Amy Poehler has long been one of my favorite people. She doesn’t make apologies for saying exactly what’s on her mind, which is something I’ve been attempting to do more of for YEARS. She’s brilliant, hilarious, confident and, an all-around good human being.
Part memoir, part advice column, part scrapbook, reading this book was like being let in on her secret to success. If you like Amy
Poehler, I highly recommend you read this book. You won’t be sorry.
Lovers of trivia and random facts in general will enjoy this informative and fun book. Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds is packed full of hundreds of interesting insights into our culture and our world.
Each Chapter is divided by themes including people and populations, culture and custom, nature, history, geography, and more.
Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. This will be one of my go-to gifts this season for kids and adults alike.
In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein, still a young twenty-something who is unsure about her future, answered a Craigslist help-wanted ad and ended up in the Oval Office as a White House stenographer for the Obama administration.
In this memoir, she gives us a glimpse into the life of a stenographer, a job that entailed recording and transcribing every public meeting, interview, and statement made by the President. Her life becomes a whirlwind of travel and hard work. She meets and befriends others who work “behind the scenes” jobs for the administration.
As a young woman, she’s also still trying to figure out how to fit love into her busy schedule and in doing so falls for all the wrong people.
Even though I wanted to pull my hair out when she kept making the same terrible relationship decisions over and over, I loved the story she had to tell as a whole, especially the stories she shared about her personal interactions with the President, which show his quick and sometimes biting sense of humor.
In Fountains of Silence Ruta Sepetys tells the story of a post war Spain under the dictator Francisco Franco.
In order to boost the economy, Spain welcomes tourists and foreign businesses to Madrid. 18-year-old Daniel Matheson is there with his Spanish mother and American father, an oil tycoon who is hoping to make a business deal with Franco.
While staying in the hotel, Daniel meets Ana, the young girl assigned to help the Matheson family with anything they need during their stay.
Ana has secrets that she must keep. Secrets about herself, and secrets about the entire country where people live in silent terror. Daniel, a budding photographer wants to tell Spain’s story. Together, they forge a relationship that will change both of their lives.
This is the story about love and loss. It’s about choosing what secrets to keep and learning who you can trust with them when it’s time to tell your story.
This novel is geared toward young adults, but people of all ages will love this fantastic story!
Fourteen-year-old Beverly decides to leave her home and her alcoholic mother after the death of her dog, Buddy. With Buddy gone, she no longer has a reason to stay.
She sets off into the world to make it on her own. She’s learned that she can’t count on anyone and she doesn’t want anyone to count on her. She will be self-sufficient. She will make no connections.
She finds herself a job at a seafood restaurant, and she meets Iola, a lonely woman living in a trailer park who takes her in and lets her sleep in her screened in porch.
In her new surroundings Beverly learns to trust people. She learns that she can start taking down the walls that she has put up to protect herself.
I loved this story about Beverly, and the importance of meaningful relationships.
This is the 3rd book in the Raymie Nightingale series by Kate DiCamillo.
Like anyone who lived through it, I remember exactly what I was doing the morning of September 11, 2001. Who could forget?
This book contains the accounts of firefighters, police officers, government officials, and civilians as they remember the events of that fateful day.
One of the first in this book comes from astronaut Frank Culbertson.
Culbertson describes his call to Steve Hart at Mission Control in Houston, Texas.
"Frank, we're not having a very good day down here on Earth," Hart told him.
The first tower has just been hit.
Told in an almost minute by minute timeline, the fate of The World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and Flight 93 come back to life with heartbreaking clarity.
There is no way to get around the anger and sadness from the loss of lives from the attacks, but the heroism shown by Americans helping friends, neighbors and strangers that day is something beautiful to behold.
This one was heart wrenching, but hopeful too.
The Testaments is the highly anticipated follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
The story picks up about fifteen years after the ending of the previous book and is told in the alternating transcripts of three women – two within Gilead and one in Canada.
The theocratic regime present in the first story still has a hold on the people of Gilead, but it soon becomes clear that a resistance is forming.
I spent almost every waking moment this weekend with this book in my hand, trying to find out if evil would continue to prevail.
I won’t say any more about the story because it’s best to enjoy the story for yourself.
Get in here and grab yourself a copy. You will not be disappointed!
Small town cinema owner Virgil Wander is living his normal, small town life when his car flies off an icy bridge into the frigid waters of Lake Superior.
Alive, but just a little different (he loses his adjectives and some memories) after the accident, he must get back to a world-and a life that he doesn't completely recognize.
