EVPL Communities: bookchick@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of bookchick@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Deeply disturbing]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/11/05/deeply-disturbing.aspx Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:43:00 G11T 2416 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/11/05/deeply-disturbing.aspx to post your comments!

 

 

I just finished reading a most intriguing book called Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye. This story of four young growing up in Hemmersmoor, a small town seemingly removed from the world, is a haunting tale of childhood gone wrong. Deep, dark secrets best left behind closed doors are exposed in a town where all the inhabitants seem to have given free reign to their impulses. I wouldn't call this a book of horror but it is horrific. Elegantly written, I couldn't put it down until the final dark secret was revealed.

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<![CDATA[What do you get the person who has everything? ]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/12/13/what-do-you-get-the-person-who-has-everything.aspx Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:46:00 G12T 2346 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/12/13/what-do-you-get-the-person-who-has-everything.aspx to post your comments!

What do you get the person who has everything?

These days of instant gratification ensure that when shopping for your loved ones you will be certain to get them something that they went out and bought for themselves on Black Friday or Cyber Monday because the sales were just too good to pass up. Then there are the post Christmas long return lines to wait in if you can even find the receipt that you carefully stored somewhere you would be sure not to forget.

No longer! I can guarantee that they won't have this! The solution is right in your own home, sleeping on your pillow, sitting on a windowsill or possibly coughing up a hairball for you to find later, in the dark, in your bare feet.

Your cat!

Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya is no joke and they don’t use hairball hair. These crafts are made by first brushing your feline friend and storing the hair until you have enough to felt. Then you use the felt as you would any other felted animal hair such as sheep’s wool, alpaca, and etc. It’s very clever and very eco-friendly.

The projects are small gift type things because, well, cats are small so you don’t get as much fur. There are finger puppets and scarf embellishments, pins, and a little felted cat to cover that hole in your favorite sweater because you didn’t want it to smell like moth balls. (Really, who could blame you?)

In between projects are tidbits of information such as suggestions for grooming a reluctant cat, keeping cats happy and healthy, and the origin of the author’s using cat hair in the first place. If you are a true cat lover your favorite part will undoubtedly be the bios or all the “contributors.”

If you want more check out her blog, http://nekoke.com/ (The Cat Hair Craft Room) but remember that unless you can read Japanese you’ll simply have to enjoy the pictures but there are some really cute projects in those pictures.

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<![CDATA[They Thought Space Was The Final Frontier - They Were Wrong.]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/06/01/they-thought-space-was-the-final-frontier-they-were-wrong.aspx Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:59:00 G6T 2296 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/06/01/they-thought-space-was-the-final-frontier-they-were-wrong.aspx to post your comments!

Do you remember the episode of Star Trek where Mr. Spock has his brain stolen? I’ve just read a book where he gets his brain stolen and then…. eaten!  Night of the Living Trekkies, by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall is the perfect book for Star Trek fans and readers of zombie fiction. In other words a super nerd book! (makes me a super nerd)

 

The book comes complete with a 50s inspired serial cover and is surprisingly well-written. I admit I wasn’t expecting much and was pleasantly proven wrong. True fans will find nods to the franchise throughout including an ending that could have been written by the shows creators.

 

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I don’t want to give away too much of the plot so I will just say that if you ever attend a Star Trek Convention you might want to pay careful attention to the Targ heart. It just might be real…

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<![CDATA[A hopeful apocalypse]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/01/02/a-hopeful-apocalypse.aspx Sun, 02 Jan 2011 15:35:00 G1T 2243 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/01/02/a-hopeful-apocalypse.aspx to post your comments!


Most apocalyptic literature is full of violence, disease and despair painting a bleak if not downright terrifying picture of possible futures. But in World Made By Hand James Howard Kunstler paints a future that looks downright rosy.

