Author Archive

Two for Tuesday – Mysteries

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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2 Ancient Mysteries To Dig Into


The Crossing Places 
by Elly Griffiths

The start of an exciting new crime series featuring quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway as she investigates a child’s bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before until the evidence points to a much older crime.

Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
The Irish landscape holds secrets past and present in this series debut as archaeologist Cormac O’Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin are thrown into a web of mystery and Irish lore when a decapitated woman is found in the bogs who may be related to a recent mother and child disappearance.

 


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Two for Tuesday – Classics

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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2 Classics: Original and Modern


Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë

Fiery passion, shocking secrets, and a compelling, vulnerable heroine in peril have made Jane Eyre an enduring favorite. When Jane becomes governess at gloomy Thornfield Hall, she falls deeply in love with the brooding, tormented Edward Rochester — and he with her. But soon Jane realizes that the house holds terrifying mysteries. What is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will their smoldering relationship survive — or will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled?

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
A modern take on Jane Eyre that takes place in 1960s Scotland. Orphaned Gemma is left at the mercy of an aunt and cousins who don’t want her. She hopes for a better life at a boarding school, but when the school closes, she takes a job as a nanny, leading her to Blackbird Hall and the intriguing Mr. Sinclair. On the verge of finally finding love and family, Gemma runs from the revelations of Mr. Sinclair’s past. As Gemma makes her way back to her Icelandic origins, she begins to discover where she’s from and where she wants to go. Though less Gothic than the original, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is absolutely captivating.

 


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Two for Tuesday — Adventures

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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2 Adventurous Memoirs with a Conscience


Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid
by Jessica Alexander

Alexander writes a frank memoir about the past decade she’s spent working in humanitarian aid from refugee camps in Rwanda, Darfur, and Sierra Leone to disaster relief in Haiti and Indonesia. This is an enlightening account of what life is really like in the trenches of aid work and a glimpse into the tragedies and resiliency of displaced people across the globe.

Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home, and Family on the Edge of Alaska by Erin McKittrick
McKittrick and her husband first went adventuring as new college grads, but returned to the landscape of Alaska as a biologist-geologist pair of new parents. Following up on her previous travel-adventure memoir, this book tells the fascinating story of their travels with children around Alaska, peppered with their own scientific insights into what they saw, particularly climate change and its impacts visible even on the scale of mere years between their trips.

 


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eBooks Are for Kids Too!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

KDL has lots of eBooks for kids, and now we have a site just for them! This new section of KDL’s digital collection is dedicated to kids, letting them easily browse for and borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks appropriate for their age and reading level. Check it out: http://ebooks.kdl.org/Kids.

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Two for Tuesday – #libfaves13

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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2 Librarian Favorites from 2013


The Rosie Project 
by Graeme Simsion

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father. Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges.

 

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can–will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original–this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

 

(Want to see more librarian favorites? Check out the #libfaves13 hashtag on Twitter!)

 


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Two for Tuesday – Spy Thrillers

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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2 Thrilling International Spy Stories


The Geneva Trap
by Stella Rimington
The latest suspenseful spy thriller from the former head of MI5. When a Russian intelligence officer insists on speaking to no one but her about cyber sabotage that has brought down a U.S. communications satellite, MI5 agent Liz Carlyle learns of a plot to hack into the West’s military and begins a race against time to stop a mole who would reignite the Cold War.

 

The English Girl by Daniel Silva
Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems…and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.

 


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My Interview with Author Joshilyn Jackson

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

New York Times bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson has written six books, reaping praise and awards for them. In her latest novel, Someone Else’s Love Story, young single mom, Shandi Pierce, and her 3-year-old son, Natty, are leaving their small Georgia hometown for her dad’s condo in Atlanta so she’ll be closer to college. Stopping at a convenience store on the way, they find themselves held at gunpoint during a robbery. The terrifying incident jolts Shandi out of her denial about her miracle son’s origins, and when her rescuer, William, a geneticist with Asperger’s, offers a way to find out what really happened the night her son was conceived, Shandi has to face the past to find her own love story.

Someone Else’s Love Story is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I had the privilege of talking with the author recently. Read Joshilyn’s funny and insightful responses to my questions here.

 


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Two for Tuesday — Made from Scratch

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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2 Cookbooks Full of Homemade Deliciousness

 

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila
Alana Chernila inspires you to step inside your kitchen, take a look around, and change the way you relate to food. The Homemade Pantry was born of a tight budget, Alana’s love for sharing recipes with her farmer’s market customers, and a desire to enjoy a happy cooking and eating life with her young family. On a mission to kick their packaged-food habit, she learned that with a little determination, anything she could buy at the store could be made in her kitchen, and her homemade versions were more satisfying, easier to make than she expected, and tastier.


Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Make from Scratch
by Jennifer Reese

Does becoming part of the home cooking movement mean cooking everything from scratch? According to Jennifer Reese, known as The Tipsy Baker to her online foodie following, there are plenty of products that you should buy at the store. Make your own bread, for instance, but buy the butter–making butter takes too long and doesn’t taste better. Jennifer Reese’s popular cost-benefit experiments became the most emailed story on Slate for a week, and this book brings her conscientious, frugal-chic approach to 120 food staples in a narrative with recipes that explore the homemade life.

 


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Two for Tuesday – Dystopian Thrillers

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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2 Adult Dystopian Thrillers


Pure 
by Julianna Baggott
In a post-apocalyptic world where those undamaged by the cataclysmic events are kept safely inside the Dome, a young girl on the outside teams up with a boy on the inside to search for his missing mother.

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Living in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin March, a man from a near-future world decimated by religious extremists, is invited to join an elite branch of the military by genetically enhanced soldier Mae, with whom he confronts formidable enemies to solve a string of ritual murders.

 


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Two for Tuesday — Love Stories

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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2 love stories in the midst of the beauty
and harshness of historic Kenya.


The Ashford Affair
 
by Lauren Willig
A potent story that spans generations and continents, bringing an Out of Africa feel to a Downton Abbey cast of unforgettable characters. From the inner circles of WWI-era British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn
Exiled to Kenya in 1923 after her latest scandalous exploit, Delilah Drummond, now the mistress of her step-father’s estate, falls into the decadent pleasures of society until she meets Ryder White, who becomes her guide to this complex land.

 


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