Staff Picks

The Second Chance Dog - a love story

Summary: 
Hidden within the library stacks, in the Large Print section, is a wonderful, inspiring non-fiction love story with a happy ending. If you are in need of a little uplifting to your day, Jon Katz's story just might help. This is the story of a dog named Frieda, a dog adopted from an animal shelter in upstate New York and brought to Jon Katz's farm by a woman named Maria. Frieda is a rottweiler-shepard mix, and was raised to solely be a guard dog. After faithfully working for several years guarding an auto shop, she was abandoned by her owner in the Adirondack woods. For several years she fended for herself until a local animal shelter was finally able to bring her to safety. This is the tale of how Katz was able to integrate Frieda into a warm, caring, and compassionate household and heal her aggressive tendencies, to become part of a working farm with donkeys,sheep,barn cats, chickens and other dogs. There is also the story of how Katz and Maria grow to love and trust each other and eventually build a life together filled with mutual support and respect. I highly recommend this easy read.

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Vinegar Girl

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Kate Battista,the main character of this story, is a 29 year old woman living with her eccentric, brilliant father and younger teenage sister. Kate has abandoned her college studies to work in a pre-school and run her household. Kate's father, Dr. Battista, is on the verge of a major breakthrough in his research in immunology. However, his lab assistant Pyotr Scherbakov's visa is about to expire. How will he get his green card to be able to continue working at their lab? Kate's father comes up with a solution which she gradually warms up to...You will need to read the book to find out what the answer to that question is... At once funny and touching, this story is a retelling of the Shakespeare comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" It is a highly enjoyable read!!!

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Bloodline

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The third book Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series, this is not only about the war between the York and Lancaster families, but about the loss of family members, fathers and brothers and the actions that grief can lead to. It is winter 1461: Richard, duke of York, is dead—his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city along with Richard Neville(Warwick) and Edmund (Neville) of Rutland. King Henry VI is still held prisoner. Margaret of Anjou rides south with an army of victorious northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands. With the death of York, Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. However, in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons, both York and Neville. Edward of March, now duke of York, proclaims himself England’s rightful king. and along with the son Richard Neville, now Warwick, they unleash their forces against Margaret's army. Factions form and tear apart as snow falls. Blood and treason are the forces that drive the tale of these men, as the son Richard of Warwick (Kingmaker)learns to his cost as events unfold. Conn Iggulden tells it brilliantly. Two men can claim a crown—but only one can keep it. I can't wait for the next book.

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They May Not Mean To, But They Do

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Once again, Cathleen Schine has come up with a thoroughly engaging book,this time about a close-knit Jewish family based for the most part in New York City. This story covers three generations, from Joy, an 86-year-old matriarch, to her son and daughter and their children. Written in poignant language, Schine deftly tackles the topics of aging, illness, and even death, all the while maintaining a light touch, a sense of humor, and much compassion. This is a highly enjoyable novel.

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The Confessor

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Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon , #3 begins with murder in Munich, an art restorer in Venice and a priest in the gardens of the Vatican, who is troubled about the things he had discovered, the enemies he would make, the journey before him. Men would surely die, and he wished another could take it for him. But he knew that was not possible.. The art restorer is forced to leave his Bellini and find the murder victim's killer: As the tale unfolds,the journeys of all three men come together, following a trail of long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds, leaving each one forever changed. And with them, the lives of millions . . . This another riveting thriller from Mr. Silva, placed in the setting of the Vatican's inaction and shameful facilitation of the rounding up of the countless Jews in Europe during the Second World War. I was unable to put this book down!

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One more thing: stories and other stories

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B.J. Novak (best known for his work on the US version of The Office) brings you a collection for short stories. The stories are witty and can range from "dirty" jokes told in just a few sentences to quirky philosophical narratives expanding over several pages. If you're looking for a laugh and a quick read, Novak knows how to deliver.

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Dark Matter

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Jason Dessen made some choices in his life. Not bad choices, but choices that took him away from becoming the academic superstar he could have been. Or did he? Dark Matter explores the impact of even our smallest decisions. One route chosen and another left behind. Or do the worlds left behind continue to exist on another plane? This mind-bender is a fun & suspenseful ride. I would never describe myself as a fan of science fiction, but I could not put this page-turner down.

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At the Edge of the Orchard

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Once again Tracy Chevalier, New York Times bestselling author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring", has come up with a winner. In this new novel she explores the period of history covering the American frontier. Beginning in 1838 she describes the life of a family living in the swamps of northwest Ohio struggling to survive as they plant an apple orchard. The story then fast-forwards to 1853 as the youngest son of the family strikes out on his own to explore the wilds of California. There he eventually begins working for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to be shipped back to the gardeners of England. This novel is a beautifully written tale which keeps the reader riveted with its excellent characterizations, dialogue, and descriptions of the landscape. One is naturally transported back to that time and place in a way that can be called almost magical.

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I Let You Go

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Two British readers balance the characters’ narratives and the police procedural as the case involving a hit-and-run accident unwinds. The plot is compelling, but the characterizations are superb. The inner workings of a CID team and the personal lives of the detectives, as well as the psychology of the suspect and others all ring true.

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The Association of Small Bombs

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The deadly blast of the terrorist sends widening ripples of destruction. The random innocents—two 12-year-old Hindu brothers who die, and their Muslim friend who survives, their families, are forever altered and sucked into the vortex of violence—as the perpetrators themselves had been, that spreads and spreads. A tragic, illuminating novel. “What was a bomb, really? A means of separation, of opening. A factory of undoing. It took the violent forces of civilization and applied them to the very opposite aims with a childlike glee. A bomb was a child. A tantrum directed at all things. A wail of a being that hadn’t got its own way. The choice of suicide over defeat.” p. 267

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