One Book, One Walk in Highlands Ranch

51FH8CFR32LHighlands Ranch, come participate in our communitywide reading program! This year we’re reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Bryson is the author of many bestselling comedic travel memoirs. This book is his hilarious account of walking the Appalachian Trail; he covers the history and ecology of the trail and introduces us to other folks he meets along the way — including a couple of bears. It was recently made into a movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

Join your friends and neighbors to discuss this great book and film. Stop by Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch – James H. LaRue to pick up a copy of A Walk in the Woods today.

During the summer, enjoy a series of themed programs at the Highlands Ranch branch or an off-site facility.

Boyd Norton Photography Display

July 23-August 11

Enjoy the nature photography of Boyd Norton — renowned, award-winning wildlife and landscape photographer.

Storytime and Hibernation Party

July 23; 3 PM

Storyteller Judy Volc of Fulcrum Press presents bear hibernation, an all-ages story/activity time. Bring your teddy bear to hibernate overnight in the library! Reservations are required. Each attendee must register individually. Register here.

An Evening With Author Mark Obmascik 

July 27; 6:30 PM

Mark Obmascik will discuss his book Halfway to Heaven – Mark’s quest to scale all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners with his son, within a year. Books will be on sale at the event; a book signing will follow the presentation. Registration is required. Register here.

Off-Site Nature Hike

July 30; 9 AM

Roxborough State Park

Families, take a walk in the woods at Roxborough State Park. Volunteer naturalists will guide you through the 2.3-mile hike. The hike begins at the Visitor’s Center patio. Sunhat, comfortable walking shoes, and water are recommended. It costs $7 per car to get into the park. Registration is required for this event. Register here.

Hiking in Avalanche Country

August 6; 3 PM

The Friends of Berthoud Pass present Hiking in Avalanche Country. Topics include: preparedness, avalanche awareness, route selection, safety, self-rescue and terrain analysis. Registration is required for this event. Register here.

Film Screening at Alamo Drafthouse

August 10; 6 PM

In partnership with Douglas County Libraries, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema presents A Walk in the Woods. Tickets are available at the Alamo.

Film Discussion of A Walk in the Woods

August 11; 6:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Walter Chaw, local film critic and blogger, will lead a discussion of the film A Walk in the Woods. Registration is required. Register here.

Book Discussion of A Walk in the Woods

August 20; 3 PM

Douglas County Libraries staff will lead a lively discussion of A Walk in the Woods. Registration opens July 21.

 

 

10 Cookbooks for Delicious Summer Eats

Here are some great cookbooks to spice up your summer, including lots of ideas for the grill as well as some great recipes to use up your garden’s bounty or farmers market finds.

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Fruitful: Four Seasons of Fresh Fruit Recipes

There’s nothing quite like biting into the first ruby red strawberry of the season. Use summer’s bounty to its fullest by trying the fruit recipes in this delightful cookbook. From savory (Spicy Roast Chicken with Rhubarb Chutney or Scallop and Blueberry Ceviche) to sweet (Raspberry Mocha Fool and Triple-Cherry Lattice Pie), you’ll find a recipe that uses all your summer fruits.

 

 

 

 

 

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CSA Cookbook

A great thing about living in Colorado is all the wonderful farmers markets and CSA opportunities throughout the summer. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to make with all the delicious fresh produce. This cookbook’s globally inspired, vegetable-focused recipes will help you use every edible part of your produce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vegetable Harvest

Patricia Wells’ collection of recipes is inspired by the garden she grows at her home in Provence. Using the art and technique of French cooking, she creates classic recipes that are sure to become your family’s favorites. You can’t go wrong with her Roast Leg of Lamb with Honey and Mint Crust recipe, finished with Pistachio-Cherry Cake with Cherry Sorbet.

 

 

 

 

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New England Open-House Cookbook

Even if you’ve never experienced a summer on Cape Cod, you can bring the taste of New England to your home with these delicious recipes: Hot Crabmeat Dip, Classic New England Lobster Roll, and Oysters “Clark Rockefeller.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The New Cocktail Hour

With the summer’s long nights, cocktails on the patio are a nice way to wind down the evening. This inventive cocktail book covers the history of classic recipes and spirits along with vintage and modern recipes. It also includes seasonal ideas for syrups and shrubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones

It’s not summer without ice cream! Bi-Rite Creamery is so well-known for its small-batch, handcrafted ice cream there are often lines around the block of its San Francisco store. This cookbook has recipes not only for creative flavor combinations (Orange-Cardamom, Chai-Spiced Milk Chocolate, and Balsamic Strawberry), but also for delectable frozen treats for desserts.