A war in the Holy Land and nuclear retaliations on American soil have destroyed the economy. Oil, electricity, and all the modern conveniences they bring are gone. Information is scarce. There is a rumor that a President still in office but not in Washington D.C. That city is gone. But remote areas have been relatively unaffected by survivor violence and have returned to a rural way of life; a slower pace that it is clear the author longs for. Kunstler spends a great deal of time describing the scenery, new ways of completing everyday tasks and the homegrown foods that are eaten. The descriptions add appreciation for the lack of distraction that allows people to take pleasure in simpler things and their length gives the reader a sense of the slower pace of this new world. Work is hard and constant but rewarding. Even so, Kunstler does not neglect the fact that things can be painful and even dangerous. Imagine a trip to the dentist who now uses a foot treadle drill, the lack of anesthetic, and antibiotics and having to negotiate for needs from the towns seedier residents who have opened a co-op filled with items pilfered from houses and stores that aren't always unoccupied.

While this new life is idealized there is still enough conflict and realism to give the story interest. I enjoyed the book and read it in an afternoon although I admit to skimming some of the longer descriptive passages.


The sequel, The Witch of Hebron continues the story begun in The World Made by Hand.

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<![CDATA[There are things worse than death...]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2010/11/23/there-are-things-worse-than-death.aspx Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:50:00 G11T 2233 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2010/11/23/there-are-things-worse-than-death.aspx to post your comments!

book cover"Beneath heaven is hell.  Beneath hell is Furnace."

So begins Alex Sawyer's new life inside Furnace, a high security prison built to house the worst of the worst juvenile offenders. A life of harsh rules rules. A life of hard labor and brutality. A life without the sun or freash air. A life where a single mistep could bring the blood watch in a place where there are things worse than death.

Problem is, Alex is innocent.

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<![CDATA[Kuang P'ing Ch'eng - City of Tranquil Light]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2010/11/17/kuang-p-ing-ch-eng-city-of-tranquil-light.aspx Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:57:00 G11T 2231 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2010/11/17/kuang-p-ing-ch-eng-city-of-tranquil-light.aspx to post your comments!

book coverSet in the turn of the 20th Century China City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell is the story of two Mennonite Missionaries who leave home to live in the plains of Northern China. In China they discover love, hate, danger, turmoil, doubt, but also deep contentment. Life is hard, sometimes excruciatingly so, but their love for the people of China and dedication to God keeps them standing firm through good times of plenty and hard times of drought, famine, and war.

This tender story is one of deep relationships and the amazing power forgiveness has on the lives of all it touches. Full of wisdom it is based on the real lives of Caldwell's grandparent's, enhanced with pieces from the lives of other missionaries to China making the book an even more compelling read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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<![CDATA[Don't Miss This Book!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2010/10/22/don-t-miss-this-book.aspx Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:57:00 G10T 2220 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2010/10/22/don-t-miss-this-book.aspx to post your comments!

Read Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine!

The story's heroine is Caitlin, an 11 yr. old girl living with Asperger's. Everything is good until "The Day Our Life Fell Apart." Caitlin must find a way "To Deal With It" and in the process help her Father and the community in which she lives "To Deal With It" too. It's a story of family and friendship and the meaning of empathy. I hope you find Caitlin to be as delightful and insightful as I did.

The book is classified juvenille at the library but don't let that stop you. After all it's a National Book Award Finalist! book cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[What if your whole world was 11 sq.ft?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2010/10/08/what-if-your-whole-world-was-11-sq-ft.aspx Fri, 08 Oct 2010 11:35:00 G10T 2218 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2010/10/08/what-if-your-whole-world-was-11-sq-ft.aspx to post your comments!

book coverI just finished this fascinating book called Room by Emma Donoghue. 

The story is told by Jack, a very bright five yr. old who knows nothing of Outside. There is Ma who has tried to shield Jack from all the ugliness in their lives. She's done so well that Jack is happily unaware of their predicament. The third main character is Room an 11 sq. ft. space that is all at once small and confining and big and wonderous. To Jack it is the world but to Ma it is a prison. Others come and go from their world but always, even in freedom, there is Room.

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<![CDATA[How fast would society as we know it come to an end?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2010/09/01/how-fast-would-society-as-we-know-it-come-to-an-end.aspx Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:39:00 G9T 2196 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2010/09/01/how-fast-would-society-as-we-know-it-come-to-an-end.aspx to post your comments!

