A Really Awesome Mess

An angry girl and a depressed boy, both sixteen, are sent to a therapeutic boarding school. This succinct description summarizes the book, but it does little to capture the complete JOY of this new story from authors Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin. If you like quirky teen characters with real honest emotions, this is the book for you.

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 33 – Best of 2012

It’s been a great year for books — Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a (1:05:48) discussion with Stephanie, Megan and Kelli about the best books of 2012 and the Goodreads Choice Awards. What did you love in 2012? Share your recommendations with us!

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 24 – Great Summer Reads

Not satisfied with bringing you just one or two people’s recommendations for great summer reads, Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a (34:57) discussion with FOUR guests about what books they recommend as great summer reads, and what they are looking forward to reading this summer. What’s on your summer reading list?

Winter Wheat: a vivid sense of place, in 1940’s Montana

“September is like a quiet day after a whole week of wind.”

The opening line of Mildred Walker’s most popular novel, Winter Wheat, sets the tone for the metaphors of the farming and natural worlds that bring this book to life.

Arranged is a modern romance with a twist

The premise of this book both intrigued and repelled me. People choosing to pay big bucks to marry a stranger? Even with the year of marriage counseling and the foundation in friendship rather than love, I was skeptical of the whole affair. I mean, I like to read romance novels. And I didn’t really see how this was going to turn out satisfying for any of us, the readers or the characters.