 

 

 

 

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People’s Pops

Step away from those Otter Pops! Make some amazing popsicles from scratch with this great cookbook from one of the premier pop stands in the country. There are flavors like no other: Raspberries and Basil and Cantaloupe and Tarragon. There are even some boozy pops sprinkled throughout for the adults. Peach and Bourbon, anyone?

 

 

 

 

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The Grilling Book

No one looks forward to summer as much as grilling fanatics. The glowing embers, perfectly charred corn, and sweet smell of barbecue are the smells of summer. This cookbook is the ultimate grilling book from the editors of Bon Appetit magazine. It includes summer favorites like All-American Barbecued Chicken and Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

51h6oHgAX2LHaute Dogs

No Fourth of July cookout would be complete without some hot dogs. Impress your guests with extraordinary hot dogs this year by trying some of the recipes from this book. Take your cookout staple to the next level with south-of-the-border barbecue or a Japanese fusion twist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Book of Burgers

This gigantic book of hamburgers goes beyond the mighty beef patty and reinvents the burger with alternative ingredients like pork, poultry, seafood and veggies. It also has recipes for sizzling sausages, hot dogs and brats; sides like onion rings; and drinks like milkshakes. You’ll want to keep this one by your grill all summer long.

June 14 Book Lovers Recommendations

Last night, we hosted a wonderful Book Lovers evening at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue. Our staff, along with special guest Alice Kober, discussed their favorite summer reads.

Alice Recommends: 

51i9lFRFckLThe Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is served with papers, and her husband is nowhere to be found. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens — in a murderous way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

81+IUDBA2jLSecondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell

Lily Ivory feels she can finally fit in and conceal her “witchiness” in San Francisco. It’s there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically. Just when things seem normal, a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area. Lily has a good idea that some bad phantoms are behind it. Can she keep her identity a secret as she attempts to stop the phantoms?

 

 

 

 

 

 

8116j8zoJqLThe Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron 

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity — he is now the full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer in Kalkaska, Michigan. His best friend is his basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars. Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice says it’s Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. To complicate matters, the girl he loves is Alan’s daughter. When Alan demands Ruddy find his murderers, Ruddy decides a voice in your head seeking vengeance is best ignored.

 

 

 

 

 

716MNPkO4QLSome Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates 

When Hollywood invades the historic district in Savannah, Georgia, to film a Revolutionary War movie, magical baker Katie Lightfoot and her witches’ coven, the Spellbook Club, take a break from casting spells for casting calls. One of the witches snags a part as an extra, while Katie’s firefighter boyfriend, Declan, acts as on-set security. Katie and her Aunt Lucy decide to stay out of the action, but after the movie’s “fixer” fires the caterer, the Honeybee Bakery comes to the rescue, working its magic to keep the hungry crew happy. But when someone fixes the fixer — permanently — and a spooky psychic predicts Katie will find the killer, the charming baker and her fellow conjurers step in to sift through the suspects before anyone else winds up on the cutting room floor.

 

 

 

 

5163+SkUKBLFool Me Once by Harlan Coben 

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her 2-year-old daughter playing with her husband, Joe, who was brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband — and herself.

 

 

 

 

 

41q7BIfWPILI Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her by Joanna Connors 

When Joanna Connors was 30 years old on assignment for the Cleveland Plain Dealer to review a play at a college theater, she was held at knifepoint and raped by a stranger who had grown up five miles away from her. Once her assailant was caught and sentenced, Connors never spoke of the trauma again until 21 years later, when her daughter was about to go to college. She resolved then to tell her children about her own rape so they could learn and protect themselves. Setting out to uncover the story of her attacker, Connors discovers stretches beyond one violent man’s story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence in America.

 

 

 

816Aq+jvq0LLaRose by Louise Erdrich

North Dakota, late summer 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence — but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else. He has killed his neighbor’s 5-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. The youngest child of Landreaux’s friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux’s 5-year-old son, LaRose. The two families were always close, and Landreaux’s wife is the half-sister of Dusty’s mother. Horrified, Landreaux turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition — the sweat lodge — for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and his wife give LaRose to the grieving Peter and his wife.

