I have been working at MCPL for a number of years and frequently hear the comment, "Oh, you work at the Library? I would love to have a job like yours where all I have to do all day is read." I can't tell you how much I wish this was a true statement, but unfortunately, it is not. Even though I do not get to "sit and read all day," I do get to see a number of great books as they pass through my hands on their library journey. This is how I came upon the book I would like to tell you about.
In July, Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear. Upon first picking this one up, most of the group found the title odd. Couldn’t the author have come up with something more interesting? Do I really want to read this? This can’t be good. What does that mean? After reading it, it made sense…
There aren’t too many books on Amazon that get an average five-star rating by hundreds of readers, but Wonder by R.J. Palacio is one of them, and deservedly so. This is a juvenile fiction book published earlier this year, and I recently had the chance to read it. It tells a story from the point-of-view of 10 year-old August Pullman, who was born with a severely deformed face, much like the characters in the movies The Elephant Man and Mask.
For our September discussion, we are reading a British cozy in the style of Dorothy Sayers and a modern day thriller set in United States but involving the Russian mafia. Join us at the Antioch Branch on September 24 at 7:00 p.m. to express your views on both.
Did you know that Missouri has the second largest number of farms in the United States? Come to the Missouri Harvest…OR…read… Missouri Harvesters: A Guide to Growers and Producers in the Show-Me State.
Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson is a true story of how he survived the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The amazing part of Michael’s story is that he puts his trust in his guide dog, Roselle, to take him down 1,463 steps to safety.
17 year old Amber Appleton is a peculiar sort of girl. She is an incorrigible optimist. She is the life of the party, she stands up for the weak, cheers up the elderly, and saves stray dogs, all with never-ending enthusiasm and positivity. Only, as you can expect, such an approach to life is not necessarily healthy. It is too much of a burden to hold up so many people. One day, after a particularly devastating event, Amber can't take it any longer and succumbs to depression. Will she be able to pull through?