Member Blogs Archive > June 2017

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    The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel

    Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the tale of two battling brothers.  They both work with horses, Frank is married but Silas isn't, and they couldn't be more different from each other if they were strangers.  They play mean tricks on each other, fight when they have too much to drink, and Frank even shot Silas once.  Now they aren't speaking to each other anymore, so why is Frank on his porch?Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.Lena loves Frank and has stuck with him through good times and Read More
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    Can You Find My Robot's Arm? by Chihiro Takeuchi

    Sat, 03 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the robot wakes in the morning, his arm is gone.  He and his friend spend most of the day looking for it.Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.The illustrations are what makes this story work.  The robot tries different things for arms but none of them seem to work.  The black and white illustrations are striking.They search inside and outside the house, visit the park and a candy shop and more but they end up coming home and using an usual tool for an arm.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ginsberg & Sons: What Happens When Poetry is the Family Business?

    Sat, 03 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    "Like shoemakers and tailors turning out more second-generation shoemakers and tailors, my father, Louis Ginsberg, the poet, had poets." –Allen Ginsberg Artists and writers are sometimes thought of as being inherently rebellious—taking on low-paying professions and questionable lifestyles that inspire dread in the minds of their parents. But when your father is already a poet, just how rebellious can you be by comparison? If we ask Allen Ginsberg, the answer is obviously “very.” Read More
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    Dog Night at the Story Zoo by Dan Bar-el

    Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Most dogs have a tale to tell but these dogs get to do it in front of the zoo animals.  The only caveat is that the story has to be about them.  Have they got a lot to tell!Tundra Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.There's a dog that likes to fetch.  (I have a Bengal cat that likes to fetch.  She'll make your arm fall off.)  His fetching finally finds him an owner.There's a bulldog that doesn't want to be judged by his looks.  A bloodhound who Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Getting to Know Nobel Laureate Karl Adolph Gjellerup

    Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    One of the highlights of my college years was the semester I spent abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. During my time there, I took a course titled “Danish Language and Culture.” While the language never found a home in me (I provided hours of free entertainment to my host family as I struggled through my homework each evening), the culture was absolutely fascinating. We learned about Danish contributors to art, design, philosophy, science, and literature, and examined their impact on the country as a whole. One of the cultural entrepreneurs briefly (and a bit harshly) discussed was Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish Read More
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    Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

    Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eighteen years ago, Sophie went missing.  All they found was a lone tennis shoe on the pier.  The pier was damaged and no one was supposed to go out on it but they all did.  It was quiet place for the underage to drink and chat.  It was also a deadly place...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.This is written in diary form.  You get Sophie's side of the story and Frankie's side, too.  Frankie is approached by Sophie's brother.  He phones her and tells her they Read More
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    The Versions of Anne Frank's Diary Explained

    Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1945, Otto Frank came to Amsterdam after surviving the torments and traumas of Auschwitz. His return home confirmed the unimaginable. He was the sole survivor of his family. His daughters, including 15-year-old Anne, who had been separated from him and transported to Bergen-Belsen, had died. But soon he was greeted by a glimmer of hopeful news: Miep Gies, a secretary and aid to the Franks during their hiding, had preserved Anne’s diary. Read More
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