 

 

 

 

6123t4rqyGLReading Up a Storm by Eva Gates 

After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with her cat, Charles, and a good book. But her R & R is cut short when she notices some mysterious lights leading a small boat to crash into the coast. The two shipwrecked seafarers survive the ordeal, but one of them shows up dead ashore a few days later. Lucy finds herself again roped into a murder investigation and navigating a sea of suspects, all of whom had motives to deep-six the deceased. And this time, she has a sinking feeling that finding the real killer won’t be so easy.

 

 

 

 

 

51+F2IMp2-LThe Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin 

What would you do if your 4-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother? Single mom Janie is trying to figure out what is going on with her beloved son Noah. Noah has never been ordinary. He loves to make up stories, and he is constantly surprising her with random trivia someone his age has no right knowing. She always chalked it up to the fact that Noah was precocious ― mature beyond his years. But Noah’s eccentricities are starting to become worrisome. Did he really have another life?

 

 

 

 

 

51NFnz6TBjLA Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install 

Ben’s really great at failing at things ― his job, being a husband, taking the garbage out. But then he finds a battered robot named Tang in his garden. And Tang needs Ben. More ornery and prone to tantrums than one would expect from something made of gears and springs, Tang desperately must be fixed ― and he just might be the thing to fix what’s broken in Ben. Together they discover that friendship can rise up under the strangest of circumstances, and what it really means to be human.

 

 

 

 

 

 

51mN5Av5soLThe Highwayman by Craig Johnson 

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no man’s land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving “officer needs assistance” calls. The problem? They’re coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half-century ago. With an investigation that spans this world and the next, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear take on a case that pits them against a legend: The Highwayman.

 

 

 

 

51JA+hlXowLChina Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan 

It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birth father, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle. Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich, they’re China rich.

 

 

 

 

71ZVjHtlO2LHow to Be a Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

From best-selling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus comes a timely novel about a 40-something wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a boss half her age. Rory McGovern is entering the ostensible prime of her life when her husband, Blake, loses his dream job and announces he feels like “taking a break” from being a husband and father. Rory was already spread thin and now, without warning, she is single-parenting two kids, while coming to terms with her disintegrating marriage. And without Blake, her only hope is to accept a full-time position working for two full-time 20-somethings.

 

 

 

 

519bogS1iVLHow to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde — fast-talking, hard-drinking gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer. By 16, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk, and working for a music paper. She’s eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less. Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease. This is a funny, poignant and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention.

 

 

 

 

51ySVDWUByLThree Wishes by Liane Moriarty 

Lyn, Cat and Gemma Kettle, beautiful 33-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Together, laughter, drama and mayhem seem to follow them. But apart, each is dealing with her own share of ups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage, and Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, holds out hope for lasting love. In this wise, witty and hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their tumultuous 33rd year as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.

 

 

 

 

917iVXZie0LA Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

When an intricate old map is found stuffed in the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets — to an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former chief of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go — but must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy and a dead professor. And with the body a copy of the old, odd map.

 

 

 

 

 

41UaQv8A4ILThe Assistants by Camille Perri 

Tina Fontana is a 30-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss — but after six years of making reservations and pouring drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, the glamour has faded while her student loan debt has not. When a technical error with Robert’s expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off her loans, she hesitates. She’s always played by the rules, but this would be a life changer. Soon other assistants with crushing debt and less scruples approach her to say they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement with implications beyond what anyone anticipated.

 

 

 

513hfSbfDKLWho Let the Dog Out? by David Rosenfelt 

A lawyer by day, Andy Carpenter’s true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. So it’s frightening when there’s been a break-in at the foundation building. It turns out that a recently rescued dog, nicknamed Cheyenne since her arrival at the foundation, has been stolen. Andy and Willie track the missing dog to a house in downtown Paterson, New Jersey, and sure enough they find the dog — right next to a dead body. The man had been murdered mere minutes before Andy and Willie arrived. Could it be coincidence? Or could the dog theft be connected to the killing?

 

 

 

 

51-CraQeweLA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers — magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel among parallel universes, connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, and without magic; Red London, where life and magic are revered — and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire; White London — a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back; and once upon a time, Black London — though no one speaks of it now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, carrying the monthly correspondences among the royals of each London. Unofficially, he is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpse of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

 

 

 

51qZAVxPrFLThe Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

When Alizée Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. And some 70 years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who, while working at Christie’s auction house, uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now famous abstract expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt? The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the U.S.

