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Mountains, Madness, Rivers & Risk-Filled Reads

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Looking for a little adventure? These nonfiction titles are set in South America and feature explorers and plenty of adventure. So sit back and enjoy these daring tales from the comfort of your hammock.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

Traces the author’s re-creation of Hiram Bingham III’s discovery of an ancient Andes Mountains cloud city, and describes the author’s struggles with rudimentary survival tools, plus his experiences at the sides of local guides.


The Lost City of Z by David Grann

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.


River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon by Buddy Levy

Chronicles the efforts of conquistador Francisco Orellana, a lieutenant of Gonzalo Pizarro, to locate the fabled El Dorado, and traces how Orellana became the first European to discover and navigate the Amazon.


The Unconquered by Scott Wallace

A National Geographic writer describes his harrowing journey with 34 others into the depths of the Amazon rain forest in an attempt to track one of the last uncontacted tribes on the planet, the “People of the Arrow,” a group of deft archers who defend themselves with a vengeance.



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HAPPINESS Is a Cozy Read on a Chilly Day

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The following titles relate to Englishman George Mallory and his quest to conquer Mount Everest. Cozy up with these chilly tales of adventure and daring on the high peaks.


Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer (2009)

This real-life mountaineering mystery recounts the story of Mallory and his attempts to scale the heights.



Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (2013)

A tale inspired by Mallory’s life and mysterious fate traces the experiences of his wife, Ruth, who in 1924 maintains a hopeful vigil in war-ravaged England during his fateful third expedition to reach the summit.


The Abominable by Dan Simmons (2013)

Four climbers travel to Mount Everest in 1924 in an attempt to recover the body of a missing adventurer, but find themselves being pursued by someone or something.



Last Hours on Everest: The Gripping Story of Mallory & Irvine’s Fatal Ascent by Graham Hoyland (2013) NONFICTION

This detailed reconstruction of what happened to the two English climbing legends, who disappeared in 1924 into the myths of history, follows the author, the 15th Englishman to climb Everest, as he uses the evidence he gathered to find their bodies and discover whether they actually climbed the mountain.


Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis (2011)

The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of World War I and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest.



The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest by National Geographic (2011) DVD

George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest. He was last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, before the clouds rolled in and he disappeared into legend. His death stunned the world. Seventy years later, climber Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s when he found his frozen body with all his belongings intact.


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New Teen Booklists

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Take a look at these new teen booklists and find your next great read!

City of Thieves: A Novel    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist    The Book of Jonas


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HAPPINESS… and the Holidays

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Deck the shelves with these holiday reads to enhance your festive spirit:

Sleigh Belles by Beth Albright

It’s Christmas, Southern style! With her hair perfectly coiffed, nails freshly manicured and a heavy trail of perfume wafting behind her, local news reporter Dallas Dubois is sure she’s about to kick her career — and maybe her love life — into high gear.

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy — and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.

Spirit of Steamboat: A Walk Longmire Story by Craig Johnson

Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24 when he’s interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt’s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn’t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories, so her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild.

Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs

As single father Logan O’Donnell prepares to give his son Charlie the best Christmas ever on the shores of Willow Lake, he may be in for a Christmas surprise himself, in the form of sharp-witted and independent Darcy Fitzgerald.




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Happiness Is… Friendship

Friday, November 8th, 2013

November always brings to mind friendship and family. Celebrate with a book from our Frienships and Happiness booklist:



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City of Bones Readalikes

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

If you like City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, then you will want to select your next great read from this booklist. There are plenty of books to choose from. Remember to read the book before you watch the movie, The Mortal Instruments.



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Gothic Horror

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Debut author April Genevieve Tucholke’s spine-tingling tale of gothic horror, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, centers on a compelling romance between Violet and River, a mysterious seventeen-year-old stranger renting the guest house behind the rotting seaside mansion where Violet lives. But when eerie, grim events begin to happen, Violet recalls her grandmother’s frequent warnings about the devil and wonders if River is evil.

Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden tells the story of an abandoned child leaving her adoptive parents in Australia and traveling to England to find her real identity–a quest that ultimately leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family.

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt is another gothic tale featuring Death as a character.  When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.

The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson is sure to leave you feeling haunted.  Drawn to an older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home–Les Genevriers, an old house in a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Their relationship becomes strained, as Dom grows quiet and distant and Eve feels a haunting presence. The more reluctant Dom is to tell her about his past, the more Eve is drawn to it–and to the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful ex-wife.

Craving more? Browse our Dark Dungeons and Underground Crypts Gothic Tales booklist.




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Happiness Is… Bees

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

As we buzz into fall, why not sting your way through a book about these famous, efficient pollinators… BEES!

Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh Albert

Honig’s most constant companions have always been his bees. A  never-married octogenarian, he makes a modest living as a beekeeper, as his father and his father’s father did before him. Deeply acquainted with the workings of the hives, Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his friend Claire, whose presence and absence in his life have never been reconciled.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s most vicious racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey and the Black Madonna who presides over their household.


The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

Award-winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller, one of America’s foremost migratory beekeepers, and the myriad and mysterious epidemics threatening American honeybee populations. In luminous, razor-sharp prose, Nordhaus explores the vital role honeybees play in American agribusiness, the maintenance of our food chain and the very future of the nation.

The Honey Connoisseur by C. Marina Marchese

From honey experts C. Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum comes this comprehensive introduction to  the origin, flavor and culinary uses of more than 30 varietals of honey, from ubiquitous clover to tangy star thistle to rich, smoky buckwheat. Like wine, cheese, coffee and chocolate, honey has emerged as an artisanal obsession. Its popularity at farmers’ markets and specialty food stores has soared as retailers are capitalizing on the trend. The Honey Connoisseur teaches consumers everything they need to know about how to taste, select and use a diverse selection of honey.



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New Teen Booklists for August

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Looking to add a little Horror in your life?  Browse our new teen Horror booklist, find your next spooky read just in time for Halloween.

We also have fiction for teens featuring LGBTQ characters.




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I’m Being Followed by a Moonbeam… of HAPPINESS

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Saunter into these quaint reads about twilight gardens and moonbeams. And view the Perseids, a prolific meteor shower ocurring from mid-July to mid-August.

The English Garden at Night by Linda Rutenberg (Nonfiction)

Linda Rutenberg’s photographs are taken after midnight, cre­ating a vision of  stillness and mystery, a soliloquy of shadow and light emanating from leaves and  flowers, hedgerows and trees. To create this magical book, Rutenberg laid claim to the enchanted domain of some of this country’s most beauti­ful gardens.

Twilight Garden by Lia Leendertz (Nonfiction)

Gardening expert Lia Leendertz shows that it is possible to create a nighttime paradise whether you have a small backyard terrace or a large plot of land. She includes case studies of formal gardens and detailed horticultural descriptions of night-friendly plant species and varieties. Following her lead, you’ll be able to transform your own private space into a moonlit paradise.

Slow Moon Rising by Eva Marie Everson

Cedar Key has long been a place of rest, healing and release in the Claybourne family. But it might also be the birthplace of a lie that is poisoning the family from within. Join the strong Claybourne women–Anise, Kimberly, Jayme-Leigh, Heather and Ami–as they each confront the truth. Their unique paths will lead them through heartbreak, misunderstandings and pain. But their journeys will also bring reconciliation and renewed love in their own lives.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Teen)

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?



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