On the Come UpMore Staff Picks +
Thomas writes with the authentic voice of urban youth through Bri. This sixteen-year-old with big dreams of being a hip hop star just wants to help her family. Getting credit for her own talent seems impossible as she lives in the shadow of her deceased father, a rap legend. Empty cupboards, unemployment, and racism are hurdles that sixteen-year-olds should never have to face. When she channels her frustrations into her music, the effect propels her into a spotlight she isn't ready to deal with.
Lake of the Ozarks: my surreal summers in a vanishing AmericaMore Staff Picks +
NY Times bestselling author Bill Geist gives us a witty "coming of age" type of memoir chronicling his summers during high school and college, working at the Arrowhead Lodge on the Lake of the Ozarks. In the 1960s, the Lake of the Ozarks, while a destination for many Midwesterners, hadn't really been commercialized like it is now, which gives us a somewhat romantic picture of the way things were "back then."
Desolation MountainMore Staff Picks +
My Minnesota roots get to be stimulated by Krueger, with his book set in the woods and lakes of northern MN. Cork O'Conner, a private investigator, and the Ojibwe community are puzzled by the immediate involvement of the FBI in the investigation of an airplane crash which kills the State Senator and her family. How did the plane go down? Why are all of the local people being interviewed and followed? What does Cork's son Stephen see in his vision? Who is telling lies, and why are they trying to cover up the cause of this airplane crash? The questions keep piling; it appears that the story will be completely buried. Krueger keeps me reading to the last chapter!
Every BreathMore Staff Picks +
Wow! Thanks to a run-a-way dog, Tru from South Africa meets Hope on the beaches of South Carolina. The "sparks" fly! The decisions that are made mold the future. Expect tears and sadness, hope for joy, and be turned into a puddle of "romantic mush" by Sparks once again!
Leaving the WitnessMore Staff Picks +
Amber Scorah, having grown up as a Jehovah's Witness, knows no other life than "preaching." When she starts questioning her religion and eventually decides to leave it, her whole world, as she knows it, falls apart. This book is her story.
Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult PeopleMore Staff Picks +
In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.
The HuntressMore Staff Picks +
After WWII, Nazi tried to "disappear" into society, but Nazi hunters did not let them escape justice for their war crimes. Jordan suspects this "Austrian" woman, her dad marries, of not being who she claimed to be, especially with a little girl who doesn't seem to love her "mother." Though fiction, the author created a story around several real people in the German regime. This story held my attention, and is one of many written to help us honor the 75th anniversary of World War II.
Hidden among the StarsMore Staff Picks +
E book or E-Audio Book only alert! I enjoyed this gripping tale of Jews in fear of Hitler. It combined a mystery of Callie, a book seller's discovery of text written in a book of Bambi, between the text in German, with the story of Max, Luzia and Annika, who wrote the list. Though evil abounded in Germany, God provided people to help the Jews, and 80 years later reunite family that became lost in their attempt to escape the Nazi plans.
Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-Tooth FixMore Staff Picks +
Generally speaking, I don't require a reason to indulge a craving for a sweet treat; I just require consciousness. If you are more disciplined than I, take heart! With National Candy Month coming up in June, now is the perfect moment to justify the joys of chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, and heated sugars of infinite variety! Sally McKenney, baking genius and creator of the Sally's Baking Addiction blog, offers up recipes that will satiate even the deepest desires for dental disaster. So grab your thermometer, your measuring cups, and your elastic-waistbanded pants! It's CANDY time!
Goldilocks and the Three BearsMore Staff Picks +
This retelling of Goldilocks is fun to read for grown-ups and kids alike. The story stays close to the original with some clever added asides for the grown-up reader. I love the illustrations in this book, which are all photographs of dolls. They are a little creepy and a lot fabulous!