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:

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The World’s Strongest Librarian by Joshua Hanagame

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

Kim’s March Recommendation #1

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
good luck of right now
When his mother dies, 38-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn’t know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother’s underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.
“I loved the novel’s wonderful, struggling, beautiful characters who live and breathe and deal with mental illness and difficult life experiences.  This book combines seemingly incongruous elements like fan letters to Richard Gere, feral cats in the capital of Canada, Catholic priests and martyrs, grief, and aliens.   Quick pulls it all together in a very readable, inspiring way.  This one will stay with you.”- Kim
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Lisa’s March Recommendation

The Faker’s Guide to the Classics by Michelle Witte

fakersguidetoclassicsLisa says, “This is quirky by fun!”

From Anna Karenina and Beowulf; to Ulysses and Wuthering HeightsThe Faker’s Guide to the Classics condenses the great (but long and complicated) novels, plays, and poems of world lit into bite-size nuggets, cutting out the bloated analysis and nauseating debate of other reading guides. Each of the 100 books profiled is a classic that everyone knows but only hardcore lit majors have actually read. Each entry contains: a quick and dirty narrative description of plot, including twists and surprise endings, told with humorous brevity; famous quotes accompanied by smartass responses; and the original cover or an illustration conveying the work’s tone (or lack thereof). With this must-have guide, never worry again whether a reference to Miss Havisham is an insult or wonder what happened to Moby-Dick. Not reading the classics has never been easier! – summary from catalog

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1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron

Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits by Jack Murnighan

The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Book Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else by Christopher Beha


Sara’s March Recommendation

The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel

thekidtable“This book was funny, well written, and true to life. It’s a hilarious insight into life and all the debilitating psychoses you might develop along the way. This book would make an amazing movie, it’s almost a screenplay already. You’re welcome Sony or 21st Century Fox!” – Sara

Explores the quirky dynamics in an extended family full of close-knit cousins who both help and hinder each other as they celebrate holidays and momentous occasions together. – swan catalog

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Slam by Nick Hornby

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Anna’s January Recommendation

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison 

angusthongs“I’ve recently revisited the Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison. The first book, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging is a laugh-out-loud read that brings Bridget Jones Diary to mind. Fourteen-year old Georgia is hilarious, clever, and a touch insane (as most 14 year-olds are apt to be). She is wrestling with being herself and trying to be the glacial and aloof figure that her friends tell her the boys like–luckily for the readers, it is an ongoing and entertaining struggle. If you like the first in the series, Rennison has written a total of 10 of the ‘Georgia Nicolson Confessions’ books. Sure to be a hit for all ages, not just teens!” – Anna

*If you like the book, check out the movie too!

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Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins

Planet Janet  by Dyan Sheldon

Truth or Dairy by Catherine Clark

Ashley’s November Recommendation

let's explore diabetes with owlsI recently listened to the audiobook of Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris. I’m a big Sedaris fan. Usually I read his latest work in print and pick up the audiobook later before a big road trip. This time, I sought out the audiobook first and I’m glad I did. While the voice of Sedaris rings through printed text, there’s something very special about hearing him read his own work. The audiobook of Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls is made up of live and studio recordings of Sedaris’ latest book of essays. These essays revolve around his life and travels abroad and, of course, his family. Sedaris gives readers his usual dose of comedy, but there is a more serious undertone to many of the essays in this book. If you need a break from the radio, I highly recommend popping this book into your CD player. It provides an interesting look at one man’s life and it may spark a bit of introspection on your end.
Swan Summary:
“From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten”
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Weekly Spotlight on: September Self-Improvement Month

Try out some reads that inspire and instruct you on the various ways to improve your self – mind, body, and spirit. September is Self-Improvement Month.

Included in the list are some classic titles mixed in with more current ones. Some are biographies of individuals who have improved themselves, so you can be inspired to make your own journey!

Never Going Back: Winning the Weight-Loss Battle for Good by Al Roker

never goin back“The popular television personality discusses his battle with weight loss, describing his initial successes after bypass surgery, his efforts to get back on track after regaining lost weight, and his confrontation with goal-compromising childhood issues.” – Summary

The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

4 hour body“Thinner, bigger, faster, stronger… which 150 pages will you read? Is it possible to: Reach your genetic potential in 6 months? Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better than on 8 hours? Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing? Indeed, and much more. This is not just another diet and fitness book. The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation. From Olympic training centers to black-market laboratories, from Silicon Valley to South Africa, Tim Ferriss, the #1New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, fixated on one life-changing question: For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results? Thousands of tests later, this book contains the answers for both men and women. From the gym to the bedroom, it’s all here, and it all works.” – Summary

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

flow“Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.” – Summary

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

a short guide to a happy life“In this treasure of a book, Anna Quindlen, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to “get a life”—to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. “Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us,” Quindlen writes, “because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives.” Her mother died when Quindlen was nineteen: “It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason….I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted.” But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.” – Summary

Getting Things Done by David Allen

getting things done“In today’s world, yesterday’s methods just don’t work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to: apply the “”do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it”” rule to get your in-box to empty; reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations; plan projects as well as get them unstuck; overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed; and feel fine about what you’re not doing. From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.” – Summary

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

artists way“The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today — or perhaps even more so — than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained.” – Summary

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

a walk in the woodsStretching from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail offers some of America’s most breathtaking scenery. After living for many years in England, Bill Bryson moved back to the United States and decided to reacquaint himself with his country by taking to this uninterrupted “hiker’s highway.” Before long, Bryson and his infamous walking companion, Stephen Katz, are stocking up on insulated long johns, noodles and manuals for avoiding bear attacks as they prepare to set off on a walk that is both amusingly ill-conceived and surprisingly adventurous. John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and Peter Jenkins never took a hike like this. A Walk in the Woods showcases Bryson at the height of his comic powers. Meeting up with characters such as Beulah and her fearsome husband, “Bubba T. Flubba,” readers risk snakebite and hantavirus to trudge through swollen rivers, traipse up mountainsteps, and develop a new reverence for cream sodas and hot showers. But Bryson also uses his acute powers of observation to conjure a poignant backdrop of silent forests and sparkling lakes, thereby making a gentle but unforgettable plea for the ecological treasures we are in danger of losing. Fresh, illuminating, and uproariously funny, A Walk in the Woods is travel writing at its very best.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

the power of nowMuch more than simple principles and platitudes, The Power of Now takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” Only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment.

This is How by Augusten Burroughs

this is howIf you’re fat and fail every diet, if you’re thin but can’t get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can’t get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it’s your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don’t want to have sex with your spouse and don’t know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you’re lost in life. If you have ever wondered, How am I aupposed to survive this?   This is How.