Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Pop Culture
Our selection for August is The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.
For more information on our lively group call 330-643-9015. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Copies of the discussion books are available at the Culture & AV desk.
Ages 18 and over. Meeting Room 1. Door opens at 6pm.
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Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Pop Culture
Life Drawing by Robin Black. Augusta and Owen are living a quiet country life of companionship and artistic creation–she a painter, he a writer–until the beautiful Alison moves in to the previously unoccupied cottage next door. As Gus and Owen’s life becomes intertwined with Alison’s, past betrayals, losses, and new desires come to a head.
The Spark and the Drive by Wayne Harrison. Justin Bailey is seventeen when he arrives at the shop of legendary muscle car mechanic Nick Campbell. Anguished and out of place among the students at his rural Connecticut high school, Justin finds in Nick, his captivating wife Mary Ann, and their world of miraculous machines the sense of family he has struggled to find at home. But when Nick and Mary Ann’s lives are struck by tragedy, Justin’s own world is upended.
Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little. Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is acerbic, whip smart, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her glamour and fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a philanthropist best known for her string of rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie chops off her trademark hair, determined to chase down the one lead she has about her mother’s killer.
The Home Place by Carrie La Seur. Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its bleak winters and stifling ways. But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she’d left far behind: Her lying, party-loving sister, Vicky, is dead.
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Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Pop Culture
California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout. When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian. When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.
Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour is is a modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin–a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth. In the wake of her older sister’s suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to a quaint town in upstate New York. Populated with socialites, hippies, and dramatic artists, every corner of this new place holds bright possibilities–and dark enigmas, including the devastatingly attractive Jack Fata, scion of one of the town’s most powerful families.
Child of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica. One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles. The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies–and a language different from any Sophie has heard.
House of the Rising Sun: Crescent City #1 by Kristen Painter. Every vampire has heard rumor of the mythical place where their kind can daywalk. But what no vampire knows is that this City of Eternal Night actually exists. And its name is New Orleans.
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Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Pop Culture
MIND, BODY & SOLE
READ AT YOUR OWN PACE
A reading/wellness experience for the whole family to enjoy.
Summer Reading 2014
June 9- August 30
There’s still time to join the fun. Call the Audio Visual Services/Popular Culture desk at 330-643-9015 for more information or stop by to sign up.
Plan for success!
· Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes and properly fitted shoes.
· Carry water.
Set reasonable expectations
· Start out slowly.
· Remember to stretch.
· Stick with it. Don’t get discouraged.
Make it fun!
· Find a walking partner or join a walking group.
· Walk different routes or repeat a route.
· Listen to music or books.
Track and celebrate your success!
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Posted on July 14th, 2014 by Pop Culture
All Those Vanished Engines by Paul Park is an intense, compressed SF novel in three parts, each set in its own alternate-history universe. The sections are all rooted in Virginia and the Battle of the Crater, and are also grounded in the real history of the Park family, from differing points of view.
The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma by Brian Herbert. A revolution has taken over the government of the United States and the environment has been saved. All pollution has been banned and reversed. It’s a bright, green new world. But this new world comes with a great cost. The United States is ruled by a dictatorship and the corporations are fighting back.
Soda Pop Soldier by Nick Cole. Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat sport arena where mega-corporations field entire armies in the battle for real world global advertising-space dominance. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using drop-ships and state-of-the-art assault rifles to attack the enemy.
Fish Tails by Sheri S. Tepper weaves together the storylines of eleven of her previous works. Two of her characters–Abasio and Xulai (A Plague of Angels and The Waters Rising)–and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle.
The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson. In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one–alive or dead, human or alien–is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences.
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Posted on July 11th, 2014 by Pop Culture
Women’s fiction can cover anything from chick lit to light-hearted comedy, heavy issues to tearjerkers. Here are some upcoming examples.
Don’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown. When a fourteen-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her–launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever, in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl.
Owen’s Daughter by Jo-Ann Mapson. Skye Elliot is given a choice after her car accident–jail or rehab–and her ex-husband, a bull rider who introduced her to the party scene, gets custody of their four-year-old daughter Gracie. It takes Skye eight months to get clean, but the day she is released, she has one plan: to be a good mother–better, at least, than Skye’s own selfish mother and absent dad.
