HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 50 – Best Books of 2013

The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards offer book recommendations in many genres. Our guests this episode are Stephanie Hall, Kelli Smith and Megan Johnson. Open your ears for a funny and honest discussion about what new books we enjoyed this year and what we recommend – then share your thoughts

Tough Times And Spiritual Journeys: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Deb recently read a couple of books that she suggests to readers who like to experience history while reading about people who are on a journey of faith. Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers Rivers is a favorite author of mine and she does not disappoint with this tale about a woman named Marta who […]

Secrets, Love, and Family in Letters from Skye

American David Graham was given a book of poetry that he admired so much he wrote a fan letter to the poet, Elspeth Dunn, who lived on the remote island, Skye, off of Scotland’s coast. That simple letter turned into a correspondence that became a friendship which evolved into love. Though an ocean separated David and Elspeth the First World War was about to bring them closer when David volunteers as an ambulance driver.

Espionage in Fear Itself

World War II was just about to begin and the tensions from Europe were reaching across the ocean as German spies and agitators made their way into the United States, but even with all the secrecy someone in the FBI noticed that something was amiss. The FBI responded by sending Jimmy Nessheim, a farm boy from Wisconsin and now a special agent for the FBI, to infiltrate…

Stones from the River Book Review

Stories are collected about many characters in this complex novel by Ursula Hegi. You’ll get to know an entire community whose story gets a little strange sometimes. Protagonist Trudi Montag, a Zwerg, a term for German dwarf woman, shares her secrets to survival through two wars living in Germany and describes her community in intimate […]

If you liked The Help, you’ll love Calling Me Home

This debut novel is an historical romance, a contemporary romance, and a compelling issues novel about civil rights and women’s rights all tied up in an emotional page turner that will keep you hooked until the last page and leave you wishing it hadn’t ended so soon. In the author acknowledgements at the end she reminds the reader of her book’s message about racism and prejudice: “It’s up to you to be the change.” Reading fiction lets us explore other people’s lives with empathy. Read this book and be the change.