Kimberly’s July Recommendation

the dog stars“This post-apocalyptic novel contains both scenes of violence and moving tenderness.   Hig has survived some kind of world-wide pandemic and carries on in Colorado with his beloved dog and his vintage airplane.  For me, Hig embodies the American pioneering spirit.   The author’s  poetic style, his powers of description particularly of the natural world, and the humanity and complexity of the characters kept me enthralled.” – Kimberly
“A pilot survives a flu that kills everyone he knows. When a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him. He follows the static voice on the radio, but what he encounters is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.” – Summary
2013 Won American Library Association Notable Books
2013 Nominated Arthur C. Clarke Award
3 Similar Reads
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger

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.

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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

Sophia’s October Recommendation

The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World by Carl Safina

“Mr. Safina is a gifted writer.  His writing is poetic and personal without being self indulgent.  It is based in science without being detached or wooden.  It is honest without being bleak.  It is comprehensive in its scope and successfully paints a holistic picture of the evolutionarly connectedness of all life.  Mr. Safina shares all this from his life experiences in a way that speaks to naturalists, scientists, and lovers of good literature.  This is a delightful book for all who love and care about the beautiful treasure that is our world, and that we share with all living beings, plant and animal.  To be nibbled at and enjoyed over time, much like a box of delicious chocolates!”

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3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Under the Sea-Wind by Rachel Carson (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Anthill by Edward Wilson (Access to library catalog here!)

Kimberly’s January Recommendation

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

“This history of one of America’s largest fires at the beginning of the 20th century, reads like an adventure tale.  Teddy Roosevelt’s initiative to preserve large tracts of unspoiled American land, might have taken a different turn if this fire had not occured.  The story of the president, firefighters, and others behind the national parks movement is interesting and very timely considering the green-themed buzz of the moment.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 973.911 EGA

Megan’s November Recommendation

Tenderness of WolvesThe Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

“This book takes place in the winter of 1867, in the isolated landscape of Canada.  The book starts off with a murder in the town of Dove River, and follows a number of people who have vested interests in finding the killer. The story takes the reader through the cold, harsh terrain of the Canadian winter, while also dealing with issues of racism, homophobia, and family.  Recommended to be read with a glass of something warm!”

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You can find this book in the library at Call Number FICTION PENNEY

Pat’s October Recommendation

theamericanwildernessThe American Wilderness: in the words of John Muir by John Muir

“Ken Burns’ documentary has turned me on to John Muir!  I’m reading and enjoying ‘The American Wilderness  in the words of John Muir.’  Did you know that the U.S. has 58 national parks?”

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Kimberly’s July Recommendation

prodigal summerProdigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

“I just re-read this favorite.  Kingsolver has the ability to weave into her stories strong interesting characters and loads of information on the natural world.  She pulls you into the unique flora and fauna of a Kentucky summer while you are introduced to coyotes, the American chestnut tree, moths, and tobacco.  This will take you away to a little piece of America that you might not have explored before.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # FICTION KINGSOLVER