Friday
May142021

Book Collecting Now by Matthew Budman

Title:  Book Collecting Now

: Matthew Budman

Review:

Want to get started in book collecting?  This excellent guide gives you a running start. From how to identify a first edition, to where to find collectables & where you will likely not find them, to the value of an 's signature, and more.  But the best advice, is to collect what  you like.  Plus, the appendix has some great resources.

Review by:  Ben

Thursday
May132021

Westering Women by Sandra Dallas

Title:  Westering Women

: Sandra Dallas

Review:

Trying to make a new life for herself and her young daughter, Maggie joins a caravan of 43 women and 2 reverends on their way to California.  It is 1852 and the trail is dangerous for a group of women on their own.  As she bonds with the women during the trip, she discovers that she isn't the only one with a past she'd rather forget. 

Review by:  Jannelle

Wednesday
May122021

Wine Time by Barbara Scott-Goodman


Title:  Wine Time

: Barbara Scott-Goodman

Review:

This book takes the guesswork  out of "what to pair with that wine I'm serving to my guests tonight."  Wonderful recipes for all occasions.  Read, cook & enjoy!  Cheers!

Review by:  Jan

Tuesday
May112021

The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff

Title:  The Woman with the Blue Star

: Pam Jenoff

Review:   This is a moving and courageous tale about World War II Poland. The story begins in the Krakow Ghetto, where you meet Sadie and her family, on the other side you meet Ella her step mother who is “friendly” to the Nazis. Sadie and others end up escaping to the sewer system and living there, barely holding on.  Ella helps when she can and the girls develop a close friendship, like kindred spirits . This is a touching  tale of friendship, of family and what you might do to stay alive. Loved it, and it makes you think of the times we are in now as well.

Review by:  Julie

Monday
Apr192021

Wines of Walla Walla Valley by Catie McIntyre Walker

Title:  Wines of Walla Walla Valley

: Catie McIntyre Walker

Review:

This is a fabulous comprehensive history of the Walla Walla wine valley.  Well written and fun.  Recipes included!  You will enjoy exploring the Walla Walla valley through Ms. McIntyre's eyes.  Pick up a book to take with you while exploring our beautiful valley.

 

Review by:  Jan

Sunday
Apr182021

Echo Island by Jared C Wilson

Title:  Echo Island

: Jared C Wilson

Review:

Four boys go on a camping trip to celebrate their high school graduation.  They notice a few strange things on the ferry ride back to their 数字货币合约交易所home, Echo Island, but don't think much about it until they arrive in a totally vacant town.  They can't find anyone anywhere.  The boys embark on a mission to find out what became of the people of Echo Island only to discover what has been hiding deep within themselves.  Great read!

 

Review by:  Jannelle

Friday
Apr162021

Be You by Peter Reynolds


Title:  Be You

: Peter Reynolds

Review:

Bestselling children’s Peter Reynolds has done it once again with this fun book on learning to love yourself. This is a great book to ensure your children remember to know their worth and love themselves. A great message with adorable illustrations, I highly recommend!

 

Review by:  Bethany

Tuesday
Mar232021

Grow Bag Gardening by Kevin Espiritu

Title:  Grow Bag Gardening 

:  Kevin Espiritu 

Review:

 

I am always on the lookout for a better way to get more yield from my garden, and  let’s be honest, easier if I can get it! This book and idea is a new tool in that is great if you are short on space or just want to try something new.
This book covers all the Basics, the pros and cons of pots vs bags, what soils to use , how berries will work and  tomatoes, plus just about everything else.  I will be trying potato’s this year and some small bags that will have Pollinating plants in them, this helps get the bee’s to visit your garden 
Would recommend this to anyone that has done gardening before, just because some of the terms may not be familiar, but if you're a fast learner, go for it!! Enjoy! Good luck!

 I am always on the lookout for a better way to get more yield from my garden, and  let’s be honest, easier if I can get it! This book and idea is a new tool in that is great if you are short on space or just want to try something new.This book covers all the Basics, the pros and cons of pots vs bags, what soils to use , how berries will work and  tomatoes, plus just about everything else.  I will be trying potato’s this year and some small bags that will have Pollinating plants in them, this helps get the bee’s to visit your garden Would recommend this to anyone that has done gardening before, just because some of the terms may not be familiar, but if you're a fast learner, go for it!! Enjoy! Good luck!

 

 

Review by:  Julie

Sunday
Mar212021

Ultralearning by Scott Young

Title:  Ultralearning

: Scott Young

Review:

After pulling off the stunt of learning an entire 4 year MIT computer course in just one year, and following it with a year learning 4 different languages, Scott Young has a few things to say about how one learns something.  Not only does he share the techniques that worked for him, but the current best ideas from the science of learning.  If you really want to crank up your education or skill set, try ultralearning.

Review by:  Ben

Saturday
Mar202021

Broad Band by Claire L. Evens

Title:  Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet 

: Claire L. Evens

Review:

Many of us have heard of Ada Lovelace, a brilliant mathematician and writer during the nineteenth century. She is fondly called the mother of programming for her work on Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine.  However, Ada Lovelace is only the first of many amazing women who helped build the computer network known today as the Internet. From the kilogirls (women that worked as the first computers during the turn of the twentieth century) to the cyberfeminists of the 1990s, Claire Evens shares stories of women who’s genius, perseverance, and creativity shaped the World Wide Web.

Although a bit heavier of a read, Evens mixes research and interviews to showcase the lives of the women in this book, all while weaving in her own journey of discovery.  

