Shelf Life Blog

08/10/2015 - 10:04am
The Murder Stone by Charles Todd
Charles Todd’s The Murder Stone is an enjoyable gothic mystery with a touch of romance set during the Great War. Francesca Hatton, a nurse on the home front, is called to tend to her dying grandfather at his English estate. What was for her a place of wonderful childhood memories is now all in shadows, not only because of her grandfather’s impending death, but also because the war has taken the lives of her beloved boy cousins.

07/30/2015 - 2:24am
Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

When Farmer Joe goes to sleep, the animals on his farm are still wide awake. They are preparing for their debut show as the rock band Punk Farm!

Each animal has his own instrument, and the barn works well as a practice space. Thankfully, punk rock focuses on sheer animalistic energy over talent, so these hooved and feathered bandmates have little to worry about skill-wise. But wait....did the farmer's bedroom light just turn back on?

07/28/2015 - 12:29am
The Southern Slow Cooker

You know it’s a Southern slow cooker book when recipes may call for the ingredients to be first kissed by a cast-iron skillet. Heirloom and well-loved vegetables, such as pole beans and sweet potatoes and kale, are a part of the package, along with Smokey Navy Bean Soup (with cornbread), Creamy Cheese Grits, Shrimp Creole, and Carolina-style BBQ—its sauce from scratch, not a bottle.

05/11/2016 - 3:30pm
Moose Tracks by Karma Wilson

"There are Moose Tracks on my back porch. I'm not sure how they got there

One thing I'm fairly certain of-- last night those tracks were NOT there."

08/10/2015 - 10:02am
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
In 1950s London, women of a certain social set have a pattern to their lives. They attend glittering parties where everyone jockeys for social prominence whilst pretending to a vapid joy in an environment of sheer ennui, enlivened by scandals and the occasional backstabbing, husband-stealing hostess.

07/21/2015 - 2:17am
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Johanna Morgan knows she is an embarrassment. After humiliating herself on live television, she realizes that to be cool, hip, and respected, she can’t be herself. In How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran, we watch Johanna reinvent herself into the girl she wants to be.

07/23/2015 - 12:38pm
Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien

Night falls in the woods. As some creatures start to rest, others begin to hunt. One predator in particular has a preference for trickery. Prepare yourself for Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise!

Our ambitious bird of prey will go to any lengths to catch his meal. He sees a delicious-looking rabbit and quickly fashions a gigantic carrot costume. Surely the bunny will fall for this clever camouflage...until it hops away. 

07/14/2015 - 2:13am
Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

In Isaac’s Storm, Erik Larson tells the story of the fateful year 1900 when Isaac Cline and a hurricane crossed paths in the city of Galveston, Texas. As a meteorologist at a time when that science was still not being taken seriously by most people, performing well at his job was a major goal for Isaac. Despite his commitment, a series of factors—most significantly disillusionment with the Cuban weather reporting and an incomplete understanding of certain weather patterns, would result in absolute catastrophe for Galveston and the people living there.

07/23/2015 - 12:37pm
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

Elephant woke up incredibly grumpy, but a surprise present left on the doorstep changes his attitude. The box contains a most elaborate hat, and Elephant's frown turns upside down. Hooray for Hat!

05/11/2016 - 3:42pm
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Jenna's mother vanished ten years ago without a trace. In Jody Picoult's latest novel Leaving Time, the precocious 13-year-old is on a mission to crack the mystery and locate her missing parent. Her father Thomas, now committed to a mental institution, can barely recognize his daughter, let alone assist her in her quest. Instead, Jenna solicits the help of Virgil, a washed-up private investigator—one of two former cops who actually worked her mother’s case—and Serenity—a once famous psychic, now fallen from grace.

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