 

 

511FjMo8C9LThe Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson 

East Sussex, 1914. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking — and attractive — than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing. But the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

 

 

51J3YJuhP-LThe Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children in danger, she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent. They are warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them. After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie’s dreams asking for her help, she finds herself entangled in a world-famous 30-year-old missing-child case that continues to haunt Louisiana’s prestigious Deveau family. Armed with an invitation to the family’s sprawling estate, Charlie heads south, where new friendships and an unlikely romance begin to heal her grief-stricken heart. But as she uncovers long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal and murder, the facts begin to implicate those she most wants to trust — and her visions reveal an evil closer than she could have imagined.

 

Dodie Recommends:

51ArkeQ2bZLThe Dressmaker’s War by Mary Chamberlain

Ada Vaughan is a young working-class woman with an unusual skill for dressmaking who dreams of opening her own atelier. When she meets Stanislaus von Leiden, a Hungarian aristocrat, a new, better life seems to arrive. Stanislaus sweeps Ada off her feet and brings her to Paris. But when war breaks out and Stanislaus vanishes, Ada is abandoned and alone, trapped on an increasingly dangerous continent. Taken prisoner by the Germans, Ada does everything she can to survive. In the bleak horror of wartime Germany, Ada’s skill for creating beauty and glamour is the one thing that keeps her safe. But after the war, Ada finds that no one is interested in the messy truths of what happened to women like her. And though Ada thought she had left the war behind, her past eventually comes to light, with devastating consequences.

 

 

61GqtF53MPLThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor — there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair. You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore, and definitely not with a tourist in charge. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and customers. The bookstore might be a little quirky, but then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.

 

 

 

41c7JXIfFFLThe Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends — the alluring socialite “Swans” Slim Keith, C.Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath her elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman desperately longing for true love and connection. Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality sets Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite. But Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake.

 

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The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield

Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame — the only bar in town — refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close to a winning season. Until now. Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul searching, she just might make things right.

 

 

 

41AFpxXA1KLAmerican Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis

Meet the women of American Housewife: They wear lipstick, pearls and sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it’s a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These 12 irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood. Great audio book!

 

 

Lisa Recommends: 

41AXAQ6noMLA Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin 

Legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and addicts. The complete prologue and introduction discusses Berlin’s life and stories, but I found that it gives away too much of her stories. Because of her extraordinary talent and life, I was drawn to the stories. Many are about things that happened to her or around her. She spent time in many places, including Boulder, Colorado, where she taught at the University of Colorado. She died in 2004. This book is surprising, blunt, tragic, funny and sad. I’m glad I read it, and will probably re-read it.

 
 

41TTIb30ChLThe Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown 

Madeleine is trapped in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside she fears she has nothing that matters. In Madeleine’s memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been — elegant, reserved and perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie’s bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafés, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist. Despite her unhappiness, when Madeleine’s marriage is threatened, she escapes to her hometown and stays with her critical, disapproving mother. In that unlikely place, shaken by the revelation of a long-hidden family secret and inspired by her grandmother’s bravery, Madeleine creates her own Parisian summer. Margie and Madeleine’s stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms.

 

51sxePOD32LThe Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck 

Traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Baker City, Oregon, over the course of four months, Buck is accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, they dodge thunderstorms, chase runaway mules, cross the Rockies, and make desperate 50-mile forced marches for water. The Buck brothers repair so many broken wheels and axels that they nearly reinvent the art of wagon travel itself. They also must reckon with the ghost of their father, an eccentric yet lovable dreamer whose memory inspired their journey and whose premature death years earlier has haunted them ever since. This majestic, uniquely American journey is equal parts armchair adventure and moving history. “This tale of brotherhood, persistence, and daring so snares the emotions that it becomes a tear-jerker at its close” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), while also being “a laugh-out-loud masterpiece … and an unremitting delight” (Willamette Week).

 

 

51ndn5GGkVLThe Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church

Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s to follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of the era. In 1941, at 17 years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden Whetstone, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of physics, the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly. Entranced and in love, Meridian follows Alden west to Los Alamos, where he is engaged in a secret government project (later known to be the atomic bomb). In married life, though, she feels lost and left behind. She channels her academic ambitions into studying a particular family of crows, whose free life and companionship are the very things that seem beyond her reach. There in her canyons, Meridian meets Clay, a young geologist and veteran of the Vietnam War, and together they seek ways to mend what the world has broken.

