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Donna S.’s Pick: The Letters

Donna S staff pick photoSam and Hadley West are recovering from the death of their son – Sam by an Alaskan adventure and Hadley by painting. The Letters by Luanne Rice is the story of their separation and how, through intimate letters, the couple saves their marriage from divorce.

By MPPL on May 17, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: In the President’s Secret Service


Donna S staff pick photoIn the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents they Protect
is by Ronald Kessler. This nonfiction book presents facts, interesting tidbits and the concerns of agents who try to provide quality security service to our presidents.

By MPPL on March 8, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna S.

Read My Pins

Read My Pins book cover Donna S. of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright:

Madeleine Albright served as the United States Ambassador at the United Nations for four years and then another four years as Secretary of State in the Clinton administration. Ms. Albright’s decorative broaches were often used to send subtle diplomatic messages – a serpent, a jovial ladybug, a bluebird, a joyful sunburst etc… Read My Pins is a biographical photo essay of Madeleine Albright and her many broaches. Fans of both global political gossip and jewelry will enjoy this book.

By MPPL on February 1, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Twenty Wishes

Donna S staff pick photoIn Twenty Wishes, Debbie Macomber returns to her Blossom Street series. Four widows make life fulfillment wishlists. The women then change their lives, for the better, when they act on making their wishes come true. It is a hopeful story with a happy ending.

By MPPL on Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Olive Kitteridge


Donna S staff pick photoOlive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout was the 2009 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The title references the name of the lead character in most of the thirteen short stories. The collection takes you through Olive’s latter years, living in Maine, and her strong opinions about everything.

By MPPL on December 21, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: The Ultimate Most Relaxing New Age Music in the Universe


Donna S staff pick photoThe Ultimate Most Relaxing New Age Music in the Universe
is the title, and a good description, of the music found on this two CD set by various artists. It contains twenty-four melodies intended to create positive feelings. You’ll like listening to it any time of the day.

By MPPL on October 5, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Vineyard Chill


Donna S staff pick photoVineyard Chill
is the final book written by the late Philip R. Craig.  He is the author of the J. W. Jackson mystery series set on Martha’s Vineyard.  Reading his stories makes me want to visit the island during my next trip to Cape Cod.

By MPPL on July 27, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: The Edge of Winter


Donna S staff pick photoThe Edge of Winter
by Luanne Rice is a work of fiction with reference to an actual event, the sinking of a German U-boat off the New England coast during WWII.  A good story about family, it piqued my interest to learn more about this part of our history.

By MPPL on May 18, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: The Lucky One


Donna S staff pick photoNicholas Sparks’ latest book, The Lucky One, is the story of how a photograph found on a U.S. military base in Iraq turns out to be a lucky charm.  This story kept my interest all the way to the end.

By MPPL on March 9, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Phil Coulter

Donna S staff pick photoI like the easy listening music of Phil Coulter.  He is a pianist and composer from Northern Ireland.  His music just makes me feel good.  Check out Serenity or Forgotten Dreams to sample his uplifting songs.  You can also hear audio clips posted on his website.

By MPPL on January 19, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Donna S.