Monday, July 25, 2016


The Olympic Games are just around the corner!  This year's games will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).  The modern Olympics consists of thousands of athletes from around the world participating in a variety of competitions.  The games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter games alternating by occurring every four years, but two years apart from one another.  Some of the events of the Summer Olympics include: soccer, gymnastics, track and field, and beach volleyball.

The creation of the modern games was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games held in Olympia, Greece.  Over the years, the games have evolved to include the creation of the Winter Olympics, the Paralympic Games, and the Youth Olympic Games.

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Looking for some Olympic entertainment? 

Adult Books:
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
Dream Team by Jack McCallum
Gold by Chris Cleave (Fiction)
Unbroken by Laura Hilderbrand
The Boys of Winter by Wayne R. Coffey
Private Games by James Patterson (Fiction)

Children's Books:
Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (Fiction)
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete by Michael Ford
Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne

The Real Olympics
Eddie the Eagle
Jesse Owens
Marion Jones, Press Pause
Chariots of Fire

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Monday, July 18, 2016


Next month's book club selection is The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez.  This is a memoir about a high school student who pretends to be pregnant.  She details how she was able to fake her pregnancy as well as all she learned from the experience.  This story later served as the inspiration of a Lifetime movie.

Looking for more memoirs?  Give one of these popular memoirs a try!

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Night by Elie Wiesel
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
The Color of Water by James McBride
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Kate Atkinson is the author of 10 novels.  She won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize for Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and Life After Life won the Costa Novel Award and South Bank Sky Arts Literature prize.  Kate was born in York; she now lives in Edinburgh.  For more information about Kate and her work, visit her website at

Kate Atkinson's novels:
A God in Ruins
Life After Life
Started Early, Took My Dog
When Will There Be Good News?
One Good Turn
Case Histories
Not the End of the World
Emotionally Weird
Human Croquet
Behind the Scenes at the Museum

For work similar to Kate Atkinson, try one of these today!

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Now that Downton Abbey has come to an end, you may be wondering how you will get your fix on the upstairs/downstairs dynamic or the great period details.  Well, you are in luck!  We have many options of books to keep you going.

Check out one of these books today.  For a summary, click on the hyperlink below.

Park Lane by Frances Osborne
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Howard's End by E.M. Forster
A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith
Habits of the House by Fay Weldon

And, if all else fails, you can always watch the series again.  The whole series is available through the Arrowhead Library System! 

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