I just finished a book that I found to be profoundly disturbing.

I read a lot of apocalyptic literature, real end of the world type stuff and this book sounded like others I had read. Chaos, people running amok, blah, blah, blah... But it wasn't WHAT I was reading that made this book disturbing it was how I was FEELING.

David Moody has done a masterful job of projecting emotions in Hater. I felt the mundaneness and boredom of the main character. I experienced the confusion, panic, and then chaos as the story unfolded. Most of all there was the hatred.

It's a good book. It's a quick read. And, if you like it, you'll be pleased to know that it is also a trilogy. The second installment is called Dog Blood and is available now at EVPL. The last in the trilogy will be called Killer or Victim but the release date isn't set as of yet.

Check out his website. http://www.djmoody.co.uk/

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If you like apocalyptic fiction like I do try these other great reads.

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<![CDATA[Ways to Live Forever]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/03/22/ways-to-live-forever.aspx Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:05:00 G3T 2134 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/03/22/ways-to-live-forever.aspx to post your comments!

Book JacketWhat if you knew you were going to die?

In Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls we meet an eleven-year-old boy named Sam who is dying from leukemia. Amazingly brave, Sam writes a list of things he would like to do before he dies. This leads him to write a book with his thoughts on dying, questions no one ever answers and the ways in which he and his family come to terms with his impending death.

While sentimental and poignant, this touching story never crosses the line by overly dramatizing the events in Sam's last months.

book jacketI also recommend Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata, another beautifully written story dealing with the difficult questions of dying and loss in sensitive and gentle ways.

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<![CDATA[The Maze Runner]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/11/17/the-maze-runner.aspx Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:47:00 G11T 1943 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/11/17/the-maze-runner.aspx to post your comments!

Imagine waking up in pitch blackness in a moving box with no memory of how you got there. In fact you have no memory of anything at all before the box. Just your name and a few impressions of memory that you can't quite hold onto long enought to decipher their meaning.

This is exactly what happened to all of the boys living in the Glade. The Glade that happens to be located in the center of a massive Maze. The only hope is to somehow, gather enough information to solve the puzzle of the maze and be rewarded with going home. Easier said than done when the walls rearrange every night. And then there are the Grievers. Especially nasty creatures who kill when they can and inject venom when they can't. Every day the same, run the Maze looking for exits and avoiding Grievers, until one day the box arrives with a very disturbing cargo. The first and only female ever to be introduced into the Glade. Her arrival triggers a series of events that make solving the Maze more crucial than ever before. Time is running out. But the Maze seems unsolvable.

Who built the Maze and for what purpose? How do you solve the seemingly unsolvable and, if you do, what then?

If you liked Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Susanne Collins I think you will like this new trilogy of books by James Dashner starting with The Maze Runner.

You can Check out the authors blog at: http://jamesdashner.blogspot.com

 

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<![CDATA[It's time for a ghost story...]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/10/26/it-s-time-for-a-ghost-story.aspx Mon, 26 Oct 2009 17:18:00 G10T 1911 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/10/26/it-s-time-for-a-ghost-story.aspx to post your comments!

Do you remember reading ghost stories as a kid? That shivery feeling you got up and down your spine, the hair standing up on the back of your next and the feeling of being watched? Douglas Clegg brings back the traditional ghost story in a small volume entitled Isis.

Iris and her brother Henry are as close as two siblings can be. They entertain and protect each other, and call each other Isis and Osiris while their Father is off fighting a foreign war and their Mother deals, rather unsuccessfully, with his absence. There is also a twin to Henry named Spencer, who is as cruel as Henry is kind. While living in their Grandfather's bleak house Iris discovers a secret hidden among her Grandfather's books. This secret leads Iris and Henry down the path of the Occult with some unexpected and terrifying results.

You'll read it in one sitting and probably want to leave the lights on.

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<![CDATA[Can you Haiku? Could you Dogku?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/03/07/can-you-haiku-could-you-dogku.aspx Sat, 07 Mar 2009 14:56:00 G3T 1350 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/03/07/can-you-haiku-could-you-dogku.aspx to post your comments!

