Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Haven Kimmel is an Indiana author you don't want to miss. She has written two memoirs, A Girl Named Zippy and She Got Up Off the Couch, and several well-received novels. In Zippy, she talks about growing up in tiny Moreland, Indiana. She writes about her family in a respectful and yet truth-baring way. Many people reportedly asked her at book signings about her mother, and wanted to know particularly if she ever got up off the couch. (Haven's mom spent a lot of time reading, knitting, and talking on the phone, while ensconced on the living room sofa.) Well, in her second memoir, you can read all about the further exploits of Haven and her mother and find out that she did indeed Get Up Off the Couch. Not only that, she went to college and became a teacher. Keep your eye on Haven Kimmel. More great things are undoubtedly in store for us readers from this intelligent and witty author.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Two well-known authors have proven they know how to get your attention immediately, and keep your pages a-turnin' and your minds a-clickin'. I recently read Harlan Coben's new Myron Bolitar novel, Promise Me. Although I had read some of Coben's later stuff, I had never "met" Myron and his pack of eccentric friends and cohorts. They are terrific! Coben blends great plotting, tingling suspense, and some humor thrown in for good measure. It is not for the squeamish, because there are some violent scenes involving Myron's friend Win and his odd ways of "handling" bad guys. But it's a great story. Another good suspense title is One Shot by Lee Child. This is not brand new, but is my first sampling of Child's well-known Jack Reacher character. What a guy! Again, the story is peopled with some very intriguing characters and a good storyline. It's set in an unnamed city in Indiana, which is always another appeal factor for our Hoosier readers. Although it's not too hard to figure out whodunnit, the suspense continues until the end. And I wouldn't mind having a guy like Jack Reacher on my side. He's a rebel. He reminds me of another Jack--anyone watch 24? Happy reading!
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Are you looking for something good to read? We can help! We have a new online book suggestion form on our web page. From our home page, just click on Online Book Suggestion Form. You can tell us your past favorites, your likes and dislikes, and other features you want us to consider. We'll develop a personalized list of reading suggestions just for you. Print forms are available at the library's circulation desk if you'd prefer to fill it out on paper.