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Mary Buck

12/08/2014 - 11:43am
Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck: "Lauck's heartbreaking and inspiring memoir...tells how an ordinary child growing up under the blue skies of Carson City, Nevada, in the early 1970s lost her childhood after her world became unhinged by family tragedy." (Book Summary)

If you enjoyed this book for the author's engaging writing, you may enjoy these titles:
 

Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter by Barbara Robinette Moss

"With an unflinching voice, Barbara Robinette Moss chronicles her family's chaotic, impoverished survival in the red-clay hills of Alabama. A wild-eyed, alcoholic father and a humble, heroic mother along with a shanty full of rambunctious brothers and sisters fill her life to the brim with stories that are gripping, tender, and funny." (Amazon.com)

 

Driving with Dead People: A Memoir by Monica Holloway

"Holloway's candid story starts out innocently enough as she describes her eccentric family, especially her father, who loved "talking gore" and kept a movie camera in his pick-up for filming gruesome wrecks. Monica, too, has an obsession with death, and revels in her friendship with a mortician's daughter and their access to postmortems. When Monica reaches her teen years, her parents divorce. Her mother then decides it's "her turn," and she goes back to college, often leaving Monica and her next oldest sister alone. Holloway perceptively writes about hurtful moments embedded in her memory, such as her parents repeatedly telling her that her birth was a "mistake," and her mother's selfish refusal to pay for treatment for a kidney infection. The final piece of this dysfunctional family's puzzle falls into place when the oldest sister begins to remember being molested by their father; so, too, does Monica. Amidst a burgeoning number of abuse memoirs, Holloway's shines because of her deft handling of the small details while painstakingly assembling the larger picture." (Booklist)

10/27/2014 - 12:53pm
CRRL Health: Ebola Resources

A History of Ebola

Ebola was first recorded in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan where it infected about 600 people.  Mortality rates were frighteningly high, but the disease was contained and dropped out of sight until 1995 when some 300 cases showed up again in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  From 2000-2001, during a large outbreak in Uganda, the disease took a couple of hundred lives.

08/08/2014 - 9:08am
 The Four-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris
This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.
 
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris "offers techniques and strategies for increasing income while cutting work time in half, and includes advice for leading a more fulfilling life." 
 
Here are similar books for those interested in either retiring younger or for those interested in working less, but making more:
 
The 9-to-5 Cure: Work on your Own Terms and Reinvent your Life by Kristin Cardinale
"...groundbreaking new guide outlining an immediate and practical strategy for being abundantly employed in any economy. Learn how to insulate yourself from sudden and total job loss by following the practical advice detailed in each chapter. Earn a good living in any economic environment by learning how to create an exceptional number of career opportunities and then select the offers that are most attractive to you. Create your own schedule and choose when and where you work. Discover a new way to review your skills and the best ways to market them to employers."--catalog summary
 
 
"Join the millions who are starting side-gig businesses, and taking back their financial futures! Do-it-yourselfers and solopreneurs are everywhere, launching eBay stores, artisanal eats, e-books, life coaching services, apps, tutoring businesses - you name it - on top of their regular jobs. They're adding to their incomes, building safety nets, learning new skills, and finding a sense of fulfillment they never dreamed possible. Get in on the action, this book both documents the exploding side-gig phenomenon and supplies how-to information for creating a lucrative venture of your own." - catalog summary
 
12/11/2014 - 1:02pm
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

Ender's Game:
Andrew "Ender" Wiggins is the result of a desperate breeding experiment, combined with years of harsh & unforgiving training. Ender thinks he is only playing computer simulated wargames--in fact, he is commanding the last great fleet of Earth.

If you liked Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, you may enjoy these other titles:

Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Archangel
 by Sharon Shinn
A dash of science fiction, a handful of fantasy, and a sprinkling of suspense enliven the story of the Archangel Gabriel and his reluctant wife Rachel.

 



The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember
 (and series) by Jeanne DuPrau
In a post-apocalypse city on the verge of collapse, 12-year-olds Lina and Doon join forces to flee to an unknown world above ground.

 

 

03/12/2014 - 8:06am

How can you help the Earth?  There are lots of ways to get involved in conservation whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. Check out the local activities, Web sites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.

02/07/2014 - 8:32am
If you like The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.

If you enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, you may enjoy these titles:

A Dog's Purpose by Bruce Cameron
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? (catalog summary)

 


The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
When his wife dies in a fall from a tree in their backyard, linguist Paul Iverson is wild with despair. In the days that follow, Paul becomes certain that Lexy's death was no accident. Strange clues have been left behind: unique, personal messages that only she could have left and that he is determined to decipher. 

 

12/31/2013 - 9:39am
CRRL Picks: At the Movies

My family and I saw The Hobbit just before Christmas. It was entertaining, but ... the book was better! We've pulled together a list of books that have been made into movies: CRRL Picks: At the Movies

See what you think.  Is the book better than the movie?  Let us know!

12/05/2013 - 3:37pm
Census Data for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Webinar

Find the data to support your business plan, research your industry, target your clients, and more, using the Census Bureau website to mine the data collected about household consumers, businesses, and the economy.

The webinar is on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.  You can attend this free webinar at a library branch close to you or you can log on at work or at home. Need more information?  Please call Mary Buck at 540-659-4909.

12/02/2013 - 10:14am
John Dies at the End by David Wong

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

John Dies at the End by David Wong: "This may be the story of John and David, a drug called soy sauce, and other-worldly beings invading the planet. Or, it may be the story of two beer-drinking friends who live in an unnamed Midwestern town and only think something horrific is going on. But the important thing is, according to the narrator, "None of this is my fault." (Book description)

If you like this novel for the mix of science fiction and satire, you may also enjoy:

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it's quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he's going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster.

Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story #1) by Christopher Moore
A budding young writer falls in love with a vampire. He is Tommy of Indiana who moved to San Francisco in search of inspiration and is working in a supermarket. Shopping there is Jody, a secretary still trying to adjust to her new vampire status, after being bitten by one on her way home.

 

 

08/12/2013 - 9:22am

Immigrants to America come here with hopes and dreams for their futures. They are willing to work hard, but to succeed they need to become proficient in the language of their new country. For over a hundred years, libraries, churches, and other social institutions have been places where newly arrived immigrants could go to learn English. The tradition continues today with the help of adult education programs across the United States, some of which receive federal funding.

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