I loved this story about discovering how to be "the new you" in the place you've always called home.
I enjoyed the cast of interesting characters so much that I didn't want to finish the book because I grew to love them like they were my own friends and family.
Virgil Wander isn't a book about magic, but it sure does feel magical.
Don't miss this one!
Eighty-year-old Odie O’Banion recounts the summer of 1932, when he and his friends are forced to escape from their school for orphans.
With the terrible headmistress in relentless pursuit, and dangers along the way, they travel the Gilead river on the way to St. Louis, where they hope to live with an aunt once they arrive.
This is a story about family, adventure, and survival set against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
I haven’t stopped thinking about Odie and his group of “vagabonds” since I closed the book.
Kingdom Forgotten is the story of the inhabitants of Beaver Island during the takeover by James Strang as he attempted to create his own Mormon kingdom.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that even though I lived in northern Michigan almost my entire life, prior to reading this book, I knew very little about the history of Beaver Island. I kept wondering why this wasn’t part of my school curriculum. It’s certainly a story that’s worth telling!!
This book by local author Laurie Lounsbury was a real eye opener and I thoroughly enjoyed her fictionalized account of real events. (And I especially enjoyed fangirling all over her when she came to the store for a sit-and-sign!)
If you are a fan of historical fiction and Michigan history, this book will not disappoint.
Katie Manning was a child-star, loved by all, until her manager attacked her, scarring her face and ending her career.
Now she's 27, and is finding her name on the "Where Are They Now?" articles online that don't cast her in a very flattering light. Katie needs a change.
Opportunity comes when she is invited by her impossibly perfect future sister-in-law to a weekend wellness retreat. Katie agrees to go, inviting her two best friends (who are dealing with issues of their own), in the hopes that she can find peace with her past and get her life back on track.
Four women go, all for different reasons. All are hiding things from the others. Only one will be left standing at the end of the weekend...
This was a nice departure from the types of books I typically read.
I really enjoyed this one. I think you will too.
Dan Harris lives a very solitary life away from people and social situations that often confuse him and make him uncomfortable. In his barn he builds Celtic harps and enjoys the solitude.
Ellie Jacobs is living a comfortable (if boring) life as a housewife in the English Moors.
On the anniversary of her father’s death, Ellie goes for a walk and stumbles across a barn. Inside, she discovers Dan and his beautiful handmade harps.
Dan gifts Ellie a Cherrywood harp (to match her socks) and they become friends. Dan stores the harp for Ellie, and she begins visiting Dan every day, changing both of their routines in the best ways.
I really enjoyed this book and loved how the characters changed over the course of the story just by being part of the other’s life.
I picked this children's book because of the warning on the back:
This book looks serious but it is actually COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS!
If a kid is trying to make you read this book, the kid is playing a trick on you.
You will end up saying SILLY THINGS and making everbody LAUGH AND LAUGH!
Don't say I didnt warn you...
I mean, how do you pass up a book like that?!
And, it delivers on all promises. It is very ridiculous and silly.
In the past two weeks, I've read this book to my six-year-old son about thirty times and he has laughed during every reading.
The Book With No Pictures should be in every family library and is big fun for kids and adults alike!
Vickie is an aromatherapist working from her home, finishing with a client, when a police officer shows up at her door and tells her that her ex-husband has gone missing. Vickie claims that she hasn't seen him since their divorce years ago, but her memory can’t always be trusted.
The police don't believe her, and David's new wife, Tonya is quick to point fingers.
I enjoyed this book, told in different timelines by a cast of characters that kept me guessing if Vickie would be able to prove her innocence when she herself couldn't be completely sure that she was...
Full disclosure: The reason I picked this one up is because I saw the commercial for the show based on this book. It looked very funny- and much different from the things I've been reading lately.
Tom and Louise are having some marital problems and decide to see a therapist. They meet each week in a bar before their session begins and talk about their lives and about their issues.
This diminutive book is written as one conversation before each of their ten therapy sessions.
Once I sat down to read it, I couldn't stop, and finished it off in a couple of hours.
This book is both funny and moving- in true Nick Hornby style.
And NOW I can watch the show.
Llama finds some cakes - more cakes than any llama should ever eat. Undeterred, he eats them, causing a ridiculous chain of events that could end the world!
Along with the funny illustrations, this silly book had me laughing out loud at llamas’ antics.
This is a great book that both kids and their parents will really enjoy reading together.