Sue’s March Recommendation

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

storied life of aj fikrySue says:  “What book lover could resist a store about an independent book store owner with a quirky name?  A.J. Fikry is a reclusive 39-year-old widow who filters his life through the lens of his favorite books.  When a sweet toddler unexpectedly enters his life, he is forced to open his heart and his world.  This is a feel good book, with a great cast of eccentric secondary characters.  It was gentle, sweet, safe, and predictable—a nice easy read for a dreary, gray March weekend.”

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84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – “It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London.  As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.” – Summary from publisher

The Family Man by Elinor Lipman – “Henry Archer is a comfortably well-off and recently retired lawyer who has been divorced for decades.  When his ex-wife reenters his life, she brings with her the entanglements of her daughter, Thalia, the stepchild Henry loved and lost during the divorce.  Determined to reforge a connection with the now grown Thalia, Henry soon becomes embroiled in a much larger life than he expected.” – Library Journal

The Bad Book Affair by Ian Sansom – “Israel Armstrong lends the library’s copy of American Pastoral to a troubled teenage girl and soon she disappears.  Israel thinks there may be a connection, but he needs figure out what it is and find the girl, all while dealing with the trauma of a breakup and his impending 30th birthday.” – Summary from catalog

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Kim’s January Recommendation

Thoughts to Make your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago
thoughtstomakeyourheartsing“This is a Bible-based devotional that incorporates lovely illustrations, thoughtful one-page observations, and specific Bible verses.  As the new year unfolds, I often look for new ways to access  familiar Bible passages.  I enjoyed the simple yet inspirational pages and found that it was easily shared with the whole family.” – Kim
Awards
  • 2013 Won Christian Book Awards
  • 2013 Nominated Christian Book Awards

3 Similar Reads 

A Writing Kind of Day by Ralph Fletcher
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories About Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude by Jack Canfield
Miles to Run Before We Sleep: Step-by-Step Meditations and Reflections by Timothy Hoekstra

Sue’s July Recommendation

The As If Principle: the Radically New Approach to Changing Your Life by Richard Wiseman

the as if principleI don’t necessarily read a lot of self-help books, but I have always been curious about why some people appear to maintain a more positive outlook on life.  I enjoyed reading about Wiseman’s theory that instead of thinking one’s way to stopping smoking, losing weight, etc., and changing behavior, it’s more effective to act “as if” one already has overcome that problem or reached a particular goal. He focuses on specific behaviors people can make in the arenas of willpower, relationships, mental health, and more in order to reach a their goals in those areas.  In his words, “Forget positive thinking; try positive action.” – Sue

3 Similar Reads

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

You Already Know How to Be Great by Alan Fine

Kimberly’s November Recommendation(s)

Kimberly recommends two books for the month of November!

Wild by Cheryl Strayed and A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

“I just completed Wild, which was a wild and satisfying memoir about the author’s solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Driven to re-examine her sense of self after the death of her mother and her own questionable behavior, Cheryl hits the trail with very little experience and a whole lot of guts. While there is a chuckle or two over her often ridiculous predicaments, this is a moving sometimes intnese account of taking risks step by step, literally for the Mojave Desert to Portland, Oregon.  I found it inspiring and it made me return to an old favorite with some similarities, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  Bill undertook the more well-known Appalachian Trail which stretches from Georgia to Maine and his account can be hilarious at times.  Both authors do a great job of describing the terrain and the people one meets while through-hiking long trails.  Maybe I am aspiring to be a long-distance hiker, myself?  Probably not in the very near furture, but there is pleasure in the reading journey!”  Victoria also recommended this book back in April, read her review here.

Request Wild by Cheryl Strayed or A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson from the library catalog today!

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

2) Walking Home by Kelly Winters

3) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) Once Upon A River by Bonnie Jo Campbell

2) Anthill by Edward O. Wilson

3) The Other by David Guterson

Hadley’s April Recommendation

This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

“This isn’t really a “book” per se, but is instead a transcript of a commencement address that Wallace gave to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. Some readers of this speech have noted that given Wallace’s death, they find the text to be depressing, but I thought it was quite inspiring. Wallace’s primary point is that a liberal arts education teaches you how to think, and that is actually a very important skill to acquire in life. To Wallace, critical thinking involves “exercising some control over how and what you think”, “choos(ing) what you pay attention to and choos(ing) how you construct meaning from experience”. I found his message both humorous and refreshing.”

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Victoria’s April Recommendation

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

A powerful and moving memoir of one woman who, after experiencing her mother’s death and a painful divorce, decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone.  With no real experience in long distance hiking, Strayed takes on the 1,100 mile journey as as last ditch attempt to piece together a broken life.  This has been described as “A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again”.  This would appeal to readers of inspirational literature, travel writing, and memoirs.

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Blaise’s December Recommendation

Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See by Robert Kurson

“This book follows the story of Mike May, a man who has been blind since the age of 3 due to a freak accident.  As a blind man, May accomplishes many amazing things, including skiing, but in 1999 is given the opportunity to have his vision restored.  While I enjoyed reading about May’s life, the most fascinating part of this book to me was the second half where they talk about May’s experience trying to re-learn how to see and explaining how vision and seeing works”.

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