The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney is a novel of a young woman who, despite knowing nothing about animals, signs herself up for dog training school at The Sanctuary, where she discovers that rescue can find even the most hopeless among us and that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds.
Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn Dingman follows one woman’s journey to discover the secrets of her mother’s hidden past–and confront her own uncertain future; a heartfelt fiction debut that will appeal to fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner.
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell. Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call.
For other authors you may like, click here.
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Posted on July 9th, 2014 by Pop Culture
Wars of the Roses: Stormbird is the first in Conn Iggulden’s new series. King Henry V is long dead. In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle Henry VI comes of age and accedes to the English throne. His poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king–Henry depends on his closest men, Spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, to run his kingdom. Yet there are those, such as the Plantagenet Richard, Duke of York, who believe England must be led by a strong king.
The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory is the sixth book in the Cousins’ War series and the riveting story of Margaret Pole (1473-1541), daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon her head, is now, at the end of the 15th century, the most dangerous name in Tudor England…
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Posted on July 7th, 2014 by Pop Culture
The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob. Brain surgeon Thomas Eapen’s decision to shorten his visit to his mother’s home in India has consequences that reverberate two decades later as he starts conversing with the dead, and daughter Amina must sort through the family’s past to help him.
Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert stars emerging jazz singer Naomi and her anxious young daughter, Sophia. Naomi, a headliner at the Blue Angel club for almost ten years, is a talented but destructive woman, and Sophie has grown up too fast, with her only real source of stability a man desperately in love with her mother.
The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil is a magically twisted dystopian tale set in an alternative Russia, where twins Yarik and Dima grow up close, then grow apart even as they work together on Oranzheria, an acres-wide sea of glass lit by space mirrors that is meant to trap the citizens of Petroplavilsk in perpetual daylight.
Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique. In the early 1900, an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Orphaned by the sunk vessel are two sisters and their half-brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.
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Posted on July 5th, 2014 by Pop Culture
Thanks to everyone who participated in our June 2014 Poetry Hour.
There were poems about knowing who you are: Poetry that encouraged all to discover their full power and potential. Some poems expressed the belief that we are all millionaires in progress but to understand our real treasures are the things that last.
Poetry Hour: June 2014 Poets
Some poems exclaimed: Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day! One poem spoke to being childless on Father’s Day.
One poem shared was about the awfulness of addiction and the destruction it wrought upon the poet. This poem explained the horrors of battery-operated people robbing themselves, their families, and others to pay their addictions. It described the drug as masquerading as a friend – and giving God’s saving grace the credit for restored health.
Several poems were about people. Cool people, special people, and vulnerable people. There were poems about people reaching, writing, and embracing unity versus division. Peace is precious. We are all special.
There were poems about God: praising God, giving glory to God, showing God what strength you are made of, and bestowing blessings upon all those who have the power to love. Love is above all: pure. It stands true. It is limitless. Several poems sent love to all.
Looking forward to hearing your poetry on July 12th!
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Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Pop Culture
I’ll Find You by Nancy Bush. Callie Cantrell has only fragmented memories of the car accident that killed her husband and son. One year later, she’s still trying to start over, yet she can’t shake her unease. Especially when former LA cop West Laughlin barges into her life, searching for his young nephew.
Vipers Run: A Skulls Creek Novel #1 by Stephanie Tyler. Former Army Ranger Christian Cage Owens joined the Vipers Motorcycle Club for its sense of brotherhood. In return, he pledged to live outside the law, protecting club members and their families…Calla Benson knows she’s formed a deep connection to a dangerous man. She quickly discovers that although he may live by a different set of rules, Cage is an honorable man who wants to be more than her protector–if only she can accept his dangerous lifestyle.
The Captive: Captive Hearts #1 by Grace Burrowes. Captured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately. Christian’s devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him…
The Unexpected Duchess: Playful Brides #1 by Valerie Bowman. Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. A new series of theater-themed Regency romances starting with a charming take on Cyrano de Bergerac.
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