If I had discovered a book like this when I was in the fourth grade trying to write all different kinds of poetry for school assignments life would have been a whole lot easier. And more fun.Dogku

 

Each page of this delightful book is an independent haiku. Taken together the haiku form the complete story of a dog who finds a new home. How could you not fall in love with this adorable face? This is a face that inspires poetry.Take him home, curl up on the couch and enjoy the simplicity of the haiku.

The author, andrew Clements, says it best:

In the wide garden,

I am dizzy with flowers.

I choose a small vase.

"That's what haiku is like - like a small vase, a small container. Choosing a small container can help you pick the perfect words and arrange them just right. And why did I write this picture book using haiku? Because a picture book is also a small container - not many pages, not many words.

Adorable dog + haiku = Dogku.

Simple."

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<![CDATA[Can one man really change the world?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/02/11/can-one-man-really-change-the-world.aspx Wed, 11 Feb 2009 09:46:00 G2T 1256 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/02/11/can-one-man-really-change-the-world.aspx to post your comments!

Book Cover Listen to the Wind"Dr. Greg heard our voices.

He felt the wind blow cold against his face, and he understood."

In my mind, I picture Greg Mortenson, author of Listen to the Wind, standing outside the village of Korphe,   Pakistan, surrounded by the majestic Karakorum mountains, with his eyes closed.

Silent.

Still.

Waiting.

Then he hears voices, soft at first and then louder as they are carried closer on the wind. Children's voices! And Dr. Greg knows what to do. He will bring a school to the children of Korphe.

Beautifully illustrated by Susan Roth in collage reflective of the villagers own use of collage in their everyday lives, Listen to the Wind is sure to inspire. It has a way you, your children, your classroom, your church group, your whoever, can help educate children in some of the most remote villages in the Pakistan and Afghanistan. In this part of the world a penny buys a pencil, and one dollar will send a child to school for an entire month! Check out penniesforpeace.org for more information and start saving your pennies.

book cover Three Cups of TeaGreg Mortenson's first book, Three Cups of Tea, was the inspiration for this children's book. I recommend reading it and then sharing Listen to the Wind with your child. You will gain deeper insight into Dr. Greg's world view and be able to talk more richly about the children of Pakistan and Dr. Greg's mission with your child. There are cultural lessons throughout that might challenge you; some political views that might disturb you, but you will see and maybe feel Greg Mortenson's passion for the people he has come to love and respect.

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<![CDATA[The Silence of Snow]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/02/02/the-stillness-of-snow.aspx Mon, 02 Feb 2009 09:46:00 G2T 1204 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/02/02/the-stillness-of-snow.aspx to post your comments!

 

 

 image from Stranger in the Woods

Have you ever gone ouitside after a heavy snow and just listened? Without the noise of cars on the roads, and all summer sounds like lawnmowers and backyard barbeques all you hear is the silence of the snow. It's pure, white, crisp, and when the winter's sun, low in the sky, reflects off the ice crystals left behind it is glorious!

When I first looked at the book Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick I didn't read the words. I just looked at the pictures and I felt that stillness. Animals feeling free to wander close to civilization because the people are all inside out of the snow are beautifully phtographed discovering a snowman filled with surprises meant just for them. Then the sun comes out and the children return to put the snowman to rights again.

Reading the text adds a dimension of excitement to the quiet. What is this thing in the woods? Will the animals be brave enough to find out. What treats lie in store for them? 

This is a wonderfully soft book to share while sipping hot cocoa on a cozy couch in front of a crackeling fire. It might even inspire you to get out and build a snowman of your own with some treats for your furry and feathered backyard friends.image from Stranger in the Woods

Check out more on their website:

http://www.strangerinthewoods.com/index.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Book Bus in your backyard!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/16/book-bus-in-your-backyard.aspx Fri, 16 Jan 2009 10:14:00 G1T 1122 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/16/book-bus-in-your-backyard.aspx to post your comments!

