Whatever happened to pudding pops? : the lost toys, tastes & trends of the '70s & '80s

by Gael Cooper & Brian Bellmont

Great read for all of us Children of the 70s & 80s. Brought back a lot of great (and not so great) memories! :)

--Dave S., Main Library


Battlefield of the Mind

by Joyce Meyer

Do you sometimes battle with the thoughts that go through you mind? Do you wish you could be more compassionate and verbally pleasant to all mankind? Do you feel guilty for reacting the way you did or saying what you said? Do you want to regain your joy and transform your mind and be at peace? Well you can by the renewing of the mind. Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind is a great spiritual, self-help book that helped me stop analyzing my thoughts and walked me through a journey of joy and peace.

-Paula C., Main Library


Walking With the Savior

by Max Lucado

This is a wonderful, short book full of the comfort the Bible has to offer. Max Lucado's views on Jesus are very loving and worthwhile reading.

-Jennifer T., East Library


Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

by Bradley Denton

On February 3, 1989, all television tranmissions ceased and were replaced with a live broadcast of Buddy Holly. Buddy stated he was on Ganymede-one of the moons of Jupiter--and for assistance you should contact Oliver Vale in Topeka, Kansas. Oliver knew nothing about what was going on, but thought he should try to find out.

This book follows Oliver as he drives his beloved Ariel Cyclone motorcycle 'Peggy Sue' around the Midwest trying to understand why Buddy Holly is on everyone's TV, what it all has to do with him, and why he's being followed by a robot Doberman, the aliens that lived next-door and a secret agent. First published in 1991, this title is being made into a motion picture starring Jon Heder (aka Napoleon Dynamite), due to be released in 2012.

-Betsy A., Main Library


In Zanesville

by Jo Ann Beard

A very well written book about the trials of a 14 year old with an alcoholic father and mother who is trying to come into her own in middle school. Made more difficult by the fact that she’s changing friends groups, slowly moving from the girls she’s hung around with for a long time to the more popular cheerleaders. A true coming of age - the first coming of age (for we do this over and over again in our lives) - in a difficult life, told very well.

Tracey R. Main Library


The Hunger Games Trilogy (Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)

by Suzanne Collins

The three books in this series are captivating, thought-provoking and super quick to read. Our main character, Katniss, is the greatest teen heroine ever to yield a bow. You see glimpses of the 'old' world through her eyes, and slowly learn how the current dystopian society came to exist. Defending her family and helping her community , you can see Katniss evolve into a strong young woman over the three books. The series more importantly makes the reader think-- 'what steps would I take to save my family'?

BTW, the first book,'The Hunger Games', is coming out as a movie in March 2012, and stars Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence.

Betsy A., Main Library


Made from scratch : Discovering the pleasures of a handmade life

by Jenna Woginrich

This book is an outstanding introduction to leading the simpler life. Twenty-six year-old Jenna Woginrich truly embodies the pioneer spirit. She works a desk job as a web designer by day and is a homesteader by night. This girl is a modern day Laura Ingalls Wilder, she taught herself to grow vegetables, raise chickens, keep bees, sew, bake, spin wool, dog sled and play mountain music! With a strong dose of humor and humility, Jenna shares the pleasures, heartache, and the community of like minded folks she befriended on her journey.

Nicole K., East Library


Hideous Absinthe: a History of the Devil in a Bottle

by Jad Adams

I enjoy absinthe. I like the ritual, the very bitter taste barely cut by sugar, watching it turn cloudy as the water is added. So I was very much looking forward to learning about this history of the drink. And while this IS a history of the drink, it’s more a series of stories about the people who were known to be hard-core absinthe drinkers and how it influenced their lives and their art. Interesting in and of itself, but not what I was expecting.