 Many of us have heard of Ada Lovelace, a brilliant mathematician and writer during the nineteenth century. She is fondly called the mother of programming for her work on Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine.  However, Ada Lovelace is only the first of many amazing women who helped build the computer network known today as the Internet. From the kilogirls (women that worked as the first computers during the turn of the twentieth century) to the cyberfeminists of the 1990s, Claire Evens shares stories of women who’s genius, perseverance, and creativity shaped the World Wide Web.Although a bit heavier of a read, Evens mixes research and interviews to showcase the lives of the women in this book, all while weaving in her own journey of discovery.  

 

 

Review by:  Alex

Friday
Mar192021

Chrysalis by Brendan Reichs

Title:  Chrysalis

: Brendan Reichs

Review:

What a great ending to the Nemesis Trilogy!  The Nemesis survivors have begun the process of building back society on a desolate earth. But soon, the group fractures into small factions.  When the Silo is attacked, Noah & Min must figure out who is sabotaging the village.  What they uncover points to other survivors.  They aren't alone on the new earth.  I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult science fiction series.

 

Review by:  Jannelle

Thursday
Mar182021

The Healer by Donna Freitas

Title:  The Healer

: Donna Freitas

Review:

Marlena Oliveira had the ability to heal anyone with a single touch. Many people, including her mother, say it’s a gift from God. Because of this, her mother insists that Marlena remain secluded from all but herself in order to remain pure. But when a scientist approaches Marlena wanting to study her ability, she starts to question everything she’s known to be true. With the help of a cute boy named Finn, she begins to explore the life she’s always wanted. At times sweet, confusing, and heartbreaking, this coming of age novel held me captivated.

Review by:  Bethany

Thursday
Jan282021

Weird Earth by Donald Prothero

Title:  Weird Earth: Debunking Strange Ideas about Our Planet

 

: Donald Prothero

Review:

In such an advanced tech age as we live in, it seems hard to believe that some people think the earth is flat or that it might be hollow.  In Weird Earth, Prothero takes on these strange ideas and many more, one by one showing how we know they are not true.  He shows in many examples how the weird idea is physically impossible.

 

Review by:  Ben

Wednesday
Jan272021

Old Bones by Preston & Child

Title:  Old Bones

: Preston & Child

Review: Another winner by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child!  This time they take on the story of the Donner party who were stranded by early snowfall while trying to take a short cut over the Sierra Mountains.  There were 48 survivors from the original party of 87.  But do we know the full story?  Clive Benton has found a long lost diary of one of the survivors who chronicles a very different account than what we know today.  With details of a 2nd previously unknown camp, Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist, leads a small expedition into the mountains to search for the camp.  What she discovers will not only change history but puts her in danger from others who are also searching for what the 2nd camp hides.

Review by:  Jannelle

Tuesday
Jan262021

A Divided Loyalty by Charles Todd

Title:  A Divided Loyalty

: Charles Todd

Review:

Detective Ian Rutledge is sent to investigate a cold murder case that seems to be punishment from his superior.  Sent to Avery, a small village not far from Stonehenge, Detective Rutledge is not expecting to uncover anything new.  But what he finds leads him back 数字货币合约交易所home to the people closest to him.  I love the Ian Rutledge mysteries!

 

Review by:  Jannelle

Monday
Jan252021

The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque

Title:  The Last Stargazers

: Emily Levesque

Review:

Have you ever wondered what astronomers actually do?  It's a whole lot more than staring at the night sky through a telescope waiting for something interesting to happen.  My understanding of astronomy and the people who engage in this fascinating science expanded 10x by reading this book.

 

Review by:  Ben

Sunday
Jan242021

How Music Can Make You Better by Indre Viskontas

Title:  How Music Can Make You Better

: Indre Viskontas

Review:

How Music Can Make You Better is a thought provoking explanation of how and why humans are so impacted by Music. Viskontas explains in a reader-friendly fashion exactly how Music is understood by the brain and why every person has a unique perspective on the subject. I really enjoyed this book and love how it sheds light on a universal subject.

 

Review by:  Bethany

Friday
Jan222021

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Title:  Legendborn

: Tracy Deonn

Review:

Bree Matthews can’t wait to get out of her small town in rural North Carolina.  She hopes the University of North Carolina’s Early College Program will be her ticket out. However after the sudden death of her mother, Bree struggles to manage her class schedule and 数字货币合约交易所homework load while grieving the passing of her mother.  To make matters worse, she begins to see strange things happening on campus, things that remind her of the night of her mother’s death. What are the strange creatures and simmering lights she sees? Who are the Lengendborn and how are they connected to her mother’s death?

Review by:  Alex

Sunday
Oct182020

You Be Mommy by Karla Clark

Title:  You Be Mommy

: Karla Clark

Review:

You Be Mommy is a sweet story about a tired, working mom interacting with her young daughter. With fun rhymes and adorable illustrations, it’s one of my favorite new children’s books!

Review by:  Bethany

Saturday
Oct172020

The Loop by Ben Oliver

Title:  The Loop

: Ben Oliver

Review:

Luka Kane has been falsely imprisoned in the Loop for just over 2 years.  The Loop is the perfect prison system.  It is run by Artificial Intelligence, requires only one human staff member and is impossible to escape.  Then Luka receives a hand-written message from the warden:  “Luka, you have to get out…”  What follows brings to light what has been happening outside and causes Luka to wonder if escaping was a mistake.  This is an excellent dystopian young adult novel.  Loved it!

Review by:  Jannelle