Book BusNeed to save gas? Need to save time? Need a good book?

Your library can help you with all of these!

The River City Book Bus just might be stopping in your neighborhood. Now open to the public, the Book Bus offers books for babies, adults and every age in between. Follow this link http://www.evpl.org/kids/bookbus/default.aspx for information, schedule, and policies.

We'll see you there.

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<![CDATA["Where has Tillie laid her egg?"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/01/05/quot-where-has-tillie-laid-her-egg-quot.aspx Mon, 05 Jan 2009 09:26:00 G1T 1104 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/01/05/quot-where-has-tillie-laid-her-egg-quot.aspx to post your comments!

Tillie Lay an Egg by Terry Golson is a delightful book about a hen who likes to do things a little differently than the other hens. Wait her turn to lay an egg? Bah! Tillie has more important things to discover. You can discover them too as you read this story and look for the eggs Tillie has laid in some pretty strange places.

Photographs of the hens and the Golson farm taken by Ben Fink use a beautiful soft light and props that take you back to a simpler time before electricity and all it's distractions.

Tillie Lays an Egg book cover

But wait! We do have electricity and Terry Golson has set up a webcam in the chicken coop!

www.hencam.com

Read bios about each of the hens and watch them inside and out as they go through their day from their first feeding in the morning until they roost for the night.

There is also a beautiful lop-eared rabbit named Candy who has a hutch in the chicken yard. She's pretty quick but sometimes you can catch her running for a bite of apple.

I hope you enjoy this book and webcam as much as I did.

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<![CDATA[The Shack]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/03/the-shack.aspx Sat, 03 Jan 2009 15:19:00 G1T 1099 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/03/the-shack.aspx to post your comments!

book jacket The Shack

The Shack by William P. Young has literally left me speechless. I have no idea how to describe this novel in a few short sentances.  And yet, here are some of my attempts.

It is a story of:

...redemption.

...how to be truly loved.

...how life is in relationships.

...forgiveness.

...how we reconcile a God of goodness with the evil that exists in the world.

...comfort and rest.

Although I read the book as a novel, front to back, I think I will re-read and chew these words slowly. It may be that as my life experiences change the book will mean something completely new to me. What it means to you may be different than what it means to me. What richness! What depth!

To read more visit http://theshackbook.com/

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<![CDATA[The Oxford Project]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/12/22/the-oxford-project.aspx Mon, 22 Dec 2008 10:00:00 G12T 1050 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/12/22/the-oxford-project.aspx to post your comments!

From the very first page this book had me hooked. Cover Photo The Oxford Project

Photographer Peter Feldstein lived in Oxford, Iowa his whole life when in 1984 he decided to photograph every person in his small town. Peter describes this project as a "...social experiment, a way to give equal, democratic billing to every single resident- rich or poor, young or old, respected or reviled." (Oxford Project p. 16) After a showing of his work in the American Legion Hall he put the negatives away and went back to everyday life.

For twenty years he went back to everyday life. In 2005 Peter decided to rephotograph as many of the original residents as he could find and to invite Stephen Bloom to interview them, to tell their stories.

What emerged was a book called the Oxford Project. A fascinating look into the lives of the residents in a rural Iowa town. The 2005 photos are curiously the same as the 1984 photos with people standing the same general way heads tilted or arms folded. The stories are poignant.

The book made me wonder what stories were behind the people that I see every day. Would I understand them better or treat them differently if I knew? I'm going to let just knowing that there is a story make a difference.

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<![CDATA["Is Will the next Harry Potter?"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/09/quot-is-will-the-next-harry-potter-quot.aspx Tue, 09 Sep 2008 15:24:00 G9T 475 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/09/quot-is-will-the-next-harry-potter-quot.aspx to post your comments!

Do you ever wonder what goes on underneath your feet?  Will does. His Dad does. They love to discover what the past has left behind. It is one of the only things they have in common. In fact, Will feels like an outsider to everyone in his family. Then his Dad disappears! Will is drawn deeper and deeper into the underground as he struggles to find out what happened to his Dad. What he actually finds will test his understanding of the world and his place in it.

Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams is an international bestseller first published in 2005 in Britain under the name The Highfield Mole. There will be at least two more books in this series. The next one called Deeper will be available in Feb. 2009.

Movie deals are also being made. Relativity Media bought the rights to Tunnels and the film is due to be released in 2010.

I really like this book but the question it seems people are asking is, "Is Will the next Harry Potter?" I thought the book stood very well on its own but...

I would love to hear what you think.

 

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<![CDATA[What do the dead think?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/03/what-do-the-dead-think.aspx Wed, 03 Sep 2008 15:57:00 G9T 374 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2008/09/03/what-do-the-dead-think.aspx to post your comments!

"It is very dark when I wake."

Book Jacket Newes from the Dead

This is the first line in Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper based on a true account of a girl in 1650 who was hanged, declared dead, and miraculously was discovered to be alive while on the disection table!

While lying, unable to move, and thinking herself to be in purgatory awaiting the fires of hell, Anne Green recounts the events that led to her hanging. Hers is  a tale of class distinctions and misplaced trust leading her to a place of no options and no escape.

A parallel story is also told from the perspective of a medical student who is about to witness his first disection. Before the knife is drawn he sees Anne Greens eyelids flutter. Does he say something and risk ridicule from his collegues?

A copy of the actual pamphlet printed in 1650 is included lending the book historical accuracy. I found this book to be interesting mainly because of the question the author found herself asking after she read the original account. I wanted to know the same thing.

What was Anne Green thinking while she was dead?

What would you be thinking?

 

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fiction reviews Mary Hooper
<![CDATA[Sequel Smequel. Hate to wait series.]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/08/08/sequel-smequel.aspx Fri, 08 Aug 2008 13:10:00 G8T 187 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/08/08/sequel-smequel.aspx to post your comments!

I love an epic tale as much as the next person. Stories that span generations and tell tales of grand adventures are stories in which I can get lost for hours. Usually meaning that I will be tired the next day because I couldn't be bothered to put the book down to go to sleep. But, there is one thing that I find nearly unbearable. When I discover, about two-thirds of the way through a book, that there is no way, without ruining the story, that the author can finish a tale in one volume I start to panic. That means a sequel! That means I have to wait! I don't wait well when there are stories on the line! What will happen to those wonderful characters that I have come to love? How will their problems be solved? Where will they go next? More importantly, how will I survive without knowing? Some authors, and publishing houses, are, I think, sensitive to this and release books on a fairly regular basis. But some, and I loathe to name names but, Diana Gabeldon when is your next Outlander book coming out? It's been years and I can't stand not knowing what is happening in Jamie and Clare's lives. What of Brianna and her family? AHH!!!

I'm just saying...

Here are a few of my favorite hate to wait series:

 

Outlander Book Jacket Cover   Through  A Breath of Snow and Ashes Book Jacket Cover                                       Privledged Information Book Jacket Cover    Through    Dead Time Book Jacket Cover  

 

One for the Money Book Jacket   Through  Fearless Fourteen Book Jacket Cover                                       The Relic Book Jacket Cover   Through   Wheel of Darkness Book Jacket Cover

 

                                     Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone Book Jacket Cover   Through  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Jacket Cover Now Concluded?

 

 

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<![CDATA[Simple can be good]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/06/simple-can-be-good.aspx Wed, 06 Aug 2008 08:15:00 G8T 136 bookchick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/06/simple-can-be-good.aspx to post your comments!

I've been told that I have a simple sense of humor.

Sounds bad doesn't it?

But, simple is the reason I really like Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie books.

These picture books have simple text and simple illustrations that let the characters personality and relationship tell the story. Not to mention they make me laugh out loud. The facial expressions alone are enough to induce a giggle. Try them out and see if they don't make you smile.Big Smile

Check out his website: http://www.mowillems.com/

book jacketbook jacket Today I will Flybook jacket My Friend Is Sadbook jacket There is a Bird on Your Headbook jacket I Love My New Toybook jacket I Will Surprise My Friend

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