Books

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00 PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

January 11

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth were happily engaged until Anne's friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy." Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne's family is on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

An amateur sleuth, an unsuspecting victim, a quirky supporting cast, and a trail of clues and red herrings are the main ingredients of a cozy mystery. The term “cozy” was coined in the late 20th century and, in a cozy, it is not that person alone who fights the battle for justice. Many times, the protagonist is surrounded by a group of family and friends (and animals!), who are cheering her on to solve the crime. Source.

Below are a few cozy mysteries that feature animals as integral characters...

Probable claws by Rita Mae Brown
Also available in: large print

Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her friends and animal companions pursue the threads of a mystery dating back to Virginia's post-Revolutionary past, when their 18th-century predecessors struggled with the challenges of the fledgling country. In the present day, Harry's new friendship with Marvella Lawson, doyenne of the Richmond art world, leads her to rediscover her own creative passions-- and reveals evidence of an all too contemporary crime.

It’s February, prime foxhunting season for the members of Virginia’s Jefferson Hunt Club, when a shocking event alarms the community. A woman is found brutally murdered, stripped naked, and meticulously placed atop a horse statue outside a tack shop. The theft of a treasured foxhunting prize inside the store may be linked to the grisly scene, and everyone is on edge.

With few clues to go on, “Sister” Jane Arnold, master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, uses her fine-tuned horse sense to try to solve the mystery of this “Lady Godiva” murder. But Sister isn’t the only one equipped to sniff out the trail. The local foxes, horses, and hounds have their own theories on the whodunit. If only these peculiar humans could just listen to them, they’d see that the killer might be right under their oblivious noses–and that Sister could become the killer’s next victim. 

On this very blustery Thursday morning, our Storytime theme was Kites. How they love to float and soar in the sky.  Beware the kite eating trees, though! Here is what we read today and some other great kite book suggestions. Enjoy!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Comanche Captive by D. Laszlo Conhaim

Scott Renald is an Indian agent searching for white captives. Laura Little is a former captive seeking her Comanche-born son. They meet unexpectedly on the high plains. Touched by her story, Renald leads Laura's search while hostile tribesmen pursue them. Word of their predicament reaches Fort Sill, and agents are dispatched to grab her and recall him. Meanwhile, the army prepares for war with the Comanche. Circumstances propel all into a heart-wrenching and bloody conflict of competing loyalties and surprising discoveries against the scorched backdrop of the Staked Plain.

Also available in: print

"Be kind and have faith." Ella Troyer strives to abide by her mother's final words, although life in the small Amish town of Echo Creek isn't always easy. Her new stepmother, Linda, treats her coldly, and her two stepsisters, Drusilla and Anna, delight in gossip and laziness. After her father's death, Ella's stepsisters are free to attend youth singings while Ella stays at home to manage the household chores, rarely seeing another soul. Until one day, while running an errand, she has a chance meeting with a young Amish man from a nearby town. Drusilla and Anna are full of admiration for charming, affluent newcomer Johannes Wagler, and Linda hopes to ensnare him as a husband for one of her girls-- while keeping Ella out of the way. As for Hannes, he longs to catch another glimpse of the mysterious young woman who can sing so sweetly and bake the most delicious pie he's ever sampled. Now, with a little help from some unlikely sources, Ella dares to hope she might find her heart's dearest wishes-- for love, family, and a home of her own-- coming true at last.

Also available in: print

A poignant, evocative, and wonderfully gossipy account of the two sisters who represented style and class above all else--Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill--from the authors of Furious Love.

When sixty-four-year-old Jackie Kennedy Onassis died in her Fifth Avenue apartment, her younger sister Lee wept inconsolably. Then Jackie's thirty-eight-page will was read. Lee discovered that substantial cash bequests were left to family members, friends, and employees--but nothing to her. "I have made no provision in this my Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already done so during my lifetime," read Jackie's final testament. Drawing on the authors' candid interviews with Lee Radziwill, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters explores their complicated relationship, placing them at the center of twentieth-century fashion, design, and style.

In life, Jackie and Lee were alike in so many ways. Both women had a keen eye for beauty--in fashion, design, painting, music, dance, sculpture, poetry--and both were talented artists. Both loved pre-revolutionary Russian culture, and the blinding sunlight, calm seas, and ancient olive groves of Greece. Both loved the siren call of the Atlantic, sharing sweet, early memories of swimming with the rakish father they adored, Jack Vernou Bouvier, at his East Hampton retreat. But Jackie was her father's favorite, and Lee, her mother's. One would grow to become the most iconic woman of her time, while the other lived in her shadow. As they grew up, the two sisters developed an extremely close relationship threaded with rivalry, jealousy, and competition. Yet it was probably the most important relationship of their lives.

These books feature spooky, but not scary, characters and themes to enjoy on a dark and stormy night. (Nefarious laugh optional)

Boogie Bones by Elizabeth Loredo
Bone dog by Eric Rohmann

Fall brings cooler air, leaves changing colors, and back to school.  If you missed our back to school themed storytime, here are some books you can read on your own---not homework, but funwork!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Songs We Sang--ABC's, Skinnamarink, You Are My Sunshine

 

 

Death and grief can be a challenge to talk about at any age or time. The following titles might help to start those difficult conversations. Simpler books are at the top of the list, but might appeal to a wider audience. Books for older readers are toward the bottom.

For additional suggestions, or for resources specific to any given situation, please ask a Reference Librarian or use our May We Suggest service.

 

Ida, always by Caron Levis
The purple balloon by Christopher Raschka

Clothing--something we all put on at some point everyday. Clothes can be plain, silly, lightweight, or really warm. Did you miss our Clothing Themed Storytime? Catch up on some great reads about clothes and be sure to wear your favorite outfit while reading them!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Songs we listened to this week included Skinnamarink, Bouncing, Hopping and Jumping, and You Are My Sunshine.

For our Flannel today, we did a fun Mitten Match to help us with our colors.

Bugs, creepy crawlies, insects! So much fun in such a small package. If you missed our Bug Themed Storytime, have no fear--here are some songs and books from storytime and a few suggestions to keep you reading about insects and bugs galore!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Songs from Storytime included singing our ABC's, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and also listening to Skinnamarink.

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