51QvQhpnFiLCity of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

In 1945, with no homes to return to, thousands of Jewish refugees set out for Palestine. Those who made it were hunted as illegals by the British mandatory authorities there and relied on the underground to shelter them. Taking fake names, they blended with the population, joining the wildly different factions fighting for the independence of Israel. City of Secrets follows one survivor, Brand, as he tries to regain himself after losing everyone he’s ever loved. Now driving a taxi, he navigates the twisting streets of Jerusalem and the overlapping, sometimes deadly loyalties of the resistance. Haunted by memories, he tries to become the man he was before the war — honest, strong, capable of moral choice. He falls in love with Eva, a fellow survivor, reclaims his faith, and commits himself to the revolution, accepting secret missions that grow more dangerous even as he begins to suspect he’s being used by the cell’s dashing leader, Asher. By the time Brand understands the truth, it’s too late, and the tragedy that ensues changes history.
 

Katherine Recommends: 

 


51ArkeQ2bZLThe Dressmaker’s War
 by Mary Chamberlain

The Dressmaker’s War is the compelling story of one young woman’s resolve to endure and of the choices she must make at every turn – choices that will contain truths she must confront. London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A career in couture is hers for the taking – she has the skill and the drive – if only she can break free from the dreariness of family life in Lambeth. A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance. When he suggests a trip to Paris, Ada is blind to all the warnings of war on the continent: This is her chance for a new start. Anticipation turns to despair when war is declared and the two are trapped in France. After the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her. Ada is taken prisoner and forced to survive the only way she knows how: by being a dressmaker. It is a decision that will haunt her during the war and in its devastating aftermath.

 
 

51+Cn9rAEPLThe Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham 

After 20 years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat — the town’s only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics — and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.

 
 

51C5epTqFuLSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all 10,000 people aboard — adults and children alike — must fight for the same thing: survival. Told in alternating points of view, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff — the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest hours.

Reading Challenge: A Book You Loved as a Child

readingchallenge150Every book lover has a book they fondly remember as being a favorite from childhood. As part of the DCL 2016 Reading Challenge, one of the challenge items is to read a book you loved as a child. Our staff recalls their personal favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

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I remember loving to go to the library when I was a child, and I always wanted to check out a Babar book. It didn’t matter which of the Jean de Brunhoff Babar series that we found, I loved hearing those stories over and over. I’m sure mom got tired of reading them over and over. I also loved it when my dad would read me the Chicken Little story, because my dad would do all the voices of the different animals. And I distinctly remember him talking about growing up on a farm and how stupid chickens really are. It gave new meaning to the story. – Pat

 

 

 

 

 

91MtPDqj-bLAs a kid I loved the book From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. I wanted to run away and live in a museum too. I would have gone to the Smithsonian and played with the spaceships that had been on the moon. – Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71cMueKD8BLMy favorite book was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. My dad was a fireman, and when I had my tonsils out it was given to me by all of the firemen who worked with him. It was a cherished gift, and I read it over and over again, and then to my daughters when they were growing up. – Suzanne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41GFWOEUePL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_My favorite book was The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. I was completely absorbed by Robin’s adventures as she discovered an abandoned mansion with a Velvet Room, and that experience made me realize how wonderful it was to read. I was transported to another time and place, completely different from my own life, and I have always remembered the wonder I felt while reading this book. I am so glad to see it available as an electronic resource now, as it has been out of print for years. The best gift I ever received was a hardcover copy of The Velvet Room that my husband tracked down for me. – Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

51gnNy1uoSLI will tell you that my favorite book to read to my children is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. It is a great story about a boy who worked hard to buy two dogs. It’s a love story between a boy and his two hunting dogs and the bond they shared. – Rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51MCZJXCEELMy favorite book as a child was Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. My grandmother was from Norway and read this book over and over again with my mother just after World War II, when my mom had been about my age. It was really special because it linked me to my Norwegian heritage and kindled an unexpected shared interest among the three of us: reading stories about children living through Word War II. – Robin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71TNYAGIaILMy favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. This colorful, lyrical children’s classic is a favorite of mine because it encourages open-mindedness. It is also a delightful read-aloud book, with repetitive rhyming words and a building plot that concludes with a happy surprise! – Terra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51P3P528GELOne of my very favorite books as a kid was Matilda by Roald Dahl — because it was one of the first books I read that blew my mind. A little humor, a little horror, a little sci-fi, and an inspiring protagonist. – Nicky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51gBHSuI1jLMy favorite book is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I remember clearly having this read aloud to me when I went to day care for the first time. The story and the use of words were so fascinating that the book helped me relax in a new place. – Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71QRuUPljGLMy mother and my grandmother read me Mother Goose Rhymes. I still have the book from the 1970s. On the cover is a picture of Jack and Jill. My mother always said it was my brother and me (the drawings showed a girl and boy, blond and blue-eyed, climbing up the hill). I can remember the times we sang and spoke the nursery rhymes. These were wonderful times spent together. I was surprised my own children did not know the many nursery rhymes I learned, but I am sharing this book with them now! – Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

