Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tim's January Staff Pick

The Help
Written by Kathryn Stockett

What is fascinating about this story isn’t necessarily the events that took place, but what transpired because of those events and that would be lasting relationships. This story above all else is a relational story that not only connects the characters, but takes the reader and make them a part of the story as well. If you don’t have a lot of time to read this remarkable story, then check out the audiobook and let it captivate your heart. Enjoy!

Jan's January Staff Pick

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Written by Jamie Ford
PS 3606 .O737 H68 2009
What a special read this book is! The story begins in current times with flashbacks to the era of the government’s confinement of the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. You will share the frustration, anger, young love, and loss as the different ethnic communities of California respond to this action within their own cultural prejudices. I hope that you take the time to meet these interesting characters as they deal with generations of emotions.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tim's December Staff Pick


By David Herbert Donald

E 457 .D66 1996

Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Abraham Lincoln

What determines a person’s success or legacy is really up to the person. One can say many things, but it takes action for those things to come to fruition. If you ever get a chance to look at one of American’s most successful persons of all time, in President Lincoln, you’ll see that there is no way that this man should have ever succeeded. What was it that pushed Abraham through failure after failure? Whatever the reason, he is a prime reason in truly overcoming. If you feel like sometimes life is too much, than take a look at Abraham Lincoln and his life and let that be the inspiration that will help you overcome any life trial.

Casey's December Staff Pick

The Matrix

PN 1995.9 .S26 M38 2007

Follow Neo, an average Joe computer software technician, working a bureaucratic office job in a life he hates. By night, Neo lives a life of computer crime, “guilty of virtually every crime we have a law for” says the agent who arrests Neo for his law breaking habits. Neo is contacted by mysterious rebel leader Morpheus who offers Neo a new life. Breaking out of the Matrix, Neo joins the fight to free humankind from an oppressive domination of machines, hell-bent on enslaving the human race.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Kelsey's December Staff Pick

The Great Debaters
DVD PN 1995.9 .M45 G7438 2008

The Great Debaters is a story that takes on sexism, racism, and low expectations from the surrounding society. The students who attend Wiley College are forced to push through the negative and learn from every aspect of it. This is an inspiring story about finding who you are and believing in yourself.

Cory's December Staff Pick

The End of Overeating
by David Kessler
QP 141 .E467 2009

What a revealing book! I read it a year ago and still quote it regularly. Can you believe rats will knowingly give their lives to eat when the proper combination of fat, salt and sugar. The combination overrides the brains ability to convince you that you're full and should stop eating. Think about it. All your favorite foods layer these in spades!

The author is a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. In an interview, he discussed his reason for researching this topic:

"I wanted to figure out what was going on, and the book was written to help people who don't understand why they have such a hard time overeating. My family doctor said to me, "You're describing me. No one explained to me why I keep on eating."

Wes' December Staff Pick

by David McCullough
E 208 .M396 2005

Have you ever wondered how close the U.S. was to losing the war for independence? Well I don't, because I read this book. It is a wonderfully written book about an important single year where the young United States almost lost its fight for freedom from British rule. There are a lot of great battle stories and journal entries from General George Washington to the young Privates fighting the bloody battles. There are stories of hardship and excitement. Good book. Good writer.

Shawnte's December Staff Pick

The Notebook
by Nicholas Sparks
PS 3569 P363 N68 1996

The Notebook is a romantic novel that will lift your spirits and take your heart on a journey of enlightenment. I love this book because it lets you believe in a thing called young love and it gives you faith that love can grow and even last forever. Beware though for those who have not read this book yet. It may make you cry. After reading the book check out the movie The Notebook as well. It’s a great chick flick J

Kristy's December Staff Pick

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs by Teens, Famous, & Obscure
by Rachel Fershleiser
CT 107 .I25 2009

One of my favorites:




Heartbreaking, and breathtaking.

-- Ashley Qualls

Six-word review-

Read it. Loved it. Your turn.

Sam's December Staff Pick

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
RESERVE DVD PN 1995.9 .B55 D58564 2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned. This allowed him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book.

Sarah's December Staff Pick

The Annotated Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
CWMAIN PR 6039 O32 H6 1988

“A box without hinges, key or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.”


The quote above reminds me of the book, even though it comes from it, especially the second line, when it says “Golden treasure inside is hid.”The Hobbit is like that. What is interesting is that most people know the story about the Hobbit. Who doesn’t want to go on an adventure, but is bullied into it and ends up loving it very much. They know this but don’t know where he got the information behind it, like when the dwarves and Bilbo see the white deer when they are getting close to the elves.

Jan's December Staff Pick

Water For Elephants
by Sara Gruen
PS 3607 .R696 W38 2006

Written from the perspective of an old man recalling his life with the traveling circus, this book is not a “love story”. Placed in the hard times of the depression, Jacob enters the circus through circumstances of tragedy and fate. There he learns the lessons of that world through the characters and creatures that inhabit the Big Top. This story is an easy read that captures you from the first page. Not always a pretty place, the circus becomes real through Sara Gruen’s words.

Candy's December Staff Pick

The Final Deduction

by Rex Stout

Audio Book

Mysteries are my favorite genre, and as always Nero Wolfe and Archie never fail to deliver. It has the usual suspects, storyline, Fritz’s cooking, and Saul. Read radically! Read this! It has absolutely nothing to do with studying.