

The Water’s Lovely by Ruth Rendell – Disturbing and compelling; this story also involves family ties

Hostage by Kay Hooper – When assigned to bring back an escaped, mentally unstable, bank robber; the two agents on the case find themselves as the hunted, rather than the hunters

Dana’s October Recommendation

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Dana recommends this book. This book was also picked as a favorite in the August Library Reads.

“Engaging the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home, 18-year-old Nella Oortman, the wife of an illustrious merchant trader, soon discovers that the artist’s tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.” – summary from catalog

3 Similar Reads

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks – This book is also about a young women in the 17th century and features a little bit of magic.

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier – This book also focuses on a young women in Holland in the 17th century, though this one involves a painting, not miniatures.

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue – This historical novel also features a young woman, but it is set in London during the 18th century and the protagonist is a sex worker.


Mary Ann’s October Recommendation

I Work at a Public Library By Gina Sheridan

Mary Ann says:

Have fun with us at the library! Many hilarious, (some poignant) encounters Sheridan has experienced in her career at a public library.

Straight quotes, no fillers, very quick read.


“I want to use one of your public computers, but could you please disable Google?…They are taking over the United States.”

I need a book on dragons…a, an autobiography.”

“I have watched all your good movies. Do you have any good books here?

Four year old girl entering library for the first time – “I am in a castle!”

If you like this and want more, the author has a website:

Similar Reads About Librarians:

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Joshua Hanagame

Quiet, Please: Dispatches From a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas

Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, Gangstas in the Public Library by Dan Borchert

Blaise’s October Recommendation #2

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Blaise says: “If you enjoy reading about the lives of “others,” especially the very rich, here is one to add to your repertoire.  Empty Mansions tells the fascinating true story of Huguette Clark, an heiress leftover from the Gilded Age.  History lovers will enjoy learning about how her father amassed his fortune in the 19th century west, and then the story focuses on Huguette and her strange life.  A very interesting read and one that sticks with you.”


Lisa’s October Recommendations

This month Lisa has two recommendations.

The Roosevelts by Geoffrey C Ward and Ken Burns
Lisa says:
It is the companion book to the PBS series- both are really, really well done and in my humble opinion, deserve  “must read” and “must see” status!

The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
Lisa says:
I also read The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar  and thought it was very well done.

Catalog Summary: An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she agrees to treat a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant and grocery store, Lakshmi is desperately lonely.

Moved by Lakshmi’s plight, Maggie offers to see her as an outpatient for free. In the course of their first sessions in Maggie’s home office, she quickly realizes that what Lakshmi really needs is not a shrink but a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own right, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient become close. Even though they seemingly have nothing in common, both women are haunted by loss and truths that they are afraid to reveal.

However, crossing professional boundaries has its price. As Maggie and Lakshmi’s relationship deepens, long-buried secrets come to light that shake their faith in each other and force them to confront painful choices in their own lives.

With Thrity Umrigar’s remarkable sensitivity and singular gift for an absorbing narrative, The Story Hour explores the bonds of friendship and the margins of forgiveness.

Genna’s October Recommendation

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Just in time for colder weather, this romantic book set in the middle of winter in a Maine town will warm you up! I really enjoyed the interesting character development – Annie gets to live in a cottage that she has inherited from her mother. She has to stay for 60 days straight, otherwise she loses possession of the house and it reverts back to her ex-stepfather’s family. Near the property is another larger mansion, called Harp House, where the brooding ex-stepbrother of Annie’s lives – Theo Harp. He is a reclusive (and attractive) horror writer dealing with grief from the loss of his twin sister and more recently, his wife.

Annie is a skilled children’s puppeteer. I enjoyed reading the different voices of her puppets, thought it did take a while to get used to this as the reader. I also listened to the audiobook for parts of the book.

The author is really great at wrapping up all the loose ends. The story really comes together in the end. It’s a great happy ending!

3 Similar Reads

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie – In these contemporary romances, women bent on executing a simple plan find those plans dashed by children in need, mysterious occurrences, and bewitching men. More witty than scary, these novels also offer warm, likable, and relatable characters. – from Novelist

Solsbury Hill by Susan Wyler – Both feature plenty of romance, spiced with danger. Although modern in setting, each pays homage to a classic Gothic novel: Heroes are My Weakness (a contemporary romance) was inspired by Rebecca; Solsbury Hill (an atmospheric love story) recalls Wuthering Heights.  – from Novelist

Inn at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay  – Each featuring a successful horror writer as the brooding hero, a relatable heroine, and troubles from the past come back to haunt them (as well as other dark touches), these humorous contemporary romances pay tribute to classic Gothic novels. – from Novelist