516ioQAb1dLI loved The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This was one of my first, and certainly my best-remembered, ventures into the world of fantasy. I searched in every cabinet I could for a way into Narnia, wishing Aslan would take me to the snowy woods and the lamppost. I even named my cat after Lucy, the Queen of Narnia. – Gwen

 

 

 

 

 

 

51kwxwTNFhLWhen I was reading this in elementary school, my dad saw Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James and said he had read the book as a child too. What?! My dad read books when he was a child?! And then he told me that when he was a boy there was a naming contest at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, to name one of the horses on the carousel. He entered the name Smoky because he liked the book so much, and he won a free pass to ride the carousel! The book won the Newbery Medal the year before my father was born, so it had been around a long time even when I read it. After my father passed away, I was able to see an exhibit of Will James’ artwork at the Gene Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and learn more about his life. I’ve never re-read the book, and we only have one copy in the DCL collection, but it is a book that really touched my life. And the carousel is still at the zoo, so I think about the book and my dad every time I see it. – Patty

 

 

 

616AjlDryCLThe Monster at the End of this Book was a favorite of two librarians. Here is what they each said.

My favorite book growing up was The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone. My mom is very good at doing impressions and she would read this to my sister and me while doing Grover’s voice. I think we requested it so much she had to suffer a sore throat quite often. The element that drew me to this book, besides my mother’s voice acting, was that the book character spoke directly to me as a kid, breaking the 4th wall. It reminds me a lot of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books. – Shelbi

The second librarian writes: My favorite childhood book is The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone. Looking at it now, it’s a story of ignoring your fears and moving forward even though you’re being told to stop, but at the time it was bright and colorful, and I loved tracing the super-70′s-looking word bubbles and busy illustrations with my fingers. It helps that Grover was, and is, one of my favorite Sesame Street residents. – Gwen

 

71Iew0w355LTwo staff members reflected fondly on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Staff member number one said: This is probably the first fantasy novel I ever read and I loved it. Charlie’s quest for the Golden Ticket was a terrific adventure, and then the fantasy adventure began during the chocolate factory tour. To be honest, one of the things about this story that stuck with me the most was how little money Charlie’s family had in the story. All of the grandparents slept in one bed! And his father’s job was to put caps on tubes of toothpaste! So for me it was a story about hope, and the rest of those rotten kids getting what they deserved! Ha! – Patty

And staff member number two said: I loved the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a child, and I spent one summer day outside on the deck behind our house reading it through three times in a row. I still remember that day fondly. – Cliff

 

Happy Birthday, Eric Carle!

Renowned author and illustrator Eric Carle will turn 86 on June 25. He has written and illustrated more than 70 beloved children’s books. Here are some crafts and activities inspired by some of our favorite Carle classics.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

egg-carton-hungry-caterpillar-craft1Egg Carton Hungry Caterpillar Craft From Crafty Morning

Items needed: egg carton, paint (green, yellow and red), paintbrush, scissors, glue, black marker, yellow pipe cleaner, googly eyes

Sponge Painting Craft From Buggy and Buddy

Items needed: white painting paper, tempera paints (green, yellow and red), sponges, scissors, black pipe cleaners, black marker, scraps of construction paper (or googly eyes)

Counting With M&M’s From Toddler Approved

Items needed: construction paper, marker, M&M’s

Handprint Craft From Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Items needed: paints (blue, green and red), white painting paper

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? 

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.40.35 AMMelted Crayon Craft From My Little Me

Items needed: brown crayons, blow dryer, scissors, glue

Brown Bear Fork Painting From Crafty Morning

Items needed: brown paint, paper, a fork, glue, scissors, ribbon, black marker

Brown Bear Paper Plate Mask From JDaniel4′s Mom

Items needed: paper plate, scissors, brown paint, black marker, glue

Brown Bear Felt Matching From Mommy Moment

Items needed: felt, scissors, fabric paint, googly eyes

 

 

The Grouchy Ladybug

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Clothespin Craft From Preschool Crafts 

Items needed: clothespins, construction paper (black and red), scissors, hole punch, glue

Construction Paper Craft From Tippytoe Crafts

Items needed: construction paper (black and red), scissors, black pipe cleaners, googly eyes, glue

Tissue Paper Craft From Martha Driscoll

Items needed: tissue paper, white paper, black construction paper, paint, glue

Ladybug Clocks From Kinder by Kim

Items needed: paper plates, red paint, black construction paper, scissors, glue, googly eyes

