Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

The story, “A Memory of Violets” by Hazel Gaynor begins in London, England in 1876. Two orphaned Irish sisters, Flora and Rosie Flynn, sell violets and watercress to survive. Flora uses a crutch and Rosie is almost blind, so selling flowers is their only means of earning a living. The girls have only each other; their mother is dead and their father is an abusive drunk. One day Rosie and Flora are separated, and become lost to each other forever. 

The story then jumps to 1912 and introduces Tilly Harper. Tilly has just accepted a job as assistant housemother at one of Mr. Shaw’s Training Homes for Watercress and Flower Girls. The homes were created to give orphaned girls an opportunity to get off the streets and earn a decent wage. Tilly finds a notebook that belonged to Flora and it contains the tale of how Flora never stopped looking for her baby sister. Tilly sets out to find Rosie and along the way she learns about the depths of her own heart.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Enemy Inside by Steve Martini

It doesn’t pay for a legal firm to get the reputation of being too cooperative with the police. As a result, Paul Madriani and the rest of the firm are… well, a little desperate for clients. Otherwise, they never would have taken on Alex Ives’ drunk driving/manslaughter case.  It’s a decision that flings Madriani and his partner Hines into a nasty tangled web of politics, greed, and murder for hire.

The enemy inside is the newest in the Paul Madriani series, and it’s a thrill ride. The threats are everywhere, and danger is all-encompassing. The plot is highly involved and twisty, and there are a lot of players, each with their own agenda. The solution was surprisingly neat, and served up with a side order of sweet justice. On the whole, The Enemy Inside is a great stay up all night read.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

When 70 year old Addie knocks on Louis’ door, Louis only knows her as the widow of a local insurance salesman. After a few sputtering starts, she makes an outlandish proposal, “I’m lonely. I think you might be too. I wonder if you would come and sleep through the night with me.” Addie had grown tired of her isolated life and the long lonely nights, so she developed a solution, “I think I could sleep again if there were someone else in bed with me,” she tells Louis. “Someone nice. The closeness of that. Talking in the night, in the dark. What do you think?”
Shocking their adult children and the town busybodies of Holt, Colorado, Addie and Louis can finally speak of their failings and disappointments, the losses and tragedies. We have been granted a simple and beautiful novel as a final offering of the late Kent Haruf.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What pet should I get? by Dr. Seuss

Having loved ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other Dr. Seuss books, I was excited when I heard that a new Dr. Seuss book would be coming out soon.  ‘What Pet Should I Get?’ was found complete among Seuss’s papers almost 25 years after his death.  It was written over 50 years ago and was somehow ignored until now. When it arrived at the library, I was not disappointed.  It has bright, colorful illustrations very reminiscent of his early books.  The faces on the animals and people are cheerful and expressive.  The story is fun and imaginative.

‘What Pet Should I Get?’ is a story about a classic childhood dilemma: choosing a pet.  As a boy, accompanied by his sister, meets a dog, a cat, and various other imaginary animals at the pet shop, his sister keeps reminding him that their dad said they could only pick one. But the more animals they see and like, the more difficult the choice becomes. The story ends brilliantly, encouraging the child who is reading to make a guess as to what was picked.

Winkler Branch Librarian Elaine 

Remember to join us on December 16th between 2:00pm - 4:00pm for Elaine's Retirement Tea!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

This second book of the Divergent series is another exhilarating, fast paced story, loaded with twists, romance and insights into the nature of human beings.

Tris returns and now must continue trying to save the ones she loves, including herself. War looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. 

Wrestling with questions of grief, forgiveness, identity and loyalty, Tris is transformed by her own decisions and must fully embrace her Divergence.

The reviewer thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommends others to check this series out!