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Staff Reviews 2012

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Fiction

F BER
Bernier, Nichole.
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
When Kate loses her friend Elizabeth in a tragic accident, she finds that Elizabeth has left her journals to Kate, saying that Kate will know what to do with them. There is a lot to talk about in this novel of friendship, motherhood, and secrets. It is a page turner!
Debbie’s rating...♦♦♦

F CAM
Cameron, W. Bruce.
A Dog’s Journey.
In this follow-up to Cameron’s previous novel A Dog’s Purpose, Buddy the dog returns to live several more lives until he gets it right. This time he follows a troubled teen who needs him. Another good dog story told from the dog’s perspective.
Liz’s rating...♦♦♦

F COF
Coffey, Billy.
Snow Day.
Most people can easily relate to the circumstances testing Peter Boyd’s faith. His journey to the store for the obligatory bread and milk during a snow storm reminds him of some very important life lessons. When we learn to be present in the moment, perhaps we will see the divine in the mundane.     
Janine’s rating...♦♦♦♦

F DIF
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa.
The Language of Flowers.
A heartfelt story, this novel travels back and forth over the young life of orphaned Victoria. Fraught with self-doubt, ten-year-old Victoria accidentally creates a situation in which her own guilt causes her to push away the one woman who would be for her a loving mother.
Elaine’s rating...♦♦♦♦

F EVA
Evanovich, Janet and Dorien Kelly.
The Husband List.
There’s no mystery about this one, just pure romance. This is a light, fun read for Evanovich fans and it’s likely to please the most romantic reader. Though her overpowering mother would have Caroline marry Lord Bremerton, the soon-to-be Duke, Caroline rebuffs the malicious snob for the more rugged Jack Culhane.
Elaine’s rating...♦♦♦

Young Adult

YA GRE
Green, John.
The Fault in Our Stars.
Sixteen-year-old Hazel has terminal cancer and doesn’t want to go to her weekly cancer support group meeting. Her mother insists, however, and it is that night that she meets super-hot and intelligent Augustus Waters. Hazel is in danger of falling in love for the first and only time in her short life. This moving and heartbreaking story will make you laugh and cry.
Julie’s rating...♦♦♦♦

Nonfiction

236.24 NEA
Neal, Dr. Mary.
To Heaven and Back: a Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: a True Story.
Dr. Neal and her husband, both orthopedic surgeons, go on a kayak trip in Chile. She drowns, sees heaven, but comes back to tell her story in this remarkable book.
Charlotte’s rating...♦♦♦♦

303.483 DIA
Diamandis, Peter.
Abundance: the Future is Better Than You Think.
Abundance invites us to look beyond the pessimism of the daily news and learn about a host of truly awe-inspiring technology in development for solving the many ills of our planet. Soon-to-be accessible tools for sustainable living—from food growing and distribution to energy production and education—are reviewed in this inspiring book. I gave a copy to my father-in-law for the holidays, hoping to renew his hope in our country, and to dispel his feeling that his participation in fighting for our prosperity and freedom during WWII might have been in vain.
Elyse’s rating...♦♦♦♦

613.7046 BRO
Broad, William J.
The Science of Yoga: the Risks and the Rewards.
This is an excellent overview of the beneficial claims of yoga, backed up or disproven, by the research available. The author writes in an engaging, easy-to-understand style. Recommend this to all yoga students.
Michelle’s rating...♦♦♦

Biography

B CLEOPATRA
Schiff, Stacy.
Cleopatra:  a Life.
This book offers more than just a biography of Egypt’s famous queen. It lets the reader learn about the Ptolemaic dynasty of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome. Schiff gives insight into how and why Cleopatra made the decisions that she ultimately had to make. Although it reads somewhat like a textbook, it is very informative and interesting.
Maria’s rating...♦♦♦

B ROSENBLATT
Rosenblatt, Roger.
Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats.
In this slim volume, the author writes of the universal experience of loss. His mourning for his deceased daughter, his solitary kayaking excursions on a small Long Island inlet, and his meditations on grief and recovery make for a tender, quiet, and moving read.   
Joanne’s rating...♦♦♦