 

The Very Busy Spider

Silly-Spider-Craft-for-KidsSilly Spider Craft From Easy Peasy and Fun

Items needed: embroidery hoops, white embroidery floss, black pipe cleaners, black pompoms, googly eyes, glue gun

Cutting Practice Spider From Laly Mom

Items needed: safety scissors, yarn, toy spider

Styrofoam Spiders From Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Items needed: Styrofoam balls, exacto knife, paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, glue

Spider Hat From Sweet Tea Classroom

Items needed: construction paper, scissors, glue

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Celebrate by reading a great picture book with your dad today.

513H576FsgLDarth Vader and Son

For those Star Wars fans, this hilarious and sweet comic shows Darth Vader like any other dad, except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of Sith. It’s a fresh twist on the trials and joys of parenting, where life lessons include lightsaber batting practice and using the Force to raid the cookie jar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

61T84KSDE3LThe Kiss That Missed

One evening, when the King is in a hurry, his goodnight kiss to the Little Prince goes astray. After rattling around the Prince’s bedroom, it flies out the window and floats into the dark forest, where it has no business being. The King decides to do something about it. He orders the Knight to climb on his horse, ride into the forest, and bring back the kiss. It’s a funny, whimsical bedtime story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

51CADHJBDSLPapa, Please Get the Moon for Me

A father will move heaven and earth to delight his daughter in this beloved tale. This story literally unfolds as the pages extend both outward and upward toward the moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


61v210hAvkLJust Me and My Dad

The Little Critters go on a camping adventure in this sweet story. It’s a delightful story that shows children their dad will always be there and things can get better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

516ciGeAsnLOwl Moon

Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird. But there is no answer. The two companions wordlessly walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

71A7sBpmTLLMy Father Knows the Names of Things

The father in this story shares his knowledge of the world with his child while they take a walk together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51GkMljz1OLTell Me a Tattoo Story

The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61eJEWUw8+LThe Night Before Father’s Day

It’s the night before Father’s Day, and Mom and the kids have a plan to surprise Dad with a special gift. When Dad goes for a bike ride, everyone gets to work. Dad wakes up the next day to find his garage newly organized and his car sparkly clean. So, of course, he celebrates by taking everyone for a spin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

51NBw+2i8OLThe 10 Best Things About My Dad

A child talks about all the fun things that his dad does that make him special. The father reads stories, scares away monsters, tells jokes, and teaches him right from wrong. It is the perfect book to read for Father’s Day.

Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!

Beloved author of Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak would have been 88 years old this week. To celebrate, why not make a Wild Things craft? Here are some of our favorites.

 

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Paper Bag Wild Things From Good House Guest

Items needed: Paper bags, felt, furry fabric, markers, scissors

 

 

 

 

 

 

where-the-wild-things-are-toilet-tubesPaper Tube Craft From Hello, Wonderful

Items needed: Paper towel tube, white card stock, patterned card stock, gold specialty paper, pipe cleaner, acrylic craft paints, exacto knife, scissors, hot glue gun, stapler

 

 

 

 

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Items needed: Large paper plate, white tissue paper, tan paint, white/black card stock, glue, scissors, stapler

National Audiobook Month

June is National Audiobook Month! If you haven’t discovered the wondrous world of audiobooks, now is a great time to take a chance on them. You can listen to audiobooks on road trips or simply while doing chores around the house. They make it really easy to get reading time accomplished in your day. Here are a few great ones to check out today.

 

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The English Spy by Daniel Silva

Length: 12 hours and 5 minutes

Narrator: George Guidall

This high-tension book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Silva’s Israeli spymaster Gabriel Allon teams up with a former English commando turned professional assassin to determine who killed an iconic member of the British royal family. It is filled with riveting twists and will hold you spellbound until the heart-stopping conclusion.

 

 

 

 

51YykCU-AzL._SL300_Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Length: 16 hours

Narrator: Caroline Lee

 

This book follows three women, each at a crossroads and each a parent of children in the same kindergarten class in an Australian beachfront community. There’s rich comedy about ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, and schoolyard scandal. It’s a great book for audio listening because the narrator’s accent will transport you Down Under.