Tracey R., Main Library


Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon

In order to get her parents back together, Emma sends postcards to what she thinks are their old college friends. What she doesn’t know is that they were part of a group who called themselves The Compassionate Dismantlers, whose manifesto included “Dismantlement Equals Freedom” and “To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart.” Created after they all graduated art school, the Compassionate Dismantlers were led by Suz, who, to this day, continues to influence so much of what Tess and Henry do. A tightly written novel that grabs the reader from the first page and doesn’t let go until it all comes together in the end.

Tracey R., Main Library


"Born to Run

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen". Pretty hard to not pick up a book with a title like that, right? This non-fiction book reads like a novel, with all the key components: an adventurous protagonist/author, crazy intriguing characters, unbelievable locations, and mind-blowing physical feats. Athletes will love learning unique, ancient recipes as well as the science behind endurance running. Non-athletes will love following Caballo Blanco and exploring the Tarahumara tribe. Everyone will read this book with alternating laughter and jaw droppage. Christopher McDougall is a funny, thorough, exciting writer who will inevitably make you torn between reading on the couch and training for an ultra-marathon!

Angie F., Main Library

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

"While facing marrying the man of her dreams, Sidda has a crisis of faith: in herself, in her mother, in her ability to love and create a future because of a past she feels she hasn't recovered from. Told with the truth, humor, sadness, anger and honesty that creates all families, be they chosen or biological, the story of the Ya Yas is the story of all families. No matter how badly our parents mess up - and they ALL mess up along the way - they love us and we turn out ok - despite and because of them. That the insecurities and fears and pain we go through is just life (and "it's just life. You don't figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride."), and that "of all the secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood the most divine was humor."
Tracey R., Main Library



Wanna get away? How about Paris? To place yourself in the heart of the most beautiful city in the world, try Parisians : An adventure history of Paris. This isn’t a dry, academic work but a collection of vignettes describing pivotal characters and scenes from the city’s rich history. You’ll want to follow along on a map like the one found in Eyewitness Travel: Paris. After you climb The Eiffel Tower in your dreams, you’re going to work up un app├ętit. The sweet life in Paris : delicious adventures in the world's most glorious--and perplexing--city is a memoir/cookbook hybrid penned by a cranky American expatriate testing ice cream and pastry recipes in a miniscule Parisian apartment. If you enjoy this title, you might be also enjoy Clotilde Dusoulier’s entertaining cookbooks/storybooks. She writes one of the best food blogs on the ‘net. The next travel read pour moi: Paris to the Moon!

Je vous verrai en Paris, mes amis.

Heather H., East Library


David Sedaris

I like my humor dark, dry and a little deranged, so I love Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and everything else by David Sedaris. Sedaris' books are collections of short essays, so I can read one quickly whenever I need to laugh out loud.

Adrienne A., Main Library


The Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

My favorite book so far is: (so good, I can’t even finish it.) The Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

Excerpt from Wikipedia pretty much nails it.

“The novel follows the exploits of two groups of people in two different time periods. The first is World War II-era Allied codebreakers and tactical-deception operatives affiliated with the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park. The second narrative is set in the present day with descendants of the first narrative's characters employing cryptologic, telecom and computer technology to build an underground data haven in the Sultanate of Kinakuta."

Chris R., Drop-In Computer Labs


The Careful Use of Compliments

I have just finished The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith. It is part of the Isabel Dalhousie Series, also known as, the Sunday Philosopher Club series.

There is always a central mystery and many sub-plots in this series, which keep things interesting. Isabel is a philosopher and she faces many internal discussions with herself. At first, I found it difficult to follow this type of rambling writing, so I decided to try to listen to it as a CD/Book and I found it more palatable. Then I was hooked on the series.

What I like best is that it is a kind of mini-vacation. The author knows the area so well, that it is more like a travel book than a fictional story.

All these stories take place mostly in Edinburgh, but also in other parts of Scotland. They mystery in this book features the Isle of Jura and the local whirlpool, known internationally as the Corryvreckan (which has it’s own website: https://webmail.myclearwater.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.whirlpool-scotland.co.uk/).

Jennifer T., East Library