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April Staff Picks

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Orphan Train

By Christina Baker Kline

Call # FIC KLI BOOK CLUB BOOK

From the publisher: Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse ... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life--answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Sally/Library Director: I picked up this book and couldn’t wait to get back to it. I laughed, cried and felt very sad by what these children had to go through. They came out of darkness and I was proud of the characters they became. I love relationships between young adults and seniors and I loved to watch the friendship in this story grow and become so important to them both. Read the book, you will love it.

Tao of Pooh book cover

The Tao of Pooh

By Benjamin Hoff ; illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

Call # 299 HOF

From the publisher: For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of Piglet The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese—or a venerable philosopher—but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh!

Georgia / Reference Librarian: As a student and teacher of spiritual beliefs, I find The Tao of Pooh beautifully illustrates the principles of Taoism. A.A. Milne's "silly old bear" and his friends of the Hundred Acre Woods are used to explain this ancient philosophy as a concept that can be applied in the here and now. Pooh is the Uncarved Block, living life effortlessly, without preconceived ideas of how it should be lived.

"While Eeyore frets, Piglet hesitates, Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is."

Live and Let Die 

 

Live and let die

By Ian Fleming

Call # FIC FLE

From the publisher: British secret agent James Bond has never met an adversary like Mr. Big, a gangland kingpin who uses voodoo to control his vast criminal empire. When a crooked trail of smuggled gold leads through Mr. Big's New York hideout to SMERSH headquarters in Moscow, Bond's mission takes him from Harlem to the Florida Everglades.

Mags/Library Clerk: 007 has saved the day again.  The secret of a treasure, the defeat of a great criminal, a communist spy ring, an old nemesis, and don’t forget a damsel in distress.  Need I say anymore?  A great read by Ian Fleming. Get it here at your Tehama County Library.

Blossom Street Brides

Blossom Street Brides

By Debbie Macomber

CALL # FIC MAC

From the publisher : Does the perfect wedding make the perfect marriage? As three very different women meet in their local knitting store, they find strength in friendship to help them through their problems. After adopting a daughter, Lydia hoped her life would be complete, but traumatic memories from her daughter's past threaten to ruin their happiness. And Lauren has always yearned for marriage and a family of her own, but her long-term boyfriend just won't commit. Will a whirlwind romance with an unlikely stranger lead to the happily-ever-after she's always dreamed of?

Gwen/Volunteer : Find a nice chair, get a cup of coffee, sit down and relax. This is a calm and easy book. Perfect for this type of weather.

 
 

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