 

 

 

51dFNtIkQUL._SL300_What If? by Randall Munroe

Length: 6 hours and 36 minutes

Narrator: Wil Wheaton

 

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. It’s required listening for anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

 

51wKdsy23VL._SL300_World War Z by Max Brooks

Length: 12 hours and 8 minutes

Narrator: Max Brooks and Cast

 

In this new classic of apocalyptic fiction that feels all too real, the Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. The documentary-style oral history records the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face to face with the living hell, or at least the undead hell, of that dreadful time. Narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more.

 

 

61nIzk6CNdL._SL300_Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Length: 8 hours and 7 minutes

Narrator: Sarah Vowell and Others

 

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with instrumental Americans of the time. Comedians voice our Founding Fathers: Nick Offerman plays George Washington and John Hodgman is John Adams.

10 Great Audiobooks for Long Road Trips

Summer holidays are perfect for long road trips. Nothing passes the hours faster than a good audiobook. Here are some of our favorites to keep you company on your next adventure.

MAKE ‘EM LAUGH

If you’re laughing, you won’t notice that there’s nothing interesting on the side of the road. Here are some great audiobooks that will have you in stitches until you reach your final destination.

51hPJ13AsDL._SL300_Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes

Narrator: Jenny Lawson

There’s nothing like hearing a book in an author’s own words. This memoir from popular blogger Lawson, The Bloggess, takes us on a hilarious journey as she recalls her bizarre childhood in rural Texas — from her awkward teen years to her arguments today with her husband.

 

 

 

 

512QYi8RoLL._SL300_Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Length: 7 hours and 35 minutes

Narrator: Amy Poehler

This is a book that is at its best in audio form. Poehler’s hilarious and candid book includes thoughts on everything from her childhood in a Boston suburb to her early days in New York City and her ideas about Hollywood. Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents make cameo appearances.

 

 

 

 

51QZmBRxuBL._SL300_Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal

Length: 8 hours and 6 minutes

Narrator: Billy Crystal

With his trademark wit and heart, Crystal outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss. He also looks back at the most memorable moments of his life, including his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and hosting the Academy Awards. It’s an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

 

 

 

61+m+Sls15L._SL300_As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Length: 7 hours and 1 minute

Narrator: Cary Elwes

Actor Elwes played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride. This book is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film with never-before-told stories. He interviews co-stars, including Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Mandy Patinkin.

 

 

 

 

51DaKkaGLrL._SL300_Carsick by John Waters

Length: 8 hours and 8 minutes

Narrator: John Waters

Is there anything better to listen to on a long car ride than a cross-country hitchhiking adventure with John Waters? His bizarre adventure includes rides with a gentle 81-year-old farmer, an indie band on tour, and a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

 

 

 

 

ARE WE THERE YET?

If you have kids on board, you know how torturous long road trips can be. Here are some great books that will keep the little ones happy.

61clY6n-0UL._SL300_Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Length: 8 hours

Narrator: Jim Dale

This narrator brings the wizarding world to life. It’s a positive delight to hear him read Harry’s adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

61dA--dONIL._SL300_Matilda by Roald Dahl

Length: 4 hours and 18 minutes

Narrator: Kate Winslet

This classic Dahl tale about an exceptional young girl is fascinating with Winslet’s narration. You will feel like Miss Trunchbull and the Wormwoods are along with you in the back seat!

 

 

 

 

 

61kcsjSUNfL._SL300_A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Length: 6 hours and 8 minutes

Narrator: Hope Davis

Rediscover this beloved childhood classic. Meg Murry, her little brother, Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract,” which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg’s father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

 

 

51hxrjUOh+L._SL300_The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Length: 7 hours and 47 minutes

Narrator: Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack — who has already killed Bod’s family. Gaiman is not only a talented author, but he also has amazing voice talent. He is sure to leave your entire family enthralled.

 

61p6wDxqx8L._SL300_Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) by Philip Pullman

Length: 10 hours and 48 minutes

Narrator: Philip Pullman

This is the first book in Pullman’s Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra’s quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armored bear, and a witch queen. Pullman is an amazing narrator who matches his voice well to each of the characters.

10 Great Songs for Summer

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Summer is a magical time that is perfect for outdoor barbecues and lazy afternoons on the patio. Or perhaps you prefer to drive up to the cooler mountains. Either way, summer deserves a good soundtrack. Here are some great hot weather classics you can download today with your library card using Freegal:

 

“School’s Out” – Alice Cooper

“Summertime” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

“Summer Wind” – Michael Bubble

“Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett (with Alan Jackson)

“Cruel Summer” – Bananarama

“Summer” – Calvin Harris

“Surfin’ Safari” – Beach Boys

“Summer Girls” – LFO

“Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams

“Summertime” – Kenny Chesney