September 10, 2015

Staff Pick- Rook by Sharon Cameron

Centuries after a shifting of the Earth's poles, the Sunken City that was once Paris is in the grips of a revolution. All who oppose the new regime are put to the blade, except for those who mysteriously disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

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September 4, 2015

Staff Pick- Nimona

Here is the run-down of what I liked about Nimona:
1. The artwork.
2. The mixed element of magic and science.
3. The characters. (Especially Nimona and Lord Blackheart.)
4. Goldenloin and Blackheart’s hinted-at relationship.

There were about 2-3 different stories happening at the same time throughout the book. We get a little of Nimona’s story, more towards the end at least. We get to see the struggles that the “hero” Goldenloin faces while trying to do his duty. And lastly, we get to see more of the backstory behind what happened between Goldenloin and Blackheart.
The humor throughout was so dry and witty, I was completely on board. Nimona and Blackheart are just adorable together, so I was glad he let her stick around! (Although I don’t think Nimona would have accepted any other answer.)

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September 2, 2015

Staff Pick- The Portable Kipling

Rudyard Joseph Kipling. 1865-1936. Born in Bombay, India. He was a subject of Great Britain. Kipling was an author, poet and soldier. You may best know his work from The Jungle Book, Mandalay, or Danny Deever. While all of his works are representations of modern times as seen through the eyes and prism of someone who was born and passed more than 100 years ago, these works are as, or more relevant today then when first put to ink and quill. 
While any Kipling is better than no Kipling, I want to focus on the poem Gunga Din (1890). It is the story of a lowly water-boy at the bottom rung of India's cast system, providing water to the Queens Rifles fighting for the "right" for India to remain under the authority of Great Britain. Through Gunga Dins boyish antics and his zest for life he manages to teach the upper crust of England's elite the true meaning of the words friend, loyalty, and honor. This poem is evidence that social status, education, and skin color have no bearing on what beats in the heart of mankind and proves we are all cut from the same cloth. Kipling was a proficient writer. You can find numerous works of his right here in the OPL. I also suggest, The Gods of the Copybook Headings.

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August 31, 2015

Staff Pick- The Martian

Originally released chapter by chapter on the author's blog and coming soon to the big screen, The Martian is a great read for letting your inner nerd free. Andy Weir, the author, was hired as a programmer at fifteen years of age and has been a software engineer ever since. The Martian is his first novel and reflects his devotion to relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight.

Mark Watney is lost and presumed dead in a dust storm on Mars while the rest of the crew evacuates and heads home. Watney has plenty to overcome including injury, lack of food and water, damaged equipment, and governmental bureaucracy. Relying on his ingenuity and engineering skills, Mark tackles seemingly endless obstacles helping to facilitate his own rescue.

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August 10, 2015

Staff Pick - Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!

Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! What Southern Mamas Tell their Daughters That the Rest of Y’all Should know Too
By Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

“My daddy raised me to be a lady.”  I have fell back on this phrase – more importantly – the teachings that went into the bringing up of a tomboy from Missouri, many times in my life.  It has gotten me through a lot.

Shelly Tomlinson has most definitely hit the nail on the head here, sharing sometimes hilarious stories, and quotes from folks all over the country -- about family -- being taught to love and support each other, enjoying good, home-cooked food, and above all, always using good manners!

Go ahead and wear your overalls to town.  If you’ve been raised right, your beauty will shine through!

This book made me smile.  It's a great summertime read!